Faru Faru Lodge: Our full report
Faru Faru Lodge is the most southerly of the Singita's properties in the Serengeti, and is close to the Grumeti ...... River and the Serengeti's Western Corridor. Having opened early in 2007, Faru Faru is also the newest of the properties here. It has views over the undulating, short grass hills of the Grumeti Reserve and is surrounded by countless acacia trees. The lodge also looks over a watering hole which is popular with the passing wildlife.
Faru Faru has an elegant and natural feel to it which is reflected largely in the main areas of the lodge. A library adjacent to the bar, dining and lounge areas is well stocked with games, DVDs, a satellite television, books, a computer with internet access and a printer – all of which are complimentary. The library is furnished in much the same way as the rest of the lodge; with plenty of wood and stone, and decorated with ornaments you would expect to find in a botanist's office. It also has large, welcoming sofas covered in scatter cushions, where you could easily while away a few hours.
The dining, bar and lounge areas all flow into one another and are built overlooking the watering hole, one of the swimming pools and the bush. The areas are cool, contemporary and effortlessly chic. It is impossible to ignore the fact that nature and the natural bush have played an enormous part in inspiring its construction. The interiors have exposed, stone floors, the walls are constructed with large nuggets of rock layered on top of each other, and wooden tables and chairs all of which shelter beneath a thick, khaki, canvas roof. Simple ornaments adorn the large wooden tables and pebble-coloured sofas align the walls looking out to the bush and over one of the swimming pools.
As you walk through the dining area you reach a second swimming pool which has been inspired by a Swahili sand beach, where you can soak up the sun from a poolside lounger or lying on the sand. After time at the pool, you can make your way up to the wooden deck and enjoy more views of the Serengeti whilst having an intimate lunch.
Faru Faru also has a small boutique style shop selling a range of African inspired jewellery, ornaments and clothing.
Faru Faru Lodge has been designed cleverly, so although it's quite large, it's very easy to find a quiet, undisturbed corner to be on your own. Beyond the central lounge and dining areas, sloping walkways lead through the bush to the bedrooms, the swimming pools, a firepit and an elevated deck. All of these outdoor areas have quite a tropical feel to them – they are shaded by wooden canopies and trees and surrounded by the green bush. (This was green even though we last visited here at the height of the dry season, at the end of September!)
Faru Faru, which means 'rhino', has been based on a 1940s/50s style botanist camp. There are copies of nature books and test tube-like vases in most of the rooms, instruments and botanical prints hanging on the walls, and each bedroom has a telescope. Having said that – it has been designed in an essentially minimalist, modern way; it has a far more contemporary and stylized feel than its sister lodges, Sabora Plains and Sasakwa.
Between about June and late-August, Faru Faru is surrounded by the great migration, as it munches its way north through the reserve's lush grasses. Because of its proximity to the watering hole and the Grumeti River, it makes a wonderful base from which to view the countless herds that pass by. Whilst Faru Faru makes a wonderful safari lodge during the migration, it is also a good lodge to visit at other times of year. Grumeti Reserve has many kopjies and ravines, and thus permanent populations of game. If you enjoy walking, then during the long dry season, from July to November, guided walks in the dry bed of the Grumeti River are a big attraction.
Like the other two Singita properties in the Grumeti, Faru Faru has exemplary service, charming staff and a real feeling of exclusivity. Out of the three lodges on Singita Grumeti Reserve, Faru Faru undoubtedly has the most stylized and 'designed' feel to it - and felt quite different to the others; it's modern, fresh, funky and full of charm. When we last visited,The lodge managers, Ollie and Steve added a friendly, professional and relaxed touch to the lodge so we felt instantly at home.
- Serengeti Migration Area, Tanzania
- Ideal length of stay
- Typically 2-4 nights would be ideal at Faru Faru.
- Faru Faru Lodge is about 1½ hour's flight from Kilimanjaro. There is an airstrip based near Sasakwa for charter flights.
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Food & drink
- Usual board basis
- Full Board & Activities
- Food quality
- Breakfast - Before heading out on early morning game drives, coffee and a light snacks (muffins, rusks and the like) are served in the lounge. When you return in mid-morning, there's usually a proper breakfast with fresh fruits, cereals, toast, etc - and/or a cooked breakfast made to order, and served to your table.
Lunch - The last time we visited Faru Faru (September 07) we had a very tasty lunch, sitting on the elevated deck, overlooking the bush. We started with a cold pear and champagne soup accompanied by warm, home-made bread and followed with a delicious, tapas-style, hot meat and vegetable platter and an assortment of fresh salads. All of the food was served in beautiful blown glass dishes by charming staff.
Dinner – In the main dining room, this is a ¾-course meal served to your table, although if you prefer a private, candle-lit venue, then you can opt to have it brought to your room's private verandah.
Meal times at Faru Faru can be flexible and work around you and your safari activities. The lodge is very happy to cater for all tastes and ages as long as they have prior notice.
- Riding holidays
- Faru Faru Lodge is a sister lodge of Sasakwa, and you can use the riding facilities there. It has magnificent horses that cater for intermediate to experienced riders (14 years and over) and they will take you out on guided rides lasting up to several days.
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- Wildlife safaris
- Wildlife around Faru Faru is good throughout the year, with plenty of resident game. The lodge is also on the migratory route for the thousands of animals that make their way north across the Serenegti during June – August. The water hole also attracts game in view of the lodge.
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- A very private safari retreat in the western Serengeti, Faru Faru Lodge offers a close connection to the wilderness with a real feeling of exclusivity. Luxurious features like infinity pools and rooms appointed with Swarovski telescopes reflect a modern take on tented safaris.
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- Attitude towards children
- Children over 10 are welcome as long as they are under constant parental supervision.
- Property’s age restrictions
- Children under 10 are not allowed at Faru Faru.
- Special activities & services
- There are no special services for children at Faru Faru.
- Faru Faru doesn't cater for children under 10.
- Generally recommended for children
- Yes – as long as they are under supervision. As Faru Faru is such an intimate and peaceful lodge we recommend only more mature children stay here (12 upwards).
- There are two pool areas that children can use but under supervision. There is also a large library with satellite television, DVD's, games, books, a computer and a printer.
Our travellers’ wildlife sightings from Faru Faru Lodge
Since mid-2018, many of our travellers who stayed at Faru Faru Lodge have kindly recorded their wildlife sightings and shared them with us. The results are below. Click an animal to see more, and here to see more on our methodology.
- There are internet phones in each room and guests can use these to phone internationally with compliments of the lodge.
Wireless internet is installed in the library.
- TV & radio
- There is satellite television in the library.
Anti-poaching educational visits to wildernes
Faru Faru is one of the twelve award-winning eco-lodges owned by Singita Conservation Company, where conservation efforts are supported by three pillars: biodiversity, community and sustainability. Dedicated to the on-going preservation of the African wilderness, Faru Faru is one of the most active supporters of Singita’s anti-poaching programme.
With an increasing value for animal products such as rhino horn, elephant ivory and lion bone, the number of poaching incidents is rapidly soaring. Singita Anti-Poaching Unit was established to combine advanced technology with the efforts of over 100 game scouts to protect the diverse wildlife in the conservancy. To support the initiative, Faru Faru aims to educate tourists about the challenges of fighting the human-wildlife conflict by offering them a chance to visit one of the anti-poaching observation posts. There, guests have a unique opportunity to meet the Singita Grumeti Fund game scouts, see the way they live and how they work to protect the area from illegal poaching activities.
Looking into the future, Singita Grumeti Fund has plans to keep on using the most advanced technology to help it in its anti-poaching efforts. For this, it plans to buy a number of drones that will be used for surveying areas where illegal poaching might be taking place. Through the visits offered by Faru Faru, guests get an immersive experience by spending a day close to the game scouts. Most importantly, by understanding the incredible efforts of the conservation team, they can choose to support the camp’s future investments, and therefore donate for the drone programme.
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Health & safety
- Malarial protection recommended
- Medical care
- There is a resident paramedic at Faru Faru and they have links to the Flying Doctor.
- Dangerous animals
- High Risk
- Security measures
- There are guards at night to escort guests from their rooms to the dining / bar area and back.
- Fire safety
- There are fire extinguishers around the property and some staff are trained to use them.
Guided walking safari
Hot air ballooning
- Disabled access
- On Request
- Laundry facilities
- Laundry is included at Faru Faru. If collected in the morning, it will be ready by the same evening – weather permitting.
- Faru Faru accept US$, Euros and Tanzanian Shillings.
- Accepted payment on location
- Faru Faru accept American Express, Visa and Mastercard and currently don't charge commission. They do not accept Diner's Card.
Room types at Faru Faru Lodge
The large double rooms at Faru Faru have a very modern feel to them. They are stylish, crisp and bright with thoughtful design touches to them. The furnishings are minimalist and contemporary. The botanist-inspired theme is further boosted – pictures of flowers and various botanical instruments decorate the walls.
The bedrooms are all very calming and are decorated with natural fibres and muted colours – stone-greys and creams. Wood and stone are used extensively, and canvas for the roofs, which makes the rooms feel spacious, bright and uncluttered. The light wood furniture is complimented by bamboo partitions and a polished stone floor. Walking into the room, there is a 'memory board' where guests are encouraged to pin up photos, pictures or any memories they choose to write down, adding character and history to the rooms, even though this lodge only opened recently.
Outside, each room also has its own private, wooden veranda overlooking the bush and its waterhole. However, to bring nature closer, and to appreciate the view from your bed, simply pick up the remote control and watch your room's wall of glass windows glide smoothly aside. Then, when night falls, put your private telescope to good use: star-gaze from the comfort of one of your armchairs.
We last visited Faru Faru when it was very new – just a few months old. As such, there were a couple of teething problems, which are likely to have been fixed by late 2007. For example, the rooms had only one large mosquito net – so when twin beds were under it, they had to be very close together.
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