Category Archives: Singita

Travel+Leisure World’s Best Hotels 2014

July 03, 2014 - Awards,Kruger National Park,Sabi Sand,Singita

Singita Lebombo Lodge, Singita Kruger National Park | Travel+Leisure World's Best Hotels 2014

Singita Sabi Sand | Travel+Leisure World's Best Hotels 2014

Singita Sweni Lodge, Singita Kruger National Park | Travel+Leisure World's Best Hotels 2014

We are delighted to share with you yesterday’s announcement of the Travel+Leisure World’s Best Hotels 2014, in which Singita Sabi Sand placed 7th and Singita Kruger National Park at no. 19! We are thrilled that Singita Sabi Sand was also voted Best Safari Location in the world.

Singita Lebombo Lodge, Singita Kruger National Park | Travel+Leisure World's Best Hotels 2014

Singita Lebombo Lodge, Singita Kruger National Park | Travel+Leisure World's Best Hotels 2014

Singita Lebombo Lodge, Singita Kruger National Park | Travel+Leisure World's Best Hotels 2014

Singita has always performed consistently well in these awards, determined by T+L readers who vote for their favourite hotels and resorts, evaluating them in categories such as value, food, service, rooms and location. We are extremely proud of this result and extend our congratulations to the rest of the Top 50. Our heartfelt thanks to the lodge and head office teams for their hard work and dedication to Singita’s mission, which is to share a unique part of the world, while maintaining respect for the natural environment and challenging accepted notions of luxury.

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Singita’s Brand New Website

April 17, 2013 - General,Singita

Singita homepage

 

In celebration of 20 years as Africa’s leading luxury safari brand and conservation company, we are very pleased to announce the launch of a new Singita website. Sporting a brand new look and feel, enhanced function and rich content, we are proudly embracing the demands of the next generation, tech-savvy traveller.

 

Singita Community

A culmination of an innovative and creative digital strategy developed over the past two years, the website marks a new era for Singita’s online presence. Crafted by Wallop, Vancouver-based specialists in luxury hotel website design, the site will act as a hub for our room availability and spectacular visual content. The progressive design and choice of a WordPress platform is the result of extensive research of both global trends in hotel and travel design and a thorough surveying of Singita’s customer base. Created with tablets and mobile phones in mind, using responsive design, the site adjusts seamlessly to any screen or device. This enhanced version of the website will further augment the modern traveller’s mobile online experience with Singita.

 

Singita Conservation

The website promises to display unrivalled content, including extensive video and photography of the unique lodge and camp experience, wildlife and safari. The conservation and community aspects so integral to the Singita experience will be prominently featured, including media produced by guides, guests, and staff. Integration across digital platforms is paramount, and the site will assimilate our various social media platforms (YouTube, Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook) with blog entries, and e-news campaigns to provide unparalleled, up to the minute wildlife reports and camp updates.

 

Singita Regions

 

In the coming months, we plan to expand on this digital strategy, with the addition of a password protected micro-site to serve travel partners with updated and downloadable rates, fact sheets, videos and more.

Please visit Singita’s new website at: www.singita.com.

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From Cellar to Sideboard: Wine at Singita

January 23, 2013 - Accommodation,Cuisine,Experience,Kruger National Park,Sabi Sand,Singita,Singita Grumeti,Singita Pamushana Lodge

Samp risotto served with white wine at Singita Kruger National Park

Attention to every detail of the Singita experience, including the pairing of food and wine, is just another way that we aim to delight our guests. Our team of wine procurers and sommeliers are consummate professionals in their field and have the enviable task of sourcing and managing hundreds of top-end wines for our highly discerning guests.

Singita Premier Wine is the department dedicated to sourcing and supplying wines for all the Singita properties, and has been in operation for more than a decade. It is headed up by François Rautenbach, who manages the selection, purchase and temperature-controlled maturation and distribution of each and every wine. He also oversees the service of the wines, from hosting informal wine tastings with guests, to managing an in-house sommelier apprenticeship program along with the managers at each lodge.

An evening wine tasting in the bush at Singita Sabi Sand

Each property shares a primary wine list, but it is tweaked with additional wines or older vintages to suit each lodge on the property. On average, a Singita wine list has in excess of 180 wines, many of them at least five years old. “In compiling our lists, we try to include not only unique wines but also lesser known producers to ensure a sense of adventure and newness,” says François.

Sommeliers are on hand at all the lodges, handpicked not only for their wine knowledge, personality and exposure to travel, but also for their love of the African bush. Over the years, many of Singita’s sommeliers have been qualified winemakers mentored by François to guide guests through several vineyards, vintages and cultivars to enhance their knowledge and appreciation of South African wines.

François Rautenbach

It was a logical step to establish Singita Premier Wine Direct, a unique guest service that makes South African wines available as personally selected consignments to take home or to be shipped door-to-door anywhere in the world.  Guests either choose to take their wine with them as carry-on baggage, using specially produced re-usable Singita Poly-bags, or it is sent as an export wine consignment. Exports account for a remarkable 30 percent of what Singita purchases.

“Singita Premier Wine Direct is available to current, past and future Singita guests, but usually comes into play when specific wines have been enjoyed in camp. Key to the service is developing a personal guest wine profile of wines enjoyed and purchased, so that we can offer future wine selections geared to specific preference,” explains François.

Expanding and tailor-making a world-class wine service across the collection of Singita lodges and camps is a constant challenge, but one which François relishes almost as much as mentoring his growing team of sommeliers.

The wine cellar at Singita Lebombo Lodge

For more information or to order wine through Singita Premier Wine Direct please contact us at premierwine@singita.com.

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Grey Giants

June 27, 2012 - Conservation,Safari,Singita,Wildlife

Encounters with elephants are always a treasured experience.  These beautiful animals are not just impressive to the eye, but it is remarkable to witness their intelligence as well as the camaraderie and communication between individuals.

There are an abundance of elephant found within the Singita reserves due to the large rivers running through the concessions and plenty of surface water to sustain them throughout the year.  Elephants hold a special place in any nature lover’s heart; their majestic size, temperament and endearing traits separate them from many other species.

An elephant herd is an incredibly close-knit family, with members not only taking care of their offspring but also working as a unit to ensure the success of the next generation.  A female and her daughter may maintain a bond for up to fifty years and a youngster will stick to its mother’s side for up to six years after being weaned.  Without a doubt they are the most versatile herbivores with a varied diet which they may alter or change depending on the season.

One can spend hours watching them as they constantly keep one entertained with their daily activities, spending the majority of their time feeding, having to sustain their massive frames.  No encounter with these animals is ever the same and often they are full of surprises.  They all possess different personalities and will react to human presence either in a relaxed manner or sometimes with a more intimidating approach.

Keep up with James Suter as he treks through the pristine wilderness of Singita’s game reserves across Africa.


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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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Heralding the New Year – Singita Awards

December 30, 2010 - Awards,Singita

At Singita we are always honoured when our lodges are included in the best of the best awards worldwide – and immensely grateful for the support and applause from our trusted travel trade, media and guests.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for singing our praises in your spheres of influence this past year – as a result we are listed in some of the top international hot lists and we are thrilled.

~ Conde Nast TravellerThe Gold List 2011 – Singita Grumeti Reserves, Tanzania

~ Conde Nast TravelerReaders’ Choice Awards 2010, Top 100 – Singita Sabi Sand and Singita Kruger National Park, South Africa

~ Tatler Travel Guide 2011 – 101 Best Hotels in the World – Singita Pamushana, Zimbabwe

It is our endeavour to continue to provide the most excellent guest experiences in some of the world’s most pristine locations for many years to come.

Hope you will plan your journey for 2011, so we may welcome you.

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Holiday Cheer at Singita

December 23, 2010 - Events,Experience,Singita

Celebrating the holiday season in Africa means all kinds of exquisite and rustic innovations to create festive cheer.  The Singita team gathers all of its creative resources to magically transform the Singita lodges into places of holiday celebration.  From skillfully crafted ornaments, to Christmas trees in the most natural style, to table decorations inspiried by each unique, local setting – and the result is beauty not found in many places on earth.   No snow to worry about or flight delays, December in our part of the world is serene, calmly lulled by the sounds of the African bush and plains.

We wish you a warm and wonderful holiday season.

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Singita School of Cooking – an update

December 13, 2010 - Community Development,Cuisine,Kruger National Park,Singita

Recently Wynand Reiman, Singita Lebombo’s Senior Sous Chef (and Regional Chaine de Rotisseurs, Young Chef of the Year 2010 winner) carried out a teaching session on ‘how to make stocks and sauces’ with the Singita School of Cooking students. The students thoroughly enjoyed Wynand sharing his skill, knowledge and expertise with them.

Enthusiastically taking notes during the session.

Eight students were enrolled in the new cooking course that began on the 15th September 2010.  This is an 18 month long program which prepares students selected from the local community, for a career as a professional chef.

If you would like to consider sponsoring a full scholarship, or be a co-sponsor please email the General Manager of Singita Kruger National Park at gmsknp@singita.com.  To read more about the ambitious efforts of the Singita School of Cooking, please click here.

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Wildlife – the News in Pictures

December 09, 2010 - Safari,Singita,Wildlife

From Singita Guide, Marlon du Toit – Singita Kruger National Park

November has to be one of the most exciting months. The dry dusty landscape changes into a lush and green savannah. Within two weeks of the first rains it all transforms. The grasses are an intense green and all the trees spread their fresh young leaves. To add to this there are thousands of impala lambs. They are born towards the end of November and the population almost doubles. Seeing these little things on their tall, wobbly legs is a sight to behold. All of the beautiful and colourful migratory birds have arrived as well.

For more uniquely fascinating tales from the African bush, read our November Guides’ Diaries

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