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Singita's Sasakwa Lodge in Tanzania: Where Downton Abbey Would Feel at Home

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May 30, 2014 at 4:03 PM | by | Comment (1)

The Sasakwa Lodge, Singita’s premier property in Northern Tanzania, offers a heavy touch of old world, English opulence in the country's Grumeti Reserve.

If Lord Grantham were ever to take a trip to Africa, this is where he and other denizens Downton Abbey would lay their heads for the night. But today, even heads of state, royals and celebrities head to Sasakwa to soak up the authentic African ambiance and the expansive view of the vast Serengeti plains below.

The elegant, turn of the century manor house is counterbalanced with a carefully collected and well-curated mix of evocative African artifacts. It gives the posh property an African savvy meets boho chic appeal.

On property, there are several adventurous directions to head in. If looking to get your game on, game drives, bush walks and mountain biking are but a few ways to explore the wildlife and the 350,000 African acres available within the private reserve. If an English angle or a nod to the past is your preference, equestrian adventures are also available. You can choose from a thoroughbred, a variety of cross breeds or a South African Boerperd, an indigenous African breed.

Apres adventure can be spent plunging in to your own private pool, indulging in a spa treatment or soaking in the African silence on the veranda.

But perhaps most appealing for Grantham wannabe is that dinner is served by torchlight outdoors, candlelight indoors. Spirited conversations continue well into the night and often in the library. They are often accompanied by bubbles, fine wines and top scotch.

Rates for the Singita Sasakawa Lodge start around $1,350 per person during low season and $1,850 during high season. Enquire about reservations here.

[Photo: Singita's Sasakawa Lodge]

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Whoa!

Well, if you have the money for these accommodations, you probably shouldn't even bother going in low season.  If you do have this money, instead of 10 nights here (which would really end up costing around $25-30K) you could probably call ahead to a local organization, have a tiny but pretty awesome house/camp built for you in the middle of a gorgeous area, be fed and bathed and dressed in new clothes and massaged and go on game drives daily for an entire month, then when you're done, you've helped people develop homebuilding skills, hone their hospitality skills, pay for their own food/shelter, and have a new home when you depart.  Win, win, win.

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