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Fabulous Singita

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 Feb 2023via mobile
We discovered Africa for the First time with Singita .
Ebony lodge is the first of the Singita lodges created in 1993.
While rooms would welcome a face lift ( soon to happen ) there is a colonial charm unrivalled .
The whole organisation is flow less. You are taken over by a team form the guide to the waitress that will be your staff up to your departure .
Food and wine are just amazing and you can taste SA during your whole stay.
Thanks good there is no Tv in the rooms but the internet is fairly good assuming you are in the middle of nowhere . It allowed out teenager to even play online with friends !!
A special reward to our Guide Johan and tracker Reazert.
They made our trip magical making us discover the Big Five and explaining us a lot of things . They were fun, interesting and always smiling .
If you go to Singita Ebony ask for them and do not forget to make them prepare their coffee with Amarula in the middle of the bush!!!!
Bravo to the owner Luke Bailes who has created amazing places with a full respect of the nature !
Date of stay: February 2023
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 April 2022

We stayed at Ebony lodge in April for four nights with our three young kids. It's impossible for me to imagine another place where wilderness and hospitality hold hands so perfectly. The setting is glorious. The lodge overlooks the Sand River with it's abundant wildlife. It's large outdoor wooden decks are framed and shaded by ancient ebony trees on both sides. The rooms are massive and very finely appointed. Every detail has been considered and executed perfectly. The staff are a joy, the food is sublime. They have an excellent cellar full of carefully selected and matured wines (plus a Sommelier to help you), as well as other treats; fine brandies, great cigars, you name it. The three people appointed to us: Johan, Lawrence and Vivian were absolutely outstanding in their roles. The daily game drives were unreal. I still miss them. Our guide (Johan) and tracker (Lawrence) where so knowledgeable and so great with our kids. We had multiple sightings of Leopard, Lion, Rhino, Elephant, Buffalo, Waterbuck, Kudu, Cheetah, birds galore, massive trees even more. Unforgettable!! Thank you Singita!

Date of stay: April 2022
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Thank chrisalheit
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Singita Traveller, General Manager at Singita Ebony Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2022

Dear Chris,

Thank you so much for your beautiful message – it was a privilege to have hosted you & your family at Singita Ebony Lodge.

We really hope that we will see you all again very soon.

The entire Singita Ebony family are sending you our warmest wishes and thanks.

Kind regards,

Jason

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Reviewed 17 August 2021

Singita Ebony's 12 uber-luxury suites with gourmet food, resplendent furnishings, hunting lodge styling, with a definitely modern approach to health and wellness, surround you with luxury. The standalone suites feature old world touches, netted beds with superbly soft linens, large shower and tub inside, huge outdoor shower with a massive plunge pool, plus patio lounge chairs, yoga mats, exercise programs and wild game passing by below us! But the absolute best feature going (besides the fabulous morning and evening game drives) is the ensuite real wood fireplace with tons of wood which kept us toasty-warm while having nightcaps and then sleeping in real luxury.

Singita's Ebony and Boulders Camps are normally jammed with Americans like us. But because Americans want to travel but are afraid ... we had almost the entire lodge to ourselves. The only hurtle was getting Delta Air Lines a Covid-Negative test within 72-hours of departure and filling out an Attestation Form for South African Immigration saying we were Covid-Negative. On the way back to the USA, the Camp Manager arranged a Covid test with results delivered by email within a day and only your airline cares about that. This was no different than going to Hawaii, just far friendlier! DON'T BE RELUCTANT because the lodges have availability today!

Room tip: Suite 10, 11 & 12 are closest to the lobby but none are very far away. All have river views
Date of stay: August 2021
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Thank BobFj
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Reviewed 16 April 2021 via mobile

We stayed for 5 nights. A short summary ...

7* Gareth (ranger) and Martin (tracker) as well as all the staff. Any request was immediately met. Appreciate putting us close to the main area. You were all amazing!
7* Sightings and more
5* Wines and drinks
5* SPA treatments!
3* for the Food. Felt it was too fancy for the bush. Would have appreciated more South African food?
2* for the Main pool area - loungers and pool dirty
5* for the bush dinner effort, 3* for food and 0* bushtoilet - broken, dirty and poor condition.
3* Waterpressure in room was poor to zero.

BUT, the few "less than 5* issues" were overshadowed by the wonderful staff, amazing wildlife and bush. Can't wait to bring our family!!

Date of stay: April 2021
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Adrian Kaplan, General Manager at Singita Ebony Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2021

Dear Nico,

Thank you very much for your kind words and your honest constructive feedback. We truly value your comments on the areas we can improve on and have taken it on board. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience it caused during your stay.

We are delighted to hear that you will be returning with your family and we trust that we will meet all of your expectations on your return.

Please send our warmest regards to Anita.

Thank you and regards,
Claude, Marinda and the Ebony family

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Reviewed 10 March 2021 via mobile

Singita Ebony Lodge
As we were welcomed to Ebony by Miranda, I told her Ebony had very big shoes to fill, as we had just come from Boulders, a spectacular experience. Well fill those shoes they did!!
Miranda and Claude were constantly on hand, attending to every detail. On arrival at our room, we found it stocked with our preferred drinks, specifics, the correct brand of beer and everything we had consumed at Boulders.
The room was magnificent, so beautifully decorated, immaculately clean and so very comfortable. There were a couple of days, we tossed up whether to game drive, or just stay in the room!
We made good use of the laundry, so professionally done. On a return from a game drive, Miranda approached me, with a handful of buttons. She had been informed that there was a button missing from one of my shirts. As the button could not be found, would I mind, if they replaced all the buttons, with the samples she showed me. What a service!!
Every meal again was of the highest standard, beautifully presented and just so delicious. I still need to hound the mussel soup recipe from David. The best I have ever had. As was the millionaires shortbread
The attention from the barista, sommelier and every member of staff was a delightful interaction. With extensive knowledge on their subject.
The absolute highlight of our trip, had the be the effort Claude put into our final game drive drinks. He set up our own private set up, which could have been an extension of the lodge. So thoughtfully decorated, items of decor selected particularly.
Andries and Nkosinathi led us through incredible bush walks, took us on drives, and shared their extensive knowledge and stories with us. We had an incredible week with them, we have made two new friends.



Date of stay: February 2021
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Adrian Kaplan, General Manager at Singita Ebony Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 21 March 2021

Dear Robyn,

The Hippos are calling you both!

Thank you so much for your beautiful message – it was a privilege to have hosted yourself and Chris at Ebony Lodge. We shared such wonderful moments with you both.

We really hope that we will see you soon again – you have to come back to have another sundowner at “Watkins lookout”.

The entire Singita Ebony family are sending you our warmest wishes and thanks.

Kind regards,

Claude and Marinda Visagie

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Reviewed 28 November 2020 via mobile

I just wanna say thank you again to you and your whole team. We had a phenomenal stay with priceless impressions!!!
Would recommend the Lodge to anybody of my friends.
Perfect accommodation and such a lovely staff.
See you soon..
Daniel

Date of stay: November 2020
Thank dnl23
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Adrian Kaplan, General Manager at Singita Ebony Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 21 March 2021

Dear Daniel,

Thank you so much for your kind words – it was wonderful to have met you all and spend time with you.

We hope that we will see you soon again.

Kind regards,

Claude, Marinda and the Singita Ebony team

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