- Big Five
- Luxurious living
- River Bank Location
- Private Game Reserve
Singita is a well renowned brand for providing super luxurious safari experiences. All their properties are top of the range and Ebony Lodge is the founding property. Located in the Singita private game reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park, it is an area famous for its abundant wildlife.
The camp unfurls on the banks of the sand river, shaded by enormous jackalberry trees. The centre of camp is beautifully laid out and offers everything you could need. A large decking area with a fireplace leads down to a secluded pool that is complemented by a gym, spa and library all situated with brilliant views of the bush. A wine cellar and in house sommelier also makes for a fantastic dining experience.
The reserve is known as ‘Big cat country’ and the opportunity to see so many species as well as the ‘Big Five’ is a rare one. Game drives are taken twice daily by some of the best guides in the area as well as regular walking safaris. With Ebony and Boulders being the only two lodges in the reserve you are guaranteed exclusivity and privacy. For those feeling active, mountain biking and archery can also be organised.
The accommodation here is exclusive, comprising of only 12 suites. Each en-suite room has its own private plunge pool and outdoor shower, a large game viewing deck and a fireplace to warm up in front of in the winter months. Perhaps not quite as modern as surrounding Singita properties, the furnishing makes use of local and traditional materials and fabrics producing a more colonial feel. Thanks to its reopening in July 2015 after extensive refurbishment, the front wall of each suite is now a mixture of canvas and glass bringing guests closer to the wild. There are also two double family suites available for those travelling with children.
Children are welcome and childcare is available on request. As there are no set age restrictions, their participation in any game activities is at the guide’s discretion.
The impeccable service and style Singita is known for is still integral to the Ebony Lodge today and it makes a great choice for those looking for the most luxurious base for a great safari.
A fabulous and memorable holiday to Africa and a big thank you to Lisa at Tourdust for her in depth knowledge and for designing our once in a lifetime trip.
The original thoughts were to stay in Cape Town and then go on safari. After many discussions and a lot of patience from Lisa we settled on Capetown, a safari in Botswana and Victoria Falls. It turned out to be the most special and amazing holiday that we have been on.
Cape Town accommodation was great, modern, clean, spacious and close to the V&A. The views at the back were of Table Mountain! We opted for guided tours to Cape of Good Hope and whale watching. Our guide called Chris was excellent, he was very knowledgeable and chatted to us alot and was great with my children.
Next was Botswana and Muchenje Lodge. The location was fantastic with views over the Chobe river. Right from the start we were looked after so well and the staff were so friendly and welcoming. We went on lots of different safari drives from early morning, late evening and all day ones and my favourite was on the river itself as we were able to get really close to the elephants, hippos and crocodiles. Our guides were brilliant (particularly Rambo) and helped us to find all the animals we wanted to see, even the elusive wild dogs and leopards.
Meals were at set times, which was lovely as it meant we could talk to the other guests and hear about their day and it was nice that some of the guides joined us as well. We also loved the singing and dancing that the staff did after one meal.
Final destination Zambia and Victoria Falls, where we stayed at Waterberry Lodge on the banks of the Zambezi. An amazing location right on the river bank.
We did a guided tour to Victoria Falls and yet again we had a brilliant tour guide.
From our lodge we did a river cruise, saw a magnificent sunset and we tried our hand at fishing which was great fun.
I would love to go back to Africa again to visit some other countries and I will definitely use Tourdust again. Thank you so much Lisa.
verified review for Cape Town, Kruger and Victoria Falls on 19 January 2017
Service rating : Brian and Lisa made sure everything was taken care of on our South African trip. We didn't have to worry about anything, but showing up and enjoying our trip. Thank you, Tourdust!
Product : We has a great time and everything met our expectations.
verified review for Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 19 September 2016
Service rating : Tourdust suggested excellent itinerary. Our holiday was varied and exciting, it contained city break, culture break, history, well-known sights and jungle adventure all in one. At planning stage, Tourdust was responsive and understanding. Great service
Product : well-organised and seamless by the Tourdust yet adveturous for us, it's the best combination!
verified review for The Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu on 14 May 2015