Singita Sabi Sands
Singita Sabi Sands is situated over 18 000 hectares (45 000 acres) in the Sabi Sand Reserve alongside the Kruger National Park. Singita’s founding lodges, Singita Ebony and Singita Boulders are located in the Sabi Sand Reserve in South Africa. This private reserve is an area known for prolific wildlife and exclusive game viewing. The Sabi Sand lies adjacent to the Kruger National Park, and the absence of fencing means that animals migrate between the two reserves. Sabi Sand is situated on the perennial Sand River and this diverse habitat is home to a wealth of animals, plants and birds.
Singita Boulders Lodge towers over the landscape, a monolith of curving thatch and piled stone that joins seamlessly with the rocky geometry that holds it to the earth. Senufo artefacts and bold sculpture offset smooth linen in blue and silent white, as cascading water cools the summer air. Singita Boulders Lodge rests on the banks of the Sand River in the heart of Singita Sabi Sands, unlocking the senses to views that stretch to the edges of the imagination.
Singita Boulders suites feature magnificent stone bathrooms and bedrooms that encapsulate in luxury. Quiet, simple and luxurious, moments spent on the vast sundecks at Singita Boulders Lodge will leave you at the mercy of the breathtaking wild distance.
Singita Boulders Lodge is built around the theme of nature. The lodge is beautifully appointed on the Sand River. Singita Boulders Lodge consists of:
– 12 luxurious suites (24 beds), 2 of which are double and convert to family suites.
– Luxury suites consist of sumptuous bathrooms, indoor and outdoor showers, an expansive living area with double-sided fireplace, mini-bar and fridge, private wooden leisure decks with a private plunge pool.
– All suites are air-conditioned and also offer the option of ceiling fans.
– Rooms have direct dial telephones, and the library has two computers and direct internet links.
– The main lodge has lounge and timber deck dining areas overlooking the Sand River, a bar area and traditional open boma, gymnasium, health spa, library and wine cellar.
– Tariffs include all-suite accommodation, three meals per day, open Land-Rover safaris accompanied by experienced guides and trackers.
Singita Ebony Lodge languishes in a cool silence in the shade of jackalberry trees on the bank of the Sand River, in the heart of the Sabi Sands Reserve. Singita Ebony Lodge is man’s love affair with Africa, timeworn colonial furniture and ethnic craft merge with vibrant hand-woven fabrics and relics collected from the land – a tribute to nature’s eternal struggle.
The suites at Singita Ebony are places of quiet contemplation, where the silence and solitude is measured only by the harmony of the forest and plains beyond. Singita Ebony Lodge is the epitome of the luxury safari experience, combining quality and simple refinement to define the wonder of the wild.
Singita Ebony is found on the banks of the Sand River, in the very heart of the renowned Sabi Sand Reserve. This, the founding lodge of the Singita brand, is renowned for its commitment to exclusivity and privacy in one of the finest settings in Africa. Singita Ebony Lodge consists of:
12 luxurious suites (24 beds), 2 of which are double and convert to family suites.
Luxury suites consist of sumptuous bathrooms, indoor and outdoor showers, and an expansive living area with double-sided fireplace, mini-bar and fridge and private wooden leisure decks with a private plunge pool.
All suites are air-conditioned and also offer the option of ceiling fans.
Rooms have direct dial telephones, and the library has two computers and direct internet links.
The main lodge has lounge and timber deck dining areas overlooking the Sand River, a bar area and traditional open boma, gymnasium, health spa, library and wine cellar.
Tariffs include all-suite accommodation, three meals per day, All drinks, including premium wines, spirits and liqueurs (excluding champagnes), open Land-Rover safaris accompanied by experienced guides and trackers.
Formerly the family home of Singita founder Luke Bailes’ grandfather, Singita Castleton is an exclusive use lodge set within 45,000 acres of private reserve.
Singita Castleton consists of a main house with communal living spaces, and accommodation located in six individual cottages within the grounds, catering for up to 12 people. It is steeped in history, capturing the spirit of the original Castleton house, giving the lodge a historical and comforting nature. Singita Castleton has been designed to combine the best elements of a private safari lodge with the rustic charms of a country farmhouse,
with the added benefit of extensive high-end facilities, including a vast garden, swimming pool, wine cellar, gym, tennis court and spa treatment room. Guests can relax together in the courtyard, gather around the traditional ‘boma’ or meet in the country-style kitchen, yet the individual cottages allow guests to retreat to the privacy of their own space as and when it’s needed. All of this is overlooking a waterhole where animals regularly gather to drink.
Singita Sabi Sands Game Viewing
Wildlife in Singita Sabi Sands lives up to its international reputation. Abundant in the Big Five and myriad smaller creatures, the reserve is bisected by the Sand River, an important source of water and a consistent place of refuge on the animals’ endless migration. The lie of the land is perfectly suited to game viewing.
Groves of acacia thornveld, Marula trees and flatcrowns give way to open expanses of grassland, where zebra, antelope and wildebeest graze, ever wary of the threat of the large cats. Drainage lines and dry river beds are leopard territory, these majestic cats are often spotted poised in the fork of a tree with a good vantage of the ground below.
The days at Singita Sabi Sands start early, just as the sun begins to lighten the sky in the east. Your personal ranger and tracker, who accompany you on your wildlife expeditions for the duration of your stay, greet you in the main lodge with a warm beverage and light snack before you head out into the wonder of the African bush. Most of the trackers have an uncanny sixth sense about the wild, their intuition borders on the supernatural. The Sabi Sand region is one of the most prolific wildlife areas in the world.
The reserve boasts the ‘big five’ and a myriad of smaller creatures. The Sabi Sand Reserve is bisected by the perennial Sand River, and game viewing is abundant in this part of the world. Groves of acacia thornveld and Marula trees give way to open expanses of grassland where zebra, antelope and wildebeest graze freely.
The region is famous for its big cat activity and leopard sightings. Leopard, lion, elephant, buffalo, white rhino, cheetah, hyena, giraffe, zebra, waterbuck, hippo, wildebeest, kudu and many other mammal and bird species occur at Singita Sabi Sands.
Guests have access to a wide range of activities, including:
Early morning game drives and guided bush walks. Afternoon (into evening) game drives in open Land-Rovers. Seasonal fishing.
Community tours into neighbouring villages.
Shopping is an option – the African Trading Store stocks a range of African artifacts and curios.
Each lodge has a spa complete with a fully-equipped gymnasium.
Each lodge has its own swimming pool, with each suite complete with its own private plunge pool.
Internet, satellite TV and fax facilities, and a well-stocked library are available to guests at both lodges.