The lodge takes safari design and style to a new level with a fresh and contemporary interpretation of the classic safari lodge, combining tented camp and bush lodge style. Guests are immersed in nature with huge open spaces and interiors inspired by a combination of local tribal culture and the animal kingdom.
What we love
Exclusivity is of the essence at this intimate yet substantial hideaway that hugs the eastern part of the Kruger National Park. There is a miraculous and enchanting nature about the reserve and we absolutely love the personality that exudes all across Singita Sweni Lodge.
Setting the scene
As the original Singita lodge, Ebony stands steadfast amongst enormous trees on the banks of the Sand River in the heart of South Africa’s ‘big cat country.’
The new Singita Ebony Lodge, located on the Sand River, is a fresh and contemporary interpretation of the classic safari lodge, combining tented camp and bush lodge style. Inspired by the romance and adventure of tented camps, explorers’ abodes and campaign furniture, Ebony’s interiors are enhanced by the lustre of well-polished ebony and mahogany woods and natural fibres in cool tones.
All this is brought to life by the rich, golden glow of old brass, hand-woven baskets, traditional khaki and beige tent canvas and exposed thatch.
External walls have been almost completely removed and replaced by canvas and glass to create new safari tent-style suites to maximise views and space, and allow guests to be immersed in nature. Outdoor pavilion decks – ideal for dining and relaxing – are suspended off the river banks as if hanging in the trees.
Singita Ebony Lodge comprises 12 suites, each with its own private plunge pool. Interiors feature curated still-life collections of antiques and artefacts, as well as vintage campaign furniture from the Bailes family collection.
Materials like wood, iron, steel and aged bonze hark back to the 19th century, along with oversized sepia photography, glamorous leopard and zebra print upholstery that complements bold graphic tribal patterned murals. Internal and external walls have been replaced by canvas and glass to create safari tent-style suites to maximise views and space.
The entire front wall of each suite between the bedroom and the veranda is made of glass allowing light to flood in. Outdoor pavilion decks – ideal for dining and relaxing – are suspended above the river banks as if hanging from the trees. A beautiful marble and cast iron table is the furniture centrepiece for this concept – it is a traveller’s desk with smart tools, a private dining room table for entertaining or a bar to enjoy an evening gin & tonic in one.
- 8 x Suites ideal for singles and couples travelling together. One inter-leading unit is available for groups travelling together.
- 2 x Lewis Suites ideal for families with teenage children. The suites are right next to each other and within close proximity to the main lodge area.
- 2 x Family Suites ideal for families with small children. The family suites include an en-suite master bedroom and an en-suite twin bedroom as well as a dining and lounge veranda area with a stone fireplace, and a private viewing deck with heated plunge pool.
- 1 x Villa comprises the two Family Suites with access to an additional private lounge, swimming pool and deck area, which connects these two individual suites. Ebony Villa will includes a private guide and vehicle, chef, host and banakeli (personal waiter). There is a private entrance and boma, so small groups searching for complete seclusion will be at ease. The Ebony Villa is suited to up to four adults and four children under 12 years, or up to six adults and teenagers.
Note: Children of all ages are welcome.
As mentioned in other write ups of resorts within the Singita area, the wine collection is sensational and vast and the tours on offer are a lot of fun, providing a well-earned respite from the energetic nature of the walks or drives through the game reserve. Again, dine in a variety of locations within the resort, sourcing local and international ingredients and dishes from a dedicated team of skilled chefs.
The main attractions are the walks and drives through the reserve hosted by the local experts, however, there is still plenty more to do, the wine tour has been mentioned, the cuisine is a treat and even go mountain biking among other things. There is a boutique showcasing local arts and crafts and the gym, spa and swimming is extensive and luxurious. Take in the culture and history as you visit local communities.
The two family suites are incredible, putting guests at an instant ease, and possess a home like nature that is brilliantly unique. Children can go on drives or walks so let the experts do the work while you enjoy the ride, sharing memories that will last forever. After the exploration of a lifetime, children can revel in a range of activities including interactive cooking and wildlife shows. This is a family retreat like no other with the high level of service it deserves.
The team can arrange for private charters to land on the Singita Sabi Sands airstrip. Johannesburg international airport is approxiamtely five hours away by car.
- £2480pp in low season
- £3040pp in high season
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