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emerged from a top-to-toe redesign (led by the Cape Town-based designer Boyd Ferguson) in 2015, it traded in an outdated and cloistered brick-and-mortar feel for the sensibility of a tented camp.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
My partner and I recently stayed at boulders and ebony lodges, and had the happiest and best time of our lives. Everything about this holiday was utterly perfect and magical. The staff and service is outstanding, and the lodges and game reserve are beautiful. We went out on drives for six hours a day, and saw every animal imaginable and plenty of times. Our tour guide and tracker were so nice, fun, knowledgeable, and wholly committed to making our drives the most incredible experience for us - they even arranged for us to have breakfast in the bush! I cannot recommend this holiday enough - it will be the experience of a lifetime and give you the happiest memories. Thank you to the staff at singita for making our honeymoon so special and enjoyable.
Singita Epony is a beautiful river lodge in the Sabi Sands reserve. The Safari guide Leon knew everything about the animals and could identify hundreds of birds and their habits. Our Tracker Merrick was also outstanding in spotting the big 5+++. The individual private rooms have their own plunge pool and they overlooked the river as well. The food was a trademark of the Singita delivery... Simply gourmet and 6 star perfection. The staff were very friendly and handled the transfer logistics with precision. (We flew into their private airstrip).... how cool. I wouldn't change a thing about the experience... it was simply extraordinary
Everything about our visit was perfection!! The food was amazing, spa was superb and the wine was out of this world. Everyone who worked at this lodge was friendly and accommodating. I can’t tell you how knowledgeable our tracker and driver were. We saw amazing wildlife and learned so much! I HIGHLY recommend this place if you’re looking for an adventure of a lifetime. I can’t wait to return!!
Such a romantic camp! I cried when we left and the plane took off! So many lovely memories of this spot! Beware monkeys in the room trying to steal your welcome basket of fruit or swimming in your pool or joining you for an outdoor shower such fun! Charming staff and amazing wildlife sightings! A truly magical place! Fabulous dining in the bush! Everything was beyond perfect!
The service at the Singita lodges was possibly the best service I have ever received at any hotel. Every part of the trip was way above expectations. This was a once in a lifetime trip for me and it didn't disappoint. The staff were all over the top with their service. It is not inexpensive but it was worth every penny. Thanks Singita for such a memorable experience.