It is so difficult to describe Sabora Tented Camp and feel like I will do it any justice but after staying there for four days, it is easy to see how Grumeti Reserve ranked as the 2012 #1 hotel in the world.
We were met at the airstrip by a lovely young man named Simon. Simon, while not our guide for the stay, took us on a great game drive as we made our way to the camp. I really wanted to see giraffe and Simon found them in the first 5 minutes of the drive.
When we arrived at the camp approximately 1.5 hours later, the manager, Wilson, met us with cool, scented towels, welcome drinks gave us the run down of how game drives worked (2 per day – one in the morning and one in the afternoon). We were then introduced to our amazing butler Jeremiah. I didn’t know it at the time but Jeremiah and our game guide, Toti, were soon to become two of the people who made our honeymoon so amazing.
As mentioned above, Toti was our game drive guide for our entire 8 days in the Grumeti Reserve. I don’t know how we got so lucky but Toti is one of Sabora’s top game guides and it showed. He was funny, patient, interested and interesting. He is an amazing teacher and can mimic the call of every animal (certainly in Tanzania and quite possibly the whole of Africa). He has the ears of a bat and the eyes of a hawk. With him we spotted 4 of the Big Five (there are few if any Rhino in Tanzania) and we saw babies of every kind – cheetah, giraffe, elephant, zebra, etc. and even saw some lone wildebeest who’d hung around after the migration just 2 weeks earlier.
Jeremiah made our stay at camp so special. He asked if he could surprise us with a special drink and we received Pimm’s Cups - Pimm’s Cups in the wilds of Africa! He arranged for us to have tables away from the group of New Yorkers and kids; he hung lanterns in the tree on our last night and set up a table underneath them for our final meal. Upon returning to our tent from our last game drive at Sabora, Jeremiah had drawn a lovely hot bubble bath and left a bottle of champagne chilling right beside it. Spectacular. Words can’t describe the thoughtfulness, warmth and genuine kindness of Jeremiah and anyone would be lucky to have him care for them during their stay.
Our tent was gorgeous – crystal decanter of port and crystal glasses; down comforter and plush robes – no hotel I’ve ever stayed in has been more luxurious. The pillows were a little to soft for my taste but to me that mattered not one fig when I was laying there staring out into the inky blackness hearing a hyena call in the distance.
Every day at the camp was wonderful and each game drive almost better than the last. Our time at Sabora Tented Camp was too short and while we did enjoy our stay at Faru Faru Lodge, we preferred Sabora. Jeremiah, Toti, Wilson and every other person at Sabora Tented Camp went above and beyond to make our honeymoon special – we look forward to the day when we can return.
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