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... Sabi sands. The " rooms" are huge. The private plunge pool was a hit. Food was outstanding. Service was top notch. Game...
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... could wish for is already thought of. Amazing food. Private pools. We said to someone how much we loved the little library,...
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... private deck, fantastic outdoor shower, and a heated plunge pool (I went in after every game drive and each night and the...
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Jalen500 wrote a review Jul 2016
Ada, Michigan43 contributions69 helpful votes
What a beautiful lodge over looking Sabi sands. The " rooms" are huge. The private plunge pool was a hit. Food was outstanding. Service was top notch. Game drives were very good. Singita does a wonderful job and I can't recommend this lodge enough.
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Date of stay: July 2016Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Bob W wrote a review Apr 2014
Hyde Park, Vermont24 contributions9 helpful votes
Too much to say in one review. Animals beyond belief, a facility of great beauty, a staff that is so attentive, so friendly, everything you could wish for is already thought of. Amazing food. Private pools. We said to someone how much we loved the little library, next thing we know the staff set up a private dinner for us
In the library !! Who does that ?
It's not inexpensive, but quality isn't cheap, especially with so few rooms, and it is worth EVERY PENNY.
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Date of stay: April 2014
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Dan R wrote a review Aug 2013
New York City, New York13 contributions20 helpful votes
You simply can’t go wrong with Singita. I have been on safari a number of times and my travel companions are also experienced. All four of us loved our stay at Ebony. The only real complaint came from one of the more hardcore in the group, who said it was too posh and luxurious. To be fair, if you are someone looking to shower with buckets of water, trek through the jungle on foot and live off the land, Singita is not for you. I love that experience also, but this trip was meant to be about going on the most high end safari possible and Singita delivered across the board.

One thing I want to flag for everyone early on in this post is to take advantage of the two reserves deal Singita offers. If you stay at one of the Sabi Sands lodges (Ebony or Boulders) and one of the Kruger concession lodges (Labomba or Sweni) you get one night free (and the 20 minute Federal Air flight between the lodges is also free). I recommend doing Ebony/Boulders first and then Labomba/Sweni, because I personally feel going from the flat, desert like environment of the Sabi Sands to the lush, hilly jungle landscape of the Labomba/Sweni concession allows for the game drives to feel as though they are getting better and better as the trip goes on. Also, if you are travelling in the South African winter season (summer for those of us north of the equator), you will enjoy going from the colder Sabi Sands to the warmer temperatures at Labomba/Sweni. I should also note that I prefer doing safaris during the winter season (June/July/August) as there are practically no mosquitos.

OK, so why is Ebony so great (and be sure to check out my Sweni post)? Let’s start with the service: With the exception of Sweni, the service at Labomba was unmatched by any hotel I have ever stayed at around the world. Let me clarify that I’m not saying it is just unmatched by any safari I have been on… I’m saying unmatched by any hotel anywhere in the world. And I have stayed at all of the top places from Hotel Du Cap in Cannes to Mnemba Island in Zanzibar. The Bristol in Paris, the Hassler in Rome, the Hay Adams in D.C. could all learn a lesson from Singita (and I adore all of those hotels). I will discuss the guides and trackers later, but the hotel staff from the chef to the housekeepers and the managers all work as a team and deliver top notch, personalized service.

Secondly, let’s talk amenities: Amazing! We had a beautiful room with a separate sitting room complete with a working fireplace (to touch briefly on service, I mentioned to a staff member I was planning on building a fire after dinner and when I walked in the room the fire was already going and they left us some wine and snacks). Back to the room, the bedroom overlooks a gorgeous river and panoramic views. The bathroom is huge with a large soaking tub, excellent shower and changing rooms. Outside you have a private deck, fantastic outdoor shower, and a heated plunge pool (I went in after every game drive and each night and the temperature was always perfect). The rooms are cleverly designed so that even the outdoor space is completely private while providing breathtaking views and feeling open to nature.

Next up is the food: Delicious! The chef is wonderful and I delighted in our lunch and dinner opportunities. I’m fairly adventurous and will eat anything, so I loved the opportunity to have 5 star level entrees from local game. My girlfriend, on the other hand, is a four food groups type of person and also doesn’t like any seafood. Once again, on the service side, they presented her each night with her own menu, sans fish, with her name at the top to show it was personalized to her taste.

Let’s not kid ourselves, though, since you don’t go on safari for the food, the service, or the amenities. It is time to talk game drives… which were phenomenal. Our Guide, Andy, was simply the best guide any of the four of us ever had on over 200 combined game drives. Extremely knowledgeable, so personable that I think she might actually qualify as a close friend now, and she had an exceptional relationship with our tracker. As great as Andy is, a game drive is only as good as your tracker and we were lucky to have Kenneth. As Andy joked at one point, she has the best GPS in the world and his name is Kenneth. We were looking for an elusive group of lions that kept wandering in and out of the reserve (Lions don’t really care where a lodge’s concession ends and another begins), but on the last drive he spotted the ear of a lion easily 200 yards away poking out from behind blades of tall grass the same color and shade of the lion! Even Andy was a bit taken aback as she gathered her excitement and said, “Nice catch Ken.”

The reserve is great and we saw a huge male lion, three cheetahs having a sun down snack, elephants galore, rhino, zebra, giraffes, a massive herd of cape buffalo, a quick glimpse of a leopard (although 2 people we were with got to see it just relaxing on the side of the road for a long time), Hippos, and of course lots of monkeys and different types of antelope.

The downside to the reserve is that, with the exception of the cape buffalo, we did not see massive herds of game the way we have on some other game drives in other parts of South and East Africa (but going to Sweni during the same trip will make up for it). I noticed at least one Trip Advisor poster commented that the game is better at other Sabi Sands reserves and I don’t really buy that. The fences are down and the days of one reserve having more than a reserve next door are gone. My experience is that Sabi Sands just doesn’t have the massive herds you get deeper into Kruger and with the fences down sometimes a lot of the game is on your reserve, sometimes it is next door, and other times it is spread out everywhere. Overall that is a good thing (is it really a game drive if the reserve is fenced in and you can simply cover the mileage until you see the Big 5?) for both us wannabe safari adventurers and, more importantly, these majestic animals that are running out of natural habitat. Every game drive experience is unique and that is half the fun!

I also noticed some on tripadvisor commenting that there are too many vehicles. We did not notice this at all. Singita enforces a strict 3 land rover policy per sighting. We also rarely were with any other vehicles while searching, but if we came upon something like a lion we would radio it in and one or two other vehicles might come. They also have a reciprocity agreement with two bordering reserves so that if there is major game they can cross over, but no more than 2 vehicles per day and the same 3 vehicle per sighting exists between all of the reserves.

Overall, Singita Ebony (and its neighbor, Boulders) is a perfect place for a luxury safari. We loved every second of it and we will be back the next time we want that luxury safari (but probably not until we do some serious gorilla trekking in Rwanda)!
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Date of stay: July 2013Trip type: Travelled with family
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SanDiegoW_traveler wrote a review Sept 2017
San Diego, California239 contributions190 helpful votes
Just returned from three nights at Singita Ebony...our first safari as well as the first time in South Africa.

Overall a wonderful experiencing. The room (river view) was incredible, with a huge viewing patio (with private "dipping" pool) with a view of the river where one can see numerous antelope, and occasional elephants, rhino, leopards, and many other animals.

Our personal ranger (Michelle) and tracker ("Fen") were outstanding in every respect. Michelle's love and and enthusiasm for nature and the animals was infectious, and her very personal attention made the trip all the more special. Fen could see things that were almost unbelievable...he would spot a lion from 1/2 mile away that we could barely see with binoculars. He once spotted a chameleon on a tree (which one could barely see from 6 inches away) while moving in our vehicle from probably 30 yards.

The staff was incredible with lots of attention to personal needs.

The one area where they could really use improvement was the food. It was a bit spotty in terms of quality and delivery. Orders were often a bit off, and the food was regularly a bit cold, Meats ordered medium would arrive bloody rare (as an example). They try very hard, but this could really be much better.
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Date of stay: September 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: River view is a real must. We had Room 5 which was great.
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Response from SingitaTraveller, General Manager at Singita Ebony Lodge
Responded 19 Dec 2017
We appreciate you taking the time to write a review on your experience. I’m glad to hear that you had such a wonderful time with Michelle and Phaneul. They make a great team. I see you were lucky with the sightings in front of the lodge especially seeing leopard so close to the river. I appreciate you highlighting the food, and the issues you had. I will most certainly address this with our executive chef and iron out what caused the problems. Hope you that do return to Singita in the future. Best wishes, Chantelle Maritz Lodge Manager - Singita Ebony Lodge
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Johnmartin1953 wrote a review Oct 2015
Sydney, Australia4 contributions6 helpful votes
Having recently spent a few days at Singita Ebony Lodge I can say that anyone who wants to visit the African bush should have this lodge as their number 1 destination. The setting was extraordinary and the best hotel room ever. Having a private pool and such opulence in the bush was very special. The staff from Matt at the front desk through to the rangers were great friends who made the whole experience even more memorable. Highlights were the decor of the rooms, the fresh food especially the Boma dining, the game drives with drinks served by the rangers, the service in every section and the sheer indulgence allowed throughout the property.
Very opulent expereience!
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Date of stay: October 2015Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Doesnt matter as all are exceptional
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