July 31

The Best Safari Location in the World | Singita Sabi Sand


July 31, 2014

What would you consider the best safari destination in the world?

According to this year’s Travel+Leisure World’s Best Hotels it’s Singita Sabi Sand.

Singita Kruger National Park came in at No. 19. on this global list for the travel-minded, while Singita’s Sabi Sand reserve swooped in at the No 7. spot, taking the name as the World’s Best Safari Location.

According to Travel+Leisure, it is the number one spot in Africa to behold the stories we enjoy best – those wild in nature.

Africa is full of stories, from the new lives created beneath its jackalberries and leadwoods to those lost in the battles played out across its plains. What lodges like those of Singita allow us to do is watch these stories unfold from a place of comfort and privacy, to lose time and place in nature, listening, watching and engaging.

Une journée dans le Sabi Sand se termine souvent avec un verre en observant un coucher de soleil spectaculaire
Photo Credit : Silvan Safari

Singita is also known for creating stories of its own, stories that become knitted into the fabric of the greater tale of Africa and change it for the good. That’s what draws us to its lodges, its philosophy.

For instance, the story of one Peter Andrew, poacher turned pastry chef. I lost time and place listening to Peter talk about his life before joining the kitchen at Singita Faru Faru LodgeWatch the video along with the other #singitastories, for profiles of people like Peter, “people from humble beginnings who choose to effect positive change in their lives, and the lives of those around them.” Singita’s dream to change the world for the better follows through into matters of the environment. Their 100 Year Vision couldn’t explain it more beautifully…

Blondie- Northern Avoca - male lion of Silvan
It is a fascinating time for male lion dynamics in the Sabi Sand. Pictured is Blondie of the Northern Avocas. Image Credit: Nigel Ridge

If you’re thinking of a safari holiday to South Africa, we recommend considering Singita, whether in the Kruger or Sabi Sand or both. It can be really difficult to find availability at Singita in December over the festive season but there is still some availability if you book soon. Contact one of our consultants to start planning.

Which Singita Lodges to Stay at in South Africa

Singita has 12 luxury lodges and camps in three different countries – South Africa, Zimbabwe and Tanzania, each offering something distinctive and exceptional. At Singita, nature pauses to show off a little…

Singita Mara River Tented Camp is one of Tanzania's luxury safari lodges
Tanzania’s luxury safari lodges are set in the middle of the wilderness, Image Credit: Singita



Within the Kruger National Park large sections of land are leased to private operators, such as Singita, that have created a few exclusive, luxury lodges. Singita’s concession in the Kruger includes Singita Lebombo and Sweni Lodge, on 33,000 acres with the Big 5 roaming freely for safari-goers to witness up close.

Singita Sweni: Situated on the banks of the Sweni River, Sweni, with its six suites on stilts among the plump trees, is one of the most intimate lodges in the Kruger. When it comes to decor, modern autumnal coloured furniture springs to life with vivid shades of green.

Singita Lebombo: Luxurious yet with an authentic back-to-nature feel, Lebombo Lodge rests like a collection of eagles’ nests among the Euphorbia trees on the remote cliffs of the Kruger.

Sabi Sand

And now for the best safari location in the world… The Sabi Sand is a privately owned game reserve adjacent to Kruger National Park. Singita’s access covers 45,000 acres of this land – and it’s a wilderness well-known for not only Big 5 but also frequent leopard sightings.

Ausblick von der Singita Boulders Lodge
Gönnen Sie sich einen Safari-Urlaub in der Krüger-Region, Foto: Singita Boulders Lodge


Singita Castleton Camp is an exclusive-use property in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve adjacent to the Kruger National Park. There can surely be no better place on earth to go away with a group of friends or family.

Singita Ebony Safari Lodge: Built in the shade of giant knobthorn and jackalberry trees on the banks of the Sand River, Ebony Lodge is a tribute to the vogue and muted luxury of colonial times, echoing a bygone age.

Singita Boulders Lodge: Singita just launched their newly refurbished signature Boulders Lodge and it is even more of a masterpiece than before. The 12 privately spaced suites are even closer to the Sand River, set among the boulders beneath the ebony and weeping boer bean trees. Take a look at the revamp…

Elephant Plains Game Lodge: Exuding old bushveld charm and offering some of the best Big 5 game viewing in Africa, Elephant Plains Game Lodge is an obvious choice for full immersion in the sounds and sights of the wilderness (you can get all the details about the history of Elephant Plains Game Lodge here).

Elephant Plains Game Lodge deck view.

It’s easy to see why Travel+Leisure voted Singita so highly in their World’s Best Hotels 2014 list. I leave you with the words of Singita’s founder and CEO, Luke Bailes,

“We live in a world in which the demand for change governs a quest for progress that often treads unthinkingly on its heritage. There are places though, that still exist – wide and untouched expanses of an unchanged world – as a reminder of ageless wonder and beauty. And it was to play a part in preserving the quiet majesty of these places that Singita was created.”

Ellerman House & Singita SPECIAL

Stay 3 nights at Ellerman House in a Deluxe Room and 3 nights at Singita Lebombo or Sweni in the Kruger and receive a complimentary 4th night at both properties. Valid for travel until 15 December 2014. Terms and conditions apply.
Contact us to book.


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About the author 

Tamlin Wightman

Tamlin has been exploring, writing about and photographing Africa ever since her first job as a photojournalist for Getaway Magazine. She's lived on an island, eaten with lions, sailed catamarans in the Indian Ocean, tracked wild dogs with Kinglsey Holgate, and white water rafted down the Zambezi and has kept just about every airplane ticket that has crossed her hands.

  • Lovely!

    Im sure the place you describe is beautiful. This whole continent has beautiful destinations. There are many beautiful destinations that guests can visit in Africa through bookingsafari packages

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