Miracles Do Happen!
by Alain Gayot
One would love to spend a lifetime in the Sabi Sand region of South Africa near the Kruger National Park, and as a result a nice book could be written. But a few days stay at a Singita resort—in this case the Boulders Lodge—are enough to fill many chapters of an adventure book; so we’ll simply give you an introduction here to the place that inspires miracles.
The Boulders and its sister property Ebony Lodge are the originals of what today comprises nine totally magical lodges throughout Southern East Africa. The product of James Fawcett Bailes, who in 1925 purchased a large tract of land in the Lowveld for preservation, today is a 49,000-acre private reserve that sits on the Sand River, managed by Bailes’ grandson. Couple that with groves of acacia thornwald and marula trees and large expanses of grasslands, and you are guaranteed to spot the “big five” and a myriad of species beyond.
Even without the animals, the place is rather special. Many come here as couples and especially for a honeymoon, as the romance level is quite high. Believe it or not, beyond gourmet cuisine and a wine store that boasts the most complete South African wine collection, [Yes, right in the middle of the jungle.] there is a general store selling the basic necessities, precious jewelry, designer bushwear, African artifacts and furniture, as well as offering personalized spa treatments to heighten your rejuvenation. But let’s face it; the encounter with the animals remains the highlight.
Singita—wherever they set up camp—form an integral bond with the community: from school programs for local kids to rhino rehabilitation, they strive to be the consummate ambassadors of sustainability. The owners are dedicated to the preservation of resources while delivering an unimaginably luxurious experience. You are able to move at your own pace and design the day as you wish. Stay in your room and paint the local scene. From your room you will see elephants go by and baboons trying hard to share your private pool. Board one of the bush vehicles and go snap away at leopards and giraffes. Simply take a hike with an experienced tracker and discover a world you did not know existed.
No matter where civilization started and where it might end, you know many miracles occurred here. So why don’t you go see for yourself. 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. You need to be aware that malaria is present and therefore must take precaution prior to travelling to the area. The month of June is the coolest (48-78°F) while January is the warmest (70-91°F) Choose among only twelve luxurious and spacious suites set individually on the grounds along the river, set up camp in your very own little Africa, and gather in the common areas for a meal on your way to your favorite activity.