THE Covid pandemic has us all yearning for the call of the wild – for the day we can travel the world again and see Mother Nature at her beautiful best.
And in Tanzania’s Singita Grumeti Reserve, a new safari camp initiative is full of good intent, offering a low impact – and socially distant for as long as we need to be – back to nature experience.
The Singita Sabora Tented Camp manages to be stripped back and offering all mod cons at the same time. Raw and immersive but comfortable.
Situated in the private 350,000 acre Reserve, architects and designers have come up with something that blends seamlessly into the landscape.
Echoing the colour palette of the bush, and with decor that evokes the spirit of East African adventures, there are nine tented suites in total.
Finishes throughout use mesh, canvas and weave while the craftsmanship of the custom-designed tents is extended to every little detail.
Best of all, each suite enjoys views of one of two nearby waterholes, with an eye-level vantage point bringing guests closer to the action.
Being closer to the ground means every sight, sound and smell of the bush is amplified, while glass panelling welcomes the great outdoors inside.
Added comforts include private meditation decks and secluded outdoor salas with shaded daybeds.
You can spend languid afternoons reading on the decks, idly watch game passing by, and immerse yourself in Sabora’s scenic setting.
The tents rest lightly above the ground, with minimal impact on the landscape, using sustainable materials throughout.
With natural light, cross ventilation, energy-efficient lighting and solar power, the off-grid design embraces the One Planet Living sustainability framework.
So what else is new?
The camp’s food experience is one of the most innovative elements of its re-invention and is built on the farm-to-table philosophy.
Sabora draws on traditional African ingredients or influences, translated in a modern way, using the likes of mchicha (spinach), Sukuma wiki, green bananas, baobab and ugali (corn meal).
But seasonal locally-sourced ingredients are only the beginning – guests can also fill wicker picnic baskets with gourmet treats from the lodge’s all-day, self-service ‘Guest Deli’ – a signature feature.
They can be enjoyed on your suite’s private deck, or at any number of secluded dining locations scattered throughout the property.
Each tented suite also features an in-room pantry for effortless snacking, so you can lie back on your daybed and watch the sunsets.
But safari holidays, of course, are all about the wildlife. There are daily game drives with professional guides and evening drives to reveal the elusive magic of nocturnal Africa.
You’re most likely to spot cheetah, bearded wildebeest, bat-eared fox, Maasai giraffe, lion, elephant, buffalo and leopard.
Wildebeest calves are born – almost 400,000 of them – between late January and mid-March. The migration path varies from year to year depending on weather and other environmental factors.
Oh, and yes, plenty of zebra tend to walk through the camp…
Guests also have the opportunity to visit an Anti-Poaching Observation Post situated atop a hill with an incredible sunset view over the vast grassy plains.
The experience for Singita guests includes meeting the Singita Grumeti Fund game scouts and seeing how they live and work.
So, when might we travel again? It’s a matter of keeping an eye on the latest advice. Staff at the camp have tailored health and safety measures, and are ready to welcome guests as soon as bans are lifted.
And, for travel up to and including December 14, 2021, all guest deposits will be 100% refundable up to 60 days before the date of travel.
Rates for Singita Sabora Tented Camp start from £1,296 per person per night on a full board basis. For more details, Covid statement and booking refund conditions see www.singita.com.