Serengeti Girls Run: The Adventure of a Lifetime

safarigo   Tanzania  

Nowadays, social awareness and environmental conservation efforts can take many different forms, from small-scale volunteering to hefty crowdfunded donations.

But one of the most exciting initiatives organized for raising awareness on women’s empowerment and gender equality is Tanzania’s annual Serengeti Girls Run.
It’s an awe-inspiring six-day event co-sponsored by Singita, Grumeti Fund, and 
Safarigo, first established four years ago and now running for its fourth consecutive year.

Taking inspirational women throughout the iconic wilderness of the Serengeti, the Serengeti Girls Run consists of six days of activities, including a three-day 63k run across the wild beauty and rich wildlife of the region, and it is aimed at raising funds for 
Grumeti Fund’s empowerment initiatives for young girls living in the area.

The incredible women participating in this scenic run will not only help the conservation charity continue to deliver its empowerment programs but will also provide them with a truly unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience while visiting 
Tanzania.




Why attend the Serengeti Girls Run?


So, before we dive into the unforgettable itinerary for Serengeti Girls Run 2021, let’s take a closer look at the mission behind the initiative and why this run makes for one of the best things to do in Tanzania later this year.

The Serengeti run is the brainchild of Singita, a conservation and ecotourism brand specializing in making African safaris more eco-friendly and purposeful, and Grumeti Fund, an environmental non-profit looking to protect the Serengeti ecosystem.

The goal of this joint venture has always been to help promote women’s empowerment among the rural populations of the Serengeti region, using the revenue from the run as funding for their projects.

So, what community projects will you be supporting when signing up for the run?


Your contribution will help fund the following empowerement initiatives for girls:

•   Scholarships for 80 local girls in secondary school, vocational studies and university

•   Empowerment events for 5,000 high school girls

•   One year worth of pads for 5,000 high school girls so that they can attend school with dignity and pride

•   Mentorship program

•   Life skills training

On top of supporting these incredible initiatives, visitors who choose to make the Serengeti Girls Run part of their Tanzania trip will get the chance to discover the Serengeti through new lenses, running across the untouched ecosystem and authentic wilderness of this private concession of western Serengeti.




How it works


Starting on October 27th and wrapping up on November 1st 2021, the itinerary involves a flexible and multi-stage distance of 21km per day, with evenings spent comfortably and in stylish luxury in a modern glamping tent, timeless in its signature Eastern African decor yet fitted with all the luxury amenities necessary for a restful, spa-like evening after a challenging day’s run.

At the end of each day, participants will also be able to enjoy evening game drives to explore the scenic, awe-inspiring environment of this exclusive private concession, spanning as much as 350,000 acres of untouched wild beauty.

At the end of the three days, participants will also get the chance to learn more about Grumeti Fund’s mission of sustainability and community development, with the opportunity to join a career fair for young girls and visit the local Anti-Poaching Canine Unit.

Here’s a breakdown of the itinerary:

DAY ONE - October 27th
Arrive at Singita Grumeti late morning
Lunch followed by game drive and sundowners in the bush
Sundowner and event briefing
Dinner and overnight at Singita Sabora Tented Camp

DAY TWO - October 28th
Morning fun run followed by a visit to the career fair
Lunch at Singita Sabora Tented Camp
Dinner and overnight at Singita Sabora Tented Camp

DAY THREE - October 29th
Day 1 of the multi-stage run/walk (21km)
Lunch, rest, and massages
Afternoon game drive
Dinner and overnight at Singita Sabora Tented Camp

DAY FOUR - October 30th
Day 2 of the multi-stage run/walk (21km)
Lunch, rest, and massages
Afternoon game drive
Dinner and overnight at Singita Sabora Tented Camp

DAY FIVE - October 31st
Day 3 of the multi-stage run/walk (21km)
Lunch, rest, and massages
Afternoon game drive followed by a celebratory party
Dinner and overnight at Singita Sabora Tented Camp

DAY SIX - November 1st
Morning tour of the EEC followed by RISE tour
Bush lunch
Depart in afternoon




Accommodation and details

Throughout the six days, your evenings will be spent in fun and relaxation in the Singita Sabora Tented Camp, a luxury accommodation combining the classic charm of the tented safari experience with contemporary comforts and energy.

Set within the stunning 35,000 acres of protected wilderness of the Singita Grumeti reserve, this setting offers a front-row seat to the spectacular sights of native animals and the unfiltered, untouched natural landscape.

Opulent, romantic, and uncompromisingly authentic thanks to its local artisan furniture, each canvas suite includes a private meditation deck, an outdoor sala with daybeds, a private fitness area, and a picture-perfect dining space and in-room pantry.

Now, what will be included in your ticket and what can you expect from your stay at the Singita Sabora Tented Camp? Here’s a breakdown of all the details:

Each ticket for the event is $4,500 per person (single) or $3,500 per person (sharing) for access to the all-inclusive 5-night package, with an additional tax-deductible donation of $15,500 per person (single) or $8,500 per person (sharing).

This generous donation will be used to fund inspiring empowerment projects for local girls and young women.

The all-inclusive package offered will include:

• A tax-deductable donation to the Grumeti Fund’s empowerment programs for girls

• 5 nights’ full board at Singita Sabora Tented Camp, with a maximum of 2 guests per tent allowed

• Return flights on Grumeti Air from Kilimanjaro International Airport to Singita Grumeti

• Daily game drives & wilderness runs within the incredible Singita Grumeti Reserve

• All meals and beverages for the 5-day stay (excluding French Champagne)

• Laundry service

• WiFi

• All activities including a tour of the EEC and RISE tour on Day 6










Covid-19 in Tanzania and safety concerns

Despite a few reasonable setbacks along the way, the 2020 Serengeti Girls Run has managed to go ahead as planned, with the fourteen women participating getting to enjoy the event in complete safety and making the most out of what has turned out to be one of the most meaningful and memorable times of their lives.

In 2021, travel restrictions are expected to continue easing across the world, but you should always stay informed and keep an eye on the latest developments surrounding 
Covid-19 and travel restrictions.

While being able to run freely across the reservation and observing the majestic wild animals in close proximity is a big part of what makes this experience so magical, participants will be able to run safe and sound while being escorted by experienced anti-poaching game scouts.




Experience the Serengeti in 2021

As one of the most unique and purpose-led things to do in Tanzania, the Serengeti Girls Run only allows for very limited spaces, so we recommend all women who wish to participate this year to book their spot as soon as possible.

You can learn more about the details of the run, prices, and itinerary on 
Singita’s official website and ask the staff for any questions you might have.

Alternatively, you can email Kate.F@singita.com or safarigotanzania@gmail.com for inquiries and bookings and reach out to info@grumetifund.org for more information on Grumeti Fund’s conservation and fundraising efforts.