A glamping tennis safari, anyone? Singita Sabora is a luxury safari camp in the Serengeti that delights with a touch of old-world elegance…and it is at the very top of my tennis travel bucket list.
“If God were a camper, he would choose Singita Sabora Tented Camp,” says one of the past guests in a review that caught my attention. “Truly heaven on Earth,” says another. When hotel reviews sound like personal little love notes more than anything else, that is a sign of a special place, and Singita Sabora is such a place!
This heavenly location is in the middle of 350,000 acres of unfenced wild territory, first created by the holistic adaptive management of the Singita Grumeti Fund for the purpose of conserving and preserving the once-threatened wildlife. Today, magnificent animals wander freely through the 1920s-style camp, giving visitors a glimpse into the vintage luxury of days gone by, and a memory of a lifetime.
Wild and wonderful glamping safari tents
‘Glamping’ translates to glamorous camping which is the perfect description of what it’s like to stay at Singita Sabora. There are 9 tented bedrooms or luxury suites in total, each one lavishly furnished, air-conditioned and spacious. Guests zip open their tent to find a four-poster bed, sitting area, mini bar, desk, claw-footed bathtub, and outdoor shower. The eclectic decor brings the space to life with Persian rugs, chests, lanterns, brass artifacts, beautiful antiques and crystal glassware. However, the real thrill is knowing there isn’t much separating the comfort inside from the wildlife outside. This is a glamping safari in the wild Serengeti. It doesn’t just sound enchanting…it is!
Vast, open spaces and luxurious facilities
There is something about being surrounded by the open plains of the Serengeti that ignites the soul. No matter where you are in camp, the views of the African landscape just don’t quit. Better yet, zebras regularly wander through the camp on a daily basis. Breakfast and lunch often coincide with their visit and is a real guest highlight.
The communal spaces of the camp consist of a separate dining tent and library lounge filled with antiques and rare volumes of African literature, outdoor viewing deck, and a pool. Just like the bedrooms, every square inch of the design evokes the elegance and romance of a bygone era, with antiques and other precious treasures tucked in here and there.
The cuisine is spectacular, prepared by a professional chef. There is something for everyone – even us vegans!
And if you’re looking for some quiet time alone or a romantic dinner for two, the lovely staff of Singita Sabora can accommodate for that as well. Relaxing on an oversized daybed in the middle of the day watching the herds of zebra fill the plains in front of the camp? Yes, please!
As if one couldn’t be more smitten by a property, Singita Sabora also has a fully equipped gym, spa and tennis court (FYI — it’s the only tennis court in the world where you can call a let for a dining zebra!) Talk about the luxurious perks of a glamping safari!
Grumeti Reserve daily adventures
The camp is in the heart of the game-rich Grumeti Reserve, spanning an area almost the size of Kenya’s Maasai Mara. Singita manages the reserve and it is a strictly private concession. This means it is only available to Singita guests, which makes a massive difference to the overall safari experience. Additionally, there are no restrictions for going off-road. Because of this, you are able to get closer to wildlife than you’ve ever dreamed. Elephants, lions, cheetahs, leopard…you name it. And the only shooting of these beautiful creatures is with a camera!
What’s included in your glamping safari?
Singita Sabora is an all-inclusive package, and it is expensive…and it’s worth every penny! Room rates start from $1,375 USD (adult), $688 USD (child) per night and includes:
- Lavish accommodations
- A private butler
- All meals and drinks (excluding premium brands)
- Pool, spa and gym facilities
- Television in the lounge tent
- Complimentary WiFi and mobile phone service
- Twice daily safari game drives, walking safaris, bike riding and tennis
- Singita Boutique and Gallery
- Return road transfers between the airstrip and lodge
All the extras.
- Singita Sabora also offers other excursions, priced separately from the room rates.
- Hot air balloon ride over the Serengeti
- Wine and whiskey tastings
- Body treatments such as massage, polishing scrubs, and nourishing masks
- Horseback safaris, for experienced riders
Singita Sabora is a glamping safari steeped in character with a deep connection to the wilderness. It’s hard not to get lost in the timeless luxury where every piece of furniture tells a story. So relax and enjoy, because there is no sacrificing comfort to get closer to nature.