A vacation at Singita Explore Mobile Tented Camp is such a unique experience.
Imagine an incredible comfortable four-star hotel bedroom done in a camping theme with all the amenities.
Add to this the best five-star service you may have ever experienced (a Singita trademark) even if you've traveled to many countries,
and stayed in five-star boutique hotels, now put all that into the center of the Serengeti where they simply mowed out a section of the plain and set-up shop.
And, all this is just for you and your own group.
Oh, and weeks ahead of time, they asked about your dietary preferences and imported foods to match those preferences for the excellent chef and his soups.
Now, if you're with me so far, add the hammocks, fire pit, well appointed double-tent lounge area (with bar), in-door dining tent, out-door dining with crystal and silver ... need I go on?
No, I was not paid to write this advertisement!
Now, on top of that, add that you are not here for the tenting experience at all.
You are here to see the animals.
Therefore, your guide is wonderful and you spend hours in the bush tracking down, well, everything.
You don't need more than a 70-300 lens because the animals are everywhere and CLOSE.
Bring a wide angle. Here are some excerpts from my notes:
"We saw buffalo, ostrich, zebra, giraffe, baboon, velvet monkey, tsetse fly, tall grass, acacia trees, and many other things on our ride from the plane to the Explore tent.
We have another safari at 4:30." "We are the only family in this part of the Serengeti.
'This place is so magical. It seems unreal.' Grace just said. 'I agree, I sighed.'" "We did a night safari tonight and looked for a leopard.
We spotted a family of elephants and they were amazing.
They kept moving around a hill near Faru Faru (another Singita place where we stayed that was also amazing) and our guide, Aloyce, would not give up looking for a way to get a good view of them."
"We had drinks and snacks overlooking the plains before returning to dinner.
It was a beautiful sunset."
"The desert for lunch was a white chocolate, orange mousy concoction that everyone declared divine.
Later at dinner someone said that lunch dessert may have been the best thing he's ever eaten.
The chef was very happy to hear it." "We have twelve staff, plus the manager (Jordan), our guide (Aloyce), and the night guards.
Quite an entourage!" If you do go to one of the Singita places and Aloyce is your guide, please tell him the family that was with him for New Year's day 2012 still talks of him fondly and hopes to see him again someday.
This was a trip with people ages 54 to 15 and everyone loved it.
Oh, and in case you are wondering the bathroom facilities are like those at home.
The shower is HOT. Also, you should note that this is located in the Grumeti Reserve of the Serengeti.
There are limited numbers of people allowed in the Reserve at any given time.
You see many more non-human than human mammals