Singita Boulders Lodge
What We Love
- The lodge will rent you a camera kit especially suited to wildlife photography
- Popping into the wine cellar to pick out a special bottle
- Rinsing off in the outdoor shower after a dusty day on safari
- The “Bush” suites overlook a watering hole—a draw for animals
What To Know
- Airport transfers are included
- Rooms further downriver are more private than the ones close to the main building
- Rates include safaris by Land Rover, bike, and on foot
- Kids under 10 aren’t permitted
- WiFi can be spotty
Fireplaces, pools, and free minibars, oh my! Or is it lions, elephants, and rhinos. Luckily, at Boulders, you get all of these in one package. This luxe lodge on the edge of Kruger National Park runs its own Land Rover safaris with expert guides, and you’re likely to see every one of the “Big Five” on your trip. The lodge itself is an idyllic retreat, with its own spa, an award-winning cellar of South African wines, and unbeatable service. Want a roaring fire, cocktail, or fillet of ostrich delivered to the room? Your personal butler will make it happen. Each suite has its own private sitting room and a deck from which to stargaze or view game, plus a private plunge pool for après-safari dips. The décor is contemporary African, which translates to gorgeous natural fabrics like sheepskin, leather, and linen—eschewing the dated “Out of Africa” vibe—while floor-to-ceiling windows mean you might see a wildebeest wander by before you’ve even got out of bed in the morning.
In the Area
If you’ve come to Boulders, you’ll be spending most of your days in a 4×4 glued to your binoculars. Kruger National Park is one of the best wildlife parks in the world, home to roaming giraffe, impala, zebra, lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo…and the list goes on. Unlike many other parks, the roads here are excellent and there are cafés at the rest stops—no need to rough it here. The lodge organizes game drives, but you can also track animals on foot with a professional guide or hop on a mountain bike for a ride through the reserve. Boulders can brings guests to meet nearby local communities, too.
How to Get There
I have never felt compelled to offer my opinion online but felt I must recognize one of the most outstanding accommodations and experiences in the world. Firstly, I would point out that we are very seasoned five star travelers. My husband travels weekly all over the world and we have been fortunate enough to join him in wonderful locations as well as travel with our children for pure pleasure. The accommodations at Singita Boulders will surpass the expectations of even the most jaded traveler.
Singita Boulders has a world class staff. The Lodge manager Warrick Davey is unfailing in warmth and personality with tremendous attention to every guest for every need and want – engaging daily with each member of my family of five in a sincere and authentic way. One example of this was that my daughter suffers with gastric reflux, sometimes only being able to eat bread to calm her stomach. Prior to our game drive at 5 AM, we awoke to find Warrick in the main lodge serving fresh baked bread specifically for my daughter. This general manager makes his way around the property in a relaxed manner meticulously attending to every aspect of your experience. For so many different cultures and personalities coming for this unique experience, Warrick and his entire staff make it look easy. No small feat considering a demanding clientele.
Tracey, who greeted us like family, without being solicited to do so, set up a Christmas tree in the room for my children with presents that matched the personality and ages of my children in a thoughtful and meaningful way. She was there for any and all requests and nothing was a bother to her.
Sylvester, our personal care taker at every meal, yes I said personal care taker, made us feel like we were eating at a Michelin star rated restaurant every meal and Minnie, a sommelier, did her job with passion and joy.
Mike our guide and Syd our tracker sought out the most fantastic gaming experiences- getting us so close to lions we could have pet them -LITERALLY! We watched leopards viciously eat their kill, lion and leopard cubs , and elephants majestically walk the land right by us. These are only some of the highlights of what we experienced.
The completely private rooms (lodges) themselves marry the outside beauty to the inside seamlessly in luxury that is unparalleled. Take a dip in your private plunge pool as elephants traverse the landscape right in front of you, enjoy lavish bedding and tons of space celebrating this safari experience. Singita Boulders leave nothing to chance.
If you ever have the privilege to visit Africa on Safari do it at Singita Boulders. When you leave here you will have a true affection for the people and the place like no other and have memories that will provide you a life time of joy.
As a sidenote, this 16 day trip for my family included stays in five star luxury accommodations in Cape Town and Mauritius. Both hotels generally met expectations but did not compare to Singita.
If you love safari and especially leopard, you cannot go wrong staying at Boulders. The rooms are spacious and stunningly designed and the staff are ever willing to please. The food is delightful and the settings are stunning. We saw leopard, elephants, lions and rhinos sitting for breakfast ! The game drives are dependant on the ranger and tracker team allocated to you. We lucked out and had the delight of having Chene driving us. She was passionate and patient when tracking leopards and we had several fabulous sightings. My wife and I travelled with our 11 year old who all had a fantastic time also.
After spending three amazing days at Singita Lebombo, we boarded the plane for a short flight to their Boulders property in The Sabi Sands. It became apparent very quickly that the same formula that made Lebombo so successful, was applied to this Singita property as well. The Boulders staff was welcoming and the accommodations were over the top, both in terms of comfort and luxury. Each morning we gathered at the main lodge to start our adventure with the wildlife of Sabi Sands and we knew very quickly that we hit the jackpot when we were assigned to our Landrover with our guide Chene and our young tracker Rebel. These two had a unique bond and always seemed to know intuitively what the other was thinking. My favourite example was late during our final evening at Boulders while we were racing to the end of the concession in search of a pack of while dogs. Rebel threw up his arm and signalled Chene to stop our vehicle. He pointed towards the horizon and said one word...”cheetah”. None of us could see what he was pointing to, even with binoculars, but Chene turned off the road, following Rebel’s directions and within a few minutes we found ourselves with a 30 minute personal encounter with the most beautiful African cat I have ever seen. It was almost as if the cheetah was posing for us, sitting up, glaring at us, turning around to show us his other side. Then moving to a termite mound, standing on the top and posing again like a fashion model on a cat walk. Other encounters included several leopards hungrily devouring their meal while we watched on and a den of hyenas filled with young pups who came out to check us out. All the staff at Boulders were amazing but we had to give special kudos to Chene and Rebel who truly made our visit a life changing experience!
Singita Boulders is simply amazing in terms of service, accommodation, game drives, and food & wine. The game viewing at Singita Boulders is the best I have experienced in Africa and I love that Singita is so focused on conservation. I stayed at Singita Sweni Lodge, which is also highly recommended, but your safari trip should definitely end at Boulders.
Our safari guides, W&R are the best, but I mention no full names, as I want to stay on their VIP list.
Overall Singita Boulders allows you to experience Africa without pretending you are Meryl Streep from the movie Out of Africa, which I prefer in the end….
Liebe Grüsse und Luftküsschen aus Zurich!
Pick the description: Awesome, Amazing, Marvelous. None of them cut it. My take on the room: Put in a kitchen and sell it to me so I can live here the rest of my life. The private (I mean skinny dip in your outdoor infinity pool and only the game can see you) room is gorgeous, comfortable, has a fireplace, 1.5 baths not counting the outdoor pool shower, coffee tea service, stocked mini bar, and a near constant parade of elephant, giraffe, and deer animals parading past. Wake up to a view of game from your bed.
The food is excellent. The wine from the incredible wine cellar is excellent. The service, at least if your personal server is Gift, is better than excellent. The physical plant is excellent. The guides, trackers, game vehicles and game drive programs are excellent. Even the minor details like ponchos in your rooms, blankets at your seat, and hot water bottles in your bed and the seat of your game drive vehicle.
Best overall stay, anywhere, ever.