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
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Full body massage
Hand massage
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Massage
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Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
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Kruger National Park 1242 South Africa
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Arathusa Safari Lodge Airport
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Nicolette A. Munoz Consulting wrote a review Nov 2013
San Luis Obispo, California
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Before I visited Singita Ebony, I thoroughly researched all the reviews on TripAdvisor. I saw “Heaven On Earth,” “Simply Amazing Safari,” and “Wow!,” and I have to say I was bit skeptical about them. How can this place be that fabulous? Well it’s better than fabulous! Every expectation was surpassed and I can’t wait to revisit!

I was very excited about the game rides before arriving. Shortly after arrival, after grabbing a quick lunch, we went on the first of six game rides. Singita is a private game lodge, with adjacent affiliated Singita properties that allow more expansive game drives. The guides can go off-road into the bush with their Land Rovers and you can follow animals more extensively. This is nice since if an animal is wandering along, you can continue to follow him onto another Singita property, rather than having to stop. After all, the animal doesn’t care which concession you are on.

Our guide was Coleman, and our tracker was Christophe. They are experts in finding the most elusive creatures. Before I went, everyone that I talked to said, “Oh you’ll have a hard time finding leopards and the other big cats.” Apparently nobody told Coleman and Christophe about this. First game drive - leopard and cheetah! Next day, lions, leopards and cheetahs!! (Check out my video of a leopard dragging an impala up a tree.) We saw cape buffalo, impalas, giraffe, elephants, monkeys, hippos, baboons, lions, cheetahs, leopards, kudus, bushbucks…the list goes on and on. Another thing that was so amazing is how close we were able to get to the animals. At first we were a little concerned that we would be “meals on wheels,” but Coleman and Christophe really know the animals and seem to be able to gauge their moods. Singita observes a maximum three vehicle rule when closely observing animals.
On our final night at Singita, Coleman joined us for dinner and regaled us with fascinating stories of his experiences as a professional guide and as a child growing up in the reserve. All guides and trackers have a great and abiding respect for the animals on the property, and feel the need to protect them, while giving guests the best possible safari experience.

Game Ride Quick Tip: Take the fleece ponchos that are provided in your rooms as it can be quite chilly coming back on the evening game rides.

This is not a primitive safari. It is very high-end. The main lodge, breakfast deck and dining room were something out of the greatest safari adventure you could ever imagine. Dark wood, colonial-looking furnishings, antiques, and traditional fabrics abound. Our suite looked out over the Sabi Sand riverbed, where we would frequently see a dozen or so elephants, impala or baboon. Our private wood deck had lounges and club chairs along with our own private plunge pool. The dark wood Victorian furnishings were so beautiful. There was even a separate sitting room with a fireplace that the staff cheerfully lit on one of the rainy days. There is a separate changing area which allowed the bedroom not to be crowded with suitcases. The bathroom included a claw-foot tub, shower and his and hers sinks. There is even an outdoor shower if you want to go a little rustic, but you may have some vervet monkey observers. Spa services are also available. My husband had a fantastic Couples Massage in our suite. There is a feeling of vast openness, yet privacy at the same time.

I was posting extensively on social media due to the great “wi-fi” available at the lodge, which was unexpected, because we had really bad connections in our hotels in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Several of my friends back home thanked me extensively for “taking them along” on our trip.

The food is also amazing. If you are ever hungry during your stay at Singita, I have to say, it’s your own damn fault. Before the morning game drive, there are coffees, teas, biscuits and juices. On the morning game drives, there will usually be a break where the game drivers pull out coffee, tea, muffins and fruit. After you arrive back from the morning game drive, it’s time for breakfast. Breakfast includes a self-service buffet of fruits, cold cereals, yogurts, breads and juices as well as cooked-to-order omelets and other hot breakfast foods. Lunch is an array of sandwiches, salads, pastas, soups and desserts. Tea Time is the usual assortment of teas, coffees and treats. During the evening game drive, you will break for an evening cocktail with artisanal cheeses, crackers and biltong (jerky). After returning from the evening game drive, it’s time for dinner with delicious 5-star gourmet meals that feature entrees of local game. The entrees are paired with Singita’s sommelier-recommended wines from its expansive wine cellar. Also, I really like the all-inclusive nature of the lodge. Everything that usually costs “extra” was included – cocktails, wines, in-room mini-bar snacks, breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea.

The quality of the staff is unparalleled. From Cherie (concierge) who answered every question with a smile; to Vivian (butler), who take care our every whim; to the valets who escorted us to and from our rooms every night/morning with a smile; to the culinary staff who delivered delectable creations of kudu, springbok, lamb, pork belly, etc., all paired with fantastic wines, and once again our game staff, Coleman and Christoph – there are no comparatives.

Overall, if you have a chance to book a stay at Singita Ebony, do it!
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Date of stay: September 2013
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sj1603 wrote a review Jul 2013
Johannesburg, South Africa
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Well there is nothing I can possibly say which hasn't been said before about Ebony. Classic, elegant decor of natural wood and a plethora of trees around the entire camp give it a rustic yet colonial feel to it. Ebony has managed to incorporate all the luxuries of a 5 star hotel yet unlike many properties, it has managed to keep the feeling of being in a bush lodge. Service is what you would expect at any Singita camp such as the personal butler, knowledgable rangers and trackers, as well as the management team. However, the factor which makes this camp excel is undoubtedly the game viewing. On just one trip we managed to see leopard on every game drive, a hunt, a vervet monkey corpse without a head, etc. There is only one factor which prevents this camp from receiving top rating. This element is also present in any Singita camp within the Sabie Sands. There is an ethical dilemma which plagues me during each game drive. If you have ever been to Singita then you would know that it is very often that rangers will travel as far into the thickets as possible in order for you to have a close view of a spectacular animal (Big Five, Cheetah, Wild Dog, Etc.) and when one says close the AVERAGE distance is 5 metres. This one female leopard even went underneath the vehicle multiple times. One might argue that they have become habituated to the vehicle but circumstances can certainly change because of the vehicle. Personally as an avid wildlife photographer and wildlife buff, there is sometimes a loss of the "wild" feeling when one is always so close to the animal. However for first timers this place is certainly one of the best places to go. Each visit is unique and special! Just remember to book way in advanced because of the popularity of this camp. If you need any more info, feel free to message me.
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Date of stay: October 2012
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Response from JanalynF, Manager at Singita Ebony Lodge
Responded 14 Oct 2013
Thank you for your TripAdvisor comments. We are delighted that you had such a fabulous time with us at Singita Ebony Lodge and trust we will welcome you back in the near future. We note your comments and constructive feedback with specific reference to guiding ethics, close-up game viewing and animal tolerance. This is being investigated and will be considered seriously, as Singita strives to uphold environmental sensitivity, sustainability and viewing animals in their natural state as if we were not there. The core purpose of Singita is to protect and preserve pristine wilderness for future generations and thus we are disappointed when we hear that this has not been the perception or experience of a guest. Please feel free to contact me via the enquiry option on the Singita website should you have any specific issues you would like me to address. Whilst on the website, you are welcome to peruse our company involvements in the hope that you will be able to look past this isolated experience and see what we are fully committed to in the areas of conservation and community development. Mark Broodryk, Head Guide, Singita Sabi Sand
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JHUkozmoe wrote a review May 2013
Dallas, Texas
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I've been to many 5 stars around the world and many trips to different places. Singita Ebony was my favorite stay of them all. At first I was apprehensive about paying so much for my stay here. I can say without a doubt that it was worth it. I took my parents and fiancee recently and we are still raving about it. You really do get what you pay for.

The lodge: Perfectly situated on the Sands River in the Sabi Sands reserve. I stayed in the Lewis suites in which my parents stayed in the other room which was perfect and close to the main lobby. The warmed private plunge pools were nice and the room was very well stocked with snacks, water, and all the alcohol you can drink.

The service: 5 stars all the way. They truly do go above and beyond to make you happy here. For example, we were in a rush the last morning to catch our flight out, the guide actually radioed in our breakfast order and had it ready the exact moment we stepped into the lodge. They also packed us a nice box lunch. Thank you Brett for taking us biking and setting up the intimate dinner for my family the last night. We all enjoyed it very much.

The guide/tracker: AMAZING. Thank you Mark and James for always trying so hard to find us the animals we wanted to see. They went above and beyond in scouting in the bush and looking for a pride of lions that came onto the property. Mark is as nice, friendly, and informative as they come.

The food: Very gourmet. We were very spoiled on the trip with wine paring and something new every day. Dinner is never serve in the same place. We had the same waiter for the entire trip Shadrick and he was always attentive and friendly. Loved the service!

Overall: If you are thinking about Singita, book it, its worth the splurge! There's a reason why they always rank the Singita properties as among the best in the world. I am thinking about booking Singita Grumeti on my trip this fall....can't wait.
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Date of stay: May 2013
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LJaneSingita wrote a review Jan 2013
Auchterarder, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I spent five nights here in December 2012. From the minute you arrive at the airstrip in the bush, you realise you have arrived at a special place. The service is so much better than anywhere else we've ever been. It's the little touches that set Singita Ebony apart. Nothing is too much trouble and the staff pick up on what it is you like. My husband had his 50th birthday here and the day was magical - I'm not going to list all the things they did for us as it would spoil the surprise for others who have yet to visit this wonderful place. Suffice to say, we have some very special memories of the day.
The rooms are amazing - so much space (inside and out) along with a fantastic view. We were in Lodge 10 which overlooks the Sand River and we could watch elephants coming to drink whilst lying on our sun loungers - just amazing!
The game viewing was just incredible. We saw leopards mating, giraffes, impala, a herd of water buffalo and elephants and that was just on our first game drive. We also saw lions, rhinos, hippos
Wildebeest, different types of antelope, lots of amazing birds, chameleons - the list goes on. Our ranger and tracker (Leon and Themba) were very knowledgable and made the drives so interesting.
The food and wine is to die for - soooo good! You could easily put on pounds here but, there is a gym so, no excuse!
We loved it so much, we've booked to go back later in the year. This place spoils you for anywhere else - the bar is set so high. Thanks in particular to Cherie, Leon, Themba and Auto who looked after us so well. What an amazing place.
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Date of stay: December 2012
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PascaleV wrote a review Jan 2013
Shanghai, China
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent 3 nights with our teenager daughters and had such a wonderful time. It seems like a dream! there is nothing that could have been done to improve our time there.The staff is perfect, from Chantelle the welcoming young lady that presented us the place and showed us our rooms, to our waiter Sam who took care of us during our 3 days, the guide, Francois and Louis who could read animal tracks like a king, those few days where just perfect!
Rooms are spacious, elegant, the service, (4 times a day) is outstanding, clothes are cleaned every day if you need it, mosquito repellant, water, nespresso machine, everything is there for you!
All meals were delicious, from the early breakfast (5.30) to the snack 7.30 during the morning safari, to the "real breakfast" at 10.00... lunch and dinner were always a delight,. you could easily gain 3 kilos in 4 days!!
We enjoyed a walking safari, where Francois saved us from a mother rhino and her bub... Loved the shop and it's treasures, used the private pool quite a few times, what can I say? I cried when we left!!
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Date of stay: January 2013
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Jayne P wrote a review Dec 2012
Manchester, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
It is hard to put into words our magical experience at the Singita Ebony. We stayed at the lodge for our honeymoon on 26th October for 4 nights and what an experience it was! Our holiday of a lifetime didn’t get off to the best of starts, we had a rather stressful time getting to Singita due to problems at both Manchester airport and Jo burg airport. However, from the moment we arrived we were greeted by Cherie who immediately made us feel at ease and promised that we would have an amazing experience-she was not wrong!

The game drives were fantastic, our tracker Christopher and guide Sipho were so experienced and knowledgeable. We managed to see the big five within the first 24 hours! A highlight for us was tracking a female lioness then seeing the 4 male lions approach us and walk right beside the vehicle. Also the lionesses with a wildebeest kill, the female leopard and cub up a tree, baby hyenas, the herd of 700 buffalo plus many many more! Fortunately we have some fantastic photographs we can look through to relive our time spent here.

The staff at singita were outstanding in every way (Cherie, Tom, Brett and Auto) They were so friendly and definitely made us feel like part of the Singita family. The special touches were unimaginable and we can’t thank you enough! Thanks Tom for all the recommendations for the next part of our adventures in Cape Town, the shark diving was brill and Bombay Bicycle bar was unlike anything we’ve ever experienced!

Our room was amazing, my husband liked nothing more than spending an afternoon or evening in the hot tub with a cold beer whilst watching the hippos and other animals on the Sabi river or listening to the hyenas calling to each other. Beautiful sounds of Africa!
The food was delicious, so much choice and variation. All freshly prepared with personal taste catered for.

All the special touches will never be forgotten, particularly our last evening game drive. Whilst driving through the reserve we suddenly came across Tom and Monique stood besides a white table clothed table, we pulled up besides them and were most surprised to see them out in the bush. During our stay they had noticed we had all liked mojito’s so put on this last special treat. Whenever I have a Mojito I will cherish that special Mojito Monday out in the bush with the giraffes walking past. Thank you Tom and your beautiful wife Monique, Cherie, Brett and all the staff at Singita Ebony. I have never wanted to go back a place so much.

Landen and Jayne Partington
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Date of stay: October 2012
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LoveLuxuryHotels wrote a review Nov 2012
Philadelphia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Singita is Spectacular…

Spent 6 days total in Singita over Thanksgiving- 2 nights in Ebony, 2 in Boulders and 2 in Sweni. All I can say is- WOW! I think we were prepared for the level of surrealism by tracking tripadvisor and other reviews, but nothing prepares you for the sight when you actually get to each of the resorts. Overall the theme is consistent- over the top personalized service, amazing game viewing and breathtaking vistas and interiors. From the East coast, the SA direct flight from JFK is perfect- puts you in around 8 am and then the best course of action was the Federal air charters, if anything just the experience of flying in a 4 seater plane! We were in Ebony in time for lunch. Singita Sabi Sands (Boulders and Ebony) was 1 hr 10 mins from Joberg; from Sabi Sands, Singita Kruger (Sweni and Lebombo) was a 20 minute hop. I have reviews for each of the resorts, but some common threads-

-Food and wine: All the lodges have their own wine cellars with the same selection for the most part (several thousand bottles). Boulders was the most extensive and my favorite cellar. We started at Ebony so the sommelier Welma, did a tasting with us nearly every day and helped us pick bottles for dinners and lunches. It’s fun being able to try any wine- we were not experts on South African wines, so if you are interested would recommend doing some research on the small producers which Singita specializes in so you have something in mind already when you get there. The brandy selection is fantastic being a SA specialty, so don’t forget to try some. The food was outstanding! I would describe it as world cuisine- everything from the best club sandwich ever, to filet mignon, ostrich, crocodile, Indian inspired curries, truffle soup, 4 kinds of eggs benedict…I can go on and on. We discovered the chef at Boulders and Sweni had a knack for combining Indian and South African flavors for the most amazing curries and bread so we requested one every day and they did not disappoint. Basically, if you really want something, the chef will make it for you.

-Gift Shops: Ebony and Boulders share one and Sweni and Lebombo share one too. Do take the advice of saving room for the flight back very seriously. The store is not like any gift shop- one of a kind pieces for yourself. Although for small souvenirs for folks back home, the airport has some really good places too and cheaper.

Now a little bit about Ebony:
-Straight out of a Ralph Lauren meets Out of Africa catalog if one exists! The lobby was my favorite of all the lodges as it really felt like a Safari lodge with a beautiful collection of artifacts. Don’t forget to do after dinner drinks in the Library which has more interesting artifacts to look at. The room was in the same vein, very grand with a massive four poster bed. We were in room #5, so good location, 3 minute walk from the lobby and a minute from the Spa. The view was great- had a resident hippo and crocodile in the river every day and could see the Serengeti across the river too.
-Service- all Singitas are outstanding and so was Ebony. The front desk- Cheri, the GM Tom are very engaged with the clients and know exactly what you have done so far or would like to do. Out butler Abee was good too.
-Activities- we did the Spa (good, not out of the world), there was a BOMA one night and of course wine tasting.
-Game drives- when you land in Singita, your Ranger and Tracker are there to pick you up. They basically are the ones you will spend 6-7 hrs a day with if you do both game drives. We were so tired some days, we opted to miss the am game drives but if you are there for just 1-2 days then would not recommend it. Game viewing is outstanding- minute you leave the resort there is something to see. Make sure you tell your ranger what you are interested in. It really depends on your ranger and luck on what you end up seeing. We really wanted to see the resident female leopard and her cub, but just saw her once without the cub. Other guests saw her with the cub on the same day so really depends on your guide. We had Lazarus and Martin for the full 4 days at Ebony and Boulders since it is the same area (6k hectares) for game drives. They were good, but not great when compared to our other Ranger in Sweni. Maybe I am being overly critical, since you will see everything- we saw the big 5 within 2 days. The sundowners are the most fun thing ever! We only had the full land rover with 6 people twice. Otherwise was 4 or just the two of us which was the best. As you get closer to the holiday season it will probably be full, but even then, it’s very private. Be prepared to be 4 feet from a big cat looking you straight in the eye, makes the whole trip worth it!

Overall, Ebony is beautiful and the whole experience was over the top. If you are considering it, just book and go. Would recommend checking out the other lodges too as they are so different in feel if you can and only a 3 minute drive (Boulders) or 20 minute plane hop (Lebombo and Sweni).
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Date of stay: November 2012
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Worktravelgal wrote a review Sept 2012
Coral Gables, Florida
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is the most amazing hotel in which I've ever stayed. Literally. I teared up when I had to leave this place because the experience was so fantastic.

I could go on and on about the plethora of animals in the Reserve, the friendly amazing guides and trackers that would answer any question and do anything to get help you see what you wanted (loved Laz and Martin!), and the staff that knew every detail of your day so they could help make things go more smoothly for you and make suggestions and take action to make your stay even more enjoyable, if that's possible (thanks, Johan!). We had a couples massage which we both swore afterwards was the best massage of our lives. The service was simply unparalleled in all respects.

The rooms were also phenomenal. They were huge and decorated with a colonial African feel. You could see wildlife passing by right out your window, or from your personal heated infinity pool. What an experience!

Boutique has gorgeous things, so be ready to ship or carry some things home!
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Date of stay: August 2012
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mtwsew wrote a review Jun 2012
Long Island, NY
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I can't say enough about the service at Ebony. If I could give it 10 stars I would!! We've stayed a many 5* resorts but this is by far is the best. The service was outstanding, the staff couldn't do enough for us. The rooms (or villas) are amazing. A sitting room with fireplace, bedroom, bath area, dressing area and deck with lounges and a plunge pool (that kudus shashayed by to drink out of)

We were there 3 nights and Johann, the manager made each dinner experience special. The first night we had a private room in front of a roaring fire just the 2 of us; the second night was a tasting menu with wine parings and the last night he set us up in the gazebo in front of a pool (heat lamps took off the chill). When we arrived back in our room the last night after the game drive a bubble bath had be drawn and a bucket of Amarula (it's like Bailey's but better) on ice was surrounded by rose petals and small candles.

The game drives were wonderful. The guide and tracker sourced out a rare cheetah, leopards, elephants (that came about a foot from the jeep to check us out); lions (in the throes of passion-which lasted about 10 seconds) giraffes, zebras. They did a walking nature tour for us too. And had staff from the lodge meet us one night with cocktails and cheese, chocolate covered strawberries and other tidbits. Marc also did a constellation talk pointing out what was in the southern sky. Both Marc and George (the tracker) were fabulous.

We took the tour into the community village and went to the preschool where the children sang a song for us called "Animals of Nature" complete with hand movements to indicate the animal. They were adorable.

If you want a fabulous safari experience of game drives cocooned in luxury when you return each day, Ebony is the choice.
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Date of stay: June 2012
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kalitaylor wrote a review Mar 2012
Keller, Texas
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We came to see animals and go on a photo Safari. Instead we experienced Africa! How wonderful was that?
We had one of only 12 “lodges” at Ebony, the entire lodge decorated with an old African flair. We had a sitting area with a sofa, chair, ottoman, fireplace (through to bedroom), a bedroom with a huge king-sized comfy bed, bathroom with 2 sinks and clawed tub, dressing area with 2 closets, and toilet area with bidet. There was also an outdoor shower, large deck overlooking the Sand River and a private plunge pool on the deck.
There is an espresso machine and a mini-bar in the room restocked several times daily and laundry is done every day if you need.
We were assigned a Guide, Tracker and a Butler. Your every need is anticipated. With expert guidance and tracking skills we were able to identify the direction and speed of a zebra’s trot. ☺ But it's not just about the safari.
We had a wine tasting done by the in-house Sommelier.
The chef prepared unbelievable (not kidding) local dishes prepared and beautifully presented each evening after game drives; one evening they even entertained guests with a BOMA.
Again, not just about the safari - they offered a visit to Justicia, a local village where many of the staff at Singita live. We saw local people living, working, were invited into a home where food was prepared and into a pre-school where children entertained us.
I could go on and on but words begin to sound like hyperbole.
Go if you can and stay as long as you can!
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Date of stay: March 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
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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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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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