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Travellers looking to forgo rustic tents for something more sophisticated should look no further than Sasakwa Lodge. Bringing together two parallel worlds – the colonial and the native – this lodge transports the refined comfort and opulence of an English-style manor to the heart of the Serengeti. With its top-rate food and service, fantastic onsite facilities, and a location in one of East Africa’s finest game viewing areas, Sasakwa has all the ingredients for a once-in-a-lifetime safari experience.


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Location

Situated high on an escarpment, Sasakwa Lodge has incredible views over the Grumeti private conservancy, which it shares with its sister properties, Sabora Tented Camp and Faru Faru. Sasakwa is the most eastern camp of the three, and its location in the heart of the migratory route (active June and July) allows for an exclusive safari experience.

 The great variety of vegetation here lends itself to exceptional game-viewing. The resident wildlife roam freely between the conservation area and the adjoining Serengeti National Park, where successful efforts have been made to re-stabilise the wildlife population.

Rooms

Sasakwa Lodge comprises nine cottages and a four-bedroom villa, all spacious and lavishly furnished. Every cottage contains a large lounge area complete with fireplace, a large bedroom with four-poster bed and a dressing room with ample storage space. Each cottage has a bathroom with walk-in shower and a freestanding bathtub with scenic views across the Grumeti.

French windows lead from the lounge to a private veranda, fitted with lounge and dining furniture and overlooking your own heated infinity pool. The self-contained nature of the accommodation will appeal to guests who want a greater degree of privacy, however Sasakwa does not deliver the true “wilderness” experience one would have in a tented camp.

 Communal Areas

The stately communal building at Sasakwa contains a large, chandeliered drawing room with a bar, lounge area and grand piano. A billiards room sits adjacent, complete with marble fireplace and a bridge table. Lavish dinners are taken in Sasakwa’s ornate dining room, with the open veranda reserved for afternoon tea – one of the many reasons why Sasakwa resembles more an English manor than a safari lodge! All food here meets exceptionally high standards, as is typical of Singita properties, and accompanying wines are expertly chosen.

As each Singita property brings its own distinctive features we would advise you to look at our reviews of their other properties in Tanzania Sabora to find the property that best suits you.

Activities

The Serengeti ecosystem is hard to beat, and guests to Sasakwa Lodge are largely attracted by the high standards of safari expeditions on offer. Guided bush walks and private game drives in open-sided Land Rovers are popular activities.

The impressive selection of facilities includes a well-equipped gym, spa, main swimming pool (in addition to the private pools), tennis court, children’s playroom, and an elegant boutique stocking arts, crafts and jewellery. The Singita Mini Rangers’ Course teaches children the basics of animal-tracking and bush survival techniques, and guests of all ages can even turn their hand at archery!

Fully inclusive

Accommodation
Breakfast, lunch and evening meal
All house drinks (except champagne)
Scheduled open vehicle game drives
Tennis
Telephone calls
Laundry service

When to go

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'SHOULDER' DRY SEASON

A brief drier interlude before the more intense long rains. The migration will be generally located within the southern regions of the Serengeti ecosystem during this period.

This period coincides with the birth of many young calves and is, therefore, is justly known as the calving season.

Its location so close to the equator means that the Serengeti has very consistent temperatures throughout the year, while the high altitude (1,140 to 2,099m or 3,740 to 6,886 ft) moderate these to a very pleasant 25°C/77°F to 27°C/80°F. The mornings can, however, be a little chilly, so be sure to bring a light fleece!

There are two wet seasons in Tanzania. The first known as the long rains take place between March and May, the second wet season is known as the short rains which also tend to be a little less intense, these take place between November and December.

'SHOULDER' DRY SEASON

A brief drier interlude before the more intense long rains. The migration will be generally located within the southern regions of the Serengeti ecosystem during this period.

This period coincides with the birth of many young calves and is, therefore, is justly known as the calving season.

Its location so close to the equator means that the Serengeti has very consistent temperatures throughout the year, while the high altitude (1,140 to 2,099m or 3,740 to 6,886 ft) moderate these to a very pleasant 25°C/77°F to 27°C/80°F. The mornings can, however, be a little chilly, so be sure to bring a light fleece!

There are two wet seasons in Tanzania. The first known as the long rains take place between March and May, the second wet season is known as the short rains which also tend to be a little less intense, these take place between November and December.

WET SEASON - 'LONG RAINS'

The exact start and end of the rains are always a little uncertain, but generally, this period is the wettest time of the year, making travel to and from lodges potentially a little tricky at times. This wet season is also often characterised by overcast skies and consecutive days of rain.

During this period the great migration starts to make its way north towards the Western Corridor of the Serengeti ecosystem.

Its location so close to the equator means that the Serengeti has very consistent temperatures throughout the year, while the high altitude (1,140 to 2,099m or 3,740 to 6,886 ft) moderate these to a very pleasant 25°C/77°F to 27°C/80°F. The mornings can, however, be a little chilly, so be sure to bring a light fleece!

There are two wet seasons in Tanzania. The first known as the long rains take place between March and May, the second wet season is known as the short rains which also tend to be a little less intense, these take place between November and December.

WET SEASON - 'LONG RAINS'

The exact start and end of the rains are always a little uncertain, but generally, this period is the wettest time of the year, making travel to and from lodges potentially a little tricky at times. This wet season is also often characterised by overcast skies and consecutive days of rain.

During this period the great migration starts to make its way north towards the Western Corridor of the Serengeti ecosystem.

Its location so close to the equator means that the Serengeti has very consistent temperatures throughout the year, while the high altitude (1,140 to 2,099m or 3,740 to 6,886 ft) moderate these to a very pleasant 25°C/77°F to 27°C/80°F. The mornings can, however, be a little chilly, so be sure to bring a light fleece!

There are two wet seasons in Tanzania. The first known as the long rains take place between March and May, the second wet season is known as the short rains which also tend to be a little less intense, these take place between November and December.

WET SEASON - 'LONG RAINS'

The exact start and end of the rains are always a little uncertain, but generally, this period is the wettest time of the year, making travel to and from lodges potentially a little tricky at times. This wet season is also often characterised by overcast skies and consecutive days of rain.

During this period the great migration starts to make its way north towards the Western Corridor of the Serengeti ecosystem.

Its location so close to the equator means that the Serengeti has very consistent temperatures throughout the year, while the high altitude (1,140 to 2,099m or 3,740 to 6,886 ft) moderate these to a very pleasant 25°C/77°F to 27°C/80°F. The mornings can, however, be a little chilly, so be sure to bring a light fleece!

There are two wet seasons in Tanzania. The first known as the long rains take place between March and May, the second wet season is known as the short rains which also tend to be a little less intense, these take place between November and December.

'MAIN' DRY SEASON

A more stable and predictable time of the year, usually with clear skies.

During this period the great migration will start to gradually move its way into the Lamai region of the Serengeti (the Northern most point) as well as the Masai Mara in Kenya.

Its location so close to the equator means that the Serengeti has very consistent temperatures throughout the year, while the high altitude (1,140 to 2,099m or 3,740 to 6,886 ft) moderate these to a very pleasant 25°C/77°F to 27°C/80°F. The mornings can, however, be a little chilly, so be sure to bring a light fleece!

There are two wet seasons in Tanzania. The first known as the long rains take place between March and May, the second wet season is known as the short rains which also tend to be a little less intense, these take place between November and December.

'MAIN' DRY SEASON

A more stable and predictable time of the year, usually with clear skies.

During this period the great migration will start to gradually move its way into the Lamai region of the Serengeti (the Northern most point) as well as the Masai Mara in Kenya.

Its location so close to the equator means that the Serengeti has very consistent temperatures throughout the year, while the high altitude (1,140 to 2,099m or 3,740 to 6,886 ft) moderate these to a very pleasant 25°C/77°F to 27°C/80°F. The mornings can, however, be a little chilly, so be sure to bring a light fleece!

There are two wet seasons in Tanzania. The first known as the long rains take place between March and May, the second wet season is known as the short rains which also tend to be a little less intense, these take place between November and December.

'MAIN' DRY SEASON

A more stable and predictable time of the year, usually with clear skies.

During this period the great migration will start to gradually move its way into the Lamai region of the Serengeti (the Northern most point) as well as the Masai Mara in Kenya.

Its location so close to the equator means that the Serengeti has very consistent temperatures throughout the year, while the high altitude (1,140 to 2,099m or 3,740 to 6,886 ft) moderate these to a very pleasant 25°C/77°F to 27°C/80°F. The mornings can, however, be a little chilly, so be sure to bring a light fleece!

There are two wet seasons in Tanzania. The first known as the long rains take place between March and May, the second wet season is known as the short rains which also tend to be a little less intense, these take place between November and December.

'MAIN' DRY SEASON

A more stable and predictable time of the year, usually with clear skies.

During this period the great migration will start to gradually move its way into the Lamai region of the Serengeti (the Northern most point) as well as the Masai Mara in Kenya.

Its location so close to the equator means that the Serengeti has very consistent temperatures throughout the year, while the high altitude (1,140 to 2,099m or 3,740 to 6,886 ft) moderate these to a very pleasant 25°C/77°F to 27°C/80°F. The mornings can, however, be a little chilly, so be sure to bring a light fleece!

There are two wet seasons in Tanzania. The first known as the long rains take place between March and May, the second wet season is known as the short rains which also tend to be a little less intense, these take place between November and December.

'MAIN' DRY SEASON

A more stable and predictable time of the year, usually with clear skies.

During this period the great migration will start to gradually move its way into the Lamai region of the Serengeti (the Northern most point) as well as the Masai Mara in Kenya.

Its location so close to the equator means that the Serengeti has very consistent temperatures throughout the year, while the high altitude (1,140 to 2,099m or 3,740 to 6,886 ft) moderate these to a very pleasant 25°C/77°F to 27°C/80°F. The mornings can, however, be a little chilly, so be sure to bring a light fleece!

There are two wet seasons in Tanzania. The first known as the long rains take place between March and May, the second wet season is known as the short rains which also tend to be a little less intense, these take place between November and December.

WET SEASON - 'SHORT' RAINS

A rather unpredictable time of the year with the occasional heavy shower or thunderstorm, but usually plenty of sunshine in between. While technically the wet season the rains are not as intense during this period as the ‘long rains’, it can therefore still be a great time to visit.

The migration will start moving back towards the Southern Plains of the Serengeti from the Masai Mara. Given the distance involved, we tend to see a more ‘fragmented’ movement.

Its location so close to the equator means that the Serengeti has very consistent temperatures throughout the year, while the high altitude (1,140 to 2,099m or 3,740 to 6,886 ft) moderate these to a very pleasant 25°C/77°F to 27°C/80°F. The mornings can, however, be a little chilly, so be sure to bring a light fleece!

There are two wet seasons in Tanzania. The first known as the long rains take place between March and May, the second wet season is known as the short rains which also tend to be a little less intense, these take place between November and December.

WET SEASON - 'SHORT' RAINS

A rather unpredictable time of the year with the occasional heavy shower or thunderstorm, but usually plenty of sunshine in between. While technically the wet season the rains are not as intense during this period as the ‘long rains’, it can therefore still be a great time to visit.

The migration will start moving back towards the Southern Plains of the Serengeti from the Masai Mara. Given the distance involved, we tend to see a more ‘fragmented’ movement.

Its location so close to the equator means that the Serengeti has very consistent temperatures throughout the year, while the high altitude (1,140 to 2,099m or 3,740 to 6,886 ft) moderate these to a very pleasant 25°C/77°F to 27°C/80°F. The mornings can, however, be a little chilly, so be sure to bring a light fleece!

There are two wet seasons in Tanzania. The first known as the long rains take place between March and May, the second wet season is known as the short rains which also tend to be a little less intense, these take place between November and December.

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