Design Inspirations: Singita Game Reserves

For the 2nd Design Inspiration of the week, we are going to the African savannah where my favorite  place in the world, Singita Game Reserves, is located.  The lodges at Singita are rated top in the world, on almost every travel list (and not just as a safari camp)and rightfully so.

I stayed four incredible days in 2002 at the Singita Ebony Lodge (pictured above).  Then, Singita comprised of only two lodges bordering the 33,000-acre Kruger National Park: Ebony and Boulders. The Ebony lodge (more colonial style  to Boulder’s contemporary design)  is a take-your-breath-away kind of place.  Simply, it was (and still is, I hear, from people who have recently been) a perfect 10.  Since then, Singita has expanded to 7  more lodges throughout South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

Today, my pictures are of Lebombo and Sweni lodges, also located in Kruger National Park but in a more secluded area renowned for its lion prides.  Both offer open-plan living styles and sheer indulgence. Lebombo, located on a clifftop above the N’wantesi River, offers 15 luxury suites and is designed in a contemporary african-chic style. Sweni, more intimate in size with 6 suites and an avant-garde style, offers floor to ceiling views of the lush surroundings.


And now, Lebombo…

(love this chandelier!)

I wish this could somehow translate to a Manhattan pad (probably better in a downtown loft) but the mixture of natural textures and materials seems so perfect. You can always add a drop of fuschia, garnet or blue to brighten it up!

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