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
Began 9 years ago stuck in our heart.
Our most recent visit reunited us with many old friends, (Shelley, Marc, Enuel)
New friends,(Super Ranger Chene and Tracker Rebel), A shout out to Kerrick, Ben, Auto, in-house, and everyone else, who contributed to make our stay so magical.
Multiple sitings of all the usual (big five) suspects, great opportunities to view and discuss animal behaviours. Totally spoiled by morning snacks and sundowners... and the meals! Delicious and plates are visually appealing. The restaurant and outdoor dining are lovely.
Beautiful, peaceful place, lovely rooms, friendly atmosphere beautiful setting; a rather exceptional home away from home.
We look forward to returning soon!
I decided to treat myself for my birthday and go on safari. I did three camps on this trip. I had been on safari before. I saved the best for last which was Singita. It was truly the best and met all of my expectations. I had stayed at Singita property in Kenya so I knew they were nice. The facilities, the staff, the jeeps, the service, the animals are exceptional. I had just come from a very in the middle of no where crazy amount of animals to this which was my Mom’s favorite camp. I appreciated a lot of the roads are paved so less bumping around. Plus, this is truly the best place to see leopards. They are sooo hard to see everywhere else (Kenya, Tanzania, Bostwana). We saw leopards every day. The best thing is I had a leopard and its cub come on our balcony on my birthday. They just walked across and then played in the shower. I got the most awesome video. The service and the shopping boutique is awesome. The daily water / sparkling water is awesome. The rooms, the facilities, and overall property can’t be matched. It was the best rooms and I have been to 7 safari camps around Africa.
Facilities/rooms: Stunning, beautiful views, aesthetically perfect. I love boulders design. All of the properties are awsesome but I like contemporary and natural. This is boulders and blends really well with environment. All the eating areas have wonderful views and daily interaction with the pesky monkeys. They have private pools for each of rooms and main pool. My room had exceptional view. I saw elephants every day from my room/balcony. They have inside and outside showers. Especially spacious bathroom. They have full living rooms and bedrooms. The entrie back is floor to ceiling windows so you have a view no matter what room you are in. My Mom and I didn’t want to leave. I am planning a return trip next year. It is expensive but worth it.
Travel: Private air service which is very nice. Trust me. I have done all the little prop planes in Kenya, Tanzania, and Bostwana. On this private plane, it is a real mini jet with nice waiting room in Joberg. I appreciated the efficiency and being on a nice plane.
Game drives; Really nice jeeps. I like that they are multi level and open. You get great views. You get the typical blanket if you get cool. The rooms come with hats and ponchos if needed. The game drive has tracker and driver which i am fan of. The game is good but you do have to drive a little bit to see it so not quite the same as great migration or Moremi game preserve. However, you see every animal. I truly appreciated the more unique encounters. We saw leopard eating its kill. Plus you see a lot of rhinos which is also hard to see in other places. They had wild dogs which is also hard to see other places. So this is great location to see hard to see animals: leopards, rhinos, and wild dogs.
Food: the food is very good but very gamey. If you love meat, you will love the food. My only recommendation would be to vary food choices or add in some other options or food cuisines....
Service: The service is exceptional and we truly enjoyed our guide. They surprised me twice for my birthday. I really appreciated this attention to detail and truly kind service. The GM, Chef, Butlers, game drivers, everyone was exceptional. Thanks for making my trip special, a trip of a lifetime, and wish I could visit every year.....
Overall, you can’t go wrong with Singita. It is the best and rated the best for a reason every year. I loved it and it was worth it.....
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!