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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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A True Safari – Singita Launches Singita Explore

May 04, 2011 - Events,Experience,Lodges and Camps,Promotion,Safari,Singita Grumeti

For the past years Singita has been observing how travellers have evolved.  We are recognizing the ever-increasing demand from discerning travellers for private travel, the utmost exclusivity of a destination, and the ability to access nature in a close and meaningful manner.

With this in mind, Singita is launching a transformational new travel concept – Singita Explore, a return to the very essence of safari.  This exclusive mobile camp is designed for minimal environmental impact,  treading lightly on 340,000 acres of private reserve, offering en-suite canvas hideaways that restore true adventure to days in the wilderness.

The camp will be sold on an exclusive use basis only, available year round, and this back-to-basics mobile camp only operates within Singita Grumeti Reserves.  Comprising 6 tents and 2 mess tents the camp will be placed in remote parts of the reserve, guaranteeing closeness to wildlife and untouched landscapes, and is hosted by a private guide, camp host, chef and camp staff.

Singita launches Singita Explore 1 June 2011.  For information about the introductory promotional offer, contact our Reservations department at enquiries@singita.com.

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Sweni – Spirit of the River

March 24, 2011 - Accommodation,Kruger National Park,Lodges and Camps

Singita’s private concession in the Kruger National Park is one of the most pristine wildnerness areas in Africa and where a unique wildlife population thrive within an astounding diversity of flora and landscapes.

Sitting low on the Sweni River, Singita Sweni Lodge is a tranquil sanctuary built on stilts with decks of dark timber, giving it a grounded and earthy feel.  The six secluded suites offer solitude in a wild setting that stimulates all the senses.  The idea of ‘letting nature indoors’ is one of the main design elements at Sweni.  The look and feel, with tactile furnishings, has been carefully created to bring in the textures and shades of the bush.

Imagine taking time to lie back in an enormous bath of bubbles or salt crystals, watching the hippos wallowing around in the river beneath open windows.  Part of being a natural extension of the surrounding bush is enjoying the outdoor shower overlooking the river and ‘camping out’ under the stars on balcony beds.

The ‘touching the earth lightly’ concept plays a major role and every effort has been made to respect and protect the environment so that it will be conserved for future generations.

For more information about our exclusive lodges in Singita Kruger National Park read more on our website - and look out for our helpful ‘what to pack’ list and weather information.

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One hundred unique moments

March 07, 2011 - Experience,Lodges and Camps,Singita

A Singita stay is naturally wrapped up in hundreds of unique moments of thrill and awe.  Romance overflows from Africa’s most iconic locations outdone only, perhaps, by the sheer beauty of our exquisite properties and wildlife.

The sun dips slowly behind the distant hills as the Chiredzi River flows gently by….the perfect setting for an intimate evening, deep amongst the mopanes, illuminated only by the soft golden glow of lanterns set amongst the trees.

The local people will tell you fables about the stone walls found in the area around Singita Faru Faru; and they will also share with you the myths and legends of the bush, tales of great warriors and fearless wild animals.

Sabora Tented Camp is renowned for thrilling its guests with surprise venues – and menus – for dinner.  Imagine dining beneath the boughs of a large ‘Sausage’ tree (Kigelia africana) or under a lamp-lit acacia, or around the campfire with star-lit skies.

Venetian mirrors, chandeliers, crackling fires, fresh flowers, beautiful book collections, leather armchairs, collectors’ pieces and candelabra add to the elegance and grandness of Singita Sasakwa Lodge.

Creativity of special moments extends to dinner bomas at Singita Sweni and Lebombo, with the stars as your ceiling and the sounds of the bushveld as the background music.  Scores of lamps and the campfires illuminate the enclosure, setting a warm and unhurried tone bidding you to unwind and dream.

Singita Ebony is a place with time-worn attitudes, welcoming embraces and an indefinable aura of majesty, where serendipitous events unfold before your very eyes.  So much of the magic at Boulders is created by the sincerity of its people, who do their utmost to paint a vivid chapter in your life that you are certain to remember forever.

A solitary lion…a group of elephant…a lone rhinoceros…the menacing laughter from a skulking hyena…or the formidable glance from a stalking lion…there are countless moments that make you realise what drew you to the wilderness – moments that will stay with you forever, no matter how many times you share your stories with others.

For more information about the romantic experiences at Singita’s 9 lodges in 4 iconic destinations and in 3 countries in Africa, read more on our website.

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Plan a family safari for summer 2011

February 01, 2011 - Accommodation,Lodges and Camps,Promotion

Now that the bustle of the holidays has passed, it is time to start planning summer family vacations.  What better way to make memories together as a family and discover a unique destination, than a safari in Africa.

When it is summer in the northern hemisphere, countries in Africa are experiencing cool but mild winters which provide excellent opportunities for game viewing and exploration.

Offering four uniquely different locations, Singita can provide a family safari that will meet the needs of grandparents, parents and children of all ages.  Hot air balloon in Tanzania while viewing the migration – and reserve the four bedroom private retreat at Singita Sasakwa with a heated infinity plunge pool and each room with en-suite bathroom.  This retreat also contains a two bedroom nanny flat for extra convenience.  Or plan a trip to Zimbabwe to stay at Singita Pamushana – only six suites and a private retreat tucked cosily into a rocky outcrop overlooking a breathtaking dam and 105 000 acres of private wilderness.  Spend the days on game drives, viewing ancient rock art sites; enjoy tiger fishing on the dam and take canoe trips at sunset.

If South Africa is the destination of choice, Singita not only offers family suites at Ebony Lodge and Boulders Lodge but also Singita Castleton Camp provides an excellent option for big family gatherings.  A luxury homestead with wide verandahs, expansive lounge and dining areas, and six rooms suitable for up to twelve guests at any one time.  Castleton Camp also boasts its own kitchen, chef and private guide.  A perfectly relaxed atmosphere prevades and schedules are completely tailored to match the natural ebb and flow of the day.

To find out more about each destination and our accommodation options for families visit our website and lodge details for more information.  And there’s still time to book our Singita Family Safari promotion and save at Ebony and Boulders – read more.

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Monkeys, oranges, and rejuvenation

December 01, 2010 - Accommodation,Africa,Events,Experience,Lodges and Camps

A treatment at the Singita Bush Spa can be enjoyed in the spa itself, or better yet, in a guest suite. Whether out on the deck with a spectacular view and the sounds of nature all around, or inside the room, the massage is as tranquil as in the spa. After the treatment guests can relax on their bed or flop onto a deck chair without ever having to completely regain consciousness.

The Monkey Orange Massage adds a different dimension to Swedish massage.  I wanted to create a treatment that not only was unique to Singita, but also captured the essence of the Kruger National Park – a true “Bush Spa” experience.  Monkey oranges are part of the calabash family – a round fruit that hardens when dried.  Inspired by the wild monkey oranges growing on the Singita concession, we designed a treatment using the fruit as “tools” to create pressure and pounding for easing tension and removing trigger points; as well as gliding over the body for relaxation and stress relief.  The African Marula and Neroli oils that are used, complement the monkey oranges for a completely holistic African spa experience.

For more information about pampering treatments at our Singita spas, click here to read more.

Article Contribution by Kerryn Mudie – Singita Spa, Singita Sabi Sand

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Bath with a View

November 26, 2010 - Accommodation,Africa,Experience,Lodges and Camps,Singita

Whether sinking into a froth of bubbles surrounded by the elegance of a Sasakwa cottage or slipping into a sunken tub overlooking the riverine forest at Singita Sweni, all of the Singita lodges promise a bathtime ritual that induces one to unwind, enveloped by picture perfect panoramas.

The claw foot tub at Singita Sabora Tented Camp – Tanzania.  There are so many layers to this 1920s-inspired explorers’ camp and the view from the tub is one of staggering beauty – savannah grasslands until the eye can see.

The bath tubs at the contemporary Singita Faru Faru Lodge in Tanzania, are positioned to maximize the opportunity to view the game that comes down to the Grumeti River to drink.

A bath soak at Singita Sasakwa Lodge – Tanzania – is an infinitely luxurious affair.  At the end of an exciting day of game viewing there is nothing better than to settle into a candle-lit oasis with a breathtaking view of the plains.

Embracing and intimate, Singita Sweni Lodge – South Africa – is truly cosy.  Imagine taking time to lie back in an enourmous bath of bubbles or salt crystals, watching the hippos wallowing around in the river beneath the open window.

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