You arrive on a small plane and you don’t know what to expect. He looks out the window as you land and he gasps. “Look,” he says. Sure enough, right next to the runway, which seems to be in the middle of nowhere, is a lion – as if it were the official greeter. You gawk and he disappears back into the bush, but you wonder how you can ever get off the plane. The pilots don’t seem to be concerned. In fact, they are excited. “Did you see that?” They say they turn around and look back as the plane travels down the street towards waiting jeeps and khaki safari guides. “Welcome to Grumeti,” says the pilot. “Your honeymoon safari has started. It is very lucky to start with a Leo. “If the plane stops near the jeeps, you will be taken away and quickly put in a seat in the car. Someone gives you a glass of sparkling wine and a snack and you wait while they load your bags in the back. “So, the lion?” Your husband is asking for the time being. “That was real,” says the Führer with a laugh. “You can see him again – not to mention a lot more.”
He’s right. When you stumble through the bush on a ridged road, you have to pinch yourself. You are actually here – in the Serengeti. A sea of flax landscapes unfolds in the hinterland all around you. Here and there a tree marks the horizon. But you can also see other things not too far away. Whole bunches of them “Are those elephants?” You ask rhetorically because it is obvious that these huge, beautiful creatures, almost some distance away, are pachyderms – your favorite animal. There is even a baby that walks with them. On the other side, you’ll see a zebra flash, a tower of giraffes, and different species of antelopes. He’s asked you about all kinds of antelopes, but now that you’re here you’re not sure which one is which – other than the one that looks very different and is so ugly that it’s cute, kind of like the monster in “Where the wild things are.” “That’s a gnu!” You say. He puts his arm around you.
In East Africa you can reach your safari lodge, the famous Singita Sasakwa Lodge, in the Grumeti Reserve in Tanzania, a 350,000 hectare untouched area of wild nature. It suddenly appears in the middle of the wilderness like an opulent Fata Morgana that somehow manages to connect to the terrain. In the mood of a turn-of-the-century mansion, Singita Sasakwa is one of the most famous safari lodges in the world. That’s why you chose it for this honeymoon. It features secluded cottages, pools and tennis courts, as well as an expansive garden cape overlooking the endless golden carpet of the legendary Serengeti savannah. He looks forward to meeting the horses in the spacious stable. Seasoned riders, you have both dreamed of clapping through the bush on horseback and at the Grumeti Reserve, led by a capable guide, that’s one thing you will do. You’ll also go on a walking safari, al fresco lunch, bush breakfast, and numerous game drives, not to mention relaxing in the main house salons and libraries, next to the pool, in the spa, and in your luxurious cottage tub.
When it is time to leave Sasakwa you start crying. It was a dream to study what Karen Blixen called “the rhythm of Africa”. The jeep chugs down a street and then suddenly stops. “A cheetah,” says the guide. “It’s not over yet,” says her husband. It turns out he’s right because your destination now is Singita Sabora Tented Camp, another miracle but with a different vibe. Here you will spend the night in a tent – albeit a glamorous one with a bathtub, comfortable furniture, African handicrafts and design elements. Amazingly, there is also a personal deck (ready for yoga?) – great for watching the game around the clock at the surrounding watering holes. A unique “Guest Deli” offers wicker baskets and refrigerators full of gastronomic snacks that you can take with you for spontaneous romantic picnics. But they also love the two intimate dining areas and the pool. But the best? All of these wild wildebeest romp around you. Sabora is on the wildebeest migration route, and your eyes will burst at the enchanted realization of how many are circling you – herds as far as the eyes can see.
Then, as if he knew, your husband grins and pulls a book out of his suitcase. It’s Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are”. He turns a page, looks you straight in the eye, and then looks back at the book. “There should be a place where only the things that are supposed to happen happen,” he reads. They laugh. “It’s here. In Singita in the Grumeti Reserve.
He smiles. “Let the wild Rumpus begin.”
Expect these honeymoon amenities, all included in Singita Grumeti’s room rate:
- Honeymoon turndowns
- Romantic bush dinner
- Picnic baskets in Sabora – fill your own picnic baskets and dine anywhere or in your tent where you have a pantry and juicer and can stay in the suite for the night
- Stargazing evening with private dinner
- Private guided bush walk with drink stop
- Private wine tasting or food and wine pairing in the wine cellar
- Couples massage or wellness treatment