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Seductive safari design sets the romantic stage at this exceptional game-viewing lodge.
Embraced by Kruger National Park in a privately owned reserve on the Sabi Sand Reserve, Singita Boulders Lodge is a stunning destination. The Boulders and its sister property, Singita Ebony Lodge, are the original properties of what today is a collection of nine beautiful boutique resorts throughout Southern East Africa. The creation of James Fawcett Bailes, who in 1925 purchased a large tract of land in the Lowveld for preservation, Boulders is today a 49,000-acre private reserve managed by Bailes’ grandson on the banks of the Sand River. The landscape is dappled with groves of acacia and marula trees and large expanses of grasslands, and “big five” are virtually guaranteed.
Even without the wild animals, this place is rather special. Many couples come here, especially for honeymoons since the romance factor is sky-high. Beyond gourmet cuisine there is a wine cellar that offers personal tastings from an exceptional selection of South African wines. There is also a general store selling jewelry, designer bushwear, African artifacts and furniture. A gorgeous spa features a menu of locally inspired treatments, including the “I Dreamed of Africa” ritual that includes a signature Inkaba body massage. Of course, no matter how you might indulge, game viewing will always be the highlight.
One of the things we love most about Singita is its integration into the community. From school programs for local kids to rhino rehabilitation, it strives to be a consummate ambassador of sustainability. The owners are dedicated to the preservation of resources while delivering a luxurious experience beyond your wildest dreams. You can spend time at your own pace, any way you like, as the days are designed around your wishes. You might choose to stay on your terrace and paint the local scene, taking a break to watch elephants pass by and baboons sneaking into your private plunge pool. Or you can board one of the bush vehicles and head out for a photo safari to capture leopards and giraffes in their natural element. A simple hike with an experienced tracker will take you into a world you'll not soon forget.
The lodge is accessible by car, by air from the Kruger Mpumalanga airport two hours away, or by pre-arranged charter or private plane at a local airstrip. Malaria is present and therefore guests must take precaution prior to traveling to the area. The month of June is the coolest (48-78°F) while January is the warmest (70-91°F). One you arrive you will be escorted to one of just 12 spacious suites set along the river. Details like fossilized tree stumps, slabs of solid stone and textured leather provide harmony with the environment, creating a sense of balance that enhances the relaxed atmosphere of this truly unique destination.