Located in South Africa’s world-famous Kruger National Park, the glasswalled suites of Singita Lebombo Lodge provide guests with some of the most dramatic scenery and pristine wilderness in all of wildest Africa.
Considered an architectural masterpiece with a cutting-edge steel, glass and wood design that enhances the natural surroundings, guests can revel in the lodge’s understated elegance and world-class hospitality during this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Built on stilts, the lofts at Singita Lebombo Lodge mimic the nest of the birds of prey that reside in the rocky cliffside. High above the confluence of the Sweni and N’wanetsi Rivers, with 180-degree views that stretch for miles towards the Lebombo Range, the 15 suites are quiet and meditative spaces. Each features an en suite bathroom and shower, private lounge and lookout deck. The entire camp may be booked for groups or families. Children over the age of 10 are welcome.
While every aspect of the lodge’s design was defined by the intensity of the environment and reduced to the most simplistic equation of form and function, you’ll find that nothing has been overlooked when it comes to creature comforts and rejuvenation of the spirit. Lebombo’s modern facilities include a fully equipped gym, a library, a stellar wine cellar and a swimming pool. The Singita Spa is a haven for you to unwind and feel restored, offering a range of massages, skin care and spa body treatments. WiFi is available.
Singita Lebombo Lodge was created as a transient witness to the land, when Singita was granted the rights to a concession in the southeast corner of Kruger National Park. Rangers say the park holds some of the highest concentrations of game on the continent. Every morning and evening, Land Rover safaris offer new excitement, from large prides of lion to abundant herds of buffalo or a solitary rhino, all seen against a backdrop of rivers, cliffs and an incredible diversity of flora. Guided bush walks and a visit to the Singita School of Cooking can also be arranged. The on-site Singita Boutique & Gallery offers art, sculpture, ethnic crafts, jewelry and safari fashions.
Guests at Lebombo encounter original cuisine inspired by African flavors and guided by Western culinary tradition. Here, the dining experience is light and rustic with local ingredients enriching the flavors. In summer, warm days are complemented with chilled fruity soups, refreshing sorbets and iced yogurt smoothies before setting out on safari. Cooler winter evenings are warmed with delights such as African peanut butter and butternut soup. Imagine dining under the stars in the glow of a boma fire, while an array of grilling meats and vegetables scent the air. Menus cater to both adventurous and more conservative tastes, and Lebombo’s exquisite silo cellar offers rare and sought-after vintages.
The Singita School of Cooking community project was launched in 2007 by the Singita Sweni head chef at the time, with the support of one of his sous chefs. They created a chef-training concept focused on unemployed young people from the local communities. The project has been extremely successful and with over 300 young people interviewed each year, only 8 candidates are accepted. As vocational skills training is very much lacking within rural communities in South Africa, Singita and the community place great value on this particular project. The training provides skills that will not only impact a student’s future but also that of their dependents and communities.
Lebombo is located in Singita’s private concession on the border of Mozambique in southeastern Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga Province, South Africa. It’s approximately 45 minutes to Satara by air from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, and approximately 1.5 hours from Johannesburg. The lodge is about an eighthour drive from Johannesburg, and two to three hours from Hoedspruit and Skukuza.