by Teri Johnson
Singita, in the Shangaan language, means â€œplace of miracles.â€ And so itâ€™s fitting that itâ€™s the name of the eco-friendly luxury lodge nestled away in South Africaâ€™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 vegetationÂ below. In a nod to the lodgeâ€™s eco-friendly philosophy, the design and installation of the suites donâ€™t affect the earth, as they are situated atop 15-foot steel struts to protect the land from the normal damages of construction.