A magnificent week of wildlife sightings at Singita Sabi Sand. Dylan Brandt, Singita Field Guide, shares some of his close encounters from the past few days.
Ravenscourt female leopard.
Perfectly posed – the Ravenscourt female leopard.
Relaxed state of mind – Mapogo male.
Two of the Othawa pride females – in good company.
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At Singita Grumeti Reserves we delight in creating feasts and occasions that will live with our guests forever. Nothing is more thrilling than a surprise venue and menu for dinner. Imagine dining under a lamp-lit acacia or beneath the boughs of a large ‘Sausage’ tree (Kigelia africana) or around the campfire with star-lit skies.
Tonight at Singita Sasakwa Lodge, we’re pulling out all the stops. Grilling lobster from Dar es Salaam, chilling champagne, and setting up a dance spectacle that is certain to enthrall – all as the sun sets. It doesn’t get better than this – we’ll let the pictures tell the story.
The dam on the plains in front of Singita Sasakwa Lodge was a hive of activity before the rains started in earnest. Animals trek for miles to reach the waterhole, which is one of the few that offers a good field of view. In particular there have been huge herds of zebra coming in to drink, often wading deep into the water. From around 09h00 through to 17h00 it is always busy. Sometimes there are smaller herds of impala joining the zebra and often the Butamtam lion pride is found positioned close to the waterhole in the hopes of making a kill.
This striking black and white photography was taken by Lee Bennett, Head Guide at Singita Grumeti Reserves. To follow wildlife updates from Grumeti Reserves, refer to the monthly Guides’ Diaries posted on Singita’s website.
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.
From Singita Guide, Marlon du Toit – Singita Kruger National Park
Featured in this article are a variety of photographs from elephants to lions and leopards. In general the Singita Kruger concession is still blowing everyone away, including guides that have been here for a long time. Viewings of wildlife have been spectacular over the past weeks.
As far as lions go, the Mountain Pride has been staying within the Kori Clearing vicinity for the last two weeks now. That is good news for us as we don’t have to drive too the far north in order to find them.
Young elephants having fun.
Another highlight from the last few days were two slender mongooses battling it out for territory. They went about it as if their lives depended on it, and it was the first time I witnessed something like that. Also, we have been seeing black rhino at least twice a week; amazing considering there are fewer that 500 in the whole entire park.
To keep up with monthly wildlife happenings at all of our Singita reserves, follow our Guide’s Diaries for updates.
The décor at Singita’s Pamushana Lodge draws its inspiration from the local Shangaan culture creating an authentic and luxurious Zimbabwe safari experience for guests. Here there are no muted-khaki or beige tones in sight. Instead rich patterned fabrics, decadent and heavy wood furniture, beading, African frescos and other artwork are used to create a sumptuous and captivating lodge setting.
Nothing has been ignored or overlooked in both the suites and the public lodge areas. The suites, central bar, swimming pools, indoor and outdoor sitting rooms and dining areas are all wonderfully comfortable and inviting with superb attention to detail.
The hand-painted and distinctly patterned walls throughout Singita Pamushana Lodge call out, they want to be touched. The carved wood of the bar needs to be stroked. The deck, overlooking the dam, has to be lounged on at least once a day and the suites’ private outdoor showers beckon morning, noon and night.
Chef Bruce Robertson has traversed all corners of the globe; Cape to Cairo by thumb, Vancouver to New York on a ‘little’ bus, and London to Rome by bicycle. Now former Singita Boulders Head chef Bruce Robertson is stepping back into the bush to guide guests through their own tailored gourmet safari, pairing the most natural ingredients with nature’s most unspoiled setting.
Experience African cuisine at its best and learn some of the art of preparing a few local treats on an interactive culinary journey combined with the thrill of open game drives and dinner under the stars. A visit to Singita’s school of cooking and an opportunity to get involved in this community initiative are also highlights of this adventure. The Singita School of Cooking is located on site at the Staff Village that serves Lebombo and Sweni. It was established with the aim of encouraging the development of culinary skills amongst local youth.
Exclusive to Singita Sweni Lodge the Singita Gourmet Safari is a rare opportunity to absorb the warmth of the African Bush in the hands of a true culinary guru – five days and four nights filled with intrigue, warmth, laughter and phenomenal cuisine.
For more information, or to book your tailored Singita Gourmet Safari, please visit our website.
Singita Faru Faru is located along the banks of the Grumeti River. In true Singita style the lodge is hardly visible from the road. It is so well disguised that you have no idea what to expect.
The surrounds at Singita Faru Faru Lodge are lush, far more tropical and overgrown than the surrounds at Singita Sasakwa Lodge or Singita Sabora Tented Camp.
Singita Faru Faru Lodge is the most modern of three Singita Grumeti Reserves lodges. Suites are spacious and they seem to breath by themselves, no doubt aided by the large electronic windows that open at the touch of a button (technology in the African bush is so much more impressive than technology in the city).
Singita Faru Faru Lodge décor is fresh and modern and it perfectly suits and amplifies the setting.
The food is sublime, the lodge is tranquil in that close-to-water kind of way, the spa is unbelievable – not because of its size but because of its location and its view – and then there is the feeling, the essence of the experience that is Singita Faru Faru Lodge. It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what this essence is but it is the reason that Singita Faru Faru Lodge makes a guest feel like a child being introduced to the magic that is the African bush, for the very first time.