Singita Castleton

Formerly the family home of Singita founder Luke Bailes’ grandfather, Singita Castleton is an exclusive use lodge set within 45,000 acres of private reserve in the renowned Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve.

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. It is steeped in history, capturing the spirit of the original Castleton house, giving the lodge a historical and comforting nature. Singita Castleton has been designed to combine the best elements of a private safari lodge with the rustic charms of a country farmhouse, with the added benefit of extensive high-end facilities, including a vast garden, swimming pool, wine cellar, gym, tennis court and spa treatment room. Guests can relax together in the courtyard, gather around the traditional ‘boma’ or meet in the country-style kitchen, yet the individual cottages allow guests to retreat to the privacy of their own space as and when it’s needed. All of this is overlooking a waterhole where animals regularly gather to drink.

Accommodation at Singita Castleton

Activities at Singita Castleton

Singita Castleton comes with it's own private guide, tracker and vehicle for daytime and evening game drives. Also on offer are walking safaris and mountain biking for guests 16 years and older, community visits, stargazing safaris, swimming, tennis, archery and croquet!

Cuisine at Singita Castleton

The cuisine at Singita focuses on local and fresh ingredients, beautifully presented and paired with excellent house wines or something special from our extensive wine cellar. The country style kitchen is the heart of the home and guests are encouraged to take part in information cooking/baking lessons.

Singita Sabi Sand

Singita Sabi Sand is a privately owned game reserve the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park in South Africa. Spanning more than 45,000 acres, Singita Sabi Sand is renowned for high concentrations of big game and frequent leopard sightings.

In 1898, the Sabie Reserve was proclaimed and incorporated into both the Sabi Sand and the Kruger National Park. After the revision of the Kruger Park boundaries in 1926, private landowners collectively formed the Sabi Private Game Reserves in 1934 – a forerunner to the Sabi Sand Wildtuin, which was ultimately established in 1948. In 1961, the Sabi Sand Wildtuin erected a 72km long fence along its western boundary – the only way to keep the wildlife within the boundaries of the reserve. The first management strategy that was put into place focused on the safety of the wildlife. It was only in 1988 that an electrified fence was put in place with regular patrollers monitoring it. In 1980 the ecological aspect of the reserve became a core focus. An ecological committee was formed and identified the need to protect the reserve from fire, bush encroachment and overgrazing. Intensive management was needed because the reserve was enclosed. Once the landscape started to take shape, it was decided that animals extinct to the area – such as white rhino, sable, eland, nyala, elephant and cheetah – be reintroduced.

In 1993, the fences between the Kruger National Park and Sabi Sand Wildtuin were removed allowing free migration of game between the two reserves. Meanwhile landowners within the reserve started to reach out to our neighbouring communities. Many projects were formed to assist local communities in environmental matters, basic needs and education. This was the start of the reserve’s socio-economic development work.

Singita Castleton


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