Category Archives: Lodges and Camps

Explore Camping…by far the best at night!

October 29, 2012 - Accommodation,Cuisine,Experience,Lodges and Camps,Singita Explore Mobile Tented Camp

Donna Patterson, Singita Chef, spends a few days at one of the Singita Explore tented camps, helping out the team.  We asked her to share her” insider” insights into the experience…and her favourite time of the day.

When the sun sets, the cool of the evening starts to rest over the comfortable tents of the Singita Explore Mobile Tented Camp. The fires crackle, the lanterns flicker and the evening sounds become loud, musical choirs against the pitch-black silence. The stars are scattered like twinkling Tanzanite and appear brighter than diamonds. There is a certain clarity among the guests’ voices that eagerly share stories about their adventures from the day.

For many, evenings at Explore are perfection beyond words. You cannot fathom the quiet that acts as a backdrop to the sounds of the wild – the hyena calling in the distance. . . “whoo-hoop” – and the muffled roars of lion far, far away. As your chef prepares a culinary treat – baked, grilled, steamed or fried over the open flames – you sip on the drink of your choice and are entertained with bush stories from your guide.

As the local Swahili staff will say “lala salama” ~ sleep well”.  And indeed you will!

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Living between the migration

October 18, 2012 - Conservation,Lodges and Camps,Singita Explore Mobile Tented Camp,Wildlife

Donna Patterson, Chef at the newly opened Singita Serengeti House, takes a break and spends a few days at one of the Singita Explore tented camps, helping out the team.  We asked her to share her” insider” insights into the experience…and some of her favourite views.

The game drive expedition through Singita Grumeti in Tanzania, in between and alongside thousands of animals, is tremendous.  Cohabitating with these beautiful beasts is something the tents of Singita Explore allow for.  Every sense is brought alive, starting with the smell of the animals, and the sound of their calling and their mandibles chewing.

To distinguish between yourselves and the herds, and put into perspective the magnitude of the migration, I wouldn’t hesitate to suggest a balloon ride over the plains.  In fact, any elevation above the plains puts it all into perspective!  Wherever an Explore tented camp is set up, the camp staff like to find a spot for breakfast that is fit for kings. I am especially fond of the setting on Koria Hill that sets the stage for guests to see a spectacular 360 degree view of the wildebeest around them.

What a story to tell back home… “we’re eating breakfast with the gnus – which make up the majority of the world’s largest annual movement of animals on the planet.”

You can’t get much closer to the migration than camping at Singita Explore!

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Winter’s Arrival

July 27, 2012 - Lodges and Camps,Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve,Singita Pamushana Lodge

Winter’s arrival was sudden and all too soon, transforming the bush by its Midas touch.  No sooner had we acclimatized to prepare ourselves for the cold, winter seemingly  checked out and left us with sunny days in the mid to late 20s (Celsius).  The Sabi stars have been out in full bloom in and around the lodge, adding a touch of finesse to the dry and dusty surroundings.

Our wildlife continues to dazzle and surprise us – from dusty elephant herds squandering water at a pan to fish eagles manoeuvring through the air as they defend their nests from other birds of prey. Lion and leopard cubs have poked their little faces out from the diminishing grassland to prove to us that there are hidden wonders still out there.

Shelley Mitchley, Lodge Manager – Singita Pamushana Lodge, Zimbabwe


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Campfire Feasting

June 20, 2012 - Accommodation,Cuisine,Experience,Lodges and Camps,Safari,Singita Explore Mobile Tented Camp

One of the highlights of spending nights under canvas at Singita Explore Mobile Tented Camp is the feasting experience.  Nothing like dining with china and crystal in the permanent tented camp of Singita Sabora – instead Singita Explore presents something that harks back to an earlier explorer experience where tents are pitched in remote locations to follow the wildlife.  Pots are settled into camp fires for slow stewing and hot water heated over the coals for morning coffee.

Loraine Trollip, Operations Manager Mobile Division (Singita Grumeti), describes one of the firm favourites on the menu at Singita’s mobile camp in Tanzania – a potjie.

A potjie is a stew that is simmered for hours over an open fire in a three-legged cast iron pot.  Oxtail is often the traditional choice of meat for a potjie and provides a rich flavour.  Other ingredients that meld together for mouth-watering taste, include beef stock, red wine, sherry, mushrooms, garlic, leeks, bay leaves, and tomato.

Now that’s something to warm up an evening under the stars.

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The Essential Packing List

May 08, 2012 - Accommodation,Lodges and Camps,Sabi Sand,Safari

We asked Marianda Venter, Lodge Manager at Singita Boulders, to take a few minutes to compile some handy tips for packing for an African safari.  Hope you find these tips helpful.


Packing for any trip, whether it’s a weekend getaway or a week-long trip, isn’t the most relaxing way to spend your afternoons and evenings prior to your departure. The stress of forgetting something important or packing too much is always in the back of your mind.

But packing for your Singita Boulders’ safari should be an exciting experience and remember, don’t get carried away; stick to the essentials.  We offer laundry service daily so keep that in mind when packing.

If you want to free up a little space in your luggage, it may be helpful to know that we supply the following:

Mosquito repellent and mosquito wipes
International adaptors
Torches/flash lights
We have 5 pairs of binoculars for our guests to use

So what are the essentials?

A camera

Whether  you are an amateur or a professional, make sure you bring a camera to capture the magical moments on safari.  Along with your camera, also include your charger and/or batteries.  We have international adaptors in the rooms and 220 volt plugs to charge in the game drive vehicles. We can also assist with burning photos on to disks but an extra memory card is always handy.  If you have additional tri-pods and lenses, bring those along too as there is often an opportunity to capture an unusual moment in the bush.

What to wear

It’s advisable to pack closed-toe shoes and neutral clothing.  During your morning and afternoon game drives, you’ll stop for a break or your guide might show you something on foot and so it’s often practical to be wearing comfortable, closed footwear.  Definitely pack cool and light sandals and flip flops for wearing around the lodge.  Out on a game drive or bush walk, wearing neutral clothing is essential for blending into the natural environment.   Oh and don’t forget your hat – or make sure to purchase one from the Singita Boutique.

Weather is often unpredictable and it is always good to be prepared for either extreme – hot or cold.  So pack a few layers in lightweight but also warmer fabrics.

Again, back at the lodge some guests prefer freshening up before meals and others come through directly from the drive.  What ever you feel comfortable wearing for meals and lounging around the lodge and pool areas, make sure it’s packed;  we have no specifications.

Sunscreen and sunglasses

These are an absolute must.  We have sunscreen stock available but if you prefer a specific brand we recommend you pop a smaller version in your bag. The African sun can be harsh and daily protection is essential.  You’ll be grateful to have your sunglasses with you throughout the day.

Stay connected

If you need to stay connected, you are more than welcome to bring your mobile and hand-held devices.  We have wireless in all the rooms and public areas and these devices can often be used to download pictures and videos too.  We also have two computers in our library if you need to stay in touch with family or friends.

And don’t forget to contact us if you have any questions about your stay or wonder about any other details at our Singita lodges – enquiries@singita.com

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A Night Under the Stars

November 07, 2011 - Experience,Lodges and Camps,Safari,Singita Explore Mobile Tented Camp

Just back from Singita Explore Mobile Tented Camp, Mark Witney, Chief Operating Officer at Singita, shares his musings about a night under canvas and the vast African sky.

If you have never spent a night in the African bush with nothing between you and the vast African night sky but a canvas tent, you have to put it on your ‘bucket list’!

Anthropologists are pretty certain that man originated in Africa and I have to believe that this accounts for the spiritual experience often described by first-time visitors to this continent. Africa is etched deeply in the DNA of all of mankind. The best way to experience this is to immerse yourself in the sights, smells, sounds and feel of the night, and what better way to do this than to lie in a comfy bed in a beautiful tent with a gentle breeze blowing.

An evening at Singita Explore starts with a gathering around the fire. Cocktails and campfire talk as you watch the fire throw sparks up into the dark sky, and above you a view of the Milky Way as you have never seen it before. Because there is no surrounding light pollution, each star in this huge galaxy is clearly visible. Satellites drift across the evening sky, distant reminders of the technological world that seems so irrelevant when you contemplate the universe. Nearly 14 billion years old and expanding at hundreds of kilometres per second, around a billion galaxies in the universe and approximately a billion stars per galaxy – the numbers are beyond comprehension. Our sun is just one of those billion x billion stars and our earth is just a tiny speck revolving around that tiny sun. How irrelevant we are and how full we are of our own self-importance!

Nearby a fiery necked nightjar calls its plaintive prayer ‘good Lord – deliver us’.  Far away a hyena whoops to announce that her night patrol has begun.

“Dinner’s ready” shakes you out of your reverie and to the table set just beyond the campfire. Hurricane lamps create a warm glow as you sit down to a simple but beautifully prepared meal. Potato and leek soup with bread freshly baked on the fire, grilled game meat with locally grown, organic vegetables and a good old fashioned malva pudding with cream for dessert.

Coffee is served around the fire and as the embers fade so too does the conversation.

Back to your tent and, in the silence of the camp as you snuggle between the sheets, you become aware of the fact that many of the nocturnal creatures are just beginning their ‘day’.  A spotted eagle owl hoots while the nightjars continue their repetitive call to the Lord. A lone hyena, closer now, whoops gently and sadly and in the distance you can just make out the roar of a territorial male lion announcing his dominance.

As you drift off to sleep you briefly contemplate how strangely familiar it all feels and yet how far away you are from the life you lead. You are hooked – and you’ll be back!

Take a minute to dream about a tented experience at Singita – watch our new video…. Singita Explore Mobile Tented Camp…Grumeti Reserves, Tanzania.

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Finding your way to Singita Sabi Sand

August 25, 2011 - Lodges and Camps,Sabi Sand

We asked Andrew Temblett – Assistant Lodge Manager at Singita Boulders Lodge – to provide some helpful tips and guidance for reaching the lodges at Singita Sabi Sand – Ebony Lodge, Boulders Lodge and Castleton Camp.

(Singita Boulders Lodge – Singita Sabi Sand)

There are a few ways to arrive at Singita Sabi Sand but certainly the easiest and most efficient way is by air; and depending on your particular requirements you may fly from Cape Town, Johannesburg, Nelspruit or a neighboring lodge on either a scheduled charter, private charter or even a chartered jet.  Singita Sabi Sand has its own airstrip and the most common flights are taken from Johannesburg or Nelspruit.  Johannesburg is roughly a 50 minute, relaxed flight to Singita Sabi Sand, and from Nelspruit the flight is approximately 20 minutes.  Depending on where you will be flying from should determine the flight path that allows for greatest ease and efficiency.

One of the best parts of flying to Singita Sabi Sand is the arrival “lounge” on the airstrip where you are welcomed by your Guide and Tracker, a delectable snack and refreshing drink – a mere 5 minute drive from the lodges, it couldn’t be more efficient.

There are also self-drive options and transfer company options allowing you to drive yourself or be transferred by chauffeur, bearing in mind the drive from Johannesburg is 5 hours and the drive from Nelspruit is 2 hours.

The drives have their benefits though as they are scenic especially as you approach the White River Hazyview area.  Driving also builds the excitement of beginning your safari in the bush and understanding more about where you are travelling to.  Passing through the local communities on the way provides a glimpse into the world where most of our staff come from.  Also as you drive to Singita, with each passing mile you will be in awe of the remoteness of our “miracle”.

(The view of the Sand River from Singita Ebony Lodge deck)

Whichever way you chose, you will arrive and be greeted by our fabulous staff, who will endeavor to have you settled into your new “home” and have you pampered from morning to night.

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A Groomed, Bespoke Country House

June 22, 2011 - Accommodation,Experience,History,Lodges and Camps,Sabi Sand

Singita Ebony Lodge – a groomed, bespoke Country House – a romantic mix of European and African heritage.

After a short closure a restored and re-invigorated Singita Ebony Lodge has just reopened.  Singita’s flagship lodge, Ebony Lodge overlooks the Sand River and is inspired by the original Lewis Camp.  Refreshed but true to its original design an authentic, colonial bush experience is represented by bold colours of Africa blended with real antiques, layers and florals that reflect the English heritage of a country home.

Geordi de Sousa Costa, from Cecile and Boyd’s, was involved in the original design of Ebony Lodge and was therefore highly qualified to advise on the way forward when we considered a refresh of the lodge.

Geordi’s interpretation is that Ebony’s style is unique.  She speaks about the beautiful finish that has built up over years of dedicated polishing and care, and the clever combination of African artifacts and European collectibles that would be typical in the bush home of a seasoned, high-end traveler.  Ebony is Singita’s flagship lodge and has a history and heritage that is unmatched.

For more information about Singita Ebony Lodge read more here – and if you are interested in the new rates of the Lewis Suites, find out more.

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When the Sun Sets at Singita Explore

June 01, 2011 - Accommodation,Experience,Lodges and Camps,Safari,Singita Grumeti

The last of the entries in the ‘Safari Brothers at Explore’ series.  Now James and Marlon are back at their postings at Singita’s private concession within South Africa’s famed Kruger National Park.


Ending the day under the stars at Singita Explore and tucking up under canvas was memorable in so many respects.  Written by James Suter.

Each evening at around 07h30 pm Ed, our guide, started heading back to the Explore camp.  As we drew closer we could see tiny lights in the middle of the endless darkness.  We were welcomed with a refreshing towel and cocktail and headed toward the campfire to share all the stories of the day.  The warmth and attention of the staff each night made us feel as if we were amongst friends sharing adventures and laughing at some of the days’ events.

Watching the moon rise in the vast expanse of sky above us was a sight to behold.  Nights out on the Serengeti plains in Tanzania were alive with fascinating sounds and the smell of the camp barbeque tempted our appetites.

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Mornings at Singita Explore

May 24, 2011 - Accommodation,Africa,Experience,Lodges and Camps,Singita Grumeti

Safari Brothers experiencing the adventure of Singita Explore….James Suter shares his morning moments, waking up to the smell of fireside-brewed coffee and glorious sunrises…

We awake in the morning at our Singita Explore tented camp filled with excitement, listening to both sounds of the Serengeti plains as well as the early morning sounds of the Swahili staff preparing coffee on the fire. Typical mornings include a 06h00 wake up call, hot shower and then as we step outside the tent we are greeted by the most magnificent Tanzanian sunrises.

Quite remarkable and eco-friendly, each sleeper tent is equipped with a 20 litre bucket that is used for the shower, and this provides 10 luxurious minutes of shower time – or more if needed.  Hot water is made via a volcano pressure boiler, and is fuelled by recycled “green” energy.

After thrilling morning game drives, heading back to camp to enjoy a sumptuous cooked breakfast is all that is on our minds.  A table is set up for us out in the open in front of the camp, with shade provided by a large acacia.  Right by our table, staff prepare generous portions of eggs and meats to satisfy our ravenous appetites.  We could stay here forever!

Nothing like the smell of filtered coffee brewed over the coals and a crisp morning chill in the air – James Suter.

Take a look at more amazing sights that we are capturing on camera….follow the account on Singita’s Facebook page all week.

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