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Singita Faru Faru

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Singita Faru Faru is one of our very favourite lodges. Run by Singita, the lodge is the lovechild of Paul Tudor Jones (a billionaire who runs them as his playthings!) and Faru Faru can be counted as probably the best safari lodge in Tanzania.  One of three of their supreme properties (Sasakwa and Sabora being the others) it forms part of the private Grumeti Reserves, situated in the west of the Serengeti. 

Yet because it’s a private park you can night drive, horse-ride and walk.  A modern interpretation of a classic safari lodge, it has intimacy, luxury and excellent guiding in spades.  Awesome in the migration season, but the resident game here is so strong that it makes for a great place to visit all year around. All three properties in Grumeti Reserves are faultless, but Faru Faru is probably our favourite due to its intimacy.

Singita Faru Faru - The Facts 


Faru Faru is located in the private Grumeti Reserve in the western Serengeti and is home to Sasakwa and Sabora Tented Camp also owned by Singita. This area of the Serengeti is accessible on schedule flights from Arusha and other areas in Tanzania. The reserve is private, meaning the only vehicles you will see on your Tanzania safari are from one of the 3 Singita properties and is thus a wonderful lodge from which to take a Serengeti Safari.                      .

The main area of the lodge is set in the open, with views down onto an open grass land area with a watering hole, which often attracts herd of elephants in the dry season. There are different lounge areas, steeped in wooden decking, dropping onto a beautiful plunge pool, there are also many intimate areas where private dining can be set up.

Singita Faru Faru has 9 modern and incredibly spacious suites with views onto the river bed. The front of the rooms are completely made of glass and it’s possible, at a touch of a button, to slide these windows open. There is an indoor and outdoor shower and the rooms are fully air conditioned. There is a 2 bed villas as well as a family villa.

The main activity here is game driving in open sided land rovers; however, in the private reserve there is one of the best horse riding safari operations in Tanzania, best suited to intermediate to experienced riders and a fantastic way of seeing the Serengeti.

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Guide Price: $1,353 per person
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Stay 6, pay 5. Combinable with all Singita Lodges in the Grumeti

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Re Faru Faru This is by far the nicest of the three Singita lodges that we visited for honemooners.  Sasakwa is extremely impressive, but less ‘safari’ feel and very formal.  The tented camp (Sambora from memory) is not in the same league (I’m sure it’s much cheaper, and probably wonderful for the price). 
There is a lodge on the Mara river (Lamai) that a number of Faru guests were complaining about.  Unfortunately I think a large number of wilderbeast fall into the river during the migration (800+ apparently!) and it is impossible to remove them.  As a result there is rather a bad smell in the camp.  Clearly this is not something that Singita are in control of and thus extremely unfortunate for them. 
The riding is based at Sasakwa but available to guests at all Singita lodges.  It is included in the price (I was very positively surprised by this) and they test your ability before you are able to ride out.  You need to be a pretty decent standard. 
Faru Faru food has an Asian fusion touch (we loved this) whereas Sasakwa is more French/fine dining. 
Rooms 1-4 have the view of the watering holes and in my opinion are the best (we were room 3).  We saw a baby elephant (which thought it was drowning!) being saved by its mother and the whole herd, whilst eating our lunch, which was remarkable. 
A lot of guests were very envious of our direct route to Zanzibar from Faru – thank you for arranging those flights!!
There is no shop (at least not for anything practical).  But…We forgot our sunscreen – don’t worry, they have it and of course you don’t need to pay ;) ! they have thought of everything.
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- J Cameron

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