Kruger National Park, Greater Kruger, South Africa
At a Glance
Situated within a 45,000 acre private reserve
Just six luxury rooms
Fantastic game viewing opportunites and frequent leopard sightings
Enjoy meals under the stars in the Boma
Authentic private safari home available for exclusive use
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
There is no bad time to go on safari in the Sabi Sands. The experience does, however, change from month to month. In the summer months (October to March), it gets very hot. The verdant vistas are all the more spectacular because of the rains, but this means that the foliage is denser, water is more abundant and game is therefore trickier to see. There are lots of beautiful migratory birds during the summer months. While the daytime temperature in the winter months (May to September) is ideal, it does get a little chilly at night and in the early morning.
To start planning your holiday to Singita Castleton
Singita Castleton is a stunning, exclusive use, private house in the Singita private concession in the heart of the game-rich, Sabi Sand Reserve. With six suites, Castleton is perfect for a family or group to take over for an incredible safari experience.
Singita Castleton is an exclusive lodge set within 45,000 acres of private reserve. The house itself was originally the family home of Singita founder, Luke Bailes' grandfather. Due to its past, Singita Castleton retains the charm and ambience of an old family home with the exclusivity of a private safari lodge with added benefits such as the beautiful gardens, large swimming pool, tennis court, wine cellar, gym and a treatment room.
Castleton is situated in the privately owned Singita Sabi Sand Game Reserve which is known for its concentrations of big game and frequent leopard sightings, and with only two other Singita lodges in the reserve, guests are promised an exclusive safari experience. The Sabi Sand is adjacent to the Kruger National Park and these two areas make up some of South Africa's most spectacular wildlife and scenery.
Castleton has a dedicated team of staff including a private guide and tracker who both have extensive experience of the African bush and are very happy to take guests on game drives in the lodges private Land Rovers and walking safaris as often as they wish. The chef at Singita caters to all ages and dietary requirements, and also offer optional cooking or baking classes.
At Castleton, guests can relax together on the beautiful verandah or gather around the traditional ‘boma’, both of which overlook the watering hole, the individual cottages allow guests to retreat to the privacy of their own space as and when it is needed. Singita Castleton is the epitome of a luxury, safari experience that encapsulates a sense of complete exclusivity.
The accommodation at Singita Castleton is set out in six individual cottages. All of the rooms have en-suite bathrooms with baths and showers and the rooms are spacious and elegantly decorated with luxurious bedding. Each cottage is individually decorated and the country furniture and interior styling all add a nostalgic ambience to the bedrooms.
As Castleton is on an exclusive use basis, children of all ages are welcome. There are babysitting services available and a range of activities to suit all ages.
Singita Castleton has a large, comfortable, living and dining area, both exquisitely decorated. The country style kitchen draws guests into the very heart of the house. Broad verandas surround the main building and look out onto a watering hole where wildlife frequently gathers to drink. Castleton has its own swimming pool, wine cellar, gym, tennis court, spa and a dedicated team of staff including a private guide, tracker, chef and housekeeper to ensure guests every need is met.
Daytime and afternoon game drives are the main activity at Castleton and evening game drives with a spot light are a fun after supper activity - all game drives are led by your own private field guide and tracker. There are also optional community visits, and guests can take advantage of the mountain bikes and archery at the main house. There is a trampoline for the children, a croquet set and a selection of board games for the afternoons or evenings spent at the house.
This is the closest you'll get to an old-school homestead safari - any closer and you might as well have Hemingway falling about drunk while you shoot the faces off the game. Castleton is the latest offering from those masters of African luxury, Singita: an exclusive-use house in Sabi Sand, the former family home of the grandfather of Singita founder Luke Bailes. Deliciously private, sensationally set, the house has had a thorough overhaul from those clever chaps Cecile & Boyds, which means a lovely sense of place, but none of that overkill vintage safari nonsense. It's airy, it's beautiful - six cottages and a main house, with botanical prints on the walls and colonial-style antiques standing smartly next to linen trunks. Sit out on the wide, wide verandas or by the pool and gaze upon the watering hole, bump out into the bush with your personal guide or whack some balls around the tennis court. At night there are shivery white wines and South African fare from the country-style kitchen, and then it's back out under the diamond- sprinkled, ebony heavens, for a digestif, a marvel and a tiny taste of being lord of the savannah.
The most elegant safari lodges are usually either Out of Africa retro or airy and contemporary, with stone, plate glass and infinity pools. Singita Castleton is neither of these, yet so much more. Built in 1926 as a simple homestead for the Bailes family, it has been converted into one of the most extraordinary places in Africa by Luke Bailes, grandson of the original owner. Set in the private, 45,000-acre Singita Sabi Sand Reserve adjacent to the Kruger National Park, the exclusive-use property is surrounded by game-rich savannah overlooking a lake, which attracts elephant and antelope, with regular sightings of the big cats. It retains the atmosphere of a family farmhouse, with a stylish living area in the main house and bedrooms in six separate cottages. The design is pristine, practical, modern and unfussy. Butlers, chefs and game rangers are on hand, and a day's activities might include game drives, tennis, swimming, spa treatments and dining under the stars.
FLASH POINT You can't take the African bush to your home, but Castleton feels like a home in the African bush.
4WD Game Drives
Go on private or shared game drives in the world famous Greater Kruger Area, South Africa to see the Big 5 - lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and rhino - and a host of other animals. The Kruger is also a brilliant spot for birders so pack some binoculars.
Search for leopard in the Sabi Sands
The Sabi Sands is widely regarded as one of the most rewarding regions for spotting leopard in Africa. With good populations and the ability to go on night game-drives which coincides when these big cats are most active, all you need is good timing!
Location & directions
Kruger National Park, Greater Kruger, South Africa
Singita Catleton is located next to Ebony and Boulders Lodges in the Sabi Sand on 18,000 hectares (45,000 acres) of private land in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve on the western border of the Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga province, South Africa.
How to get there
Access is by road or by air, with the Sabi Sands being 90-minutes flight from Johannesburg. The Sabi Sand Singita Reserve is home to Singita Castleton, Ebony and Boulders and has its own private airstrip, serviced by a number of scheduled carriers as well as private charters. It is also possible to self drive into both camps though the vast majority of clients fly into camp.
- 100% financial protection
- 24/7 emergency assistance
- Firsthand knowledge
- Renowned service
- Award-winning tour operator