I”ve decided to save the wine country post for later and jump ahead to one of the most memorable highlights of our recent holiday; our stay at ‘Singita Sabi Sand’ in north eastern South Africa adjacent to Kruger National Park.
I’m not a hoarder, I’m just really feeling the magnetic pull of “Safari Chic” at the moment.
I blame it on Ralph Lauren. And while it’s hardly the first time Mother Africa has inspired R.L. over the years, I certainly found the collection he showed in NYC earlier this week an inspiration.
Are there enough words to describe how much I love this dress? I think not.
Let me show you another angle.
And this. I reeeely could have used this bag on our trip! + could a bag be more slimming?? Beats Spanx any day (not that I wear Spanx. I tried once, but I have this crazy attachment to breathing.)
But back to Singita…
Consisting of two lodges a very short distance apart (and an unbelievable gift shop-a gift house really) “Boulders” and “Ebony” are perched right on the edge of the Sabi Sand River.
Due to the river being the only source of water in the area, it’s basically a never ending ‘Burning Man’ for Wildlife.
Take breakfast or lunch on the decks of Boulders or Ebony before heading out on safari and be prepared for a show. Nurse a cool drink at any time of day really and marvel as elephants stroll casually alongside the river, adorable monkeys wait patiently for belongings to be left unattended or delicate deer-like creatures graze right at the edge of your table, seemingly without a care in the world.
and the food! Above, a roasted sweet potato and artichoke salad (I was trying to be so good!)
We stayed at “Ebony”, the older of the two Lodges, with a more traditional Colonial African style which I’ll share with you later too. The photos in this post (except for the salad above) were all taken at Boulders which, as you can see, has a much more contemporary African style. Both are equally divine.
A wooden bridge over a pond and huge carved wooden vessels gathered against a stacked stone wall at the entrance to Boulders.
The design aesthetic is ALL about texture.
Gorgeous dappled light dancing over the pool area
A little Instagram moment in the bar 🙂
This lightweight, black silk jumpsuit was probably the 2nd best item I packed as I wore it so much and it rolls into a tiny ball. omg though-did I overpack.
This jumpsuit would have been great too 🙂
I loved the ‘Pick up sticks’ style wood columns sheathed in copper in the great room…
More copper at the bar…
and gorgeous roughly woven baskets stacked beside the fireplace.
Ralph Lauren Safari Chic Summer 2015
The dining room at Boulders
Texture, texture, and more texture with woven copper throw, nubby linen chairs and leather pillows.
Lunch on the deck
Unfortunately, there were no available guest rooms to peek in on at Boulders, but I snagged this photo from the website;
I could manage.
Next time 🙂 I chatted with an older American guest at Ebony who was returning for her 12th visit!! And she had her entire family with her-husband (a professor), grown children, their spouses, grandkids, the whole shebang. What a dream!
A fabulous fringed leather chandelier gently undulates like a sea creature over the bar area in the main lodge.
Cue applause for R.L. finale.
I can hear the song of Singita from here…
(Actually I can hear it in the middle of the night too as I’m still not over my jet-lag)
“The Sabi Sand is a privately owned game reserve adjacent to Kruger National Park, and together the two areas make up some of South Africa’s most incredible and pristine land. Singita Sabi Sand has been owned by the Bailes family who have acted as the dedicated custodians of this precious part of South Africa’s natural heritage since 1926. With the opening of its first lodge, Ebony Lodge, in 1994, Singita’s philosophy has been to protect large tracts of wilderness and wildlife populations for future generations. Prior to the lodge’s construction, this part of the Sabi Sand had been completely inaccessible save for Singita’s environmental team and the owner’s family. Since Singita Ebony Lodge opened and subsequently Singita Boulders Lodge, guests have shared the privilege of experiencing this carefully protected part of South Africa. Spanning more than 45,000 acres, Singita Sabi Sand is renowned for high concentrations of big game and frequent leopard sightings.” (taken directly from the Singita Sabi Sand website)
For more information on SINGITA Sabi Sand
Have a Wonderful Weekend-the 2nd to last one of Summer 2014!