Highlights of Singita Lebombo Lodge
- Singita Lebombo is ultra-glamorous
- Contemporary décor & cutting edge design is the Lebombo hallmark
- The Lebombo concession in the Kruger is especially known for its excellent lion sightings
- Panoramic views over the Sweni and Nwanetsi rivers
- Great for honeymooners
- Superb cuisine with wine-tasting on offer by their resident sommelier
Singita continues to maintain its worldwide repute as one of the World’s finest and most exclusive safari companies. Singita Lebombo and its sister camp, Singita Sweni, are located in a private 15,000ha concession in the central Kruger National Park (and are collectively known as Singita Kruger). The lodge lies in the foothills of the Lebombo mountains which form the eastern edge of the Kruger National Park.
Designed with style and sophistication, the suites sit perched like eagle’s nests, cantilevered out from the rock face with views to the ancient Lebombo mountains. Floor to ceiling glass walls ensure that you have a 360° view of the bushveld. The 15 suites are very modern –with much use of white, funky glass chandeliers and stylish furniture. There’s a decadent open plan bathroom, indoor and outdoor showers and a large game-viewing deck with your own day bed. Other amenities include air-conditioning, ceiling fan, minibar, safe and telephone.
The public areas at Singita Lebombo are open to the elements and very glamorous with cutting-edge contemporary style which fuses glass, slatted wood and bleached branches with natural, textured fabrics and modern glass chandeliers. There’s an overwhelming sense of space here yet also a feeling of being part of the surrounding bush.
Safari activities at Singita Lebombo
Singita Lebombo offers excellent game-viewing with the emphasis placed on viewing large herds of plains game rather than on individual predator sightings. Nevertheless Singita Kruger is particularly known for its excellent lion sightings with two large prides roaming their private concession. Given the varying terrain between the central Kruger and the private game reserves of the Sabi Sands, you might like to combine two nights here with two nights at Singita Ebony or Singita Boulders…
Singita Lebombo is also unusual in that it offer a range of active safari activities as well as 4×4 game drives. Enjoy a bush walk with an armed ranger, game-viewing on mountain bikes and even a spot of archery.
The cuisine at Singita Lebombo is a definite highlight and dining takes place in a variety of settings: in their star lit boma, the unusual indoor/outdoor dining area or in the seclusion of your room. There’s a fully stocked wine cellar with informal wine-tasting presentations offered by Singita’s resident sommelier.
The Singita Trading Post offers stylish African craft boutiques and a gallery showing leading South African artworks, as well as a well-equipped gym and Spa. Huge glass walls bring the bush feel right into the gym and spa with its range of treatment rooms, steam room and outdoor shower. A perfect way to spend a couple of hours in between game drives.
Kate’s Trip report
Game-viewing was good at Singita despite the rain during our stay but it is of a different nature to the Sabi Sands. You see larger herds of animals – big herds of zebra, wildebeest, nyala, kudu, and there are two large resident prides of lion on the concession so chances of seeing lion are high. You may not see the leopard easily as it typically hides away in the rocks, unlike in the Sabi Sands where they are habituated to the vehicles. Given the varying terrain, I would recommend combining both areas if you have the time (and budget). 3 nights here would be ideal.
Unlike some other Kruger concession lodges, Singita sticks to game drives on its own concession, thus maintaining the aura of exclusivity. It is a huge concession of 15,000ha so you probably won’t even see another Singita vehicle on your drives. They are allowed to go off road for sightings but this must be carefully documented.
I wasn’t convinced that I would like Singita Lebombo having seen the glossy pictures. I thought it might be too divorced from its bush surroundings and too avant-garde. However this was not the case. The very openness of the lodge design means that you are aware of the bush around you and feel part of it. Yes, the design and décor is very contemporary and wouldn’t look out of place in New York or London, but it doesn’t jar either. Nearly everyone opting to stay here knows that it is one of the ‘new design’ game lodges, but if you prefer a colonial style of décor then you may not like Lebombo!
The rooms at Sweni and Lebombo are basically the same design but with the use of the signature white décor more evident at Lebombo. Most of the suites have a panoramic view, rather than the more intimate riverine view at Sweni, but this is not guaranteed. Some are closer to the bush than others and one (the furthest) has a very romantic setting right on a lagoon.