Singita Ebony Lodge

Singita Ebony Lodge

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#12 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)
Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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
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Baggage storage
Concierge
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
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Sun deck
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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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Katie M wrote a review May 2016
Hong Kong, China
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Although we stayed a couple of years ago I've been wanting to review it, we travelled to both Singita Ebony and Lebombo lodges for a Safari holiday and blown away by the service, people and the beauty of South Africa. Singita is singled out as one of the best and luxurious safari brands and it's worth every single penny that we spent!

Firstly the guides and trackers were superb, they were knowledgeable and friendly and made you engage with the environment around you. Apart from the 'big 5' they could spot a chameleon in the dark or point out beautiful birds, I came away with a huge grin on my face from each game drive.

The food was outstanding, from freshly made cakes, grilled game and surprise dinners. I would also recommend doing a wine tasting, I came away with two cases of South African wine from smaller wineries from auction.

The rooms were well appointed, big comfy four poster beds, a pool overlooking a riverbed that the elephants would cross and all the amenities you could ever wish for. I just wished we had stayed longer! I can't wait to come back to one of the Singita properties again to experience the best hospitality in South Africa!
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Date of stay: September 2015
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C B wrote a review Jun 2015
New York
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We began our safari with two days at Singita Sweni (in Kruger), and then went to Singita Ebony for the following two days. Both hotels are incredibly different, and we loved seeing both properties (which had different landscapes and different representations of certain animals). The style was also incredibly different, while Sweni is modern and fresh, Ebony is classic although fresh with a new renovation. The plunge pool overlooking the river and bush is amazing, and the room had a great outdoor area for downtime. Our room negative was that the property had finished a large renovation only a few days prior, so it almost seemed that a few things were not 100%, but this was largely overlooked as the property was just spectacular. Food and service remained top notch, and we had a very fun wine tasting in the property's wine cellar. Our game drives were the highlight of this trip. Our guide, Ian, was knowledgeable and personable, and was great to hang out with for the two days we were there. The animal sightings on the property almost seemed too good to be true, and we saw everything you can imagine in two days there. The property is also beautiful, and features numerous landscapes and experiences. In you can do both, try Singita's properties in Kruger and Sabi Sand... but if you could only choose one, choose Sabi Sand (it benefits from private influence and protection of its animals versus Kruger). Edge to Sweni on the room (we really loved the Sweni room), but edge to Ebony on the game drives. All in all, both are unbelievable properties.
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Date of stay: June 2015
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stanley2252 wrote a review Feb 2015
louisville ky
5.0 of 5 bubbles
One of the best camps there is in South Africa .Everything is first class and the professional staff will cater to your every need . Guides are great , food is wonderful , and the whole experience is one you will never forget .Business class in SAA is the best way to get to JAB . Stay a few nights at the Westcliff Hotel to get over jet lag .
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Date of stay: October 2014
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maxamoh wrote a review Dec 2013
Australia
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The Singita Ebony Lodge located in the heart of the Sabi Sabi Game Reserve is an exceptional hideaway that offers the best game drives in the Kruger. The lodge itself has a cornucopia of amenities that enhance ones experience at Singita Ebony in such a positive way. From the moment you arrive until the moment you leave you will be bombarded will sincere and excellent staff all greeting you and making your stay far more memorable. The lodge is located just ten minutes from the nearest airstrip and offers a possible six dining locations excluding your room.

The game drives at Singita Ebony are truly spectacular, offering a view of dozens upon dozens of types of animals. Throughout our drives we were accommodated by Ricardo & Lawrence, two extremely knowledgeable people who I highly recommend requesting as they are the most remarkable people but all guides seem extraordinary. It is also available to go fishing, bush walking or bush running with your guide during the day time if you like to keep busy. Just a mild ten minutes into the first game drive Lawrence spotted a pride of lions all located near a waterhole and we managed to get a near 3 metres away from them. The sightings similar to the lion sighting just went on the whole eight game drives we went on and the big five plus an extra 6 or so major animals were seen at a close distance in a very close amount of time without any rush. Excluding the big five we sighted a cheetah perfectly siting on a close log, two leopards eating their caught prey, a clan of six hyenas, half a dozen dazzles of zebra, journeys of giraffe, rafts of hippopotami, countless herds of impalas, baboons and dozens of types of birds.

A special occasion is when the guide has dinner with your group as it is a great experience to learn more about the guides prior experiences and stories. This is usually when Boma happens which is an African style outside dinner with varieties of food and meals. The Singita choir was truly something special as they offered the most beautiful renditions of African songs and portrayed magnificent African dancing abilities. Dining at Singita Ebony is made even more special because all guests have their own dedicated butler. Our butler, Auto, was exceptionally friendly and knew what exact types of foods we liked just after a few days. Auto truly made the Singita Ebony dining experience very memorable.

The rooms at Singita Ebony are truly quite nice and offer a traditional African lodge style look. If you are expecting a more modern type theme or only like modern styles I would recommend the Singita Lebombo or Sweni lodge. For the premium paid there are a few faults in the lodge that could be highlighted. The bathrooms are in need of an upgrade and the technical side of the room such as the light switches and dimmers are quite out of date and confusing. The plunge pool although is quite lovely to have and all rooms have a marvellous view over the Sand River. Everything else is good if you are a fan of contemporary lodge styled accommodation.

The Singita Ebony Lodge is the first Singita lodge made in 1993 that highlights classical African styled accommodation. The game drives are truly the prominent high points of the experience as seeing the wild life and animals actually in the wild acting like they have naturally for thousands of years is truly superlative. A magnificent feature of the lodge is that in early December 2013 Singita Ebony received brand new Land Rovers for game drives which have multiple features and offer great high views as well as holding compartments, blankets and optional camera sitting stations. The staff also have a second ingenious way of locating animals through communicating with other staff members on the radio. The guides and trackers inform you of so many unknown facts that makes the drives so much more rewarding. The distinguished game drives and more then delightful staff members make a stay at the Singita Ebony truly unforgettable and highly worthwhile.
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Date of stay: December 2013
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Alan C wrote a review Nov 2013
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and I visited Ebony Lodge for 4 nights in late October to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. It was our first ever time on safari and our decision to go with Singita on the recommendation of a friend was principally to appease me.

Singita’s representative Colleen was regularly in touch to help us with the booking arrangements and from the moment we arrived and were warmly greeted by the wonderful staff to the sad day of our departure we had an awesome experience. Notwithstanding the difficulty of getting up at 5am in the morning.

Within two days we had encountered and photographed the Big 5. That is not to say that the remaining treks were boring - far from it - you never know what nature will cough up and each trek just got better and better. Highlights were seeing the endangered wild dogs, a lion pack roaring, hyenas hassling a leopard cub, and sitting back in the landrover discovery whilst a herd of elephants passed by, not to mention a host of other animals.

As noted in other reviews the accommodation is excellent and the views over the Sands river breathtaking, watching various animals come and go about their business throughout the remainder of the day. The food menu was plentiful and varied and following prior warning the catering staff went out of their way to meet my wife’s particular dietary requirements.

We will return to Ebony Lodge in future: my wife is already making plans to return again as soon as we have the next big celebration. After Ebony Lodge we went on to Sweni Lodge - equally brilliant - just wished we could have stayed longer at both lodges.

Cannot leave this review without special mention to all the staff at Ebony Lodge who were outstanding, in particular:-

• Chris and Martin, our guide and tracker, (as we liked to refer to as our personal "Coldplay") were brilliant.
Cheri, Chantelle, Patricia and Darren for always making sure we were being looked after and in particular for the plentiful supplies of red liquorice. Thank you for the goodbye parcel.
• Agnes our butler for looking after us, dancing with my wife at the bomar, and arranging the special celebration in our room.
• Chris & Martin for making the treks informative and entertaining.
• Bishop for his big booming smile and making sure that we got back safely each night to our accommodation, and finally
The catering staff for accommodating our dietary requirements.

Thank you and hope to see you all again soon as we loved Ebony, and now we are back in the land of relaity we miss it even more.
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Date of stay: October 2013
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goodtrips01 wrote a review Oct 2013
Miami Beach, Florida
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a stunning place! The service, food, decor is all spot on. I swear we only slept maybe 4 hours a night because I just didn't want to close my eyes. It was wonderful coming back after dinner to sherry and an evening swim. On our last night we came back to a beautiful bubble bath drawn, chilled Champagne and rose petals. I almost cried.
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Date of stay: April 2013
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Safari_Tim wrote a review May 2013
Issaquah, Washington
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I was on the last leg of my African journey. I had been to Cape Town and Botswana’s wilderness. I had sat in awe in front of Victoria Falls. Today I would be heading to South Africa’s Sabi Sands Reserve and Singita Ebony. I was excited to stay at one of South Africa’s premier safari properties and compare the experience to my safari in Botswana. I knew that the Sabi Sands area had a great reputation for big game sightings, but I also knew that many people believe that the safari experience in Sabi Sands was not as authentic as in other areas. I wasn’t sure how it would go, but nonetheless, I was ready for anything. I boarded a shuttle to the Federal Air building on the outskirts of the OR Tambo International. Arriving at the small terminal I unloaded my backpack, duffle bag and golf clubs. You ask, “Why does he need golf clubs?” I was going on safari, but somewhat conveniently located outside of the Kruger National Park is the Leopard Creek golf course, voted unanimously as South Africa’s best golf course by many. The flight was about an hour to the runway at Singita. As we started our descent I looked out my window and was surprised to notice a very large town below me. 2 minutes later we landed on the paved runway. Stepping off the plane I was met by sunshine and a slight breeze. There was a gentleman waiting near a Land Rover. I began walking over to him and he met me halfway and introduced himself to me as James. I shook his hand and introduced myself. He grabbed my bags and informed me that he was to take me to the Singita Ebony lodge. I hopped into the Land Rover and we headed off towards camp. With the wind whipping through my hair and I was happy to be back in the bush… far away from the troubles of the outside world. After 10 minutes we arrived, parking in the dirt roundabout. We were met by a few of the lodge’s staff. One handed me a cool drink and another handed me a cold hand towel. I was then introduced to the lodge manager and we made our way down to the main lodge area. The boardwalk from the roundabout to the lodge was a small adventures in itself… we crossed over a small ravine with a creek running through it. I looked to my right and noticed a large swimming pool with waterfall and I thought “I’m going to be in that in a half hour if all goes right.” We continued... The lodge was hugely impressive. Artifacts and antiques at every turn. There was a large wooden bar to my left. To my right was the check in desk. In front of me was the lounge area with comfortable looking chairs and sofas. Beyond there was a multi-level deck set above the river with views of the bush in the background. I lunched on a lower deck, talking with the lodge manager. The salad / sandwich combo I had was spectacular; it really hit the spot after a morning of travel. When finished the manager approached me and asked if I was ready to see my room. I replied, “Yes, I am.” We walked back up the boardwalk towards the dirt roundabout, passing the swimming pool and creek, before taking a path to the left. The manager noted that as it was the rainy season I should watch for snakes. I thought to myself, “Great, I hate snakes.” Upon entering the room I was absolutely amazed - it was truly lavish and luxurious. The manager handed me my key with an attached remote to control the room’s lights. I noticed an espresso machine to my right along with a mini fridge stocked with soft drinks, milk, beer, wine, liquor, snacks and chocolates. Straight in front of me, down a few steps, was a large living room with several comfortable couches that looked perfect for lounging. To my left was the bedroom, with a large comfortable looking bed, air conditioning unit, and an Ipod dock with an Ipod hooked up to it. The room was decorated very nicely with a collection of maps and pictures on the wall that all showed something uniquely African. Past the bedroom was the bathroom with a large freestanding tub, and a separate, large, indoor shower with an exceptional showerhead on it. The sink was in the middle of the bathroom and the counter displayed a bounty of high end soaps and bath salts. Turning left there was a dressing room with wardrobes and room safe. The toilet was beyond. Outside there was a large wooden deck with private plunge pool that faced out towards the river. I sat on a lounge chair soaking up the afternoon sun admiring the beauty of my surroundings. Everything about the room at Singita Ebony was understated luxury and I was thoroughly impressed. I changed into swimming trunks and made my way back towards the pool. I dipped my toes in the water to find that the temperature was perfect. I lounged for an hour before a man, I hadn’t yet met, approached me and introduced himself as Jonathan. I shook his hand and introduced myself. He then informed me that he was to my guide while I was here at Singita. He then asked me how long it would take me to get ready to go out on a game a drive. I replied, “probably about an half hour.” He said, “Great I’ll meet you in the main lodge.” Back in my room I had an espresso and a short shower. Back in my safari clothes I went to meet Jonathan. He was surrounded by other guests that were asking him what it was like to be a safari guide and I could tell he loved to answer that question. He had a confidence about him that really showed. The guests listened attentively to his every word, and laughed unanimously every time he made a joke. There was quite a spread of delicious looking treats on offer along with the afternoon tea. After a quick bite I was off on my afternoon drive. For the first time on my entire trip, I had other guests in a Land Rover with me. They were a couple from Cape Town - the man a lawyer and the woman a nurse. I asked them how many times they had been on safari, and they replied that they had been several times. I asked them what they thought of Singita in comparison to the other places they had been and they told me the same thing that I heard over and over from others - Singita is the place to be in Sabi Sands, but Botswana is the place to be overall. It was a hot day and it felt wonderful as the wind whipped through my hair once more. We spied impala, kudu and other general game. The Land Rover stopped and Jonathan pointed to the top of a bluff and said “Klipspringer”. I was not sure what he meant, but I was pleased to see what looked like a young antelope of sorts. I asked him if it was a newborn and he retorted, “That’s in fact a full grown male.” I was puzzled to say the least, he then informed me that it is a dwarf species of antelope and they frequently reside on the tops of bluffs so they can see everything around them. We continued spotting a number of beautifully colored birds. The couple from Cape Town were very interested and they began calling out the birds names before Jonathan could. A short while later I exclaimed, “Stop.” I peered a little longer and realized it was two white Rhino beyond a thicket of brush. We got within 50 yards before they looked up and bolted. It was a short sighting but fantastic none the less. 10 minutes later we stopped to look at a Puff Adder. Jonathan explained that snakes can feel vibrations through the ground and they will clear out of your way before you get there. The Puff Adder’s initial reaction is to freeze up and this is why 70% of venomous snakebites in South Africa are from this snake. He added that most of the time it is not a lethal bite, but usually the victim will loose whatever limb was bitten! We continued onwards, and spotted some more small game before Jonathan got a call on his radio. He looked back and asked us if we would be ok seeing a kill. We all looked at each other and proclaimed as a group, “Yeah, that sounds great!” 10 minutes later we spotted a few Land Rovers huddled around a tree. We waited for a spot to clear out, and when it did, we moved closer and saw what all the fuss was about. 20 feet up in the air, wedged between two large branches was the body of a Kudu hanging down. Directly above him was a leopard enjoying his lunch. The sight was amazing, I remember thinking, “How does a Leopard climb a tree that high, dragging an animal that is larger than he is?” I knew why they did it, it’s simple, leopards don’t hunt in packs, instead, they spend most of their lives in solitude, and so they don’t have their kill stolen by other predators they climb up trees to eat in peace. The sight was not suitable for anyone that is easily upset, it was quite gruesome in fact. The sound of the leopard breaking through the ribs of the Kudu was shocking. Looking around several people in the other vehicles were cringing. We watched for 30 minutes before we cleared out so another vehicle could take our spot. We continued for 20 minutes before spotting several more rhino grazing in an open field. We watched for a while before they became weary and took off through into the bush. Jonathan received another a call on the radio and without saying anything we drove to the Singita Airstrip where there were several male lions lounging on the tarmac. There were several other vehicles observing the regal creatures as well. We pulled right up next to a sleeping lion and watched him as he dreamed of chasing prey no doubt! After a few minutes he yawned, got up and walked up to our vehicle. He passed so close that I literally could have reached out and petted him, or on the other hand, he was close enough that he could have reached up and ripped me out of the Land Rover! My heart was thumping in my chest and I cannot imagine the look I had on my face as he passed harmlessly by. We watched the lions until the sun was low on the horizon. By then they were all awake and started to walk to the other side of the runway. The radio went off again, and Jonathan informed us that a vehicle had seen several wildebeest at the other end of the airstrip. It was as though the lions had overheard the radio chatter and they went into hunting mode. Two lions went to the brush on the right and two to the left, and 3 lions walked down the middle of the runway. Two of the lions walking down the middle laid down and waited patiently. The 4 lions in the bush were trying to flank the wildebeest and make them run towards the lions waiting in the middle for them. The plan worked flawlessly until another vehicle came through the brush and all the wildebeest ran off leaving the lions without any prey. I was disappointed to see humans ruin the hunt. I still believe that had it not been for that Land Rover we would have witnessed a kill. We headed back towards camp feeling robbed of something great. I returned to my room and changed into some nicer clothes for dinner.

Half an hour later Jonathan was at my door to escort me back to the main lodge for dinner. I came to the dining area and picked a table on the deck. The waitress handed me a menu and I was pleased to find that my name had been printed on the top. This truly made me feel special. There were 3 different starters, 3 different entrees and 2 desserts to choose from. I settled on a fruit and cheese plate as a starter and filet mignon on a bed of risotto for my entrée. The starter was nothing grand but really hit the spot. The entrée however, was fantastic. The risotto was delicious and the filet was a perfect medium rare. After cleaning my plate I was brought out both desserts since I could not choose between the two. One was a homemade vanilla pudding with a wiry cinnamon sugar sculpture. The other was a homemade tiramisu that was absolutely to die for. After dinner Jonathan escorted me back to my room. I was exhausted from the day’s adventures and went right to sleep. I awoke at 5:30 AM the next morning to the phone in my room ringing. The voice on the other end informed me that Jonathan would be at my door in 30 minutes to escort me to breakfast before heading out on a game drive. Jonathan showed up at my door and I followed him back to the lodge where I had coffee and a light breakfast. Back in the Land Rover I spotted good numbers of game including a leopard in a tree and several groups of white rhino. Upon arrival back at Singita, I packed up packed my gear before saying my goodbyes. Jonathan drove me to the airstrip where a plane was waiting for me. Overall Singita was fantastic - the rooms and lodge are wonderfully luxurious, the staff is unbelievably friendly, my guide had encyclopedic knowledge of the game we tracked, and the wildlife itself was amazing. If you are to go to the Sabi Sands area then you must stay at Singita. Having said that I am somewhat of a purist, and because of this I don’t like the fact that the Sabi Sands area is fenced on 3 sides and that there are animals that are brought in (I have heard from people in the know that to keep predator populations high antelope are often brought into Sabi Sands. I have not heard of Singita doing this but other nearby lodges / camps). I also don’t like the fact that I saw many different vehicles when I was there. Sabi Sands is great if it’s the first time you’ve ever been out on safari, but going there after experiencing Botswana is a bit of a letdown. Singita is AMAZING, but Sabi Sands overall does not compare to Botswana in terms of a true safari experience.
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Date of stay: February 2013
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Response from JanalynF, Manager at Singita Ebony Lodge
Responded 03 Jun 2013
Dear Tim, Thank you so much for your review - we always appreciate feedback and are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay at Singita. We would like to take this opportunity to clarify the situation in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve and help to provide information to other travellers. The Sabi Sand area is in fact open to the Kruger National Park and Limpopo National Park so to say that it is fenced in on three sides is not fully accurate. It is one of the largest contiguous game reserves in Africa and a total area of almost 65,000 hectares. With regard to vehicles at a sighting, Singita strictly enforces a "3 vehicles at a sighting" policy. Hope this helps to create some clarification. Looking forward to welcoming you back to Singita in the near future. Mark Witney, Chief Operating Officer, Singita
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kamp19 wrote a review Jul 2012
Lausanne
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Par Excellence!
Better is impossible and the guides are fantastic.
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Date of stay: April 2012
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ram_india wrote a review Jun 2012
Ahmedabad , India
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Singita is all about Service and Luxury , its not about Serious Game viewing or Authenticate Bush experience , if you are looking for Serious game Viewing and spending time in bush then you should select different lodge in Sabi sands ,
if you want SPA , or excellent food , and superior service then Singita is for you , Rooms are excellent and very comfortable , Pools are heated and super Location and so excellent views from there , Elephants are normally in river , what a sight , we saw one leopard and two cubs , and one male leopard , we could not see any other game , Leopard and cub sighting was super , she was very relaxed , use to cars and people , they also have shop , which is worth visiting , super collection and nice products , little expensive then other places , but super collection , Singita has 3 lodges and they are building one more , so many cars on property drive , its very common to find other guest and cars on same sighting , which is good and bed as its easy to find big 5 and bed as quality and time you can spend with animals is reduced , in short if you are looking for Luxury Bush Break then this is the place ,
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Date of stay: June 2012
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JoseRizal wrote a review Jun 2012
Cebu City, Philippines
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Getting there, your options are : 1.) FLY by charter plane (but limited to soft side luggages). 2.) ROAD trip from Johannesburg for about 6-7 hours. or 3.) FLY (from Cape Town or Johannesburg 1 hour) AND ROAD trip (2 hours) from Nelspruit (Mpumalanga Airport). We opted for No.3 and booked our road transfers with Regent Safaris ℅ John and Ann Evans. Option 3 was obviously cheaper than flying by charter plane; allows you to bring your hard case suitcase; and Nelspruit (MQP) has flights between Cape Town and Johannesburg so you can opt to fly one way with SAA.

The Lodge is what you would come to expect from a Luxury Property (think more along the lines of Aman with Great African Hospitality). They do have bragging rights for the awards and accolades they have received. What to bring: Nothing! (except your clothing. Not too much since they do same day laundry services.) We stayed at the Lewis Suites which is slightly smallish and does not have a 2-sided fire place. But the advantage was, it was closest to the main lodge where meals are served and where you meet your Rangers for your scheduled game drive. Quite convenient since I was traveling with my mom who has trouble walking. The Food is exceptional. Apart from the fact that you can have Mimosas for breakfast and well curated wines for dinner, the lodge does highlight the exceptional taste of Contemporary South African Cuisine. Something I did very much appreciate. Tom and Monique Rutherford, the lodge's manager and manager's wife, will definitely make you feel welcome and at home.

The Safari, on the other hand, is truly unforgettable. I never thought 3 hours of game drive would feel like just 30 minutes. Time does fly if your game drive (you get 6 game drives for a 3 night stay) is done by Leon Van Wyk (our ranger) and Lawrence (our tracker). Leon's 18 year experience as a ranger and knowledge in interpreting "SPOOR" (Afrikaans for Game Track/Trail/Dropping) means that you don't drive around aimlessly. After 6 Game Drives, we were fortunate to see all 5 + more than what we had expected for. We consider ourselves lucky to have had them. They're the best. What to Bring: Long Camera Lenses and Huge Storage Space for Photos taken. What Not to Bring: Binoculars (they do have it inside range rovers) with wooly blankets and fleece covered hot water bottles.

3 Nights/4Days will fly so fast you actually would not want to leave. And when you get home, you'll be surprised to see that about 70% of your photos taken in your South Africa trip will be about Animals and the lodge.

If there's something that the lodge can work on is to improve the temperature of the heated pool. But I cannot really expect much since this is not an ONSEN near a Volcano.
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Date of stay: May 2012
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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
Answer from Bridget M
20 contributions1 helpful vote
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 02 Jun
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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ALSO KNOWN AS
singita ebony hotel sabi sand game reserve
LOCATION
South AfricaKruger National ParkSabi Sand Game Reserve
NUMBER OF ROOMS
12
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SINGITA EBONY LODGE - Reviews (Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa)

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