About the Grasslands
Orpen to Olifants
Orpen to Satara
Orpen to Skukuza
Satara and Surrounds
Satara to Olifants
Satara to the Lebombo
The Central Lebombo
The Mluwati Concession
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Singita Lebombo Luxury Lodge
The ultimate Kruger private experience. Located on a ridge in the Lebombo mountains, the ultra-luxury lodge, Singita Lebombo, is unlike anything else in Kruger. Architecturally bold and contemporary, its style may best be described as modern African fusion, a cunning blend between Great Zimbabwe, Japanese zen and Georgia O'Keefe. The entertainment area, constructed of rock, wood and glass, offers stunning views over the dry, rugged mountains covered with euphorbias, and other plants suited to the arid conditions.
The spacious rooms are designed for maximum privacy without compromising the view over the N'wanetsi river. Guests have a high level of personalised service, with rangers available at all times. The 15 000-ha concession includes parts of the Lebombo inaccessible to the self-drive tourist.
There is an interesting mixture of grassland and mountain habitat with particularly good birding. Singita Lebombo has a beauty spa of international standards, art gallery and shop. The lodge offers game drives and guided walks.
The dust road between N'wanetsi and Olifants goes through open grasslands with stunted bush and into the stonier Olifants rugged veld. The first part of the route is known as the Gudzani Road (S41) which follows a watercourse of the same name. The Gudzani stream is a tributary of the N'wanetsi which, after summer rains, forms a number of pans that often attract large herds of grazers.
The Gudzani Road (S41) joins the Old Main Road (S90) between Satara Rest Camp and Olifants Rest Camp. There are sometimes eland at this junction. The game viewing along the Old Main Road is unpredictable until Bangu Water Hole, which is about an hour's drive from Olifants Camp. From Bangu to Balule, one is almost guaranteed to see elephant, particularly along the Olifants River watercourse.
Sweni Water Hole is the best game-viewing spot along the S37, and it is conveniently located close to N'wanetsi Picnic Site. There is a bird hide at Sweni that has fine views over the Lebombo. The Trichardt Road from Sweni to Tshokwane heads across the eastern grasslands between the Lebombo range and the rather intriguingly named Makongolweni watercourse - "the place of the clitoris".
Makongo is "clitoris" in Shangaan and is thought to have referred to a swimming pool in the stream reserved exclusively for the use of women from the communities that occupied the area before the Park was proclaimed.
Game viewing along the S37 is reasonable in the vicinity of N'wanetsi and Sweni but, as one heads further south, the sightings become less reliable as the Olifants rugged veld gives way to the dry, open, stunted knob-thorn and Marla grasslands.
A truculent, cunning and intelligent animal that will eat almost anything, including small mammals and birds. Baboons have even been known to hunt baby antelope.The major part of their diet, however, consists of plants, fruits and insects. They have a distinctive harsh bark, "Wa-hoo!", and their greatest enemy is the leopard.