A South African lodge has taken top honours in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2019!
Sabi Sabi, South Africa – Singita has taken top honours in this year’s Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2019, scooping both 3rd and 8th places among the Top 100 Hotels in the World. Singita Sabi Sand also secured the winning spot in The Top 10 Safari Lodges in Africa category.
Rated against the finest hotels around the globe, flagship Singita Sabi Sand in South Africa – home to its founding lodges Singita Ebony and Singita Boulders, as well as the exclusive-use Singita Castleton – was ranked as No. 1 Safari Lodges in Africa and No. 3 in the Top 100 Hotels in the World. Sharing an unfenced border with the iconic Kruger National Park, Singita’s Sabi Sand’s 30,000-acre private concession offers inimitable game-viewing experiences and is renowned for its high concentrations of big game and frequent lion and leopard sightings.
In Sabi Sand, Singita deploys a highly skilled canine anti-poaching unit to safeguard free-roaming wildlife as well as supporting various small business development, education and community partnership programmes as part of its ecotourism model. Also, Singita Sabi Sand has been added to the World’s Best Awards (WBA) Hall of Fame, bestowed on a destination voted onto the specific WBA list for the past ten consecutive years.
Singita Grumeti, in Tanzania, followed closely at No. 8 on the coveted list of The Top 100 Hotels in the World, as well as the No.3 spot in The Top 10 Safari Lodges in Africa category. Encompassing five distinct properties – Singita Sasakwa Lodge, Sabora Tented Camp, Faru Faru Lodge, Singita Explore as well as Serengeti House – Singita Grumeti is one of the jewels in the crown of its iconic safari destinations.
It is situated adjacent to the Serengeti National Park and forms an integral part of the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem, the home of the Great Migration. Guests have exclusive access to a 350,000-acre concession, which is protected by the dedicated conservation team at the Grumeti Fund.
Since its inception in 2002, Grumeti Fund has invested funding as well as the commitment of its team into supporting community projects with Singita. Together, they have spearheaded projects like the K9 Anti-Poaching Unit, Elephant Collaring (Safaris With a Purpose) Project and the newly established Serengeti Girls Run. In this partnership, Singita and the Grumeti Fund apply the best of tourism and conservation to create programmes that benefit the people, wildlife and land of the Serengeti.
“To have two properties in the top 10 in the world is an incredible feat. I am enormously proud of our entire team! Winning these coveted awards is critically important to our future growth and positioning. Singita’s expansion depends on selecting projects that are as good, or better than, the current offering, where we can safeguard Africa’s most vulnerable species and natural habitats,” says Luke Bailes, Founder and Executive Chairman of Singita.