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Singita Game Reserves has successfully concluded an agreement that sees Dubai World acquire 50% of Singita's interest in their Kruger National Park concession, incorporating two Relais & Chateaux lodges - Singita Lebombo and Singita Sweni. The new ownership structure will not give rise to any change in the management and marketing of the operations, which will continue to be contracted to Singita's management company. Continued

Singita Lebombo a triumph at the cutting edge of eco-tourism

New jewel for award winning Singita opens in Kruger National Park

The Singita Group, owners of South Africa's most luxurious private game reserve and winner of countless international awards as Africa's finest Safari destination, has notched up another triumph with the opening this month of Singita Lebombo in the Kruger National Park.

Situated on an exclusive 15 000ha private concession on the remote eastern boundary of Kruger National Park, Singita Lebombo boasts one of the highest concentrations of wildlife in the entire park. Its proximity of the Lebombo Mountains, spectacular scenery, varied landscape and large herds of game, differentiate this area significantly from the award winning Singita Lodges in the adjacent Sabi Sand Reserve.

Described by the well read UK Tatler magazine as an architectural masterpiece and "a cause for global celebration", Singita Lebombo offers discerning guests a truly unrivalled wilderness experience.

Named after the Lebombo Mountains that rise before it, Singita Lebombo, is an architectural, design and conservation feat at the cutting edge of eco-tourism.

The first guests on 7 March 2003 were simply in awe of the scale and the silence of Singita Lebombo, leaving them completely liberated from the distractions of the world.

At Singita Lebombo, guests experience Africa at its most majestic, unfiltered and unadorned. Designed from the premise of treading the earth lightly, Singita Lebombo sets new boundaries in contemporary game lodge luxury.

Perched like an eagles nest on a sheer cliff top overlooking the confluence of the Nwanetsi and Sweni Rivers, 15 elevated, fully air conditioned luxury suites have sweeping views that flow in through massive floor to ceiling glass walls.

Constructed almost entirely of bleached wood and glass in an open, contemporary style allowing full integration between the interior and the great African outdoors, each luxury suite offers absolute exclusivity and privacy with a wooden game viewing deck complete with the option of an outside bed and shower. Under a slatted roof of woven branches, guests experience all the shades of Africa's shifting light.

Modern contemporary interiors, using sleek predatory lines, layers of natural colour and rich organic textures from fabrics hand woven to reflect the shades of the vast African canvas, create a luxurious, uncluttered space with all the creature comforts guests could desire on an African Safari. An overhanging cliffside swimming pool with breathtaking views of the ancient ryolite ridges of the Lebombo Mountains, the rivers below and the surrounding savannah plains rich with indigenous vegetation such as aloes and euphorbias, complements this exceptional setting

Singita Lebombo affords guests the same luxurious lodge experiences and facilities as the Singita lodges in the Sabi Sand Reserve. Game drives in open Land Rovers and walking safaris are led by personal game rangers and trackers and between spectacular bush experiences, guests can make use of gym and bush spa facilities. The African Gallery showcases and sells the best of South African contemporary crafts and art.

The enjoyment of rare wines with fine gourmet food are as important as pristine game viewing and luxury lodge living at Singita Lebombo. Some 6 000 bottles of predominantly award winning South African wines lie in waiting in the tall, upright "silo" styled bush cellar with it's gravel floor covering for optimal temperature and humidity control.

At Singita Lebombo guests can look forward to interacting with the African savannah as never before and experience the vibrancy of Africa's creative spirit.

Singita Lebombo is the only game lodge accessible by air within Kruger National Park thereby offering guests a premier safari circuit connecting Singita Lebombo with the two existing Singita Ebony and Boulders lodges in the Sabi Sand Reserve via daily flights. All Singita lodges have easy and convenient access both by road and air from Johannesburg.


Singita Private Game Reserve voted World No.1 destination for second consecutive year. Exclusive South African resort takes top honours in international travel awards

South Africa's luxurious Singita Private Game Reserve has scored another world first by taking top honours in the prestigious Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards for the second consecutive year. Singita, an exclusive wildlife sanctuary bordering the internationally renowned Kruger National Park, was rated No. 1 in the world scoring the highest marks of 96% overall and was named best resort in Africa and the Middle East at the awards ceremony in Honolulu, Hawaii, this week.

Singita who beat all other top world hotels and resorts by coming first overall with an unprecedented perfect score of 100 in 2001, shares the World No 1. position this year as The Best of the Best 2002 with the French luxury hotel, Boyer Les Crayères in Reims. Some 30 000 readers of Conde Nast Traveler, the biggest travel publication in the USA, rated hotels and resorts according to their rooms, service, food and location for the 15th annual Conde Nast awards.

The Conde Nast award is Singita's third major international achievement this year. In September, the highly regarded connoisseur's international travel guide, Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report, rated Singita as World No. 1 in the category International Resort Hideaway with less than 50 rooms. Last year, Singita also took top honours in this annual travel awards listing, rated by Forbes Magazines as the definitive international travel survey. This achievement followed shortly after the prestigious Relais & Chateaux group awarded Singita their highest accolade, the Purple Shield, as a property featuring the highest level of service, amenities and furnishings. Only a small select group of properties have been awarded the Purple Shield around the world and Singita is only the third property in Africa and the Indian Ocean region to be honoured in this way.

The Cape Town based Singita group is regarded internationally as a forerunner in the luxury ecotourism market, constantly setting new standards for the ultimate African bush and wildlife experience. The Group is currently in the final phase of creating a unique new game lodge experience on a private concession in the Kruger National Park. Scheduled to open in March 2003, Singita Lebombo will offer discerning guests an unrivalled wilderness experience on an exclusive 15 000ha concession on the remote eastern boundary of the Kruger National Park. The new lodge derives its name from the Lebombo mountain range and encompasses an area significantly different to that of the Singita Game Reserve in the Sabi Sand Reserve. It is the only game lodge accessibly by air within Kruger and the spectacular scenery, varied landscape and large herds of game create a premier, diverse safari circuit connecting Singita Lebombo with the two existing Singita Ebony and Boulders lodges.

Designed from the premise of treading the earth lightly and boasting the highest concentration of wildlife in the entire Kruger National Park, Singita Lebombo sets new boundaries in contemporary game lodge luxury. Situated on a sheer clifftop overlooking the confluence of the Nwanetsi and Sweni Rivers, 15 elevated, fully air-conditioned loft-style luxury suites have sweeping 360º views of the Lebombo mountains and surrounding bushveld. In June next year, a second lodge with 6 exclusive suits overlooking the Sweni River will be opened at Singita Lebombo.

Singita, means "Miracle" in the local Shangaan language and offers discerning travellers the ultimate African safari in world class comfort and unsurpassed luxury. Renowned for its personalised service, pristine game viewing, bush spa facilities and world class gourmet food, Singita also prides itself in promoting South African arts and crafts and fine local wines to international guests. Singita has its own private airstrip with daily flights to all lodges.

For more information on Singita, visit their web site at <> For reservations call Tel: 27-11-234 0990, Email <> or Fax: 27-11-234 0535.