Singita Ebony Lodge
What We Love
- Private plunge pools in each of the 12 suites.
- The lodge can organize visits to nearby villages for guests to interact and connect with members of the local Tsonga community
- The onsite boutique that's anything but your typical hotel gift shop, stocking museum-quality prints and stylish safari wears from all corners of Africa
- Even the fitness center comes with dazzling bush views
What To Know
- Insect repellant is provided in suites and on game drives, but it’s strongly advised you speak to your doctor about malaria prevention before arrival
- Visit between April and October for the best game viewing
- Pack plenty of cotton clothing in neutral hues—and skip the formalwear
- Though the lodge promises complimentary WiFi access, its remote location means intermittent service
When this aging property emerged from a top-to-toe redesign (led by the Cape Town-based designer Boyd Ferguson) in 2015, it traded in an outdated and cloistered brick-and-mortar feel for the sensibility of a tented camp. Dining areas and suspended pavilion decks now edge the Sand River—a popular watering hole for the area’s elephants—and the lodge’s sitting room has been relocated to the property’s forefront for dramatic natural panoramas. Its family-friendly soul, however, hasn’t changed: in-room minibars contain shortbread and jellybeans while a painting kit encourages pint-size explorers to soak in the shrubby surroundings. For adults, treats include a sizable wine cellar crammed with premium South African labels.
Gone are the external walls in each of the 12 suites, which have replaced by a combination of khaki canvas and glass, allowing for copious amounts of natural light to shine through the mahogany interiors. Animal skins were swapped for patterned fabrics and sepia-toned photos—both of which compliment the antique campaign-style furniture.
The lodge’s food scene lends a nutritious spin to its traditionally French-heavy lineup. Wheatgrass and kombucha are served alongside the usual buffet at breakfast, while local ingredients, like goat cheese and candy-stripe beetroot, make frequent appearances on the always evolving dinner menu.
Whether you take a private or commercial flight (just a over an hour from Johannesburg), you’ll be landing at Singita’s own airstrip, about 10 minutes from the lodge. If you’d rather drive, Ebony is a 6.5-hour ride from Johannesburg.
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My daughter and I truly enjoyed our stay and our time with The Ebony Family. We felt as part of a family from the first moment we arrived.
Perfection in the Bush !
The smiles , the views , the experience. Is beyond a five star rating. ! If there was a 6 star - We would give our new friends and family a 6+++ star rating.
We loved everything about Ebony. You are spoiled and catered to the entire time. The height of luxury in all respects. Great food, incredible rooms with swimming pools. First class service.
And that's before even getting to the safari experience!
Without doubt one of the best hotel experiences in the world. From arrival to departure you are treated like a princess! If only other hotels were the same ....
Stunning location, stunning views, amazing staff ..big shout out to Gus (sorry Guy!) and our sommelier Minnie (goodday Minnie)... obviously comes at a price but if you want a real 5* experience then this is it. You will not be disappointed.
If I was going to make one comment I would have liked a bigger pool to swim in.
Went ro Singita Ebony with my family incl 2 kids 13 and 15. We were completely spoiled by the staff. Gameviewing was amazing. Kudos to the entire Singita team. I have been at safaris all my life, but this place is by far the best.
And the photo was taken with my iPhone... imagine how close we were!
You can never go wrong with Singita properties. We saw amazing wildlife and our room was a paradise we almost never wanted to leave. The staff was exceptional. They are genuinely happy to hear about your adrenaline spiked game drive descriptions even when it is obvious they see this daily! Singita made our dreams come true. It was the perfect end after visiting Cape town and two other Singita properties for my Mom's 70th Birthday. Andrew: you do a wonderful service and are a steward as well as GM. Loved we can talk to your guides and staff about books, music, birds/bees and booze! And the animals of course. Even the differences in what they digest and identifying different poop on walks. All my gratitude and best wishes, Michele Hogan