Exotic Travel :: The Singita Lebombo Lodge in South Africa

I was lucky enough to go on safari in Tanzania several years ago and the next safari spot on my list is South Africa.  I caught myself day-dreaming about South Africa and decided to google some lodges and that’s how I found Singita Lebombo Lodge.  Oh. My. God.

The lodge is located in Kruger National Park near the Mozambique border on a private concession of 33,000 acres and has 15 suites.  

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The first thing I noticed about the Lodge was its incredible architecture.  It is located on a rocky cliff face above the N’wanetsi river and totally blends in with the backdrop. The design team from Cécile & Boyd designed the lodge to provide seamless views of the bush from its cliffside perch. The design is also ecologically conscious and sought to “touch the ground lightly.” The concession on which the lodge is located expires in 20 years so the design team had a “leave no trace” mentality when designing the project.

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Their design concept was inspired by the position and structure of nests, dens, eyries, and lairs, which are all natural occurring phenomena in the African bush.  The idea was to translate the idea of an animal-made shelter into a man-made shelter and the result is a design that allows the guests the experience of being sheltered while being in contact with the elements at the same time.

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The guest villas all have a stylishly contemporary feel to them and the main materials are wood, steel, and other organic elements.  Each villa  is a translucent glass “tent” where the roof is a canopy of branches that allows the sun to stream in during the day and welcomes the moonlight during the evenings.  

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The villas are split up into functional “zones,” similar to what I recommended when designing a studio apartment {you can read the post here}.  There is an area for sleeping, bathing, sitting, and sunning.  Some of the furnishings are multifunctional as well -- the sun beds are tented at night so guests can sleep under the African night sky {swoon.}

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Oh man, now I’m going to go to bed dreaming of my next African safari...I need to start saving up tout de suite!

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I love the low-hanging crystal chandeliers that pop up all over in the design of the lodge.

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Here's an image of the chandeliers all lit up at night.  So gorgeous!

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I can just picture myself sitting back on this banquette while watching a herd of elephants below... How cool is that hollowed out tree trunk in the background!?

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Oh look!  Here's a herd of them now!

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Oh yeah, don't mind the antelope as you walk down the pathway to your villa.

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The perfect place to relax after the afternoon game drive.

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All the villas have a 180 degree view of the bush and no villa is visible from another so you really are in your own private oasis.

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