- 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.
- 7 comfortable canvas & thatch tents
- Experienced guide & tracker team
- Open vehicle game drives, bush walks & informative talks
- Instruction: bush craft, practical survival skills, astronomy, spider & scorpions
- Social boma, fire & barbecue area
We had a wonderful time! Our transfers (besides a bit of a wait when we arrived) were smooth. The gentleman that drove us to and from the airport also drove us to our hike and he was very nice and helpful, clean car and very accommodating.
Our tour guide on the first day, Mandy, was charming and insightful. It was a slow day in the markets but we appreciated the space and gave us a chance to hear all about the Souks. The gentlemen who was with her was a wealth of knowledge and both did a very nice job!
Our hike was awesome and our guide was great- he even took us to a cool waterfall and took great care of us; lunch in the mountains was delicious!
The hotel was so lovely and the staff was very accommodating and helpful. The food was great and the rooms very comfortable!
I did a good amount of damage in the market (often accused of being Berber;) and truly hope to be back next Spring... maybe a girls trip or perhaps I’ll bring my kiddos!
Thank you for organizing such a nice getaway for my husband and I; we will confidently recommend Tourdust to our friends!!
Jennifer H reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 12 June 2019
We had an amazing trip. Everything was well thought out and so much fun. What a great way to truly see the country and learn the culture.
Joseph was the perfect guide. Very kind, professional, knowledgeable and patient. The kids loved Joseph and keep asking when will they meet him again. He found the Big 5 for us which was unforgettable! Please pass along our appreciation to Joseph.
Maji Moto was also another incredible experience. They had great customer service and we loved experiencing their culture.
Sunbird was absolutely beautiful and I wish we had more time there. We loved the view of the lake!
One suggestion to make the trip even better for other guests in the future would be to have a cooler with drinks and snacks in the Jeep at all times because a ton of driving is involved and it would be helpful to have a cold drink and snacks during the long trip.
Thanks again for organizing this experience of a lifetime for us!
Brandon H reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 12 June 2019
Thanks for all your help in making the arrangements, everything went so smoothly from landing in Jo’burg to departing a week later.
We all had a fantastic time, Kirsty (our youngest) was able to go on all the game drives and we were very well looked after both on the drives and back at the lodge. The food was great, staff were all very friendly & nothing was too much trouble for them (e.g. providing hot milk for Kirsty at bedtime). The kids all enjoyed the rock pool during the day and we all loved the game drives.
We were lucky enough to see all the big 5, with the additions of Cheetah & Wild Dogs. I think it was the second to last day before we managed to see some Hippo (and finally I’ve been able to take some photos of them - I have only ever seen them at night before). We had the adventure of being caught up with some Lionesses stalking a herd of Zebra (one of the younger Lionesses went a bit early & scattered the herd).
We’re certainly aiming to go on safari again although it will be a while before we save enough to go again (maybe the kids will be taking us next time!)
Jeff W reviewing South Africa Safari and Mauritius on 13 May 2019