Ebony Lodge has stood steadfast since 1993 amongst the enormous trees that give it its name on the banks of the Sand River. The first Singita and its Sabi Sand anchor, it has been totally revamped with nods to the traditional essence of the safari and explorer spirit of the original.
SUPERB BIG CAT TRAVERSING
A highlight is its exclusive access to 45,000 hectares of land famous for big cats which are a defining feature of drives.
OUSTANDING BIG FIVE ACTIVITIES
Drives and bush walks are outstanding amongst the concentrations of game. Additional activities include cycling, archery and stargazing.
The lodge offers twelve huge suites with large glass walls offering river views.
HANGING DECKS WITH POOLS
Each has its own private plunge pool. Outdoor pavilion decks are suspended over the river banks as if hanging in the trees. They offer a lovely dining option.
Interiors are inspired by a combination of local tribal culture and the animal kingdom. They shine with the lustre of well-polished ebony and mahogany wood and the rich, golden glow of old brass. Oversized sepia photographs complement bold graphic tribal patterned murals and leopard and zebra print upholstery.
GROUPS & FAMILIES
Eight suites are ideal for singles and couples travelling together. One inter-connected unit is available for groups travelling together. The two Lewis Suites cater for families with teenage children. They are next to each other and close to the main lodge area.
A villa with its own entrance, vehicle, guide, chef and butler, offers two further Family Suites for those with small children. Each has a master and a twin bedroom, both en-suite. There is a dining and lounge veranda area with a stone fireplace. A private viewing deck has a heated plunge pool. It would suit 4 adults and 4 under 12s, or six adults and teenagers.
EYE-PLEASING COMMUNAL SPACES
The huge open spaces are a fresh take on classic safari style, borrowing elements from explorers’ camps, bush campaigns, and classic bush lodge design.
The communal sitting room has been moved to the very front of the lodge, closer to nature, to create a contemplative space. A beautiful marble and cast iron table is the centrepiece, simultaneously a traveller’s desk with smart tools, a private dining room table for entertaining, or a bar to enjoy an evening gin & tonic.
There are curated still-life collections of antiques and artefacts, and vintage campaign furniture from the owner’s family collection.