Wow - really don`t know where to start it was all so wonderful. The ``lodge`` itself is very beautiful and huge - room after room, beautifully furnished and with a wonderful feel and atmosphere. The view from the deck and grassy area immediately below the deck where you eat most meals is breath taking - huge seemingly unlimited view out over the Serengeti. Just off the grassy area below the desk is a very large and inviting swimming pool.
The so called cottages are really little houses. They are very private and have the same amazing views as the lodge. They comprise several rooms or areas. There is an entry hall with a fully stocked fridge and a power room. Then there is a large and very comfortable sitting room (with TV) seating area, desk etc. that leads out to a large patio. Next is a large comfortable bedroom with an amazingly comfortable bed, seating area and desk. It too leads out to the outdoor patio area. then there is a huge dressing room with tons of built in storage (seriously, you could stay a month) and a makeup table and then the bathroom which features a huge double vanity, private w.c., walk in shower and large separate soaker tub and wonderful thick soft towels.
The outdoor patio area is very large, partly covered, partly open. There is a separate outdoor eating area and a grassy area that leads down to a wonderful eternity edge plunge pool that you stand in and gaze out at the amazing view. it also seems to double as a watering hole for a troupe of rather shy baboons!
The food was wonderful - every meal and snack was wonderful - the quick bite before the early morning game drive; the late breakfast; the high tea; the dinners and snacks in between were all great. The chef is remarkably talented.
You will feel pampered like you have never been pampered before. You will have assigned to you someone who looks after all your food needs - always there to wait on you and make sure that from a food standpoint you have exactly what you want and need. That person quickly figures out what you like and don`t like (he had on ice, pretty much at all times, my preferred type of wine). Management are constantly checking in with you to ensure you have everything you need and want. Laundry done perfectly every day and returned in less than 24 hours.
One evening, we returned from our late game drive quite late and we were very tired and commented accordingly when we arrived back - the director immediately suggested that we have dinner in our room. Our butler came with us back to our cottage so that he could take our order and arrange so that we would have dinner in our room just about the time we had finished our showers! Truly amazing service all around.
Our last night, our butler had set up dinner in the very pretty pergola next to the lodge - lit with lovely gas lamps. After a wonderful meal, we arrived back at our cottage to be greeted by a line of rose petals that led through the living room and bedroom and into the bathroom where there were candles lit, more rose petals, a steaming bath and champagne on ice!
Finally, last but by no means least, the guides. Our guide had been working the three Singita Grimeti Reserve camps for about six years. We were amazed and delighted at his knowledge of the area, the birdlife, the animals and the flora as well. He found the mother cheetah with her son, lions galore, a black rhino and countless other wonderful animal experiences.
The professional approach the entire staff takes with looking after the guests is quite remarkable. There is an attention to detail that is truly remarkable. Yes, this is very very expensive but if you want the absolute best of everything, amazing views, fabulous accommodation, wonderful food and terrific wildlife experiences in the Serengeti, this is the place to go. And yes, you are on a hill mostly above where the animals are (compare to, say, the wonderful Mambo Camp in Botswana where there are pretty much always a variety of animals in and around the camp) but there were certainly some animals always in camp (a pair of dik dik's one day, a large troupe of shy baboons always and of course the very naughty monkeys) and the trade off is the view.
What they have created here is a six star hotel that happens to be in the Serengeti and happens to offer wonderful game drives. Oh yeah, and it has a large well equipped gym as well.
there are no bad rooms - they are all fabulous cottages.
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