Earlier this month Singita reopened Singita Castleton, a luxurious exclusive-use lodge set in South Africa’s prime game viewing area, the Sabi Sands Reserve.
Singita, a multi award-winning brand, is famous for phenomenal big game safaris combined with their superb accommodation, five-star service and fine cuisine. In keeping with Singita’s high standards, Castleton has undergone a complete renovation and now offers families or groups of friends travelling together a luxurious private safari experience in this game-packed reserve.
Private Safari Living
Once the home of Singita founder Luke Bailes’ grandfather, Castleton is a small and peaceful property with a stone-walled homestead (the main house) and six beautifully appointed cottages set on green lawns overlooking a busy waterhole. Available on an exclusive-use basis only, Castleton combines the comfort and convenience of private safari villa living with extensive high-end facilities including a swimming pool, wine cellar, gym, tennis court and spa treatment room.
There’s a growing trend towards this style of private villa living, and it’s easy to see why. An exclusive-use property lets you share in the unforgettable experience of an African safari without the intrusion of other guests; it’s like having your own home in the heart of the African bush. What’s more, you’re not dictated to by strict lodge schedules but rather have the flexibility to enjoy your safari in your own time and at your own pace.
Flexible Sabi Sands Activities
Want to seek out the Big 5 on game drives but don’t feel like a 5am start? Castleton has its own experienced guide, tracker and vehicle so you can sleep in as long as you like and catch up with the elephants later in this private Kruger Park reserve. Or why not go on a walking safari, try your hand at archery or – if you’re up for something more active and adventurous – set off on a mountain bike safari. That’s the joy of an exclusive-use safari: it’s all up to you!
Between game viewing activities, Singita Castleton’s main house is the perfect place to spend some quality time with your friends or family: play a game of tennis, make a snack in the country-style kitchen or lounge alongside the pool keeping an eye out for wildlife gathered at the nearby waterhole. When you feel like your own space, simply head back to your welcoming cottage with its comfortable, country-style furniture.
Singita’s Service & Fine Cuisine
As for your meals, look forward to phenomenal food whipped up by Chef Calum Anderson, the former Senior Sous Chef at Singita Lebombo Lodge. Dinner is served out in the traditional boma under the stars, and your food is accompanied by wine from a well-stocked cellar - Singita is recognized as one of Africa’s most influential wine collectors.
Castleton is the only Singita property specifically designed for an exclusive-use safari. If you want to experience the luxury and thrills of the Sabi Sands, but are not travelling as part of a group, then consider Boulders Lodge or Ebony Lodge – the two other Singita properties set within the Sabi Sands Reseve.