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Singita Ebony Lodge
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Keller, Texas
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59 reviews
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“Second Trip - even better!”
Reviewed April 21, 2014

We had our first African Safari two years ago and, when scheduling this trip, we knew we wanted to end it at Singita Ebony, only this time, we wanted more days there. We were spending three weeks in Africa and ended with 7 nights at Ebony. It didn't disappoint!

Accommodation-wise, Ebony is fabulous. It is decorated in a more old-time, colonial-type flair in oranges and browns, as compared to Boulders, where we had lunch, and Lebombo, where my daughter had just returned with pictures, which appear to be more modern.

The service sets all of the places apart, of course. Everyone makes you feel like you are the only one staying and always calls you by name. A couple of people were still at the Lodge from 2012.

At the airstrip, we were met by our new Guide, Daniella and our new Tracker, Walter. What a great team! Tom, the Lodge Manager met us when we arrived at the Lodge. We talked about our last visit - did he remember or was he making us feel welcome? Didn't really matter - it made us feel great! Then, our butler from last time, Robert, and his wife, Linette, welcomed us. We had requested them and were glad to have them assigned to us again! We couldn’t turn around without either one or the other of them helping to make our time AT the Lodge perfect.

We then met additional staff that would help make our stay marvelous. Chantal, Cheri, even Velma, the Sommelier we had met the last time, came to talk to us. We were taken to our room (which happened to be the same one from 2012 - #6) and then we went back to eat the first of the best meals you could have on Safari!

The Safari drives are as would be expected at a reserve in eastern South Africa. You see the Big Five but that is not what the experience should be about. [IMHO] It is about the beautiful country and people and, believe me, neither disappoint!

The lodge is in an active wild animal area, a sign reminds you as you walk in every day. I saw a Black Mamba with his head in a hole on the walking path to lunch one day. Leopards have walked through the Lodge, even been born under the rooms. Sometimes you see kudu and nyala relaxing on the paths.

The Lodge is also in an active malarial zone. It is essential to start malaria pills before you leave home (if you come from the US) and continue until after you return. DO NOT EVER FORGET THIS. While we were there, we heard about a brother of one of the Trackers, an anti-poaching Ranger at Kruger, who had contracted malaria while we were there, and four days later had died.

I don’t say these things to scare anyone because we have never been afraid when listening to the staff, our Guides and Trackers and reading materials and signs. But to not pay attention is to be stupid.

Room Tip: We have had #6 both in 2012 and 2014. It is a great room with a view of the Sand River. Can't co...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed April 18, 2014

If you were the world's best cruise line...where would you send your guests? Crystal Cruises had several choices for safari locations in South Africa; this was their premier selection. My wife Carol & I loved it. The accommodations are sumptuous, the food epicurean, the staff personal and attentive... and the game drives couldn't have been more exciting and up close and personal. What did we see? Two prides of lions, three leopards, hippos, rhinos, herds of elephants, wildebeests, nyara, birds of all varieties, hyenas, water buffalo, giraffe, zebras. We took 7000 photos in 4 days. Oh, and the guides and trackers are savvy about photo shooting, as well as great naturalists. Plus there is an outstanding selection of items at their shops (unparalleled with anything else we saw in Africa), visits to local villages, evening events. Don't pass this one up. We'll come back.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Hyde Park, Vermont
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Reviewed April 17, 2014 via mobile

Too much to say in one review. Animals beyond belief, a facility of great beauty, a staff that is so attentive, so friendly, everything you could wish for is already thought of. Amazing food. Private pools. We said to someone how much we loved the little library, next thing we know the staff set up a private dinner for us
In the library !! Who does that ?
It's not inexpensive, but quality isn't cheap, especially with so few rooms, and it is worth EVERY PENNY.

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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed April 12, 2014

My husband and I stayed at Singita Ebony for four nights in January of this year.
We transferred across from Londolozi the neighbouring property. My husband in particular
loved the 'out of Africa' feel to the lodge. The setting is wonderful as was the accommodation and all the staff.
We had Coleman as our guide and we worked him hard as he also took me out on foot into the bush several times , rifle in hand and it was great experience, Coleman grew up in the area and knew the bush like the back of his hand. Thanks Coleman, I truly appreciated your company.
The whole stay is well thought out with varied dinning experiences at night.
The setting together with great staff makes for a very special experience which we certainly had.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 30, 2014

We've just finished our four day safari at Signita Ebony Lodge. The lodge and setting are beautiful. The whole experience was amazing--thank you to all of the staff who made our trip so special and in particular Coleman, Sinhle and Linneth. All of the staff went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed before we could even ask for it. Coleman, our game driver, was intelligent, funny, experienced and made sure we got to see everything we had hoped to see. On our last morning we decided not to go on a drive so that we could relax before our flight...we had still not seen a leopard. Coleman spotted one and came all the way back to the lodge to get us so that we could see it before leaving. Amazing service! We hope to return soon.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 24, 2014

Experiencing a safari should be a must on everyone's travels and staying at Singita Ebony made it a trip of a life time. The rooms and lodge set the mood with the furnishings and views being perfect for the safari experience. Add to that the lodge staff, guides and trackers who were experienced,friendly and more than accommodating. The wildlife we saw was incredible. I brought back many memories of not just sightings but glimpses of how the animals ( leopards, lions, elephants, giraffes to name a few ) interact in wild.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Charlevoix, Michigan
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Reviewed February 22, 2014

We loved the Sabi Sands area, the food, our guide and spotter and the guests. The only reason I didn't give it an excellent rating is because the room layout was a bit dated and our plumbing didn't work perfectly. The staff came when we called them and it was better but still not totally right. However, all that said, our room had a wonderful view of the Sand River and a lovely private pool. It was fun to sit outside and see hippos going by. We also saw elephants enjoying marula while we were enjoying breakfast. We went to Singita Boulders for lunch one day and thought it looked even nicer than Ebony. Our guide and spotter were fabulous and we followed a leopard one time for about an hour (really neat) and saw a pride of lions - 4 females and 9 cubs - along with a lot of other more visible wildlife. Our guide just truly enjoyed seeing the animals and birds which made it very special - while it was her 'job', it clearly is also her passion. And our spotter must have x-ray vision. He saw small creatures that were very well camouflaged. We also had the opportunity to take a hike with our guide so got to 'feel' what it was like to really be in the bush.

Room Tip: You want a room that overlooks the Sand River.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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Property: Singita Ebony Lodge
Address: Kruger National Park 1242, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center 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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #27 of 42 Specialty 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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