Singita Ebony Lodge

Singita Ebony Lodge

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#13 of 37 lodges in Sabi Sand Game Reserve
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Singita Ebony Lodge stands steadfast among enormous trees on the banks of the Sand River and offers guests a fresh and contemporary interpretation of classic safaris. Combining the design highlights of tented camps and bush lodges, the original Singita lodge was inspired by the adventure and charm of old-world explorers’ camps and features campaign furniture, natural fibres and polished wood. Each of the 12 luxurious suites includes its own private plunge pool and almost all external walls have been replaced with glass and canvas to optimise views and space. Outdoor decks suspended off the river banks invite laidback dining and relaxing, allowing guests to be fully immersed in the natural surrounds. This idyllic family retreat is set in the heart of South Africa’s Big Cat country and the lodge features two Lewis suites right next to each other – ideal for families with teenage children; as well as two family suites that are perfect for families with small children. An exclusive-use villa – comprising two family suites – offers a full staff complement and complete seclusion. Located in Singita Sabi Sand in South Africa, Ebony Lodge provides guests with access to 45,000 acres of an incredible wildlife sanctuary that’s renowned for its high concentrations of big game and frequent leopard sightings.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Pool
Free breakfast
Free shuttle or taxi services
Spa
24-hour security
Parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Private pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Airport transportation
Couples massage
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Massage
Neck massage
Baggage storage
Concierge
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Sun deck
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Sun terrace
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Ironing service
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Air conditioning
Desk
Fireplace
Private balcony
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Walk-in shower
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Safe
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Bottled water
Clothes rack
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Minibar
Refrigerator
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Afrikaans

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Kruger National Park 1242 South Africa
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Arathusa Safari Lodge Airport
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Ulusaba Airport
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Pathfinder8507 wrote a review Jan 2005
Boston
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you are thinking of going to Singita DO. My husband and I spent 7 days there for our honeymoon - 4 nights in Ebony Lodge and 2 nights in Lebombo. We also visited Boulders (next to Ebony) for dinner. This stay could not have been more perfect. I have had the good fortune to stay in many luxury properties accross the US and in Europe, including other Relais and Chateaux properties, Four Seasons, etc. Singita was the best experience of them all -- firstly, the setting of all the properties is beautiful, and the buildings are stunningly, originally, and beautifully decorated. The buildings themselves are interesting, and sited and constructed with great sensitivitly to the environment (aesthetically; I know nothing about their green status). Basically, as beautiful as it looks in the photos, it is, and at all levels - the common rooms, dining rooms, guest rooms, and spa. Also, the vehicles are in great condition, and the rangers and trackers highly skilled. We saw the most amazing animal action. This area does not have the density of game you see in Botswana but it does have the big cats and rhinos. We saw leopards and lions at the kill in some hair-raising scenes, though we always felt safe and in good hands.

The way the property really outdid itself was in the warmth and sincerity of the staff. All the people who work there - from the guides who escort you to your suite at night, the ladies who work in the kitchen, the trackers and rangers, to the managers, all were nice, courteous, and seemed genuinely happy to have us as their guests. We have never been so well taken care of. Also, they really work hard to entertain: every evening dinner would be served in a different room, beautifully candle lit, or outside by a bonfire in the "booma". The food was to die for, and they really do have a massive wine cellar with a first class selection of South African wines, any of which they are happy to open for you at no additional charge. All of the lodges are of the same quality. However, Lebombo/Sweni is brand new and is exceptionally special if you like a modern place - it is on a much more picturesque piece of property. Our room was a glass box cantilevered high up on a cliff overlooking a river with hippos. Singita has recently been named a T&L best hotel and they deserve it more than most. If you are looking for a unique (not cookie cutter) luxurious African safari, save up and spend the money on Singita -- it is worth it!
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Eric_Beylon wrote a review Nov 2014
France
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Based on our recent experience of five different South African lodges, three with Singita (Lebombo, Sweni, Ebony) and two in other Relais & Chateaux (Kwandwe and Camp Jabulani) (all reviewed on tripadvisor), I think Singita does provide the highest level of luxury in terms of accommodation, staff service, food or beverages offerings. But Singita also applies higher rates than competitors of the Relais & Chateaux network in South Africa,: all the Singita luxury comes at a price. (By the way, the lodges in South Africa seem to be a small world: we found at Ebony a staff member we had dealt with at Kwandwe one year ago.)
If you are ready to indulge yourself with Singita, this review focuses on the criteria to take into account to choose Ebony or another lodge within the Singita network.
The level of luxury offered is the same in all the Singita lodges we experienced; all guides are well trained experts. Therefore, I think choosing one lodge rather than another should be based only on 1) the animals you most want to see and 2) the atmosphere you appreciate for your stays at the lodge between safari activities.
First, safari viewings. Of course, you'll see a lot of wildlife in all the Singita lodges but some are more or less specialized. Located in the Sabi Sand area, Ebony is very good to see leopards and wild dogs (lycaons), animals that are much harder to find in the Kruger area. My recommendation would be to visit two lodges in two different areas if you want to take the best of South Africa.
Second, atmosphere. Ebony is a medium size lodge (Sweni is much smaller, Lebombo much larger). It looks like a very old british-style lodge, with many antiques all around. We found the suites a bit dark (a lot of wood, not so many windows) and dated; we preferred the modern and opened spaces of Lebombo or Sweni. If you want to spend time in your room watching the wildlife I would recommend one of these two last lodges. Note also that the Sabi Sand reserve has a much cooler climate than the Kruger park (Lebombo or Sweni). It can be something you want to take into account when planing your trip.
To come back to our stay at Ebony, it is very hard to find anything that Singita can improve there (except renovating / transforming the suites, which would mean changing deeply the lodge identity). Anyhow we were somehow disappointed by the main pool at Ebony. Water was murky, location was not great, and obviously almost nobody ever uses it. If you want to swim, prefer the pools at Lebombo or Sweni.
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Date of stay: November 2014
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MagVoyager wrote a review Apr 2012
London, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I was looking for somewhere special to take my wife for a major birthday (not allowed to say which!!) and spent quite a bit of time researching different options. We decided on a safari and like many first timers, were then bamboozled by the sheer range of choice. In the end, we chose Singota Ebony Lodge and was assured by the specialist travel agent that we would not be disappointed. I can safely say that while we have been lucky enough to stay at many fantastic hotels/resorts around the world, this was definitely one of the best experiences of our lives - Ebony Lodge was simply perfect in every way and was the perfect birthday present!

Journey: - Due to arriving late in the day from Zambia, we had to take a car transfer from Kruger airport to Singita rather than the usual 20 mins plane hop. We had been warned that this could take 2 - 3 hours depending on conditions and I was therefore dreading this journey after a long day of travel. In the end this took just under 2 hours but I wanted to note that we ended up really enjoying the drive. The driver was full of information and it is a very interesting drive as you get to see the changing scenery from manicured tourist airport surroundings, through towns, then countryside and finally the Kruger National Park. Despite the duration, I would therefore highly recommend doing this car journey on at least one of your legs to/from the Lodge as it gives you a very good feel for the country that you would otherwise miss if you just flew in. We did the short plane hop back to the airport on the return leg and while we enjoyed the view from the plane, we both agreed that the car ride on the way in was worth doing.

In terms of the Lodge, it was simply stunning. From the initial impressions of walking in on the wooden gangway, and then the 'african/colonial lodge' style of the lobby - you just get the feeling that you are somewhere special. The Lodge room then clinches the deal as you get shown a sumptuous bedrooms, a luxurious lounge with a fireplace, an outdoor plunge pool and luxury bathrooms (including indoor/outdoor showers) - honestly, you will not find anything better. To our delight, we kept finding little touches that show they have gone the extra mile to think of everthing - eg internaional electric sockets with spare adapters; Nesspresso coffee machines; bedroom torches; complimentary mosquito sprays/wipes; ponchos for warmth; free snacks such as nuts, dried fruit, jelly beans; coffee table books - the list is endless. All of this also comes with the most fantastic views of the surrunding landscape where you can watch the animals go by!

In terms of service, we were blown away by the genuine warmth and enthusiasm of ALL the staff. Everyone was highly trained and could not have been more helpful. You get assigned your main staff at the start - ie Butler(!!), Guide and Tracker at the start and at the risk of making this personal as I am sure they do not seek public kudos, we would like to say a huge and personal thank you to Marc (Guide), George (Tracker) and Linneth (Butler) who were superb and made our 4 days there some of the most special in our lives - a trip we will remember forever with a smile on our face thanks to their expertise, friendliness, warmth and good humour. I was looking for a treat for my wife and they made it an experience beyond our highest expectations!

Experience - this was our first safari and the folks at Singita put on an extraordinary experience. Everything was first class - from fantastic food, safari jeeps, informative commentaries as we drove on safari, staff shows, running hot baths on our last night, personal dinning treats, mid-safari food/drink breaks, star gazing on night game drives and free wi-fi! After eating like a King every day, I decided I had to go to the gym and was delighted to find it was first class - unlike most luxury resort hotels, it had a great selection of modern, well maintained equipment rather than the usual token multigyms. It had several cardio machines and all the weight machines you would want - so again, full marks!

In summary, I suspect this review reads like a gushing over the top review but in all honesty, this was simply some of the best 4 days of our lives and as my wife said to me as we waved goodbye to the folks who saw us off at Singita's private airstrip - it was like leaving a fairytale and we genuinely felt sad on departure, like we were leaving close family members! In summary, if you are wondering whether Singita Ebony Lodge is for you - don't hesitate any longer and just go, you won't be disappointed!
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Date of stay: April 2012
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GaryFleishman wrote a review Jul 2016
Los Angeles, California
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have gone on Safaris in South Africa and beyond for the last 3 years in a row. Unquestionably, Singita Ebony Lodge is #1 for us and it was unanimous as #1 with all of our family. The Lodge was 5+ stars, including a very warm plunge pool (other lodges only have cold ones) right outside your room with views of the river and numerous animal sightings. The food and dining experiences were way beyond expectations (catering to every dietary needs),with expert Sous Chef, Lindiwe. We were taken care of by two very special and very responsive staff members, Auto and Enuel (who is also a great singer and dancer). The staff, under the supervision of General Manager, Tom Rutherford (makes you feel like you are family) greatly exceeded our expectations, from Tiaan, Chantelle, Debra, Ryan and Sara helped to make our experience very, very special. If you wish to feel like a King or a Queen or just yourself, they will accommodate you appropriately. We requested and were lucky to work with one of our very favorite Guides, Jani. She is outstanding and filled with knowledge and insights which she readily shares. If we wished to see a particular animal she always came through with assistance from her very capable and friendly Tracker, Martin. I now consider them friends. There is also a great Spa and Gym. If you are looking to see the Big 5, experience a truly 5+++star dining, fun, entertaining, visual and luxurious time, then I highly, highly recommend Singita Ebony as my first choice. It is truly the Best of the Best. I will return, hope to see you there.
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Date of stay: July 2016
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Paul F wrote a review Mar 2015
Constantia, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you are sadly limited by time or circumstance to visit just one location in this glorious country, look no further than spending your few precious days in the haven of a Singita Lodge. The wide and engaging smiles that engulf you on arrival are infectious. In a brief and fleeting moment you will find your jaw exerted to its full extent by the warm and fuzzy feeling that the lodge, it's people, and the sights and sounds of this pristine location impress on you. And then things just get better...
Each and every encounter leaves you sounding like one of the resident monkeys with ooh's and aah's replacing your previously eloquent expressions. The incredibly attentive "butler" who delivers your spectacular lunchtime feast to your private outdoor dining area; the "extra" topping up of your personal favourite complimentary lodge room treats; the beautifully wrapped and perfectly selected gifts for my 10 year old daughter's birthday; the "just-in-case-you-forgot" bush fleece, binoculars, suntan lotion, bug spray, bird and wildlife books for your eagerly awaited game drive; and, my personal favourite, when the sommelier (yes, seriously, they have one) comes to our dinner table identifying a few wines from their gazillion bottle wine cellar that she feels I would like to try that evening which have been selected based on wine varietals I had tried on previous evenings. Clearly nothing goes unnoticed.
I had brought my daughter to this amazing place as a treat for her 10th birthday. But during my entire stay I felt like it was me who was celebrating (which I secretly was!) as the Singita experience makes you feel like a king. The service, the rooms, the food, the wine (did I mention that already!!), the personal game guide and tracker, the ultra luxurious and spacious game vehicles, the incredible attention to noticing what each and every guest's preferences are, all result in an experience that leaves you quite in awe.
It is an experience that gives you a superb feeling about this country. About its people, its history, and its beauty. And about creating a memory that will stay with you forever...bringing back that large, wide, happy smile.
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Date of stay: February 2015
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Ashley G wrote a review Dec 2015
Chicago, Illinois
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I cannot possibly say enough wonderful things about this incredible property. I visited in July of 2015 and we were some of the first guests to stay in the newly renovated lodge and it just blew me away.

This was my 5th trip to Africa, and I work for a very high end luxury travel company. Being exposed to luxury resorts, lodges and hotels all over the world every single day has set the bar quite high. It takes a lot to impress me. And upon walking into my room, I could not stop smiling. It was warm and inviting. it felt like an actual home. Everything was perfect and I just couldn't believe that I would be spending the next 4 nights there. 4 nights is probably much more than necessary to stay here, as game viewing is far more sparse than other places in africa, but the great accommodations made it all worth it. (I know it's rare, but after 4 days on safari we didn't see one single lion!)

The rooms are stylish and modern while still hanging onto the old world charm. The décor is inviting and romantic. Each day the rooms felt fresh and clean. I had asked to have a fire lit in my fireplace one night after dinner when it was cooler. The next day, after returning after our morning game drive, you would have never even known there was a fire there the previous night. I was impressed, it looked brand new. I do HORRIBLE with bugs, but they did not bother me here, even though there were a few in the room. The extra large mosquito nets over the bed helped a lot. The dressing room was very impressive and the custom wallpaper in the bathroom was so fun to look at. The floor to ceiling glass panorama wall was spectacular. What could be better than sitting at the writing desk having a glass of wine and watching wildlife pass by along the river below. To add to the sophisticated grandeur of this room, the pool deck was phenomenal. The infinity pool was clean, warm and inviting and the lounge chairs were always clean and comfortable for napping during down time after lunch. The special touch was the writing desk with note pad and paints and colored pencils outside on the deck - which the monkeys eventually discovered and decided to play with, but what fun to watch them from the safety of my room while they bounced around playing and exploring.

The food was top-notch. I traveled with a group of 14 of my friends and family, some of whom are very picky eaters, including one gluten free and one vegetarian, and each night the staff were extremely accommodating and gracious to meet our needs. Each meal was absolutely delicious. Some of the best food I've ever had during my experiences across Africa. They even made ice cream on the spot for my dad once they found out how much he loved it.

We did a wine tasting in the cellar and it was just great. The sommelier (I'm sure I'll spell this wrong, but his name is pronounced Zwai) was wonderful. You could really sense how passionate he was about his craft, and he visited us each night at dinner to assist with wine choices.

The entire staff knew each one of us by day 2. With a group of loud rambunctious Americans, I'm surprised they were able to keep their kind demeanor throughout our stay! (haha). We thoroughly enjoyed getting to chat with each and every staff member. Our guide, Coleman, was one of the best safari guides I've ever had. We had some long days - driving for hours without seeing anything exciting, but Coleman kept us so entertained with stories and jokes and just being all around goofy. We wanted to see lions - and Coleman did literally everything he possibly could to find them for us. Even though we never found them, his efforts certainly did not go unnoticed.

My experience at Singita was something unmatched and something I will never forget. Safari lodges can become a blur after you've been to several, but this one stands out so vividly. I've always known I wanted to get married in Africa, but never had a "honeymoon lodge" picked out - but I think I may have found it!

I also suggest having a staff member take you to the shopping area down the road. Its some of the best shopping in all of Africa and everything is 100% authentic and sourced from artisans in local villages. I purchased 3 rather large warrior shields and had them shipped home to the united states and didn't have one issue getting them home.

Being an animal lover, a main highlight was when a mother leopard decided to walk directly through the main lodge and right down the guest path with her cub. The staff reacted quickly in making sure all of the guests were viewing from a safe distance - and I was impressed that they were not only concerned with the guests safety, but with the leopards safety as well. They commented on the importance of making sure the wildlife felt comfortable and not threatened to keep the guests safe, and assure that close encounter wildlife experiences can continue, and in a safe way.

I will DEFINITELY be back one day.
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Date of stay: July 2015
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wally k wrote a review Feb 2014
Charlevoix, Michigan
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We loved the Sabi Sands area, the food, our guide and spotter and the guests. The only reason I didn't give it an excellent rating is because the room layout was a bit dated and our plumbing didn't work perfectly. The staff came when we called them and it was better but still not totally right. However, all that said, our room had a wonderful view of the Sand River and a lovely private pool. It was fun to sit outside and see hippos going by. We also saw elephants enjoying marula while we were enjoying breakfast. We went to Singita Boulders for lunch one day and thought it looked even nicer than Ebony. Our guide and spotter were fabulous and we followed a leopard one time for about an hour (really neat) and saw a pride of lions - 4 females and 9 cubs - along with a lot of other more visible wildlife. Our guide just truly enjoyed seeing the animals and birds which made it very special - while it was her 'job', it clearly is also her passion. And our spotter must have x-ray vision. He saw small creatures that were very well camouflaged. We also had the opportunity to take a hike with our guide so got to 'feel' what it was like to really be in the bush.
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Date of stay: February 2014
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mkm4 wrote a review Dec 2016
Porto Alegre, RS
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband, our grown daughters and I have just returned from South Africa and had the pleasure of spending four nights at Singita Ebony followed by 4 nights at Lebombo (separate review). We had already been to Lebombo in 2014 and to Boulders in 2015. This was my third safari but surprisingly enough it is a completely new experience every time.
Singita Ebony exceeded our expectations. We stayed at a family room (2 bedrooms) with private plunge pool and outdoor terrace.
The game viewing was spectacular. Big Five almost every day and many sights of cheetahs, hyenas, wildogs, giraffes. Furthermore, we were privileged to see a number of young animals: baby elephants, pride of lions with cubs, wild dog puppies.This was by far the best safari experience.
On that note I strongly recommend purchasing a longer lens - we were very pleased with the resulting photos. So well worth the investment.
And what an extraordinary staff! We had the immense privilege to be guided by Field Guide Josh and tracker Rebel. They were nothing short of phenomenal. Josh was kind enough to suggest extra activities such as archery, star gazzing and bush walks. Robert, our Butler, was beyond exceptional. Kenny, Zwai, Chantelle, Godasave, Ryan and Charlton: Thank you so much, it was really a pleasure to get to know people like you.
I should also mention Drew Patterson from the reservation team that did everything to ensure a seamless journey.
Singita Ebony is one of the most memorable places we have visited in the world and we are already planning a trip to another Singita property in Tanzania
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Date of stay: September 2016
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Responded 08 Jan 2017
Thank you for taking the time to submit your review of Singita Ebony Lodge - we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us and will pass on your commendation to our field guide and tracker. We hope to welcome you back in the not too distant future. Best wishes, Tom Rutherford General Manager - Singita Sabi Sand Lodges
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gg100 wrote a review Oct 2016
San Diego, California
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Okay. I have to admit. I love the Singita properties and have never had anything other than a fantastic experience there...Our trip this year to Singita Ebony was perfection. We had not been there since 1997. Normally, we stay at Boulders, which is also spectacular. That being said, Ebony is our new favorite for the Sabi Sand. If you can, STAY HERE. Don't miss it. My husband and I have travelled the world, and been on safari 9 times. We are lucky enough to stay at 5 star properties for most of our travels. Singita Ebony...6 stars at least. Great rooms, request #4 if you can, great views. They have perfect service; they remembered what temperature I like the room at from our last visit to Singita Boulders; Auto was an incredible server who never missed a beat. Best ranger and tracker - Mark and Emmanuel - Emmanuel could find a needle in a haystack; and they worked "overtime" to find everything we wanted to see. Even though it is 5 star and has every "bush luxury" there is never a snooty feeling in the lodge...it always feels like home. The wine service is awesome, (thank you Chantelle), and the manager makes everything seem possible (thank you, different Chantelle). In fact, they transformed the airstrip into a private restaurant for two to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary. Most importantly, the game...awesome. Wild dog; Wild dog and hyena interaction; 7 different leopards; countless lions and lion cubs, lion kill (with multiple kills in one try) and the list goes on and on. Truly spectacular.
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Date of stay: September 2016
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australiantripper_10 wrote a review May 2016
Sydney, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Singita Ebony was the second stop on our safari adventure and it was simply amazing; lived up to its reputation and reviews and then some! The staff are extraordinary, food magnificent, luxurious accommodation absolutely first class and service, impeccable!
We were warmly greeted off the plane by our guide, Josh and tracker, Peter and they were a great team tracking the big 5 as well as rare wild dogs, hyena pups (still grotesque ;-)) and a chameleon sitting in a tree at night! We sat in our vehicle watching leopards feasting in trees, lions lounging under the shade and herd of hippos wallowing in the river. Josh was very knowledgeable and Peter, very experienced and so funny. We enjoyed lots of discussions about the conservation aspect of game reserves, the history of the SIngita group and the local village and they shared a lot of stories about there experiences working in game reserves. Our teenage children were always engaged and never complained about getting up at 5am. Our every need was anticipated and attended to - cold drinks, blankets and hot water bottles for the early morning game drives. Day 2 and they knew I preferred sparkling water. We would have a little break in the morning for coffee and a treat and then stop as the sun was setting for drinks and snacks which was just lovely.
We had two bungalows adjacent to each other that were very spacious, very tastefully decorated - think classic, chic safari style complete with genuine artifacts and well equipped - bug spray, sun screen etc.. We loved the fleecy ponchos in the mornings, the private pool and outdoor showers. They do warn you to not leave doors open as the monkeys help themselves to the delicious snacks!
The food was a real surprise and bonus - every night was varied and we had the most wonderful evening enjoying a "formal dinner" set up on the airstrip under the stars where the village choir performed. We also enjoyed a BBQ one evening with the staff choir and dance group and then a private dinner in one of the beautiful lounge rooms. The sommelier was great and we were treated to a private wine tasting one night.
The staff, especially the front of house (thanks Sara), were so warm and friendly yet totally professional. We really felt a part of the Singita family which I suspect is a very close and large group! It was difficult to leave but we will all treasure our memories of our wonderful stay forever.
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Date of stay: April 2016
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Ratish P asked a question Mar 2023
South Carolina1 contribution1 helpful vote
hello do you have hair dryers in you rooms? if so what watt? thank you
Jeni G asked a question Aug 2018
Dallas, Texas100 contributions5 helpful votes
What’s the best way to arrive to this property from Cape Town?
Answer from ftorres2017
Rio de Janeiro, RJ100 contributions135 helpful votes
You Can take a airplane from Joanesburg
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I can’t remember what exactly we did tip and the percentage to each person... However, the administrative staff at Singita were able to guide us as to what was appropriate and we gave everyone envelopes with cash. I hope that helps!
Shelby W wrote a tip Jun 2024
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"I do think it is worthwhile to visit Sweni as well. I recommend the 3 nights + 3 nights package."
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karen_vanderlinde44 wrote a tip Oct 2023
Bethesda, Maryland20 contributions11 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for Andrew and Louis. They were personable, fun, knowledgeable, and professional. We thoroughly enjoyed our rides with them. "
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ladydiass wrote a tip May 2023
Poland186 contributions25 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"I recommend to take clothes in natural colors (beige, dark green), cover shoes and worm jacket cause evenings and mornings are cold in may"
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BobFj wrote a tip Aug 2021
Kirkland, Washington68 contributions16 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Suite 10, 11 & 12 are closest to the lobby but none are very far away. All have river views"
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christina d wrote a tip Dec 2019
Baltimore, Maryland3 contributions36 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The rooms are all wonderful the only difference are the views and proximity."
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LOCATION
South AfricaKruger National ParkSabi Sand Game Reserve
NUMBER OF ROOMS
12
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