SINGITA Grumeti Reserves lodges in the western corridor of the world famous Serengeti National Park has been named the best by Travel+Leisure magazine of United States of America for 2012 from a list of top 100 hotels in the world.
In two years running the hotels are rated as leaders in the world which boosts the Tanzania tourism industry -- one of the main sources of foreign income which employs thousands of people indirectly and directly.
Travel and Leisure magazine is one of the world's most trusted magazines in the tourism and travel industry which asks travellers to vote for the hotels they visit. This makes the competition stiff among top notch hotels in the world.
In the travel and Leisure list of the best 20 includes Ol Donyo Lodge-mbirikana group ranch of Kenya, Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur of India; Triple Creek Ranch, Darby (an adults only retreat) and Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, Matauri Bay of New Zealand.
Others are Pasada de Mike Rapu/Explora Rapa Nui, Easter Island of Chile; La Residence Phou Vao, Luang Praban of Laos; Hotel Caruso, Ravello of Italy; Little Palm Island Resort and Spa, Little Torch Key, Florida and Blackberry Farm, Walland,TN of US.
Also in the top twenty are Stein Eriksen Lodge, Park City, UT; Intercontinental Resort and Thalasso Spa BoraBora (French Polynesia); Hotel Splendido, Portofino, Italy; Mandarin Oriental DharaDhevi and Chiang Mai of Thailand.
The rest are Peninsula, Chicago; Nisbert Plantation Beach Club, Nevis; Eliot Hotel, Boston; Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur, India; Four Seasons Resort, Carmelo, Uruguay and Singita Sabisabi Sand and Kruger National Park of South Africa.
According to Travel and Leisure magazine, the bast ten hotels in Africa and Asia are Singita Grumeti Reserves of Tanzania, Singita Kruger National Park of South Africa, Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge of Tanzania, Singita Sabisabi and Kruger national park of South Africa.
Others are Kirawila Luxury Tented camp of Tanzania, Mombo camp and Little Mombo camp of Botswana, Fairmont Mara Safari Club of Kenya, BeyondKichwaTembo Tented camp of Kenya and Fairmont Mount Kenya safari club of Kenya.
Singita Grumeti Reserves runs three lodges which are Sasakwa Lodge, Sabora Tented Camp and Farufaru Lodge as well as Singita Explore Mobile Camp, all positioned ideally on the epic migratory route traversed annually by more than a million wildebeests, zebras and others.
When asked to comment on this achievement, Singita Grumeti Reserves Managing Director Mr Graham Ledger said that he is thrilled that they can do this as a team two years in a row.
"It demonstrates what a great people we have with us here in Tanzania and what a wonderful environment has been created in which our guests are clearly delighted be part of," remarked Mr Ledger.
The lodges are owned by American investor Mr Paul Tudor Jones, the man behind the return of more than 30 black rhinos in Tanzania from South Africa. He provided the money with which the rhinos were bought back.
His company, Singita Grumeti Fund, also made available funds to build a new primary school in Serengeti to replace the old one in the area marked for the construction of Mugumu International airport and compensations to villagers at the airport area.