Singita Castleton

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  • Daniel Scheffler

James Fawcett Bailes, the grandfather of Singita owner Luke Bailes, established the Castleton estate in 1971 in a remote pocket of South Africa’s Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve. In November, Luke’s pioneering safari company opened the bush home as its third—and most exclusive—camp in the 45,000-acre park.

Following a renovation by the Cape Town–based design firm Cécile and Boyd’s, Singita Castleton encompasses six garden cottages and a main house outfitted with botanical artwork, wooden writing desks, and deep verandas that overlook the savannah. Amenities at the main house include an open-air kitchen, a wine cellar, and a state-of-the-art fitness center. The exclusive-use estate, which hosts as many as 12 guests (prices start at about $6,885 per night for eight guests), also features a spa-treatment room, a swimming pool, and a tennis court.

Guests at Singita Castleton can head out on private game drives for the opportunity to encounter Sabi Sand’s leopards, lions, elephants, and other wildlife. Visitors can also watch the big game from home, as the local animals often congregate at Castleton’s watering hole. Singita Castleton, +27.21.683.3424, www.singita.com

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