Life at Singita Lebombo is easy. The infinity pool overlooking the bush is the ideal solution to the relentless sun. And the chefs will prepare what you desire, served with choice bottles available from their wine cellar stocked with some of South Africa’s best wines. For alone time, nothing surpasses the outside shower on the deck of each room, where the soundtrack of animals and birds comes alive.
Though Singita’s accommodations and stellar dining would qualify it as an unforgettable getaway, the real reason to go is for the safaris. Drives happen twice a day, at 5 a.m. when animals are most active and around 5 p.m. when the animals are waking up from resting as they prepare to hunt. On my first game drive, the tracker Exon and ranger Brian were a dynamic duo.
The ranger is an expert guide who drives and talks to you about the landscapes and the animals that live on it. The tracker (almost always a local from the Shangaan tribe) is skilled at smelling, hearing, and seeing movements and patterns of the animals and knows how to find them. Their combined knowledge made it a true adventure as we strove to see the “Big Five” (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, and cape buffalo). Two hours into the first drive, which last four hours, we found a juvenile leopard who had just killed a baby waterbuck. We were within 25 feet of the hazel- eyed cat perched in a tree feasting on the buck in sheer delight.