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
Singita's original safari lodge, on South Africa's 45,000-acre Singita Sabi Sand reserve, promises knowledgeable guides and a steady stream of big-game sightings
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emerged from a top-to-toe redesign (led by the Cape Town-based designer Boyd Ferguson) in 2015, it traded in an outdated and cloistered brick-and-mortar feel for the sensibility of a tented camp.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.