Having shown what a bona fide and well banked wildlife operation can do with the previously wasted Grumeti concession, the 2012 opening of Singita Mara River Tented Camp in the Lamai Triangle was eagerly anticipated by both those in the industry and knowledgeable travelers.
Located north of the Mara, and just south of Kenya, Singita Mara aimed to capitalise on the late October and August stages of the migration – doing so in a style and area consistent with Singita’s reputation for setting luxury accommodation in the most authentic of habitats.
A canvas, wood and stone build, set on a treeless rise overlooking the Mara River, Singita Mara River Tented Camp consists of a main mess tent and 6 sleeping tents. A signature Singita setup – in so far as the architecture and design is typically environmentally conscious – the shared areas consist of a bar, plunge pool, lounge, small library and extensive decking.
All bleached woods, black and white abstract art pieces, cream seating, stainless steel paneling and a Bedouin-esque ceiling, the overall style here, inside and out, is slightly other worldly. The pale colour scheme is bold in its stated neutrality, and everything points out, toward the river.
Food & service
The service and food is, as one would expect, first class. We particularly recommend the scrambled eggs, cooked to perfection every morning, whilst the chocolate soufflés are simply divine.
Slightly regimental in terms of their positioning, the rooms at Singita Mara River Tented Camp are spaced out along the rise. They are divided into 4 standard size tents and 2 family tents. Each consists of its bed(s), a seating area, private veranda, en-suite bathroom, writing desk and storage. As with the mess tent, the styling is colour led, the whites and creams offset by the occasional dark rug, or black stripe. The furniture is unobtrusive, subtle, and elegant.
Please note that each of the family tents is in actual fact two standard tents linked by a canvas tunnel. Unique and eminently flexible, they are easily utilised for couples and travelling groups. There is complimentary Wi-Fi access, although – due to the lodge’s remoteness – it can be slow at times.
Activities at Singita Mara River Tented Camp include wildlife drives, guided walks, sundowners and bush picnics.