Sitting alongside the meandering Sands River, set amidst wild bush and enormous trees in the middle of South Africa’s ‘big cat country’, is Singita’s original Ebony Lodge. Unrivalled hospitality is blended with the heritage of an English county home to create a timeless and most welcoming safari experience.
The 12 suites, two which have two bedrooms and are perfect for families, all feature en-suite bathrooms and indoor-outdoor showers, private heated plunge pools and spacious game viewing decks.
Your suite has been decorated according to a black and white colour scheme in homage to the big ebony trees that surround the lodge and interiors are furnished with vintage campaign furniture from Luke Bailes’ (the founder of Singita) family collection, sepia photography, tribal print murals and imitation leopard and zebra-print fabrics. Interior walls have been replaced by canvas or glass to create a light and airy atmosphere and to capitalise on the amazing views outside, to beautiful effect in the bedroom where you’ll enjoy an uninterrupted view out onto the terrace.
The food here is exquisite yet unpretentious, fitting of the lodge’s homely feel, and is paired with an extensive range of handpicked South African wines. Free time at the lodge can be spent indulging in the Bush Spa, relaxing in the library, using the well-equipped gym or cooling down in the pool.
Of course the highlight here is the rich array of wildlife. Species such as leopard, lion, rhino, large herds of buffalo, elephant, reedbuck, hyena, hippopotamus, nyala, cheetah, wild dogs and many types of birds can be spotted on expertly guided day and night game drives, and thrilling walking safaris. Other activities such as stargazing will get Africa even further under your skin.
1 million acres of protected land
Ebony Lodge was the first Singita lodge in the Sabi Sands region. Today, Singita is the trusted guardian of a million acres of pristine land in Africa and works to restore, enhance and protect the biodiversity of ecosystems so that they are functioning as close as possible to their natural, undisturbed state.
Anti-poaching canine unit
In 2012, Ebony Lodge deployed a highly-skilled team of tracking dogs and handlers to enhance anti-poaching efforts on the reserve. From pursuing intruders to sniffing out rhino horn and ammunition from vehicles and bags, the dogs are excellent assets in supporting important conservation initiatives. The mere presence of dog teams also acts as a deterrent to potential poachers. Once tracking dogs have been deployed into an area, the news quickly spreads amongst poachers, leading the level and frequency of poaching incidents to drop dramatically.
95% of graduates employed
The Singita Community Culinary School (SCCS) opened its doors in 2007. Today, it offers a rigorous, Singita-crafted professional cookery course that sees 10 students drawn from local communities graduating as commis chefs of the highest calibre each year. 95% of graduates are in employment; this result would be impressive on its own, but in the context of a province with a youth unemployment rate in excess of 35% it is even more significant.