Located on Singita’s private Sabi Sands Reserve (18,000 hectares), close to Singita Ebony, and overlooking the Sand river, Singita Boulders is an excellent luxury lodge.
More contemporary than Ebony, Boulders is a stone, thatch and wood build of exceptional quality. Approached by means of a pretty bridge, the English countryside feel of the lodge’s pond entrance gives way to the Gaudiesque minimalism of the shared areas, which include a bar, lounge, dining area, library, boma, pool, curio shop and library. Open faced brick columns support a huge whitewashed stone feature, through which the thatched ceiling can be glimpsed, and elegant white chairs combine well with abstract bleached wood sculptures. There is an emphasis here on natural materials and size, the overall effect being clean and organic.
Food & service
The food is fresh and beautifully presented, whilst the wine tasting is – unsurprisingly – very popular among retuning guests. The exemplary service is regularly applauded.
There are 12 suites at Singita Boulders. Each faces out over the Sand River. The design of the rooms is open-plan, with a reading area, bedroom and bathroom running into each other. Leading out of the large glass fronted sliding doors, there is a large deck and outdoor shower area. The rooms are exceptionally comfortable, a great mix between the traditional feel of Ebony and the cutting edge design of one of Singita’s other properties, Lebombo. There is Wi-Fi available at the lodge, but it can be slow due to the location. A similar situation goes for mobile phone signal.
The wildlife in the Sabi Sands area is world class, and activities at Singita Boulders include wildlife drives, guided walks, mountain biking, archery and star gazing.
At each of Singita’s lodges they have dedicated teams whose sole focus is to preserve the land and to protect and increase the wildlife to match its natural carrying capacity. This includes environmental care and anti-poaching units. Singita’s guiding teams are selected on the basis of their passion and knowledge of the bush and then deliberately up-skilled by the Head of Guide Training and Development to ensure guests have rich, educational and enjoyable experiences during their time with at the camps.
Singita has a strong bond with its local communities. Many of their staff live locally and are transported to and from their homes on a daily basis, and most are ex-pupils of the local schools which Singita supports. Singita also deliberately manage their lodges in a way that maximises the benefits to local communities so that they can experience the positive economic effects of eco-tourism.
The Singita School of Cooking is located on site at the staff village that serves Lebombo and Sweni. It was established with the aim of encouraging the development of culinary skills amongst local youth. Each year, eight to ten students are selected – based upon clear criteria including a real interest in cooking – to participate in a 1-year development programme.
The lodges are also involved in supporting schools in the local communities in various ways, such as providing practical and educational support to pre-schools and assisting communities with access to fresh water. Support for the pre-schools ranges from assisting with maintenance challenges to the planting of indigenous trees in the school grounds, and the much larger challenge of assisting with the improvement of the quality of education provided.