Situated on the Serengeti plains in the 350,000-acre Grumeti private concession, Singita Sabora has long had a persuasive claim to being the world’s most glamorous tented camp. A few years ago, I was relaxing on a day bed, set on the grass in the shade, surrounded by hundreds of grazing antelope and zebra, when a pair of cheetah wandered nonchalantly past. Such sightings are not unusual at Sabora. There is an astonishing abundance of wildlife year-round, but the numbers multiply exponentially each June, when the Great Migration passes through. At the time of my visit, the camp itself was decorated in an opulent colonial style, with antiques, crystal and Persian rugs. Now a comprehensive redesign provides a more modern interpretation of the classic tented safari, with greater emphasis on indigenous African art and style. The nine reimagined tented suites offer meditation decks, private lounging salas, pantries and in-room fitness areas.
A pool area, new dining spaces and an open plan bar and lounge all contribute to the camp’s appeal. Ultimately, however, it is the thrill of being on the ground, under canvas, in one of the world’s most spectacular and prolific wildlife areas that remains the essence of Sabora’s allure. A perfect counterpoint to a classic Serengeti tented safari is provided by the eight-room Singita Kwitonda Lodge, which opened in August 2019, at the edge of Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, the home of the famous mountain gorillas. Singita’s guests can now fly directly from the Grumeti airstrip to the Rwandan capital, Kigali.