Faru Faru Lodge is constructed from natural materials, like rock and wood. © Singita

Faru Faru Lodge | Grumeti Reserves, Serengeti Luxury Tanzania Safari Lodge

With its mini Serengeti beaches, infinity pools and spa, it’s difficult to leave Tanzania‘s Faru Faru Lodge. The good news is you don’t need to: it has a waterhole plus it’s right on the path of the Great Wildebeest Migration, so a lot of the wildlife will come to you.

The place

The burbling Grumeti River, bird calls and occasional bark of a monkey combine to make the perfect soundtrack to the view before me, which spans 140,000ha of untouched wilderness in the Grumeti Reserves. We’re at Faru Faru Lodge, a luxury Tanzanian safari lodge that has seven guest suites, a family suite and a villa nestled on a hill. I’m told it mimics a 1940s botanists’ retreat, and if so, I might need to rethink my career!I look past the river towards the horizon, scanning the plains for the frontrunners of the Great Wildebeest Migration. The lodge is on the migratory route, so if I choose I can relax here until the animals come to me – the height of luxury!

The burbling Grumeti River, bird calls and occasional bark of a monkey combine to make the perfect soundtrack to the view before me, which spans 140,000ha of untouched wilderness in the Grumeti Reserves. We’re at Faru Faru Lodge, a luxury Tanzanian safari lodge that has seven guest suites, a family suite and a villa nestled on a hill. I’m told it mimics a 1940s botanists’ retreat, and if so, I might need to rethink my career!

I look past the river towards the horizon, scanning the plains for the frontrunners of the Great Wildebeest Migration. The lodge is on the migratory route, so if I choose I can relax here until the animals come to me – the height of luxury!

The room

I slowly unwind as Kim, my masseuse, gently works a blend of marula and neroli oil into my muscles. Before we got started she told me that the massage tool she’d be using is unique; it’s made from a medicinal tree that’s used to treat more than 40 ailments.Our soaring canvas-ceilinged room has natural elements of stone, warm woods and bamboo that fuse beautifully with the views outside – perfectly suited to a private spa spoil. I’m awash in happiness.I gaze out the glass windows, which – at the touch of a button – open up to incredible views of the vast plains below. As I slowly drift in and out of consciousness, I wonder if we’ll catch the Great Wildebeest Migration. If not, there’s enough wildlife sightings to be enjoyed right here at the lodge, with colobus monkey darting among the treetops and the parade of animals that come to visit the waterhole, all of which can be viewed through the Swarovski spyglass on my private deck.I’m so relaxed after my massage I decide to take a nap. After, I rinse off the massage oils in our outdoor shower before walking barefoot to one of the two infinity pools, which are curved to mirror the waterhole below. I sink my toes into the soft Serengeti sand, feeling like I’m at the beach.

I slowly unwind as Kim, my masseuse, gently works a blend of marula and neroli oil into my muscles. Before we got started she told me that the massage tool she’d be using is unique; it’s made from a medicinal tree that’s used to treat more than 40 ailments.

Our soaring canvas-ceilinged room has natural elements of stone, warm woods and bamboo that fuse beautifully with the views outside – perfectly suited to a private spa spoil. I’m awash in happiness.

I gaze out the glass windows, which – at the touch of a button – open up to incredible views of the vast plains below. As I slowly drift in and out of consciousness, I wonder if we’ll catch the Great Wildebeest Migration. If not, there’s enough wildlife sightings to be enjoyed right here at the lodge, with colobus monkey darting among the treetops and the parade of animals that come to visit the waterhole, all of which can be viewed through the Swarovski spyglass on my private deck.

I’m so relaxed after my massage I decide to take a nap. After, I rinse off the massage oils in our outdoor shower before walking barefoot to one of the two infinity pools, which are curved to mirror the waterhole below. I sink my toes into the soft Serengeti sand, feeling like I’m at the beach.

What sets it apart

I love the two temperature-controlled infinity pools overlooking the waterhole, which quenches the thirst of various animals throughout the day – and the soft sand next to them is a lovely touch. I’m also delighted to be in a private reserve; not only are there hardly any other vehicles around, but our guide can take us off road to get closer to the animals. The food has been wonderful too, and what a treat to eat while taking in panoramic views of the savannah. Faru Faru Lodge has provided a completely unique Serengeti experience.

I love the two temperature-controlled infinity pools overlooking the waterhole, which quenches the thirst of various animals throughout the day – and the soft sand next to them is a lovely touch. I’m also delighted to be in a private reserve; not only are there hardly any other vehicles around, but our guide can take us off road to get closer to the animals. The food has been wonderful too, and what a treat to eat while taking in panoramic views of the savannah. Faru Faru Lodge has provided a completely unique Serengeti experience.

At a glance

  • Intimate safari lodge with infinity pools and Serengeti-style beaches, spa and gym, and seven tented suites, a family suite and a villa (with private plunge pool).
  • Private conservancy, only six guests per safari vehicle, private vehicles available (additional cost), private dining available, flexible schedules and spyglasses provided.
  • Game drives, walking safaris, spa treatments (additional cost) and environmental education centre visits.
  • Children welcome. Babysitting available and activities tailored to suit each family. Family suite and villa on offer.

  • Intimate safari lodge with infinity pools and Serengeti-style beaches, spa and gym, and seven tented suites, a family suite and a villa (with private plunge pool).
  • Private conservancy, only six guests per safari vehicle, private vehicles available (additional cost), private dining available, flexible schedules and spyglasses provided.
  • Game drives, walking safaris, spa treatments (additional cost) and environmental education centre visits.
  • Children welcome. Babysitting available and activities tailored to suit each family. Family suite and villa on offer.

Prices

  • Not only do African safari lodge prices shift with the seasons, they also change based on your length of stay, room type, travel party composition, special offers, if your trip involves stays at sister lodges – and for more reasons besides.
  • It’s worth noting that depending on your itinerary, your lodge cost will make up about 75–85% of your total safari trip cost.
  • Our safaris are tailor-made to match your personal safari dream, we’d be delighted if you’d allow us to create a bespoke proposal for you.  Simply enquire now – our quotes are complimentary and obligation-free.
  • However, to help you get an idea of safari lodge prices we’ve created three safari-lodge categories with various price ranges, to find out more click here.

  • Not only do African safari lodge prices shift with the seasons, they also change based on your length of stay, room type, travel party composition, special offers, if your trip involves stays at sister lodges – and for more reasons besides.
  • It’s worth noting that depending on your itinerary, your lodge cost will make up about 75–85% of your total safari trip cost.
  • Our safaris are tailor-made to match your personal safari dream, we’d be delighted if you’d allow us to create a bespoke proposal for you.  Simply enquire now – our quotes are complimentary and obligation-free.
  • However, to help you get an idea of safari lodge prices we’ve created three safari-lodge categories with various price ranges, to find out more click here.

When to Go

This is a wonderful time to visit northern Tanzania, with the vegetation initially lush after the rains, but then dying back, making the wildlife that much easier to see. Temperatures are cooler (although the days are warm and sunny). With the wildebeest herds assembling to make the perilous crossing of the Grumeti River, this is the busiest time of the year here. Tarangire is a great option now, with locally migrating wildlife concentrating along the Tarangire River, or take in the tree-climbing lion and beautiful seasonal waterfalls at Lake Manyara.

The long dry spell between the rains sees the vegetation cycle being repeated: lovely green grass immediately after the rains subsequently starts to wither. As food and water become scarcer, game concentrates around waterholes, making wildlife viewing particularly easy in January. Wildebeest calving in January and February on the southern Serengeti short-grass plains means a glut of kills – it’s the best time for predator action. Away from the Serengeti, this is an ideal opportunity to see resident game in the Ngorongoro Crater and at Lake Manyara, and birders will enjoy spotting migratory species.

These are perhaps not the ideal times to visit northern Tanzania as they represent the two peaks of the wet season – the long rains in April and May; the short rains in November. This does mean however that you’ll be sharing the game reserves and national parks of northern Tanzania with far fewer people, and there’s still plenty to see. During the long rains, the Great Wildebeest Migration moves north in the Serengeti, through Seronera towards the Western Corridor, while in November the herds return from the Masai Mara.

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