Our eyes were everywhere, taking everything in all at once, and we were both over the moon to see guests lazing by the pool after their morning game drive and bountiful breakfast, with absolutely nothing to do (other than gym or spa) until later that afternoon. “You see…” I smugly said to Stu “didn’t I say there’d be plenty of time to relax too?”
After heading to our loft suite (nothing had quite prepared me for how incredible it would be) – wrapped in wall-to-wall glass, with a sweeping deck, and a colour palette that connects it beautifully to the outside – we headed straight to lunch. I’d heard Singita was as much about the food as it was game-viewing, and I wasn’t disappointed – the tapas-style menu blending South African and Asian flavours worked so well, particularly when washed down with a Sommelier-recommended South African Sauvignon Blanc (when in Rome and all that)!
And the service. What can I say? Some of the best I’ve ever experienced – from the housekeeping (same-day laundry is included and highly recommended if you’re staying a while); to the fantastic guys behind the bar – they’re so excited when you ask for beer or cocktail recommendations; and the incredible restaurant team who effortlessly make every meal a remarkable occasion.
Our ranger Solomon had said to just tell him when we wanted to meet for our afternoon game drive, and, conscious that sunset was around 5:30pm, we chose to set off at 4pm. I’d also asked about appropriate attire, as having taken a sneaky peek at what everyone else was wearing, I hadn’t seen the head-to-toe khaki-wearers I’d expected. But we were all good, he said, “just wear something comfortable (no red or bright neon) but pretty much anything else goes”.
So off we went. The beauty of Lebombo is that it shares a privately-leased 33,000-acre concession (an area reserved solely for lodge guests, off-limits to the general public) exclusively with sister property Sweni. Covering four different eco-zones, there’s a diverse selection of fauna and flora, and in turn a high density of wildlife.
The highly-skilled trackers and rangers know the area like the backs of their hands, and work closely together to track the Big Five, so you’re guaranteed the most rewarding, private safari experience, with off-road game and night drives to track or view animals from an even closer perspective – impossible in the National Park’s public areas.