by Teri Johnson
Singita, in the Shangaan language, means “place of miracles.” And so it’s fitting that it’s the name of the eco-friendly luxury lodge nestled away in South Africa’s Kruger National Park. An hour-and-one-half flight from Johannesburg, it feels worlds away.
Before I even made it to the resort, on the short drive from the airstrip, I was treated to the sight of hundreds of impala, a dazzle of zebras, giraffes, and a few elephants walking on the side of the road, some just 10 feet away from the car. Their presence made me feel like an unannounced, but welcomed, guest in their home as they grazed, relaxed, and stared.
Singita Lebombo was constructed with the philosophy of getting guests as close to wildlife as possible, while leaving a very light carbon footprint. To that end, each of the spacious 15 suites have floor-to-ceiling glass walls that provide a panaromic view of the trees and natural vegetation below. In a nod to the lodge’s eco-friendly philosophy, the design and installation of the suites don’t affect the earth, as they are situated atop 15-foot steel struts to protect the land from the normal damages of construction.