Taking tented bush safaris to a new level of comfort, Singita blends sustainable tourism with its hallmark level of chic design and excellent service at Mara River. The first permanent camp within the remote Lamai triangle in the far north of Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park, it shares the game-rich 400km2 with a select few temporary camps only during the months of the migration, when the vast herds of wildebeest congregate to cross the Mara River. At the right time of year, they are even close enough for you to see, smell and hear the dramatic action from the camp itself.
This is a small intimate camp with just four tented suites and two family two-room tents, each perfectly placed well apart for views down the Mara River. Here, you can enjoy absolute bush luxury in unspoilt wilderness. Deceptively simple bohemian chic shows in every curated design element, from the gorgeous bed linen and four-poster bed elegantly draped with mosquito netting to the jacaranda wood lights and campaign-style travel chests, the rain shower in the en-suite bathroom and private open-air bath tub. Despite being totally off the grid, the solar plant allows for all the comforts from subtle lighting to a cooling fan, hairdryers and plug sockets.
Conceptualised by renowned interior designers Cécile & Boyd, the main camp lounge focuses on natural and recycled materials: there’s raw leather, wood, canvas and stone, all showcasing original creative work from African designers and craftspeople, the whole creating a relaxed air of bohemian glamour. There’s even a small swimming pool to dip into during somnolent summer afternoons. Or relax on the look-out deck where a lounge area allows the best view of passing wildlife. As at all Singita camps, dining is a special occasion every night, with excellent food and a curated wine list.
The twice-daily safari game drives are the focus of activities at Mara River, the blockbuster thrills of the wildebeest river crossings with attendant big cats and opportunistic crocodiles happening at any time during the months of July, August and September according to that year’s weather and migration patterns. The permanent river water source means that awe-inspiring wildlife sightings are rich and varied the rest of the year too, encompassing the Big Five and much more, with the river’s population of hippos and crocodiles to add to the rich Serengeti safari experience in this pristine and secluded setting.
Things to do
• Game-viewing drives
• Night game-viewing drives
• Walking safaris
• Small swimming pool
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