Who They Are
Singita Sabi Sand is situated in the private Sabi Sand game reserve. Guests can choose between three unfenced lodges. Ebony and Boulders, overlooking the Sand River, offer lavish comforts that have earned Singita the highest international accolades. Each lodge accommodates just 24 guests in twelve air-conditioned suites. Guests can enjoy the complete exclusivity of a private pool and game-viewing deck.
Ebony Lodge is known for its old-world charm and quiet opulence in a romantic setting under ebony trees. The décor speaks of the art, culture, and tradition of Africa, with vibrant splashes of tribal color. Boulders Lodge is inspired by the geometry of the cliffs on which it rests. Innovative design and natural hues accentuate a luxurious sense of space that flows in through glass walls over outstretched private pool decks. Castleton Camp is an inviting hideaway overlooking a well-frequented waterhole. It comprises a stone-walled ‘farmhouse’ as well as six charming rooms, and offers a welcoming ambience of understated luxury.
What Are They Doing
The Sabi Sand is a privately owned game reserve, adjacent and integral to the Kruger National Park. Singita Sabi Sand forms a core part of this reserve. Together with other private owners within this reserve, the owners have acted as responsible custodians of this precious part of South Africa’s natural heritage.
The Singita environmental team’s main goal is to bring back the land to the state in which it was found some 85 years ago. The earliest aerial photographs, taken in 1935, were used as a guide in this process. The team’s prime responsibilities are anti-poaching; environmental care, including maintaining the integrity of the reserve’s plant life and wildlife; fire management; the prevention of erosion, water management; the building of roads; and ensuring minimal impact caused by the presence of the three lodges.
There are only three Singita lodges within the 44,000 acres traversed by Singita Sabi Sand, making for few beds (68 maximum) in a large area and a minimum of pressure on the land and wildlife.
In 1998, Singita Sabi Sand launched its community development initiative, with the aim of implementing sustainable programs that would deliver tangible benefits to the local community. Funds contributed by Singita, its guests who are inspired to invest in development programs, as well as funds generated by the Community Tours, are put in the Singita Community Development Trust Fund and used to support multiple and various development programs. Examples include the upgrade of facilities and improvement of educational materials of 12 local preschools. Other projects include a joint initiative to raise funds for the Tshemba Hosi Disabled Children Centre. Another program is the sponsorship of local students wishing to attend the Singita Field Guide and Tracker Academy. The academy is focused on identifying and developing the potential within young and passionate environmentalists.
In Their Own Words
“With a vision of securing and preserving an increasing number of pristine locations, Singita has a firm commitment to maintaining and sustainability of each property by continuing to build upon our three pillars of wildlife conservation, eco-friendly tourism and community support. Singita is the Shangaan word for a place of miracles, and it is intended that this applies to all who are in contact with it — whether guest, staff, local communities or the wildlife and natural habitat of the Singita reserves and their lodges.”