Where is Singita Castleton located?
Singita Castleton is found in a privately owned 45,000 acre game reserve in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park. This area is fondly known as ‘Big cat country’.
What sort of accommodation is available at Singita Castleton?
Singita Castleton consists of a main house, with communal living spaces and accommodation located in six individual cottages within the grounds, catering for up to 12 people.
Castleton’s full staff complement includes a Field Guide, chef and host and amenities such as a fully equipped fitness centre, tennis court, spa treatment room, wine cellar and country-style kitchen accommodate every preference.
Tartans, ticking stripes and faded botanical-print fabrics complement leather, wood and wicker furniture, lending a rustic-chic atmosphere to the interiors. Many of the antiques and original furnishings have been refashioned, adding authenticity to the living areas that extend outdoors onto deep, furnished verandas that overlook the tree-shaded lawns and an expansive swimming pool. An outdoor boma with uninterrupted views of the surrounding landscape allows for magical fireside dinners under the stars – completing this quintessential African bush experience.
When is the best time to visit Singita Castleton?
Southern Africa is a year-round destination. Traditionally the dry winter months (April to October) are best for game viewing, due to the shorter grass, lack of foliage and the absence of water which forces the game to concentrate around the remaining sources of drinking water. Annual rainfall, usually in the form of short afternoon thunder showers that clear up within an hour, occur from December to March. Many species give birth to their young around the start of the rainy season which is when the bush comes alive with new-born animals.
What should I pack and bring with me?
Cotton clothing in neutral colours such as green, khaki and grey is recommended for game drives and bush walks. If it rains during a game drive, waterproof ponchos will be provided. No formal wear is required.
October–April: Casual summer clothing (shorts and lightweight shirts) with a warm jersey or sweater for the cooler morning and evening temperatures.
May–September: Casual lightweight clothing with a very warm parka or windbreaker jacket for the extremely cold mornings and nights.
To ensure a comfortable safari experience, we recommend that you bring the following:
- Comfortable walking or trainers, or hiking boots for walks as well as sandals to wear around the lodge.
- A swimming costume or bathing suit, sun block, sun hat, sunglasses, lip balm, mosquito repellent. (Lip balm and insect repellent will be provided, but if you prefer a particular brand, you are welcome to bring it along.)
- Video camera, camera, binoculars (these are also provided) and extra memory cards.
- Health requirements: - Singita Castleton lies in a malaria-risk area; it is therefore essential that you consult your medical practitioner regarding anti-malaria requirements before your trip.
What Activities are available at Singita Castleton?
- Daily game drives with your private guide and tracker provide the perfect opportunity to get close to Africa’s incredible animals.
- Afternoon drives conclude with a spot-lit evening return to reveal the elusive magic of nocturnal wildlife.
- For the adventurous, there are walking safaris (for guests 16 and older).
- Enjoy swimming, board games, stargazing with telescopes.
- The country style kitchen is the heart of the home and guests are encouraged to participate in informal cooking or baking sessions.
- Tennis - Experience a game of tennis as you never would have before.
- Enjoy your time on court whilst being surrounded by the beauty of the African wilderness. Cool down with rewarding refreshments and a dip in the nearby swimming pool.
- Spa - The Singita wellness philosophy creates an environment for you to reconnect to nature, revive your senses, restore your body and mind, and explore the African culture.
- Fitness Centre - A private fitness centre at Singita Castleton is the perfect way for you to keep up with your exercise regime while on holiday. The facility provides picturesque views of the bush, allowing you to keep an eye on the action outside while you work out on state of the art equipment.
Does Singita Castleton cater for families with young children?
The untamed wilderness and magnificent wildlife of Africa is a truly life changing experience no matter one’s age.
A safari makes for an unforgettable family holiday, with exhilarating activities for the entire family to enjoy, memories made together that will last a lifetime and opportunities to learn and grow together.
Safari can open a child’s eyes to the beauty of the natural world, which is why children of all ages are welcome at Singita Castleton.
The exclusive and private nature of Singita Castleton with a series of spaces that encourages relaxation, togetherness and a deep engagement with nature is the ultimate for destination for families on safari.
Why is Conservation and Responsible Tourism so important at Singita Castleton?
Built upon a 100-year purpose to preserve and protect African wilderness for future generations, Singita has been championing conservation in Africa from the very beginning. They achieve this with large-scale projects in wildlife management and protection, reserve and ecosystem integrity, sustainable tourism practices and community development.
Through a sustainable conservation model that helps balance tourism with conservation in all regions in which they operate, Singita’s ethos of “touching the earth lightly” is no longer just a forward-thinking principle; it is imperative to their survival and that of the land, wildlife and communities under their care