It all started at about 4 am on the 7th of December. I was packed and ready to go (excited too I might add! I mean who wouldn’t be - Singita of all places!).
Off I went to Cape Town airport?
On arrival at the airport in Johannesburg, I was met by a Federal air representative, and we waited for the rest of the group. We were taken to the Federal air booth and from there a 10-15 minute drive took us to the Federal air lounge near the airport. Our Luggage was tagged and we checked in for our flight which was fairly simple and had some refreshments while we waited for our boarding time. At 11h15 we boarded our aircraft a Pilatus PC 12, to Singita Kruger National Park. The aircraft was pressurized and the journey took us about one and a half hours. There is only 1 flight a day from Johannesburg to Singita Kruger National Park. This is because they use the SATARA airstrip that is in the Park itself and the Kruger Park regulations don’t allow for more scheduled flights.
We had a smooth landing at Satara (thank goodness). As soon as the plane door opened I was amazed and sort of suffocated by the air, it was stuffy and humid even though it was overcast, I can just imagine what it must feel like when it is 40 degrees up there.
At the landing strip, there is a small hut type area where there are toilets and beverages and a few goodies to nibble on. We were met by Sheperd our Ranger from Singita.
One important thing to take note of is that because the landing strip is in the Kruger National Park itself, no open vehicles may be used, as you are driving on the South African National Parks roads. Singita transferred us in a very comfortable Mercedes-type vehicle, which was air-conditioned.
Singita Kruger National Park has two lodges, Lebombo (15 rooms) and Sweni (6 rooms). They are not far apart, about 2 minutes from each other. In the middle there is the Lebombo Village which consists of a few curio shops (selling anything and everything you could want or need from shirts to African art and beautiful jewelry), the spa and the gym. Guests at both lodges can make use of these facilities.
We arrived at Singita Sweni where we were met and handed some welcoming refreshments and towels to wipe our hands. We checked in and were shown to our rooms so that we could freshen up before lunch.
In general meals at both lodges are a la carte, or tasting menus. Food is fantastic and more gourmet / nouvelle cuisine type. Very tasty and more than enough. They also do Boma dinners and bush breakfasts if the weather permits.
After our late lunch, we went off on our first game drive. Followed by surprise sundowners in the bush, what better way to relax! Let your hair down with a glass of bubbly looking into the vast open spaces. We returned to the lodge and were once again welcomed, but this time by a blue lady (cocktail). We returned to our rooms, and met again for dinner in the dining room.
This evening we enjoyed the tasting menu which was fantastic. 5 courses, each of which were served with a different wine. After dinner we all returned to our rooms, for a much needed rest!
If you’d like to discuss any of these, or any of the other Singita luxury lodges in the Kruger National Park in more detail, why not contact us.