Singita Faru Faru Lodge, Tanzania
One of the advantages of producing the Singita blog is providing a platform for sharing interesting stories, the latest news and beautiful photographs with our readers. Some of our most popular posts include Highlights from our Wildlife Reports and close-ups of the lodge design and decor, while food-lovers seem to enjoy our unusual Africa-inspired recipes and styling ideas.
Singita Sweni Lodge, South Africa
The subjects of animals, landscapes, food, architecture and interiors are reflected in many of our visitors’ own social media posts. As a way of showcasing and celebrating this content, a new page was created on the Singita website to serve as an online scrapbook.
Singita Pamushana Lodge, Zimbabwe
Guests are now able to share their most memorable moments by adding the hashtag #ourSingita to their Twitter and Instagram posts, which in turn are published on this page along with the latest Singita blog posts. Users are also able to share content via Pinterest and Facebook, or even submit their photos, videos and stories via the website. It’s a wonderful way to stay updated on the latest goings on at the lodges and gain a guest’s perspective of the experience of staying at Singita.
The new #ourSingita page on our website
Keep your finger on the pulse by following Singita on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Vimeo. Don’t forget that you can also subscribe to the blog via RSS for regular updates from our 12 lodges and camps in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Tanzania.
1. He’s done it again… The amazing field guide and wildlife photographer that is Ross Couper captures the most wonderful leopard mother/cub image at Singita – quite brilliant (Jan 2015)
This leopard mother and cub photo by field guide and photographer Ross Couper, posted on Friday afternoon, quickly became the most ‘liked’ image on Singita’s Instagram page. Ross is also responsible for the second most popular image from @Singita_; the equally remarkable lion pride parade pictured below.
2. Beat that for a group photo! Field guide Ross Couper at Singita Sabi Sand says: “As the honey coloured morning light filtered through the mist on the horizon, we knew we were in for a very good morning…” (May 2014)
The photograph was so popular that we thought you might like to see the rest of the Top 10 most ‘liked’ images from the past 18 months. Leopards are the subject of three of the photographs but are outweighed, so to speak, by shots of elephants; they feature four times. The early morning lion patrol, an affectionate baby rhino and some very fluffy cheetahs also make it onto the list. We hope that you enjoy these wonderful images from our very special corner of the world:
3. Rather superb photo via @margauxknuppe of three elephants lining up for a group shot at the hide in Singita Pamushana Lodge (Oct 2014)
4. Heartwarming shot of a cheetah and cub captured by guide Alfred Ngwarai at Singita Grumeti. (Sept 2014)
5. Magnificent shot of the Ravenscourt female leopard and youngster by @jonobuffey, who captured ‘The Look’ at Singita Sabi Sand (Oct 2014)
6. This is an extraordinarily powerful photo, taken by Hilary O’Leary. She works for the equestrian program at Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve – 130,000 acres of wilderness in Zimbabwe, in which Singita Pamushana is located. Her photo is of a baby black rhino nudging a scout with his rifle. The image is made even more pertinent by the fact that only 750 rhinos still survive in the country, according to the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Authority. (Feb 2014)
7. Two of our most valued guests at Singita Pamushana Lodge. (Sept 2014)
8. So you just settle down post-lunch and think about a dip when along comes a herd of 30 elephants for a drink at the bar. Or, in this case, the pool. Nothing for it but to grab a camera, as Singita Serengeti House guest, Evan Visconti, did. (Aug 2014)
9. View from the comfy seats, as seen by @fatmalfalasi at Singita Boulders Lodge. Put yourself in her seat… (Jul 2014)
10. Powerful leopard kill image from field guide Barry Peiser at Singita Kruger National Park (Oct 2014)
For more spectacular photographs from Singita’s lodges and camps, join the roughly 5,300 other Instagram followers on our account. Our guests can also tag their own photos with #OurSingita, so that they may appear on our digital scrapbook – visit the page to share in their Singita experiences.
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.
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.
Over the past few years, Singita has collaborated with some extremely talented filmmakers to produce stunning videos that showcase our twelve lodges and camps in Africa. These include breathtaking snapshots of the people and surroundings that define all our lodges and camps, as well as interesting wildlife sightings from our guides in the bush.
We are thrilled to bring you the latest footage from Tanzania that captures the spirit and design of Singita Serengeti House and Singita Mara River Tented Camp. We have also launched a brand new Vimeo channel where you can follow us and browse through our entire collection of videos and short films.
Singita Serengeti House
Singita Mara River Tented Camp
Another highlight of our Vimeo channel is the story of Joyful Nghala, who graduated from the Singita School of Cooking (SSC) at the end of last year. The SSC, located on site at the Singita Kruger National Park staff village, was established to encourage the development of culinary skills and job potential among local youth. Read more about our community development projects here.
One of the many wonderful benefits of visiting one of our 12 lodges and camps in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Tanzania, is that there is never a shortage of photo opportunities. From big game, baby animals, unusual birds and other unique wildlife, to stunning landscapes, beautiful food, designer interiors and exquisite sunsets; it’s a shutterbug’s paradise. Our Instagram account gives followers a daily taste of life in the bush with gorgeous photos from our managers, guides, chefs, sommeliers, community projects, conservation teams and, of course, our guests.
Follow us on Instagram at @Singita_ and see our other social feeds here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The question shouldn’t be why Singita is blogging but rather why did it take us so long to start blogging?
At Singita we’ve been discussing, investigating and learning about blogging and other social media tools for quite some time. We have watched with interest as luxury brands, that we know and respect, have taken up the challenge of social media. Some of these luxury brands have been highly successful in their online endeavors, while others have burned brightly for a few weeks only to disappear without a trace.
As you can imagine we’d like our blogging and other social media activities to be consistent, to last longer than only a few short weeks. We’d like all our efforts, in this department, to add long-term value and depth to our brand and to our readers.
It’s for these reasons that it has taken us a little longer to jump on the social media bandwagon. But, that being said, here we are; we are finally taking the plunge and starting our blog.
Welcome to the official Singita Blog – our new online home for all the captivating romance, inspiring ingredients and spectacular adventures that we believe make the Singita offering shine.