October 18, 2013
Cape Town, South Africa – September, 2013 – Singita, Africa’s most inspiring safari specialist, launches Singita Castleton in the heart of South Africa’s Sabi Sand Game Reserve in October 2013. Formerly the family home of Singita founder Luke Bailes’ grandfather, the lodge is one of the group’s 12 properties in Africa and will be available for exclusive rental.
With the opening of Singita Castleton, the brand will lead the trend for a new style of safari experience, taking private rental to the next level and offering exclusivity within exclusivity. The result is more reminiscent of a private villa experience in the heart of the bush than a traditional safari lodge shared with other guests.
Set within 45,000 acres of private reserve, Singita Castleton consists of a main house with communal living spaces, and accommodation located in six individual cottages within the grounds, catering for up to 12 people. It is steeped in history, capturing the spirit of the original Castleton house, giving the lodge a historical and comforting nature.
Singita Castleton has been designed to combine the best elements of a private safari lodge with the rustic charms of a country farmhouse, with the added benefit of extensive high-end facilities, including a vast garden, swimming pool, wine cellar, gym, tennis court and spa treatment room. Guests can relax together in the courtyard, gather around the traditional ‘boma’ or meet in the country-style kitchen, yet the individual cottages allow guests to retreat to the privacy of their own space as and when it’s needed. All of this is overlooking a waterhole where animals regularly gather to drink
Décor is rich throughout with splashes of colour contrasting with traditional tartans and classic prints. Botanical art references, country furniture and flagstone floors also add a nostalgic, relaxed ambience to the lodge, which comes complete with a private guide, tracker, housekeeper and chef. The former Senior Sous Chef at Singita Lebombo Lodge in Kruger National Park, Chef Calum Anderson, will head up the kitchen at Castleton.
The Sabi Sand Game Reserve borders the Kruger National Park in northeast South Africa. It is the oldest private reserve in South Africa and is recognised globally for its formidable concentration of the big five especially frequent leopard sightings.
To ensure the Singita experience is truly unrivalled, Singita Castleton can easily be combined with Singita Sweni Lodge in neighbouring Kruger National Park – a tranquil sanctuary flanking the Sweni River and also available for private rental for up to 12 guests – or Singita Pamushana Lodge, situated in the south east of Zimbabwe, with sensational views over the Malilangwe dam and sandstone hills.