Travel Diaries

Kruger National Park, South Africa

An African safari tops almost everyone’s bucket list. With wild beauty, serene landscapes, and the thrill of spotting the Big Five, it’s easy to see why it’s such a transformative experience.

A perennial favorite of seasoned travelers and first-time adventurers alike, Kruger National Park—nestled in the northern part of South Africa—is the place to satisfy your wanderlust. With contemporary hotels, world-class cuisine and of course, exotic sightseeing, this buzzy locale is perfect for jet-setters who want to escape the everyday, but don’t want to sacrifice luxury. Discover our recommendations for a once-in-a-lifetime trip, plus all the chic packing essentials to match.

Singita Lebombo Lodge

Located on the fringes of Kruger park, this intimate resort houses just 13 suites and a private villa. Framed by floor-to-ceiling glass windows, Singita Lebombo’s contemporary lodges artfully mix stone-washed linens, gauzy drapes and textured accents that reflect the tranquil Euphorbia trees surrounding the property. In addition to amenities like a wellness spa and sparkling infinity pools, the lodge also boasts a library, multi-level wine studio and rooftop terrace for stargazing.

“The most exciting, glamorous and memorable trip someone can take is going on a safari in Africa.”



Even though you’ll likely see zebras and giraffes glide past your private deck, there is nothing quite like hopping in a jeep and venturing out on a game drive. Afterwards, enjoy cocktail hour while watching hippos splash in the N’wanetsi River, or, to shift your vantage point, take a scenic hot air balloon or helicopter ride.

Cap off your trip with a unique excursion to a local village. Spend a day volunteering and learning about the vibrant communities that make South Africa so special.

The Hat & Creek

Award-winning chef Liam Tomlin helms Singita’s acclaimed restaurants, where personalized breakfasts, tapas-style lunches and lamplit dinners pair perfectly with stunning vistas and an extensive wine collection.

Heading into the nearby town of Hoedspruit? Start your day with a cup of fresh artisanal coffee from Hoedspruit Coffee Purveyors and browse the local boutiques before having dinner at The Hat & Creek, where local game, like ostrich and kudu, is on the menu.