Tag Archives: Africa Safari Experience

First-Time Safari

October 29, 2015 - Experience

There are few things more memorable than one’s first visit to the bush – the sights and sounds never leave you and often spark a life-long love affair with the African wilderness. This is true even for those of us who were born and grew up here, and such is the case with Gugu Sithole, Singita’s PR co-ordinator. What follows is her account of her first safari; a trip to Singita’s lodges in South Africa:

First time safari at Singita Sabi Sand

For most of us, on a scale of 1 – 10, an African safari is right up there! And if not, I’m pretty sure it features somewhere on your bucket list. To be one with nature, to reach out and touch the wild, to taste and feel it, where the roar of it fills your very being with the sound of life. From the sands of the Serengeti to the remote and lush scenery of the bushveld, it’s a stir that lives within all of us. For both the first-time safari-goer and the more seasoned game viewer, there is something magical that awaits.

Singita Ebony Lodge at Singita Sabi Sand, South Africa

Singita Ebony Lodge at Singita Sabi Sand, South Africa

The game viewing begins before you even touch down on the airstrip, as you spot wildlife from the sky. After a quick refreshment, you are whisked away to the lodge where every wish and whim is attended to. The first glance around your suite reveals accommodation beyond any expectation, leaving you feeling like life simply can’t get any better. And then, it does… because all that other stuff is just the beginning.

First time safari at Singita Sabi Sand

Up close and personal game drives allow you to experience some of the world’s most beautiful creatures in their natural habitat – leopards cleverly camouflaged in tall grass, lions roaring as a reminder of who’s more fierce, herds of elephants chomping away at tree bark. At night you might even spot a spotted genet (see what I did there?).

First time safari at Singita Sabi Sand

There’s nothing quite like the bond you form with your guide and tracker. You’ll think of them often when you’ve returned home. Somehow, they manage to fill you with a sense of ease in this unfamiliar setting. They’re always right on hand to ensure you miss nothing, pointing out all the hidden gems, and adding that extra bit of magic to an already unforgettable trip.

Singita Sweni Lodge at Singita Kruger National Park, South Africa

Singita Sweni Lodge at Singita Kruger National Park, South Africa

Even your culinary experience will leave you wondering why it took you so long to visit. Morning and afternoon game drive bush-stops feature delectable snacks prepared in the Singita kitchens, as well as the finest liqueur coffees, G&Ts, wines and champagnes. In fact, with seven specially designed eating moments throughout the day, including the guidance of charming sommeliers to ensure that perfect pairing, you may be forgiven for never wanting to leave. For those with a palate requiring a little bit of extra attention, fully customised menus are simply a request away.

First time safari at Singita Sabi Sand

And for the final encore, just before the curtain sets on your remarkable adventure – as you arrive back from yet another spectacular game drive, sun-kissed and filled with the joys of this world – you’re taken away to an amazing lantern-lit food and wine experience on the airstrip, featuring the finest dishes prepared by Singita’s executive chef and paired with exquisite wines. You soak up the final hours sitting under the heavens, gazing up at the beauty of a million stars and listening to the symphony of Africa’s wildlife just beyond you in the dark.

First time safari at Singita Sabi Sand

Singita Kruger National Park and Singita Sabi Sand, home to five of our lodges, together comprise 78,000 acres of South Africa’s most incredible and pristine land. Both concessions are renowned for high concentrations of big game, frequent leopard sightings and large prides of lion. Please contact our Reservations team to find out more about experiencing this carefully protected part of South Africa.

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Recent Facebook Highlights

September 19, 2014 - Experience,Lodges and Camps,Sabi Sand,Safari,Wildlife

Singita’s Facebook community has always been an active space where guests and fans share their thoughts and memories alongside beautiful snapshots by our rangers in the bush. In particular, there have been a number of stunning wildlife photos posted by field guide Ross Couper from Singita Sabi Sand recently that have been shared far and wide. Here is a brief selection:


A pack of wild dog entertained each other, whilst guests watched in awe at the social interactions taking place. A perfect spring morning.


A tender moment of an elephant calf that was deserted and shortly afterwards adopted by another female elephant.


Confident, self assured, tranquil – a few words that come to mind whilst watching the Nyeleti male leopard grooming himself.

Facebook Highlights - Singita - Copyright Ross Couper

A young male leopard keeps attentive to his surroundings as the afternoon light fades to darkness.

You can see more of Singita Sabi Sand’s wildlife and landscapes in this “week in the life” video, shot by another of our talented field guides, Dylan Brandt:

Follow us on Facebook and join 13 000 other wildlife lovers who get regular updates from all twelve lodges in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Tanzania. One such example is this incredible face-off between a hippo and a pride of lions, captured by a guest.

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Dining at Singita

April 21, 2010 - Cuisine

Each Singita lodge and camp offers its own selection of enticing flavours.

All the Singita lodges and camps showcase South Africa’s diverse cooking methods. These methods are continually blended with the latest international culinary trends, influences and flavours to create an unforgettable dining experience for our guests. The result, of these unique combinations, is a series of spectacular dining experience at all nine Singita lodges and camps.

Dining at Singita Sasakwa Lodge

Our talented chefs (many of whom are from the surrounding local communities) combine prime homegrown produce with imported essentials to create the superb Singita cuisine, cuisine that is both delicious and wholesome.

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