Located in the middle of its own concession, Singita Lebombo sits high up on a hill with views east towards Mozambique and down the N’wantetsi River. Recently given a very thorough refurb, this is a highly eco-conscious lodge fully committed to engaging with the local community.
Singita Lebombo was always a forward-looking facility, using light woods and plenty of whites and creams to create a peaceful, textured-yet-sleek atmosphere. The shared areas – including swimming-pool, bar and dining-room – have all been further expanded, including plentiful decking from which to observe the wonders of Kruger. Following the refurbishments, however, Lebombo also offers a roof terrace and wine studio, library, 25-metre lap pool and a deli. The kitchen is now headed-up by renowned chef Liam Tomlin, brought in to make it second to none in this already-well-catered region.
Accommodations at Lebombo consist of 15 glass-fronted, pole-roofed living pods suspended above the river. These offer contemporary chic at the very edge of the Kruger wilderness. The revamp has added to the mix a private villa featuring two family suites. Each suite boasts a private pool, two bedrooms and luxurious living areas including an open-plan kitchen. The private villa is fully staffed and afforded real seclusion by the mature trees that overhang it. Throughout all the accommodations, the feel is cutting edge contemporary: safari chic at its best.
Lebombo is now seeing an exciting revival in wildlife numbers, and activities include game drives, guided walks, bush picnics, bird watching and sundowners.
Singita is committed to making a sustainable difference to local communities and to protecting the environment and wildlife. To date, a number of successful projects have come to fruition, including the building of schools, micro-financing of small businesses, supporting agricultural initiatives as well as training people in the conservation and hospitality sectors. Many of our guests express an interest in contributing towards such initiatives and we gratefully facilitate this.
Singita has a strong bond with our local communities. Many of our staff live locally and are transported to and from their homes on a daily basis, and most of our staff are ex-pupils of the local schools which we support. We have therefore pledged to undertake projects that empower the local people, using resources at our disposal. This includes providing funds, access to the reserves, expertise and getting involved in social outreach projects. We also deliberately manage our lodges in a way that maximises the benefits to local communities so that they can experience the positive effects of eco-tourism.
At each of our lodges we 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.
Our Guiding teams are selected on the basis of their passion and knowledge of the bush and then deliberately up-skilled by our Head of Guide Training and Development to ensure our guests have rich, educational and enjoyable experiences during their time with us.
Singita Kruger National Park has adopted an approach that is dedicated to stimulating the local economy on the outskirts of the park. Monthly spend on local suppliers and contractors has double over the past two years. Daily transport services for staff are sourced locally, as are services such as waste removal, linen repair beverage supplies and arts and crafts to supplement lodge décor and for special gifts. The Singita Business Linkages Committee oversees this process and ensures that the work that is done is conducted in co-operation with the efforts of the Kruger National Park Community Development Division.
Singita School of Cooking
The school 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.
General Community Support
The lodges are involved in supporting schools in the local communities in various ways; 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; to the much larger challenge of assisting with the improvement of the quality of education provided.