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emerged from a top-to-toe redesign (led by the Cape Town-based designer Boyd Ferguson) in 2015, it traded in an outdated and cloistered brick-and-mortar feel for the sensibility of a tented camp.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.
How to Get There
From the moment we walked onto the property we were cherished. The room, the bed, the deck, the plunge pool...just wow! The food and service were impeccable and never pretentious. Our guide Coleman and tracker Tembo were fun and learned “camp counselors”. They greeted us every morning and evening and came to the airstrip to send us off. We felt the love for what they do. We were the beneficiaries of that love. We will always be grateful for the memory and experience of a lifetime.
This is by all accounts one of the very best safari lodges in Africa. The location inside Singita private wildlife area, just outside the Kruger Park is a guarantee for fantastic wildlife sightings. Every day, early morning and evening, offers spectacular trips with knowledgeable and experienced guides who without fail take you to the places where the action is. The lodge offers an incredible ambience, with great comfort, wonderful food and the best wines South Africa can offer.
One of the most exquisite stays I have experienced. The tents are impeccably designed. The service is flawless from the moment to step in to the moment you catch your return flight from the private airstrip. My guide Marc was always bubbling with energy and he took my on many short game drives than was on the official program! I saw all of big five within the first two game drives, but the highlight was being super close to a cheetah and being able to spend about half an hour studying him! The unforgettable experience that topped everything was the interruption of our a fresco lunch by a leopard and her cub, who took over the entire lunch pavilion for about twenty minutes, while we slowly moved into the safety of the lounge and observed them play!