Singita Ebony Lodge
Singita Ebony Lodge which has become practically synonymous with luxury African safari, underwent a total renovation in 2015 and is better than ever. The design team Cecile & Boyd joined forces with architect Sally Tsiliyiannis to reimagine the iconic property. Their approach was to embrace quintessential safari style but elevate with decidedly contemporary materials, forms, and design techniques. They spliced canvas-sided suite tents with floor-to-ceiling glass walls (or did away with walls altogether in some cases) for infinity views. Pavilion decks suspended over the Sand River mean guests can feel in the thick of the wild while relaxing in complete safety. In a subtle but thoughtful nod to the power of safari to help preserve and protect the African outback and its creatures, rather than compromise them, throws and pillows screen printed with zebra and giraffe motifs were used in place of actual skins. The grandest addition is the new main lodge, which is totally geared towards the traveler Singita has dubbed the ‘New Nomad.’ This is a safari goer who wants all the solitude of being in the bush, but all the necessary hosting tools. Singita Ebony Lodge nailed this with a single piece of furniture: a giant marble and iron table that acts as a communal desk, private dining table, or impromptu bar. Don’t worry, there are also the requisite open-air sitting rooms and fire-pits we all want and love in a good luxury African safari lodge.