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Singita Ebony Lodge
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New York City, New York
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62 reviews
47 hotel reviews
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“Just Awesome.”
Reviewed 21 January 2014

My husband and I spent 3 nights at Singita Ebony and it was just awesome. Our room was large and beautifully furnished. The view of the Sand River from our deck was stunning. This was our first time in Africa and our second safari. We were glad Singita was our second stop. Chris and Martin were our ranger and tracker and they were really good. We saw many many animals. Can't say enough about our trip. Already planning our next visit....

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Carmel, California
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Reviewed 26 December 2013

We spent 3 days at Ebony and 2 at Sweni in early October. It proved to be a good choice as the weather was comfortable [rained one day], no bugs, and less crowds at the lodge. Two in our party were Gluten intolerent and at every meal I had my own special menu. My name was printed at the top and it afforded multiple choices of main dishes, always a delicious salad, a gluten free soup, and freshly baked gluten free breads and muffins. I have never had such excellent gluten free baked goods anywhere in the world. I would go back to either lodge just for the food. As an aside, Sweni had a better baker.
Our game drives were unforgetable. We had Leon for a guide who had a nice pace and tempo. We would often stop just to listen in the wild, which proved very productive for bird or animal sounds. The experience was beyond anything we had expected. We spent one morning watching Leopards mate from about 30 feet away, another we followed a pride of lions with cubs and watched them try to hunt an impala. At one point we were 15 feet away. Ebony was better than Sweni for animals, but both experiences were different enough that I would split the days.
We ate lunch at Boulders and viewed a room. I have no regrets now about Ebony having tried to book Boulders first. We spent very little time in the room, but when we were there, it was beautiful beyond comprehension. The vibe was Hemingway at Ebony. The vibe at Boulders feels more like a modern art museum with no real passion. The wine room was fun to see, but keep in mind that Singita owns 70,000 bottles of wine and if you are a fan, make an appointment for a private tasting.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 19 December 2013

I will start by saying that we visited Ebony for 3 nights after spending 2 at Swenii Lodge in Kruger as part of our honeymoon. I do not think that anything will come close to topping our time at Swenii as it was hands down our favorite hotel ever. That said, Ebony was amazing. The attention to detail and staff really set this place apart from others where we have stayed. We had liked a certain bottle of wine while at Swenii and when we arrived found it waiting in our room/house. It just made the entire time feel special. The food was delicious (but better at Swenii). We had amazing game drives -- thanks Dave! -- who really did a great job of seeking out sightings. We had particular luck spotting leopards, which we saw all but one game drive. Pretty amazing. If there was anything we would change it would be that the rooms could use a refreshing/update (particularlly the lighting system). But it really was a magical place to spend out honeymoon. I almost cried when we had to head to the flight home because it was such a wonderful place to be.

We tried to take advantage of all that Ebony had to offer -- we enjoyed a delightful wine tasting in the cellar, the boma under the stars, and I had an amazing massage (one of the best ever when I compare it to the states or the other places I've been). It was amazing. All in all -- the trip was just wonderful.

With that said, we did take lunch one day at Boulders Lodge. I think that this more modern, sleek lodge was more of our style and if we are lucky enough to return one day to Singita, would prefer to stay there over Ebony. You really can't go wrong -- it is just a matter of personal preferrence with style.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Australia
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Reviewed 18 December 2013

The Singita Ebony Lodge located in the heart of the Sabi Sabi Game Reserve is an exceptional hideaway that offers the best game drives in the Kruger. The lodge itself has a cornucopia of amenities that enhance ones experience at Singita Ebony in such a positive way. From the moment you arrive until the moment you leave you will be bombarded will sincere and excellent staff all greeting you and making your stay far more memorable. The lodge is located just ten minutes from the nearest airstrip and offers a possible six dining locations excluding your room.

The game drives at Singita Ebony are truly spectacular, offering a view of dozens upon dozens of types of animals. Throughout our drives we were accommodated by Ricardo & Lawrence, two extremely knowledgeable people who I highly recommend requesting as they are the most remarkable people but all guides seem extraordinary. It is also available to go fishing, bush walking or bush running with your guide during the day time if you like to keep busy. Just a mild ten minutes into the first game drive Lawrence spotted a pride of lions all located near a waterhole and we managed to get a near 3 metres away from them. The sightings similar to the lion sighting just went on the whole eight game drives we went on and the big five plus an extra 6 or so major animals were seen at a close distance in a very close amount of time without any rush. Excluding the big five we sighted a cheetah perfectly siting on a close log, two leopards eating their caught prey, a clan of six hyenas, half a dozen dazzles of zebra, journeys of giraffe, rafts of hippopotami, countless herds of impalas, baboons and dozens of types of birds.

A special occasion is when the guide has dinner with your group as it is a great experience to learn more about the guides prior experiences and stories. This is usually when Boma happens which is an African style outside dinner with varieties of food and meals. The Singita choir was truly something special as they offered the most beautiful renditions of African songs and portrayed magnificent African dancing abilities. Dining at Singita Ebony is made even more special because all guests have their own dedicated butler. Our butler, Auto, was exceptionally friendly and knew what exact types of foods we liked just after a few days. Auto truly made the Singita Ebony dining experience very memorable.

The rooms at Singita Ebony are truly quite nice and offer a traditional African lodge style look. If you are expecting a more modern type theme or only like modern styles I would recommend the Singita Lebombo or Sweni lodge. For the premium paid there are a few faults in the lodge that could be highlighted. The bathrooms are in need of an upgrade and the technical side of the room such as the light switches and dimmers are quite out of date and confusing. The plunge pool although is quite lovely to have and all rooms have a marvellous view over the Sand River. Everything else is good if you are a fan of contemporary lodge styled accommodation.

The Singita Ebony Lodge is the first Singita lodge made in 1993 that highlights classical African styled accommodation. The game drives are truly the prominent high points of the experience as seeing the wild life and animals actually in the wild acting like they have naturally for thousands of years is truly superlative. A magnificent feature of the lodge is that in early December 2013 Singita Ebony received brand new Land Rovers for game drives which have multiple features and offer great high views as well as holding compartments, blankets and optional camera sitting stations. The staff also have a second ingenious way of locating animals through communicating with other staff members on the radio. The guides and trackers inform you of so many unknown facts that makes the drives so much more rewarding. The distinguished game drives and more then delightful staff members make a stay at the Singita Ebony truly unforgettable and highly worthwhile.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Orangeville, Canada
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Reviewed 29 November 2013

Thank you Coleman and tenburr, Mona, Adell,Ed and Lindsey as well as shadwick and the cleaning ladies who made this trip fantastic. The chef made five star meals. I am a very big critic and gave the last hotel a one out of five so I lay it out. The wine selection is the best and largest in Africa as they have a big organic wine selection. This our second safari--the first one was okay but was very mediocre compared to this place. We had the pleasure seeing many animals, like 600 buffaloes and 20 elephants as well as the big five and a beautiful Cheatah. It is worth to spend the extra bucks to go to this place. Your room will be stocked with drinks and snack that are included. The laundry is also included. My wife and I had an outstanding time.

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 26 November 2013

My wife and I visited Ebony Lodge for 4 nights in late October to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. It was our first ever time on safari and our decision to go with Singita on the recommendation of a friend was principally to appease me.

Singita’s representative Colleen was regularly in touch to help us with the booking arrangements and from the moment we arrived and were warmly greeted by the wonderful staff to the sad day of our departure we had an awesome experience. Notwithstanding the difficulty of getting up at 5am in the morning.

Within two days we had encountered and photographed the Big 5. That is not to say that the remaining treks were boring - far from it - you never know what nature will cough up and each trek just got better and better. Highlights were seeing the endangered wild dogs, a lion pack roaring, hyenas hassling a leopard cub, and sitting back in the landrover discovery whilst a herd of elephants passed by, not to mention a host of other animals.

As noted in other reviews the accommodation is excellent and the views over the Sands river breathtaking, watching various animals come and go about their business throughout the remainder of the day. The food menu was plentiful and varied and following prior warning the catering staff went out of their way to meet my wife’s particular dietary requirements.

We will return to Ebony Lodge in future: my wife is already making plans to return again as soon as we have the next big celebration. After Ebony Lodge we went on to Sweni Lodge - equally brilliant - just wished we could have stayed longer at both lodges.

Cannot leave this review without special mention to all the staff at Ebony Lodge who were outstanding, in particular:-

• Chris and Martin, our guide and tracker, (as we liked to refer to as our personal "Coldplay") were brilliant.
Cheri, Chantelle, Patricia and Darren for always making sure we were being looked after and in particular for the plentiful supplies of red liquorice. Thank you for the goodbye parcel.
• Agnes our butler for looking after us, dancing with my wife at the bomar, and arranging the special celebration in our room.
• Chris & Martin for making the treks informative and entertaining.
• Bishop for his big booming smile and making sure that we got back safely each night to our accommodation, and finally
The catering staff for accommodating our dietary requirements.

Thank you and hope to see you all again soon as we loved Ebony, and now we are back in the land of relaity we miss it even more.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 November 2013

I have never experienced such a wonderfully inviting place to stay. The staff were so welcoming and the guide and tracker were both phenomenal. It has to rank in my top 5 places ever. The accommodation was stunning with glorious views, The food was immense in both amounts and flavours. I cannot praise it higher and would go back tomorrow. The feeling on departure was one of great sadness as we felt we'd really made friends.Thank you for such a fantastic Singita Ebony Lodge - worth every single penny.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Singita Ebony Lodge
Address: Kruger National Park 1242, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #27 of 42 Speciality Lodging in Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
As the original Singita lodge, Ebony stands steadfast amongst enormous trees on the banks of the Sand River in the heart of South Africa's 'big cat country.' The lodge takes safari design and style to a new level with a fresh and contemporary interpretation of the classic safari lodge, combining tented camp and bush lodge style. Guests are immersed in nature with huge open spaces and interiors inspired by a combination of local tribal culture and the animal kingdom. ... more   less 
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