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SSingita Boulders Lodge and the equally beautiful Singita Ebony Lodge are both famed for their spacious luxury and privacy. Both are situated along the wildlife-rich Sand River in the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, bordering Kruger National Park. Here you’ll find the Big Five, tranquillity and exquisite cuisine. You probably won’t ever want to leave!
Named for the enormous rock that stood just where the wine cellar was planned, the Singita Boulders Lodge in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve should rank as one of the most romantic bush destinations in Africa.
Space, peace and reflected pools bring a feeling of pure tranquillity.
Each of the 12 completely private suites has its own heated swimming pool, a double-sided fireplace, a cozy lounge with mini-bar, and an indoor and an outdoor shower.
You also have your very own viewing deck where you can keep an eye on the comings and goings of wild animals as they wander down to the perennial Sand River.
In the unlikely event that you want to be connected to the outside world, there are computers with internet connections in the well-stocked library.
After a long day of game viewing if you need to wind down, you’ll also find a spa and a gym at the main lodge. Incidentally, the boulder that gave the lodge its name is still there. The designers simply built the wine cellar around it.
Singita Ebony Lodge, also with 12 suites, has precisely the same facilities, luxuries and indulgences, but the décor is strikingly different. It feels as if you are in someone’s inviting, luxury home. There are African fabric throws, bright accents, and an eclectic collection of antiques.
Of course, the game viewing at both is superb. The Sabi Sand Reserve shares an unfenced border with Kruger National Park, and the Big 5 and other animals cross back and forth all the time.
What’s extra special about the area is that it’s well renowned for its leopard sightings. These elusive, nocturnal predators are remarkably relaxed around people – doubtless the result of generation of big cats that have had nothing but benign encounters with humans.
And between game drives, there is little to beat lying beside your own pool on your own deck, gazing at elephants, giraffes and zebras going to drink from the Sand River.
TTravel tips & planning info
Who to contact
Tel: +27 (0)21 683 3424
Tel: +27 (0)21 683 3424
How to get there
There are daily flights from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on Federal Air, which land at Singita. You could also fly from Johannesburg to the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport near Nelspruit and either catch an air shuttle or drive to Singita, a journey that will take just under 2 hours.
If you’re driving from Johannesburg, take the N12, which becomes the N4 to Nelspruit/Mbombela. From there, turn north on the R40 to Hazyview, where you’ll take the R536 towards Kruger National Park’s Paul Kruger gate. After 36km, you’ll pass the Lisbon Store. Turn left onto the gravel road, which leads into the Sabi Sand Reserve. Follow Singita’s signs to the lodge, which is about 28km on.
Best time to visit
The summers in the Kruger Park can be sweltering so if you plan to come from December to March be prepared. It’s better to view game in the winter as the shrubbery is sparse, but the nights can get very chilly.
Things to do
Both lodges offer a variety of amazing activities from stargazing to guided safari walks. There’s even a boutique and gallery with items from all over Africa to explore.
What to pack
In the winter months (May to August), take warm clothing for the chilly night and morning drives. Mosquito repellent is a must.
Where to stay
Apart from Ebony and Boulders lodges, there is Castleton Camp, a beautifully decorated old farmhouse that can be hired as an exclusive villa for up to 12 guests.
What to eat
While the cuisine at Singita is world class, so is the wine. There are well-travelled sommeliers on hand to introduce you to new vineyards, vintages and cultivars.