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Singita Castleton Camp

Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa

Singita Castleton Camp, Sabi Sand Game Reserve
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There has always been a pride of lions at Castleton. Emerging onto the wide verandah with a cup of strong coffee in the early morning, you might see the lionesses and cubs of the Castleton pride, in the tall grass just beyond the lawn, cleaning themselves and playing under a spreading acacia, lazy and full after the night's hunt.

James Fawcett Bailes acquired Castleton and Ravenscourt, two farms in the area between the Sabi and Sand Rivers, in 1925, as a Private Game Reserve. The Sabi Sand region was a remote corner of the lowveld, three days hard driving from the coast, teeming with game, a raw and beautiful landscape. In 1994, as South Africa was opening itself to the rest of the world, the Bailes family decided that the time had come to open Singita, their piece of Africa, to discerning visitors.

Singita Private Game Reserve, located in the game-rich Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, offers exquisite luxury, rare solitude and perfect tranquility. Singita, which means “The Miracle” in the local Shangaan language, has four distinctive properties, all of which are members of Relais & Chateaux.

The Cape Town based Singita group is regarded internationally as a forerunner in the luxury ecotourism market, constantly setting new standards for the ultimate African bush and wildlife experience. Singita is well known for its world class hospitality, stunning décor and excellent game viewing. It is regarded by many to be the most luxurious lodge collection in Africa.

The Singita Private Game Reserve scored the first-ever flawless score of 100 in the 2001 Condé Nast Readers' Choice poll. For 2002, Singita once again finished on top of the poll for African Resorts and received the highest score overall with a 96. Singita shares the World No 1. position this year as The Best of the Best 2002 with the French luxury hotel, Boyer Les Crayères in Reims.

The Condé Nast award was Singita's third major international achievement last year. In September 2002, the highly regarded connoisseur's international travel guide, Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report, rated Singita as World No. 1 in the category International Resort Hideaway with less than 50 rooms. Singita also took top honors in the annual travel awards listing, rated by Forbes Magazines as the definitive international travel survey. This achievement followed shortly after the prestigious Relais & Chateaux group awarded Singita their highest accolade, the Purple Shield, as a property featuring the highest level of service, amenities and furnishings. Only a small select group of properties have been awarded the Purple Shield around the world and Singita is only the third property in Africa and the Indian Ocean region to be honored in this way.

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Castleton Camp, once the private home of the Bailes family, has recently become available for groups of up to twelve guests at a time. Surrounding the classic stone farmhouse with its wide verandah, the six chalets at Castleton are luxuriously appointed in a comfortable colonial style, and enjoy one of the most beautiful views in the Sabi Sand Reserve.

Parties of guests at Castleton are attended by their own personal tracker and game ranger, and an open Land Rover is placed at their disposal. Dinner may be taken in the sumptuous colonial dining room of the farmhouse, or around the fire in the small private boma. Long relaxing days between game drives may be spent around the cool, dark waters of Castleton's pool.

Each chalet sleeps two and has en-suite bathrooms and air conditioning. A large, new filtered swimming pool provides the perfect means of cooling off during the heat of a Lowveld summer. Early morning or evening, choose from game drives in open Land Rovers or guided bush walks with a personal tracker. Castleton caters for the discerning traveller wanting personalized service together with a homey bush atmosphere. It has world class comfort, style, food and rare vintage wines.


Your time at Singita is your own. While the camp offers game drives and walks, and the finest big five game viewing in Southern Africa, Singita is distinguished by the wide range of activities its guests are free to enjoy at the lodges and camps. Clay pigeon shooting is available on request, or guests may try some seasonal fishing in the rivers. You may ask your ranger to requisition a private Land Rover, or you may choose to join one of the daily drives or group walks. Bush breakfasts and sunset cocktails may be arranged for you in some of the most scenic spots in the reserve, or you may dine on the privacy of your deck.

A guided visit to Justitia Village, just outside the boundary of the reserve, will provide you with fascinating insights into the life of the local Shangaan community. In the reserve, highly trained and experienced rangers and trackers will introduce you to an Africa few have been privileged to see, while the lodge staff, headed up by internationally trained management and a highly sought-after executive chef will ensure that your stay is not simply pleasant but truly memorable.


The Sabi-Sand Game Reserve borders the world-renowned Kruger National Park, but no fences intrude here - wildlife moves and migrates freely throughout the region, providing fantastic game-viewing opportunities from open, four-wheel drive vehicles. Singita offers wonderful opportunities for big five sightings; Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Buffalo and Rhinoceros. The Sabi Sand Reserve has a higher bio-mass of animals per hectare than the internationally renowned Kruger National Park, which borders the Sabi Sand Reserve.

The reserve is on the migration routes of many prey species, and sightings of lion, leopard and even the elusive African Painted Dog are common. Time spent at Singita is time spent at the very heart of the African wilderness, in a place that grew out of the bushveld. With no restricting fences between Sabi Sand and Kruger National Park, magical wildlife encounters in the open veld and the romantic ambience of the truly superb lodges of the Sabi Sand conspire to steal you away to a timelessness that will stay with you forever.

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