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Year Round

South Africa is a year-round destination, and the best time to visit depends on your priorities. Safaris are best in the winter months (May to August). The grass is lowest, so game viewing is easier, and the temperatures are mild (maximum 20–23°C). There is very little winter rainfall in the north. Namaqualand, in the Western and Northern Cape Provinces, becomes a floral phenomenon in spring (mid-August to mid-October), when the desert-like terrain is transformed into a carpet of flowers, drawing thousands of visitors. The best season for the beach is summer (November to mid-March). The southern regions are summer destinations, with low summer rainfall. Temperatures reach 28-30°C or higher on truly beautiful days. The warm waters of the east coast make for almost year-round swimming. South Africans tend to take their annual holidays in summer, causing tourist destinations to be overcrowded from mid-December to late January, as well as during the other school holidays.

Safari Suites

Singita Ebony Lodge - Ebony Lodge languishes in a cool silence in the shade of jackalberry trees on the bank of the Sand River, in the heart of the Sabi Sands Reserve. Ebony Lodge is man's love affair with Africa, timeworn colonial furniture and ethnic craft merge with vibrant hand-woven fabrics and relics collected from the land - a tribute to nature's eternal struggle. The suites at Singita Ebony are places of quiet contemplation, where the silence and solitude is measured only by the harmony of the forest and plains beyond. Ebony Lodge is the epitome of the luxury safari experience, combining quality and simple refinement to define the wonder of the wild.

Singita Boulders Lodge - Boulders Lodge towers over the landscape, a monolith of curving thatch and piled stone that joins seamlessly with the rocky geometry that holds it to the earth. Senufo artefacts and bold sculpture offset smooth linen in blue and silent white, as cascading water cools the summer air. Boulders Lodge rests on the banks of the Sand River in the heart of the Singita Private Game Reserve, unlocking the senses to views that stretch to the edges of the imagination. Singita Boulders' suites feature magnificent stone bathrooms and bedrooms that encapsulate in luxury. Quiet, simple and luxurious, moments spent on the vast sundecks at Boulders Lodge will leave you at the mercy of the breathtaking wild distance.

Singita Lebombo Lodge - Poised over one of Africa's most dramatic landscapes in the Kruger National Park's glorious south-east, Lebombo Lodge is set against a country that is abundant in water, antelope and big cats, with colours that shift with the changing seasons. Lebombo Lodge was created as a transient witness to the land, constructed of steel, glass and wood in reverence to the African expanse before it. Walkways snake their way along a ridge dotted with surreal euphorbia that praise the sky, at Singita Lebombo the lofts clasp like eagles' nests to the mountainside. Sparsely adorned spaces created of wall-to-wall glass; Lebombo Lodge's suites are places of interaction with a wilderness that echoes to the soul.

Sengita Sweni Lodge - In the dappled shade low on the banks of the Sweni River, Sweni Lodge shares the quiet spaces and secrets of an African waterway. Like Lebombo, Sweni Lodge stands only in temporary appreciation of this magnificent place. With a style that is distinctly African, Singita Sweni unites earthenware pots and ethnic artworks with contemporary pieces, against a dark palette lifted with flashes of lime, avocado and kiwi. Built on stilts with decks of dark timber, Sweni Lodge is the smallest and most taciturn of the Singita lodges, with six supremely luxurious hides tucked away among the trees.

Singita Castelton Camp - Castleton Camp lies between the Sabi and Sand Rivers, against the eastern boundary of the Kruger National Park, in the Sabi Sands Reserve. The Baille's family acquired the Ravenscourt and Castleton farms in 1927, and little has changed over the course of almost a century. The natural, understated luxury of the farmhouse and six cottages is permeated by warmth, comfort and contentment. The broad, polished verandas overlook a vast waterhole, where herds of antelope and wildebeest pause to rest in the course of their endless migration. Please be advised that Castleton Camp will be closing as a commercial lodge from 1 September 2006 and will revert to being a private facility for the sole use of the owner. We will be replacing the 6 rooms at Castleton with 3 additional suites at both Boulders and Ebony Lodges in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve.
Singita Private Game Reserve, South Africa

Local Info

Originally a game farm belonging to James Fawcett Bailles, the decision was made to open this magnificent piece of Africa to discerning visitors in 1994. Singita Ebony Lodge and Singita Boulders Lodge were conceived late that year, the brainchild of Luke Bailles, James Bailles' grandson. Singita means "the place of miracles" in Shangaan, and no name could be more fitting. No expense was spared in the development of Singita Ebony and Singita Boulders, each lodge was created as a tribute to the unique splendour of the African wilderness around it. Ebony and Boulders soon distinguished themselves on the international resorts' stage having since won every major award globally. Both remain unmatched in Africa and among exclusive resorts the world over. The vision for both resorts is to continually reinvent and improve on the experience, so as to make each consecutive visit that much more magical and memorable for guests returning to this wonderful place.
Game Drives & Nature Walks.

A Typical Day at Singita :

5:30 am - After senses are awakened by the sounds of the bushveld, guests congregate with the rangers at the main lodge for tea, coffee and light snacks in anticipation of the early morning game drive.

6:15 am - As the early morning sun rises over the horizon, rangers and trackers head out with guests into the African bushveld. One can sense the excitement… who knows what to expect? A herd of ever-cautious impala huddled together, a leopard in the branches of a knobthorn tree with a kill from the last hours of darkness, a herd of elephant feeding in the lush vegetation or a pride of lion in the shade of an acacia. The sound of creatures awakening to a new day stirs your passion for Africa and its many wonders.

8:30 am - The fresh aromas of Singita's signature breakfast entice guests back to the lodge. Overlooking the African plains from the main deck, a spectacular breakfast follows your return from the morning game drive, with a buffet of seasonal fruits, cereals, yoghurts and fruit juice, followed by a delectable hot breakfast.

10:00 am - At your leisure - whether an indulgent massage or beauty treatment at the spa, relaxing under an African sun on your sundeck, a workout at the gym or some superb shopping at the trading store, any number of discoveries await.

1:00 pm - Lunch at Singita - after spending the morning at leisure, Singita's talented chefs prepare a medley of culinary delights, inspired by African flavours yet guided by western cooking tradition.

4:00 pm - As the endless African day starts to cool and the shadows are forming across the plains, guests enjoy afternoon refreshments, which are served in the main lodge before the evening game drive.

4:30 pm - A vivid sunset sky forms the backdrop of an unforgettable wildlife experience. As darkness approaches, the animals become more active, rarely seen nocturnal creatures emerge and incredible interactions are the order of the day. Pause midway for drinks and conversation as the sun disappears at one of the many vantage points hidden in the bush. The lions stir from their slumber to begin the night's hunt and the leopard slinks through the long grass in the twilight. The evening drive is the apex of the African adventure, moments that will define forever your memories of Africa.

8:00 pm - One by one, the drivers return to the lodge, the fires are lit and the night's entertainment begins. Return to the lodge for dinner around the fire in the Boma under a starlit sky, or a gourmet meal by candlelight in the dining room. A fusion of venison dishes, fresh fish from the South African coast, pastas, soups and vegetables, dinner at Singita is a sumptuous affair, where you will be enchanted by the rhythm and harmony of a local choir. Retire to your suite for a restful nights sleep in preparation for the next exciting day!
Press & Media

Singita Private Game Reserve voted "Best in Africa" & "No. 2 in the World"

Travel & Leisure 500 "World's Best Hotels" (January 2006)

"#2 in the Africa Resorts Top 20"

Conde Nast Traveler (USA) Readers Choice Awards 2005

"World's No. 1 Destination"

Conde Nast Traveler (USA) 2001/2002/2004

"World's Best Awards" - "Best Hotel in the World"

Travel & Leasure Magazine 2004

"Best Hotel in the World"

Tatler Magazine 2004 - Singita Lebombo Lodge

Singita comprises five luxury safari lodges in two South African game reserves. The Singita Private Game Reserve is located in the heart of the world-renowned Sabi Sands, a vast expanse of pristine wild Africa that thunders to the sound of the migrating herds.
There are five lodges in two equally alluring parts of South Africa, both famous for their exquisite beauty and the chance of finding the ‘Big 5’. The founding lodges, Singita Ebony and Singita Boulders, are located within the Sabi Sand Reserve – the world’s best leopard viewing area, as well as Castleton Camp, a private 6-roomed villa that overlooks a well-frequented waterhole. Singita Lebombo and Singita Sweni Lodges are found along the secluded eastern reaches of the Kruger National Park – a remote wilderness area renowned for its lion prides.

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