In July this year, Singita will unveil a complete re-design of its original lodge, Singita Ebony, in South Africa.
Singita Ebony is where the company’s story began 22 years ago, on land owned by founder, Luke Bailes.
The re-launch will complete Singita’s reinvention of its private game reserve that is set within the Sabi Sand. It will become the most innovative collection of safari lodges in Southern Africa.
Situated over the Sabi Sand River, Singita Ebony Lodge is already considered one of Africa’s most iconic lodges and was revolutionary in its pioneering approach to the modern luxury safari experience. The new Ebony will, however, take safari design and style to a new level altogether as it is transformed by Cecil & Boyd – the leading South African designers behind Singita’s lodges in South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.
The lodge will comprise of 12 suites, each with its own private plunge pool, with dramatic changes including internal and external walls being largely removed from the existing lodge and replaced by canvas and glass to create new safari tent-style suites. The entire front wall of each suite between the bedroom and the veranda will be removed, allowing light to flood in. Outdoor pavilion decks have been designed as ideal spaces for dining and relaxing will be suspended off the river banks.
Ebony’s central sociable hub will be the very heart of the lodge – a place to meet, relax, socialise and take in the view. The sitting room has been moved to the very front of the lodge, closer to nature, to create a contemplative space. The style is reflective of what Singita calls the ‘New Nomad’, the traveller that wants to get back to nature but stay connected.
A beautiful marble and cast iron table is the furniture centrepiece for this concept – it is a traveller’s desk with smart tools, a private dining room table.