Singita Ebony Lodge
Singita Safari Lodges owns and operates 12 luxury award-winning safari lodges in three countries in Africa with another deluxe lodge opening in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda in 2019.
Singita Ebony Lodge was the first safari lodge built by Luke Bailes, the founder and CEO of Singita. It was opened to the public over 25 years ago in 1993.
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Luke Bailes inherited the family-owned land in Sabi Sands from his grandfather and set about restoring it with an old school friend with a vision to create a unique safari adventure.
In 2015, Singita Ebony Lodge was relaunched on the market after a radical reinvention which elevated its status to appeal to discerning travellers wanting the ultimate safari experience.
The revitalised style and design took Singita Ebony Lodge to a new level and the original safari lodge is unrecognisable.
Sabi Sand Game Reserve is regarded as one of the finest private game reserves in southern Africa.
Singita Ebony Lodge
Singita Ebony Lodge -12 luxury chalets, sleeping up to 24 adults
Singita Ebony Lodge was the first safari lodge built by the founder and CEO, Luke Bailes. It was opened to the public over 25 years ago in 1993. He inherited the family-owned land in Sabi Sands from his grandfather and set about restoring it with an old school friend with a vision to create a new safari adventure.
In 2015, Singita Ebony Lodge was relaunched on the market after a radical reinvention which elevated its status to appeal to discerning travellers wanting the ultimate safari experience. The re-design managed to create a spectacular luxury safari experience while still retaining the spirit and sentiment of Luke Baile’s original game lodge.
The revitalised style and design took Singita Ebony Lodge to a new level and the original safari lodge is unrecognisable. The Singita design team created a fresh and contemporary interpretation of a classic safari lodge with lashings of luxurious modern features which blend seamlessly with elements representing traditional tribal culture and the wild animal kingdom. The original Singita lodge was named Ebony Lodge because of the beautiful, mature ebony trees which surrounded the bushveld site. Rich, polished ebony wood is found throughout the lodge which is offset against stark white used in the linen, cotton and natural fibre upholstery.
The Singita design team created a fresh and contemporary interpretation of a classic safari lodge with lashings of luxurious modern features which blend seamlessly with elements representing traditional tribal culture and the wild animal kingdom.
Guests have the choice of 12 deluxe suites at Singita Ebony Lodge; each is a dramatic masterpiece of canvas and glass in a modern twist on the traditional safari tents. The entire front wall of each suite between the bedroom and veranda was removed and replaced with glass which draws in incredible light.
Features include a spacious air-conditioned bedroom with an ensuite bathroom which includes an indoor-outdoor shower. A delightful seating area leads out onto an glorious outdoor deck with a private plunge pool. The suites are suspended above the river bank and the views of the surrounding bushveld are spectacular.
The interior design features faux leopard and zebra upholstery fabric which replaces tired animal skins; as well as oversized sepia photographs and art deco wood, iron, steel and aged bronze objects which pay homage to the 19th century safari experience. A splendid lounge area is the heart of Singita Ebony Lodge. It was moved to the very front of the lodge to be close to nature and to create a contemplative space. Its centerpiece is a magnificent marble and cast iron table which is a replica of an old traveller’s desk. The private dining room and bar are equally luxurious in style and design.
Accommodation at Singita Ebony Lodge comprises:
• 8 Luxury Suites for solo travellers and couples
• 2 Lewis Suites which are ideal for families with teenage children; they are situated right next to each other and close to the main lodge
• 2 Family Suites suitable for families with young children; the suites include an ensuite master bedroom and an ensuite twin bedroom with a dining and lounge area leading out onto a large outdoor patio with a private viewing deck and heated plunge pool
• 1 luxury Ebony Villa which comprises 2 family suites with access to a private lounge, swimming pool and spacious outdoor deck which connects the two individual suites
The Ebony Villa forms part of the Singita Private experience and includes a professional safari guide and tracker and use of a open safari vehicle as well as a host and personal chef and waiter. It has its own private entrance and an authentic African boma (barbeque area) which is ideal for lovely evening meals under the stars.
Ebony Villa sleeps up to 4 adults and 4 children under the age of 12 years; or 6 adults and teenagers.
Children of all ages are welcome at Singita Ebony Lodge.
The lodge organises ‘edutainment’ activities for young children and parents can request a reliable babysitter to watch them while enjoying a romantic night together. Children are allowed on game drives with their parents at the discretion of the Singita safari guide.
Facilities at Singita Ebony Lodge
- sparkling swimming pool at the main lodge and villa
- private plunge pool at the family suite
- spa and gym facilities
- boutique and art gallery
- Premier Wine Boutique
- large flatscreen television in the library at the main lodge
- complimentary Wi-Fi although signal is often poor
- mobile phone signal although signal is often poor
Question: Best Time to Visit Singita Ebony Lodge
Answer: May-August and December
Question: Where is Singita Ebony Lodge
Answer: Singita Lodges are found in Sabi Sands and the Kruger National Park in South Africa
More About Singita Safari Lodges
Singita Ebony Lodge Safari
Singita Ebony Lodge in Sabi Sands is the original Singita safari lodge and stands proudly in a cluster of trees on the banks of the Sand River.
The lodge has been refurbished using a safari design which is a fresh and contemporary interpretation of the traditional safari lodge in southern Africa.
Included5 Star AccommodationAirport TransfersBreakfastEntry FeesFlightsMealsPersonal Safari GuideSpa treatments and LaundryTelephoneWifi
Not IncludedBoutique purchasesDeparture TaxesPremium Brands and Cellar wines
Singita Ebony Lodge
Inclusions and exclusionsSingita Ebony Lodge Rates Include:
- All meals and beverages (including premium wines, spirits and liqueurs, but excluding French Champagne)
- Twice daily open Land Rover safaris
- Walking safaris
- Return road transfers between the Singita airstrip and the lodges
- Laundry service
- Tourism levy
- Telephone calls
- Purchases from the Singita Boutique & Gallery
- French Champagne
- Spa treatments
- Transport to and from the reserve.
Facilities and Amenities at Singita Ebony Lodge
|Description of Facilities / Amenities||Singita Ebony Lodge|
|Singita Ebony Lodge | Number of suites||12 Luxury suites|
|Back up Electricity||Yes|
|Full bar facilities||Yes|
|Safes in suite||Yes|
|Tea/Coffee Making Facilities (Nespresso machines)||Yes|
|DELUXE, PRESIDENTIAL AND LUXURY SUITES – ADDITIONAL FACILITIES|
|King Size Beds||Yes|
SINGITA EBONY LODGE LIFE ENRICHING EXPERIENCES
AWARD-WINNING LUXURY SAFARI LODGESSingita's main focus is preserving and protecting large tracks of wilderness which is home to the Big 5, an incredible array of wildlife and birds and magnificent plants and trees. Singita's luxury safari lodges play a vital role as they generate revenue to partially fund critical conservation programs and community empowerment initiatives. The cherry on top is receiving numerous prestigious international awards which recognizes the hard work of the dedicated teams which run Singita's premier lodges and puts the spotlight on conservation initiatives that give the company its purpose. In 2017, two stand-out accolades went to Singita Sabi Sand which was awarded the Condé Nast Traveller Readers Travel Awards for ?Favorite Overseas Holiday Hotel in the Middle East, Africa and the Indian Ocean; and Singita Boulders Lodge for winning the Africa & Middle East 2017 Luxury Travel Guide Private Luxury Lodge of the Year (South Africa).
CONSERVATION AT ITS CORESingita is a conservation company and responsible for over 200 000 hectares of prime land and its precious natural resources. The company has built its successful operations on three core pillars: biodiversity, sustainability and community. Every decision takes into account a 20, 50 and 100-year timeline. Singita not only keeps a keen eye on its bottom line but also on the horizon where the future well being of our precious natural resources and local communities are at stake. When you stay at a Singita Lodge in Sabi Sands or the Kruger National Park you are making a positive contribution to several important conservation initiatives and community empowerment programs. Unlike many safari hospitality operators who contribute to conservation through levies and fees; Singita takes full responsibility for the conservation of its land and actually does the work themselves to ensure there is a dynamic balance between tourism, community and wildlife. There's a diversity of skills in what is affectionately known as Singita's conservation brains trust? and many of the properties are in wilderness areas that might otherwise never have been protected. One example is the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve in Zimbabwe which is home to Singita Pamushana Lodge. Where there was once only a handful of common antelope, the nature reserve is now teeming with game with bountiful populations of endangered rhinos as well as rare sable. Each Singita property hosts environmental researchers who work on issues that have a direct impact on the region?s conservation initiatives. This ranges from the re-introduction of the endangered roan antelope to waste disposal management and renewable energy solutions. Whether you're staying at the breathtaking Singita Boulders Lodge in Sabi Sands or Sweni Lodge in Kruger National Park; the luxurious facilities and outstanding game viewing are only a small component of what Singita stands for. It?s nice to know that in some small part you've contributed to the spirit of Singita and its desire to protect and preserve our precious natural resources.
PRISTINE WILDERNESSBetween its private game reserve in Sabi Sand Wildtuin and a private concession in the Kruger National Park, Singita is responsible for preserving and protecting 31 565 hectares of pristine wilderness. Founder and CEO of Singita, saw a chance early on to merge an incredible safari experience with a ultra-luxury hospitality experience. Singita offers guests a world-class safari experience in two wilderness regions which fall within the Greater Kruger National Park. The latter falls within the internationally-declared Kruger2Canyons UNESCO Man and Biosphere and within the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation area (GLTP Treaty of 2002). The Kruger to Canyons (K2C) Biosphere Reserve was registered in September 2001 in Paris by UNESCO. It became the 411th Biosphere Reserve site to be registered in 94 countries worldwide and acknowledged for its global significance. The K2C Biosphere Programme is an extensive community-driven initiative that bridges the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces in South Africa. It is also the interface of the Eastern Transvaal Drakensberg Escarpment and the Central Lowveld. 6 K2C has 1.4 million hectares dedicated to long-term conservation; 989 000 of formally protected area (state-owned reserves) and 400 000 hectares of private-owned conservation land (privately-owned game farms). The entire registered Biosphere Reserve spans some 2.5 million hectares.
EXCLUSIVE SAFARI EXPERIENCEIn 2017, Singita launched a unique concept branded Singita Private. It comprises a collection of six exclusive-use properties across Africa under one umbrella. Each property contributes 1% toward the construction of a new environmental education centre at Singita Sabi Sand. It provides guests with a private setting from which to explore the spectacular bushveld surrounds and experience the ultimate safari tour. Private Singita villas boast spacious interiors with luxurious furnishings; serviced by a full staff complement which includes a chef and host as well as a professional safari guide and tracker. Guests have the use of an open safari vehicle and can dictate their own game viewing schedule. The first new Singita Private experience includes 3 nights at Singita Explore and 2 nights at Singita Serengeti House. Singita Explore is a private-use tented camp on the plains of the Serengeti that is pitched in different locations during the year depending on the season and movement of game. Singita Serengeti House can comfortably accommodate up to 8 guests with a house made up of 4 suites. It features luxurious facilities with a spacious outdoor deck, large swimming pool and a private tennis court. The second new Singita Private experience combines Singita Lebombo Villa in South Africa and Pamushana Villa in Zimbabwe. The package includes 4 nights at Singita Lebombo Villa in the Kruger National Park and 4 nights at Pamushana Villa in Zimbabwe, including scheduled flights on Federal Air. Other premier properties included in Singita Private are Singita Castleton and Ebony Villa, both located in Sabi Sand Wildtuin in South Africa. Guests staying at Singita Castleton have access to their own private Land Rover and are looked after by an experienced field guide and tracker, a house manager and housekeeper as well as a private chef. The Singita Ebony Villa comprises two family suites which are connected by a spacious lounge which leads out onto a magnificent outdoor deck with an infinity swimming pool. Guests have access to a private safari vehicle and are looked after by a private guide and tracker as well a host, chef and personal waiter.
ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY HOSPITALITYWherever possible, Singita endeavours to limit its carbon footprint and uses natural resources to power its operations. One example is a groundbreaking renewables energy project which has been introduced at Singita Sweni Lodge and Singita Lebombo Lodge in the Kruger National Park. The project harnesses the power of the sun to generate sufficient energy to power 15 suits at Singita Lebombo Lodge and 6 suites at Singita Sweni Lodge. More than 1 180 solar panels were installed which 7 are connected to state-of-the-art batteries and inverters. Two diesel generates provide back-up power on cloudy days or when the battery system runs low. Previously generators used at both lodges in the Kruger National Park guzzled up to 40 000 litres of diesel per month. Solar energy initiatives like the one pioneered in the private concession in the Kruger National Park will ensure Singita reduces its carbon footprint as well as generates power for neighbouring communities. Solar power systems are also a lot quieter than diesel generators so all you hear are the nocturnal sounds of the beautiful bushveld surrounds. Another groundbreaking initiative driven by Singita is a partnership with Tesla to start using powerpacks for sustainable energy. This is happening at Singita Lebombo Lodge and Sweni Lodge in the Kruger National Park. Using Tesla's Powerpack energy storage system, Singita forecasts it will cut generator usage in the Kruger National park by as much as 70%. Initiatives such as these will not only benefit the Singita Lodges in South Africa but also local communities. Singita is excited to be on the forefront of driving renewable energy usage in hospitality in Africa and hopes to accelerate the rollout of sustainable energy use to the rest of its operations in Africa.
ULTIMATE SAFARI EXPERIENCEGuests are taken on early sunrise game drives and late afternoon game drives in pristine bushveld which is home to the Big 5 which includes elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard and an incredible array of wildlife and birds. Sabi Sands is renowned for its extraordinary leopard sightings. Singita employs exceptional safari guides and bush trackers who are renowned for their professionalism and vast knowledge of fauna and flora in Sabi Sand Wildtuin and the Kruger National Park. Back at the Singita Lodges, your safari experience continues with guided bush walks in the surrounding bushveld. This is the ideal way to get close to the reserve?s precious natural resources and see the bushveld and animals and birds from a different perspective. It?s also an opportunity to learn more from your guide about the finer details of the bush such as plants that make good toothbrushes, fruit that makes a delicious boozy drink and trees that help cure colds and coughs.
PERFECT PHOTOGRAPHIC SAFARISPhotography enthusiasts have over 30 000 hectares of pristine bushveld to explore and find the perfect shot. Most professional guides employed by Singita are themselves excellent photographers and are more than happy to help. Guests can rent camera kits suited to wildlife photography through the Singita Lodges in Sabi Sand Wildtuin and the Kruger National Park. They have equipment suitable for all levels of experience and includes cameras and lenses. There is also a Photographic Library at each Singita Lodge where you can look through your photographs and edit them as well as receive one-on-one post-production assistance and tips from a lightroom instructor.
GOURMET SAFARIMemories of the delicious food you're served at Singita Lodges last as long as memories of the spectacular scenery and incredible wildlife you see on your safari tour. Singita has adopted a fresh take on safari dining which puts its lodges on the culinary circuit. Not only are the meals delicious but they're prepared with every effort made to reduce the lodge?s ecological footprint and improve the lives of people in neighbouring communities. This includes sourcing fresh local ingredients and limiting dishes to sustainable produce. Singita's gourmet transformation started with the reopening of Singita Lebombo Lodge in the Kruger Park in 2016 where cutting-edge, energy-saving technology was incorporated into the design of the lodge?s kitchen. Similarly, Singita Sweni was re-designed to include a glass-walled contemporary kitchen and a range of experimental, artisanal cooking techniques were introduced. Culinary techniques used by leading chefs at Singita Lodges in Sabi Sands and the Kruger Park include everything from char-grilling, smoking and wok firing to curing, marinating, pickling and fermenting. Dishes are a decadent blend of European and African culinary cuisine which results in a unique Singita safari gourmet experience. High Tea at Singita Lodges are not to be missed. The creativity of the pastry chefs is outstanding and you'll enjoy everything from cinnamon doughnuts, chocolate macadamia cheesecake, mango to caramel Swiss roll and frozen guava parfait.
PREMIER WINE COLLECTIONSSingita is renowned for being one of Africa's most influential collectors of wine and boasts exceptional wine cellars which showcase the finest wines in South Africa from premier wine estates in the Cape Winelands. This includes sought-after private reserves, exclusive releases, limited single vintages and rare auction wines. Singita's experienced sommeliers guide guests through a variety of wine styles, vintages and cultivars to find the wines most suited to their individual tastes. Singita Lodges also have a service called Singita Premier Wine Direct which allows guests to order their favorite wines which can either be specially packed for guests as checked luggage or shipped directly to their home. Personalized wine tastings coupled with the unique ambiance of the temperature-controlled wine cellar isa special treat for guests. As part of its community upliftment ethos, Singita runs a special training program for local community members and is developing the next generation of Sommeliers in Africa. The training provides educational assistance, personal mentoring, formal wine training and access to Africa's finest wine program.
LUXURIOUS PAMPER SESSIONSSingita Lodges have exceptional spa and wellness facilities at their lodges which cater for guests wishing to reconnect with nature, revive their senses, restore their body and mind and explore Africa's unique health culture. Singita endorses products which are carefully selected for their environmentally-friendly ingredients and rejuvenating properties. They don't use any products tested on animals; favoring an organic range which harnesses the potency of Africa's legendary botanical heritage.
WORKING OUT IN THE BUSHSingita Lodges have well-equipped gyms on site which offer guests panoramic views of the surrounding bushveld. A good work out session coupled with the peace and tranquility of the pristine wilderness is an ideal way for strained travelers to shake off the excess of urban living.
FAMILY-FRIENDLY LODGESSingita Lodges are geared for the whole family and offer an array of exciting activities for children which are designed to be fun as well as educational. This includes the Mini Rangers course which introduces youngsters to the thrill of an authentic African safari. It includes lessons on animal tracks, a cosmic safari (the stars), learning bush survival techniques, wild flower pressing, frogging, catching and releasing butterflies and tree and bird spotting. Youngsters are awarded a Junior Rangers certificate at the end of the course. Other activities for the whole family include archery, cooking lessons, arts and crafts, board games, astronomy and stargazing and guided bush walks. Guests are in good hands with staff member who delight in creating fun adventures for everyone. Cooking classes are held at Singita Lebombo Lodge and Sweni Lodge in the Kruger National Park in state-of-the-art kitchens. Guests spend time with an expertly-trained chef and recreate a few of Singita's signature dishes. The best thing about joining a cooking masterclass at Singita Lodges is all funds raised from the courses are used to support local communities in the area through the work of the Singita Community Culinary School.
QUALITY BOUTIQUE AND ART GALLERYEach lodge has a beautiful boutique and art gallery which is a treasure trove of collectible sculptures, home ware and furnishings as well as authentic African carvings and handmade jewelry made by local craftsman. Singita prides itself on the fact that these aren't your run-of-the-mill curio shops. You'll find artwork by respected African artists and array of unique quality items.
VALIDITY PERIOD 01 NOVEMBER 2018 – 31 OCTOBER 2019
|Singita Castleton Lodge||Rates and Tariffs|
|Suite | 1 inter leading unit, subject to availability | 8x doubles/twins | per adult per night||ZAR30 250|
|Suite | 1 inter leading unit, subject to availability | 8x doubles/twins | per child per night||ZAR15 125|
|Lewis Suite | 1 inter leading unit on request | 2x doubles/twins | maximum 2 guests per suite | per adult per night||ZAR28 840|
|Lewis Suite | 1 inter leading unit on request | 2x doubles/twins | maximum 2 guests per suite | per child per night||ZAR14 420|
|Family Suite | 2x doubles/twins | maximum 2 adults & 2 children | per suite per night | 1-3 guests||ZAR75 625|
|Family Suite | 2x doubles/twins | maximum 2 & 2 children | per suite per night | per additional guest per night||ZAR15 125|
|Villa | | Private use of 2x Family suites | 4x doubles/twins | maximum 4 adults & 4 children | per villa per night||ZAR216 730|