Why Go: The most stylish group of safari lodges in Southern and East Africa has overhauled its flagship camp. Singita Boulders Lodge opened in 1996, and although nothing was really wrong with it, Singita knew it could be better. The 12-room lodge is one of three Singita camps within South Africa’s Sabi Sand Game Reserve, prime for Big Five sightings. Singita manages 45,000 private acres within the reserve; the Boulders Lodge sits at the riverfront with 10 one-bedroom suites (from about $1,350, all inclusive) and 2 two-bedroom family suites.
What to Expect: Singita Boulders Lodge has been reconfiguring and redecorating since it closed in April. Its new guest areas are more open and closer to the river, with better views. Landscapes surrounding the lodge inspired its interiors, which are decorated with found objects, fossilized tree stumps, stone slabs, and an earthy color palette. Among the new public areas are the Copper Bar, serving pressed juice, coffee, and cocktails. A new outdoor dining pavilion with a central fireplace sits under suspended installations hung to look like tree branches. In addition to safari drives, guests can mountain bike, practice archery, visit local communities, and sample a wide diversity of wines from Singita’s 20,000-bottle cellar.
How to Get There: Arrive via scheduled flight or private charter to Singita’s airstrip, just 10 minutes by car from the lodge. The airstrip is a 1-hour flight from Johannesburg and a 30-minute flight from Nelspruit. You can drive from Johannesburg in about 6.5 hours. (+27.21.683.3424, www.singita.com/boulders-lodge)