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Singita Faru Faru Lodge
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Chatham, New Jersey
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42 reviews
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“Just Amazing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2012

We stayed at Boulders Lodge two years ago and made a promise to ourselves that we had to get back to Africa as soon as we could to stay at another Singita property (although if Singita's were in Fallujah, we were going to Fallujah. If they were on the planet Mars, then we were going to the planet Mars. You probably get the point). Well good things come to those who wait and we are happy to report we made good on that promise this past month by visiting Tanzania and staying at both Faru Faru Lodge and Sabora Tented Camp. Simply put, Singita gets it right, in all aspects.

In many ways Faru Faru reminded me of Boulders. Both places have a more contemporary, or modern feeling to them, compared with some of the other Singita properties. Both places make great use of rocks and stones for design. Both feature fantastic food, amazing service, wonderful locations and awesome game viewing.

The rooms at Faru Faru are very comfortable and spacious. The views are amazing, with wall to wall windows. You can sit in your room if you wish, never leave, and probably be content as you can watch all sorts of game stroll down to the watering hole or the river to get a drink. The mini bar is stocked. We didn't see a bug in our room the entire time, which we know matters to some people, even though we were in the middle of the bush and naturally one should expect some bugs. The only minor improvement would be to add an indoor shower. There is a lovely outdoor shower, and a nice bathtub inside, but I recall Boulders having an indoor shower in addition to the outdoor shower, which is nice.

The food was terrific the entire time. There is a great breakfast buffet laid out each morning, and you can also order just about anything you want from the kitchen. Lunches and dinners were creative and delicious. The wines were always free flowing.

There is also a spa and a gym onsite. The gym is pretty bare bones but you can definitely get a decent workout in if you so desire, to combat all the food you are stuffing into your face (seriously, dessert with lunch every day is something I could get used to).

The guides and game viewing are pretty spectacular. Highlights were watching and following Lion hunting zebra and hunting various antelope species one day. At one point, 2 lionesses and 2 male lions walked right beside our parked LandCruiser, so close I could literally just about reach out and touch them had I been foolish enough to try that. That experience got my blood pumping!

We have to give a special mention to two people, our guide Eugen and our waiter Peter. You guys were amazing. Eugen we look forward to future game drives with you. Your knowledge, passion and excitement for what you do is contagious. While everybody at Faru Faru is wonderful, we think these two guys are enormous assets for the company and property and are prime examples for why Singita has an approximately 99.9% 5 star ratings on this site (and part of the reason why Singita Grumeti Reserves received Travel and Leisure's #1 hotel/resort ranking in the world recently)

PS - we also visited Sasakwa, the third (and most pricey) Singita lodge in Tanzania. We were blown away by it and greatly look forward to staying there in the future.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2012

Faru Faru is one of three Singita brand properties on the Grumeti Reserve, and it is by far the favorite of the two we stayed at (we visited the third, and it looks amazing, too). Faru Faru is a beautifully designed property, built in a modern African vernacular on an unbelievable site overlooking a constantly shift parade of wildlife.

The service was truly superb, perhaps the best of our entire 2-week trip, incredibly attentive and friendly. (Although given the very high staff-to-guest ratio of this uber-luxury hotel, comparisons to some of the other amazing places we stayed are probably not fair).

The food was amazing--modern cuisine with global influences--and we did not have a single meal that was less than excellent.

The rooms are individual structures, nestled in the lanscape and very private. There is too much to cover on how wonderful they are...clean, modern yet warm design; a wall of glass windows overlooking an active (man-made) watering hole; a wonderful outdoor shower; swarovski telescopes; etc.

Note: with three remote generators that run almost continuously to create the energy needed for the small number of guests, the Singita properties are fabulous, but Faru Faru is definitely not a green eco-resort.

Off the property, the game viewing is good, but nowhere nearly as good as the Masai Mara or the Borana and Lewa Conservancies. ("Faru Faru" means "Rhino Rhino" but the only rhinos at the moment are a well shielded pair near the airstrip.)

Faru Faru was one of the favorites of our 2-week stay in East Africa. AMAZING service, sublime meals, and a gorgeous property. For those looking for unbridled bespoke luxury in East Africa, I cannot imagine that there is a better place.

Room Tip: I believe all the rooms are free standing structures at the level just above the watering holes, but...
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Richmond, VA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2012

We stayed at Faru Faru in late May 2012 for five nights and it was FANTASTIC. The service was top notch. The food was fresh and top notch. The game drives were awesome and top notch. Because we were there on our honeymoon, one night they surprised us with room service for dinner and decorated our room with flowers and wrote "Happy Honeymoon" in flower petals. Also, on the last night our sun downer drink on the evening game drive included a surprise bon-fire with champagne on top of a hill over looking the reserve. It was very romantic and special. My wife cried when we left because we had been treated like a King and Queen and really got to know our food server and game guide. The experience was worth every bit of the cost and HIGHLY recommended.

Room Tip: Every room has a beautiful view of the Grumeti River. You cannot go wrong with any one.
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Tel Aviv
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2012

This is by far the best service lodge we ever had, and we have been around, from the minute you land to the sad minute you go they just pamper you and take care of you. Any wish you have comes true here. Always felt they were happy to serve, amazing as Tanzania was in many other places a hard place to get good service, very intelligent and profasional guides.
Enjoyed the archery and the game drives, will defiantly recommend for a family vacation.
Thank you, will be back.

Room Tip: Family suite was fine
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2012

this property is the finest i have stayed at anywhere in the world. we stayed for 3 nights at faru and then 3 nights at sobora tented camp. the rooms at faru were amazing, modern and beautiful. The food and service (personal butler) were excellent - expect delicious 3 course meals and everything taken care of for you. The guides were excellent and we were even able to see lion kill. truly a fantastic property and worth every penny!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2012

Prior to arriving in the Serengeti we (family of five) had been to Karen Estates, Lewa Downs (Craig Estate), and the Masai Mara and we had had a back injury and a lung infection and the rest of the crew felt like they'd seen it all and were ready to pack up and get home.

Upon arriving to the Faru Faru Lodge we were greeted promptly by Kate (co-GM I believe) and escorted to the reception area. There, we were welcomed by her husband Brad (they co-manage the lodge) and both were warm and sincere and made us feel right at home. The reception area was absolutely breathtaking with a natural open air feel, beautiful natural finishes, eclectic contemporary yet rustic decor, two pools, lounge areas, dining rooms...I'll stop so this doesn't take all day. Sorry, I have to mention the tree-house like lookout private dining room elevated above the pool areas with views of the Grumeti River and breathtaking Serengeti landscape.

After welcome cocktails and property briefing we were escorted to our amazing two bedroom villa with its own private pool, 800 sq ft deck (estimate), living room, and two baths. I am in the hotel business and do a lot of renovations and I definitely had my notebook and camera out to take notes from the Singita designers. They did an amazing job of using whimsical modern decor that feels more like a home than a hotel, and yet it isn't cluttered with meaningless trinkets.

The property is also owned by Wall St guru John Tudor Jones and the mission statement and philosophy behind this place is absolutely amazing. This is clearly a passion project for Mr. Jones and is not there as an investment for him to profit off of, but is there to benefit the community and generate income for the reserve to continue to stay as it is for the next several millennia. If you go, ask more about this. Not super important to a review but worth mentioning (big fan of for-benefit business models).

To wrap things up I'd say what a lot of properties and management companies struggle with is creating a seamless transition from ownership to service culture to product. These guys do it better than anyone I have seen before and I know that I will be back at Singita properties in the future to both enjoy and learn from, the level of excellence that they have achieved.


Other Notes:
- tsetse flies and mosquitos are bad so use lots of bug spray and lotion
- The wait staff is amazing and you have the same person throughout your stay which is a really nice touch and makes you feel more connected to the place (Shout out to Freddie, WE MISS YOU!)
- Spa is wonderful especially for such a small property and Betty (spa coordinator) is absolutely amazing and definitely was one of my best massages ever if not the best. Also, she used to work housekeeping for three years at the property and they gave her the opportunity to go through training and becoming a spa therapist. Again, these guys really know how to run a good business and benefit their community
-WILDLIFE was insane (cheetas hunting, prides of 17 lions, cycle of life from kill to hyenas eating bones
-Its worth the drive to the far end of Serengeti to see the dozens of crocs, hippos, and all the cool stuff along the way!

Thank You Faru Faru! We can't wait to see you again!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2012

We've just returned from three nights at Sabora and three at Faru Faru. I can hardly find words to describe the amazing experiences we had at both. The accommodations are incredible with solicitous and gracious service and outstanding food. Sabora and Faru Faru have different decor and 'feel'; I have to say I had a marginal preference for Sabora. I loved the 'colonial' atmosphere and found it a tad more refined than Faru Faru. Also, being in the tented camp you hear more animal sounds and you feel like you are a part of the reserve, not just in it. It's a same that most resport ratings only go up to five because these two places deserve 10s!

The resorts themselves are spectacular but the real stars are the guides and the game drives with them. Our guide, Joe, was incredible at spotting animals or going to places where he thought they'd be. He was pleasant, knowledgeable and informative but equally important, he was very respectful of the animals and their well-being. He also took pleasure in our enjoyment of the animals. At one point, Joe spied a Cheetah who was stalking a herd of Impala. We watched for nearly two hours as she bided her time, plotted her strategy and seized the right moment to strike. Throughout the hunt, Joe explained what the Cheetah was doing and why, helping us to understand her amazing hunting abilities. Before the safari, I thought that seeing a 'kill' would be gruesome but it turned out to be an awe-inspiring act of nature.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Singita Faru Faru Lodge
Address: Grumeti Reserves, Serengeti National Park 0, Tanzania
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Region: Tanzania > Serengeti National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #34 of 112 Speciality Lodging in Serengeti National Park
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Singita Faru Faru Lodge is set in Grumeti in northern Tanzania, forming part of the Serengeti Mara ecosystem. Built on a gently sloping hill, this riverine lodge, positioned on the renowned migratory route, is a place where you can quite literally expect the unexpected. Informal, unconventional and surprising at every turn, Singita Faru Faru Lodge is a mix of contemporary, organic style and the quirky practicality of a traditional botanist's camp. With such close proximity to the river and plains, guests have the unique opportunity to experience a very close connection with the wilderness. ... more   less 
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Singita Faru Faru Hotel Serengeti National Park

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