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Singita Launches New Serengeti House

Friday, February 01, 2013
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Singita Serengeti House, an exclusive-use retreat designed for families and friends, has opened in the 350,000-acre Grumeti Reserves in the heart of the Serengeti in northern Tanzania. Located on the slopes of Sasakwa Hill with breathtaking vistas of the endless, open plains of the Serengeti, the lodge is Singita’s response to a growing demand from discerning travelers for privacy and flexibility.

Itineraries, activities and meals are tailor made and tweaked as guests dictate the day-to-day pace and rhythm of their vacation according to their interests and needs. Early morning and late-afternoon game drives may be interspersed with vigorous swims or lazing around the pool with a good book, a game of tennis, a cooking lesson in the private kitchen from the resident chef, spa treatments or mountain biking. Making it up as one goes along is part of the magic of taking up residence at Singita Serengeti House. There is a waterhole right in front of the house, which is a favorite drinking spot for general plains game as well as a breeding herd of elephant.

The house accommodates eight people in two suites in the main house and two further guest suites on either side of the main house, connected by pathways from a central pool deck with an 82 foot rim-flow lap pool. There is also a private tennis court, mountain biking and archery.

Refined yet comfortable interiors by Cécile & Boyd’s are complemented by a relaxed, unpretentious ambience and warm-hearted service, adding up to a luxurious home environment in the bush. It is a place that encourages a wealth of shared experiences – thrilling game viewing, memorable outdoor feasts, storytelling and impromptu celebrations – from which to shape priceless memories.

Throughout the house, ample indoor and outdoor lounging and dining areas, all with uninterrupted views, provide relaxing spaces for guests to truly immerse themselves in the beauty of the surrounding landscape while enjoying each other’s company. A cool neutral palette of subtle, sun-bleached colors mimics the Serengeti grass plains, bringing the outside in. Mirror is used throughout the house to maximize light and space. Humble materials – natural fibers, rattan, grass matting, polished cement floors, bleached, raw timbers and local stones – bring an honest, earthy feel to the understatedly glamorous, boldly proportioned, light-saturated rooms curated with a modern African art collection, artifacts and objects, and anthropologically relevant tribal sculpture. All the decorative pieces were designed and commissioned or sourced by Cécile & Boyd’s, including witty eye-catching paper-maché hunting ‘trophies’ and leather thong chandeliers inspired by Maasai skirts.

All the suites have spacious bathrooms designed as luxurious extensions to the bedroom and living areas, with outdoor showers and terraces. The private kitchen and resident chef caters exclusively to the needs of the party staying in the house, taking into consideration everything from individual food allergies to favorite cooking styles and flavors. Delicious food and an excellent wine cellar always forms an integral part of the Singita experience, and meals are carefully planned and orchestrated from candle-lit gourmet dinners to informal picnics in the bush.

The house may only be booked on an exclusive-use basis and includes all staff, a private vehicle and a safari guide. Besides guided game drives in an open-sided 4x4 vehicle, guests can also do guided walks and horseback safaris. At Singita Sasakwa Lodge, situated less than a mile away, there is also a fully equipped gym, yoga room, spa, and the Singita Boutique & Gallery.

Rates, quoted on a single unit rate for the first four guests from US$7500 per night (thereafter US$1700 per adult per night and US$850 per child, 18 and under, per night), are fully inclusive and include the use of a private vehicle for game drives, a private guide, house host, chef and dedicated house staff, all meals, beverages, laundry and valet service. Children of all ages are welcome. (Excludes Government of Tanzania Wildlife Fees of US$50 per person per night).

About Singita
Focused on eco-conscious hospitality, sustainable conservation and evolving local communities, Singita’s vision is to share a unique part of the world while respecting the natural environment and challenging today’s notion of luxury. Recognized internationally for providing the best safari experience in Africa, Singita includes 12 iconic, low-impact, luxury lodges in four African destinations: Kruger National Park and Sabi Sand in South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

Inquiries and reservations can be made through the address below:
Singita Game Reserves, Tel: +27 21 683 3424,
Email: enquries@singita.com, www.singita.com.

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