Following the design transformation of Singita Pamushana Lodge in the remote Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve in Zimbabwe’s southeast, the elegant exclusive-use five-bedroom villa, Singita Malilangwe House, opens with a new look in July 2019. This villa presents an intimate offering for families and friends to share a relaxed, tailor-made safari experience with panoramic views of the shimmering Malilangwe Dam and the pristine surrounding landscape of the private reserve.
Perched on a sandstone ridge alongside Singita Pamushana Lodge, this expansive home was designed to provide families and small groups with the relaxed freedom to create days on safari any way they wish, with a full staff on hand including a private chef, butler and experienced field guide with private game vehicle.
Guests are encouraged to immerse themselves in wellness experiences such as yoga and soothing massages in the privacy of the villa, wholesome light meals on the expansive decks, exploration of the reserve on guided bush walks and sundowner cruises on the Malilangwe Dam.
The sheer tranquility of this idyllic home provides the ideal opportunity to completely unplug from routine, recharge and connect with nature.
Singita Malilangwe House’s five bedrooms each have an outdoor deck, and the rooms flow seamlessly into the shared convivial living areas which boast an interactive kitchen and the signature Singita ‘bardeli’. The main living area looks out onto a large private rim-flow pool with spectacular views. The villa sleeps ten guests, with one master suite and four smaller bedrooms.
Singita Malilangwe House is a celebration of its incredible setting – the private 130,000-acre Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve, conserved by Singita’s non-profit partner, The Malilangwe Trust – and is designed to connect guests with the magnificent scenery. The rich tribal heritage of ancient Zimbabwe and the majestic location inspired the villa’s decor and design, created by leading South African design team Cécile & Boyd. Drawing on local culture, there is emphasis on rich textures, geometric patterns, tile inlays, hammered brass and woven leather in tones of deep olive, tan, black and white, creating a striking backdrop for contemporary African artefacts.
Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve, bordering Gonarezhou National Park, is unique in terms of its diversity, making each journey into the bush a new experience. The sheer number of activities on offer as well as the density of game is enough to keep guests busy for days, making it ideal for longer stays. Daily game drives or walks led by Singita’s knowledgeable and passionate field guides are the best ways to connect with the wilderness. Home to one of the highest concentrations of endangered black rhino in Zimbabwe, as well as healthy populations of elephant, cheetah, wild dog, lion, leopard and abundant birdlife, the reserve is a game-viewing paradise.
More than a traditional safari, guests can also fill their days with fishing, sundowner cruises, stargazing, wine tasting, community visits, walks and visits to ancient rock art sites.
This exclusive-use retreat forms part of Singita’s Private Villa Collection, a series of seven extraordinary lodges designed for privacy and flexibility for families and groups to connect in iconic wildlife locations. Itineraries, activities and meals are tailored as guests set the rhythm of their safari vacation according to their interests. The virtually untouched Zimbabwean wilderness adds to the allure of this luxurious getaway, making it an unforgettable safari that sets the benchmark for responsible travel.
Rates for Malilangwe House start from US$11,670 per villa per night, accommodating up to ten adults. It includes all meals and drinks, daily game drives, walking safaris, boat cruises, excursions to ancient rock art sites, and return road transfers between Buffalo Range International Airport and the lodge.
Malilangwe House can be accessed by flying to Johannesburg and taking a Federal Airlines scheduled flight from O.R. Tambo (ORT) International Airport to Buffalo Range International Airport. The scheduled flight is available on Mondays and Thursdays only. Connections are also available through Victoria Falls between May and September on Thursdays. The lodge can also be directly accessed by private air charter.
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