This is my first ever safari and it was part of my friend’s birthday celebration trip. We spent a wonderful 4 days at Singita in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve in South Africa which is a 65,000 hectare reserve that shares a border with the world renowned Kruger National Park. We have been told that Sabi Sands has one of the highest density of big game in South Africa.
We all flew into Johannesburg from different parts of the world and stayed one night before catching our chartered flight to Sabi Sands the following day.
Singita has 3 properties in Sabi Sands and we stayed at the Castleton Lodge which is formerly the family home of Singita founder’s grandfather. It is a private safari lodge with communal living spaces in the main house and 6 separate cottages for accommodation. It is the perfect setup for family vacations and the 7 of us took over the entire lodge for the next 4 days.
Here at Singita, I felt like we were either going on a game drive or eating. They seem to feed you constantly… morning tea before the game drive, snacks during the drive, then breakfast, then lunch, then afternoon tea, then snacks during the drive, then dinner, then snacks again… :) And they try to be creative and vary the cuisine and where each meal was served. Sometimes it is in the proper dining room, other times it is on the verandah or in the garden. They did a lunch picnic for us on the lawn under a tree with blankets and cushions and the whole nine yards.