Following a significant design transformation, Singita Pamushana Lodge has re-opened this month with striking new interiors and two new two-bedroom suites designed to amplify the connection to the local Shangaan culture and natural surrounds.
With nature as a key design informant, the new cliff-top fire pit and suspended bar with 270-degree views of the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve offer the experience of being totally immersed in the natural world. One of Africa’s best kept secrets, the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve is an untouched wilderness comprising 38 different habitats and ecological zones in 5,261 hectares of protected land in south eastern Zimbabwe – a critical conservation priority for Singita, in collaboration with the non-profit Malilangwe Trust, who manages and protects the reserve.
The palatial architecture of Great Zimbabwe – a 900-year-old stone monument standing some 200 kilometres to the north of Singita Pamushana Lodge – forms the main reference point for a design refresh which celebrates this region’s proud heritage.
According to lead designer Geordie de Sousa Costa from Cecile & Boyd: “Singita Pamushana is built on a hill and its majestic location naturally inclines the design to hinge on the idea of a royal household holding fort over this beautiful land which stretches to the horizons beyond. We humbly respect this dedication to the Zimbabwean culture so have continued on this path with reference to yesteryear but within an updated context.”
Drawing on the vibrant culture of the region, the design makes strong use of texture – geometric patterns, tile inlays and carved furniture are featured throughout – as well as woven leather, natural fabrics, raw silks, hammered brass and polished stone. Deep olive green, tobacco tan, black, white and brass comprise the primary colour palette, creating a striking backdrop for the mix of original African artifacts and contemporary forms comprising the interior.
The re-opening of Singita Pamushana Lodge has unveiled two new suites, expanding the accommodation offering to a total of eight suites and a five-bedroom villa. Set in a secluded location on an elevated hillside away from the main lodge, the new two-bedroom suites offer a wonderful sense of privacy with breathtaking views over the Malilangwe Dam.
Both bedrooms include an en suite: the master featuring both a bath and a shower, the second bedroom featuring a shower. Guests have plenty of space to relax with a large living area, private pool and tiered viewing decks. This configuration is ideal for families and is complemented by a private indoor and outdoor dining space, allowing guests of all ages to enjoy meals in privacy.
The main lodge has also been modified and extended – an impressive new entrance, landscaped gardens and walkways made from sustainable materials, lead guests into the central lobby which immediately draws the eye out towards the infinity pool and breathtaking views beyond.
The living space has been vastly extended through a series of multi-level decked platforms, some covered and some open to the stars, offering shade and space to relax outdoors. A new cliff-top fire pit and bar offer a 270-degree view of the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve and provide the perfect location for alfresco dining, sundowners and fireside storytelling.
A new bar also features Singita’s signature deli concept: fridges which are stocked at different times throughout the day with individual portions of savoury and sweet snacks.
A Stay at Singita Pamushana Lodge
A stay at Singita Pamushana Lodge is more than just a traditional African safari. San bushmen inhabited the area in the late stone age leaving over 100 of southern Africa’s most pristine rock art sites that date back thousands of years. While telescopes are provided to spot the game along the lake shore below, guests can also enjoy walking safaris, community visits, privately guided rock art site visits, fishing and sundowner cruises on the Malilangwe Dam.
Guests staying at Singita Pamushana can also find comfort in the knowledge that they are contributing directly to projects that benefit the land and community. Some of these projects include the successful reintroduction of black and white rhino into the reserve, the translocation of rhino to other safe havens in Africa and funding an elite team of anti-poaching patrols.
Rates for the brand-new two bedroom suites at Singita Pamushana Lodge start from US$4,950 per unit. One bedroom suites start from US$1,650 per person per night. Rates include full-board basis, twice-daily Land Rover safaris, walking safaris, boat cruises, excursions to ancient rock art sites, tennis and return transfers between Buffalo Range International Airport and the lodge.