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
If you visit this resort, you will feel as I do, that it is one of the finest you will ever experience, world-wide! Warrick and his staff presented us with a GIFT, their service and hospitality! It was truly a life-changing experience with the finest accommodations, service and food we could have ever imagined in the wilds of Africa! There are not words GRAND enough to describe every aspect of the stay at this resort. One highlight for sure were our ranger and tracker for our safari trips into the field. Andres and Lawrence were two of the best trackers and field guides. They found animals in extreme places and put us up close with every animal in the Big 5. Their service was impeccable. The lodge was the nicest villa we have ever stayed in. This place is a WONDERLAND. Do not miss it!!!
An enormous thank you to everyone at Singita Boulders for the experience of a lifetime that my family and I will never forget. From the second we landed till the the moment we took off to fly back to Johannesburg, the Singita service was truly outstanding. We arrived with very high expectations and they were easily surpassed. Both the Family Suite and River Suite we had for our 3 night stay were jaw droppingly stunning. The 5 star luxury and attention to detail in the middle of the bush is truly extraordinary. The friendliness of the staff was particularly apparent from the moment we entered the property and beyond anything we’ve ever experienced- and we’ve been lucky enough to travel a lot. The game viewing was spectacular with the Big 5 seen up close and personal within the first 2 drives. Not sure I’ll ever forget that 2 hour experience of watching the male lion and 10 hyenas launching themselves into a fresh elephant carcass or stalking the perfect leopard as she hunted along the river. Too many magical game experiences to mention here but to see so much with barely another Land Rover in site was an exceptional privilege. But above all, special thanks to the wonderful staff. Vivien in the restaurant, Melissa the sommelier, Warwick the manager, the amazing housekeeping staff and then Moussa and Mark who must be the most committed and passionate game tracker and ranger team on the planet!! Mark, we can never thank you enough for your generosity of time, knowledge and enthusiasm you displayed to ensure we had the best safari possible. What you did to help my youngest son, in particular, to get the most out of his wildlife photography went above and beyond any service anyone could ever expect. You consistently went out of your way to ensure we created memories to treasure and you succeeded in spades. Yes, of course, its expensive, but in my view, worth every single penny. What price can you put on experiences like these? I now understand why the Singita brand is so strong. We will definitely return at some point. And I would suggest anyone considering going on Safari in Africa should place Singita Boulders at the very top of the list.
Thank you once again Singita for the magic.
Jonny, Camilla, Tallulah, Ralph and Brooke
East Sussex, UK
We split a stay of four nights between Singita Lebombo and Singita Boulders. It’s a 20 minute flight between the two lodges. They are very different properties, but both are outstanding in their own regard.
The villas were huge - private pools that either overlook the river or watering holes, two toilets, an outdoor and indoor shower, sitting room and a fireplace. We came from Singita Lebombo, the rooms there weren’t small by any measure but Boulders was cavernous in comparison.
Food was excellent. The dining experience is world class. The kitchen turned out perfectly cooked gnocchi, steaks, and seafood. Our very motherly butler Gift gave us a hug each time we met. We shared lots of laughs with her!
Two safari runs a day and don’t worry - you’ll see plenty of wildlife each time. Our guide Damin and tracker Sidwell were super. Our guide in Lebombo had spoken to them before our arrival on what we had already seen there so they focused on new sightings. We got to see leopards, plenty of rhinos (both of which had been very skittish in Lebombo), wild dogs, lions and plenty of other animals. The wildlife in Sabi Sands were very comfortable with the safari vehicles. We got within touching distance of a lot of animals (touching not recommended of course...)
Singita is very lgbt friendly. It was a nice place for us to spend pride month!
Our first safari in Africa - and we can’t imagine doing it with anyone else besides Singita in the future!