Luxury safari camp Singita Lebombo’s top-to-toe reinvention

New suites, a family villa and fitness excursions at the South African resort

The view from Lebombo Lodge in Singita Lebombo, Kruger National Park, South Africa
The view from Lebombo Lodge in Singita Lebombo, Kruger National Park, South Africa

When Singita Lebombo opened on a 33,000-acre exclusive concession in South Africa’s Kruger National Park in 2003, the face of the luxury safari as we know it was turned on its head. Absent were the campaign antiques, layered rugs and nostalgic Blixen/Finch Hatton overtones; in place of tents were breathtaking glass-and-steel boxes, cantilevered thrillingly out over the N’wanetsi River. Now Singita founder-owner Luke Bailes and longtime design collaborator Boyd Ferguson are debuting a top-to-toe reinvention of Lebombo (www.singita.com; from about £1,104), with several new one-bedroom suites, as well as a sprawling private family villa in which each suite boasts its own pool. Fitness means not just the run-of-the-mill weights in rooms: Lebombo guides will lead running and mountain-biking excursions. The enduring appeal of this concession, though, will be as one of South Africa’s most remote and game-rich sites – acknowledged even by jaded Africa hands sceptical of the country’s potential for genuine drill-down wilderness experiences.

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