Sasakwa Lodge, in the Grumeti Reserve, is one of the top lodges in the Serengeti.
SuiteThere are seven individual suites at Sasakwa Lodge, each of which is entirely separate from the rest. The smallest has one bedroom, whilst the largest has four bedrooms. You will always have the suite to yourself, however you will usually find that the size of your suite reflects the size of your group.
Apart from their size (number of bedrooms), the suites at Sasakwa Lodge are fundamentally the same, and all are decorated in the same style. As with the main lodge, the style is reminiscent of English colonial architecture. Red stone columns and small porch are at the front of the houses and an open veranda is at the back.
Once inside, the slightly quaint feel of Sasakwa's suites gives way to shear opulence. The large lounge area has a large white sofa scattered with cushions and a couple of leather armchairs. There is a huge fireplace which will be lit for you on request, a beautifully-crafted antique writing desk and a complimentary mini-bar and coffee station. Africa sculptures and artwork are dotted around.
These suites have wireless broadband internet access, although you need your own laptop to access this; each also has an internet phone, which you can use to call internationally (calls are free).
Large French windows lead onto your private veranda which is furnished with tables and chairs, as well as sun loungers. There is also a Swarovski spotting scope. All of the suites are placed along the edge of Sasakwa Hill, looking out across the Sabora Plains. Right on the edge is your own private infinity plunge-pool which is heated.
The bedrooms at Sasakwa Lodge are adjacent to the lounge area – they are spacious rooms and grandly furnished with antique furniture. When you enter the room, the first thing you notice is the vast four poster bed draped in white mosquito netting. A comfortable armchair sits in front of the fire place which can be lit on request. Whilst in the opposite corner is a writing desk.
Behind the bedroom is a dressing room area where there is plenty of space for storing cloths. Here you will also find a hairdryer and a safe for storing valuables.
The suites at Sasakwa Lodge are very opulent and almost over-the-top in their finery. But the amount of space and privacy that you have is fantastic.
The en-suite bathrooms at Sasakwa Lodge are split into three sections. The central section is where you find 'his-and-hers' sinks. Through a door you find the bathroom, and a separate door leads to the toilet.
In keeping with the theme of the lodge, the bathrooms also have a Victorian feel to them – with marble floors, lots of dark-wood and a claw-foot bath. There is also a wonderfully powerful hot-and-cold shower in the bathroom.
Stunning pencil sketchings hang on the walls and large windows let in plenty of light. When we were last at Sasakwa Lodge, we loved the brightness of the bathrooms.
Complementary toiletries are provided.