The latest safari offering from South Africa is box fresh. Launched in July this year, Singita Sabi Sands new Ebony Lodge is to-die-for and takes safari design and style to a new level altogether as it is transformed by Cecil & Boyd - the leading South African designers behind Singita's other award-winning lodges in Africa.
Yes, it's contemporary, think bold graphic murals, over-sized photography and a strong black and white colour palette, but it also manages to cleverly remain in tune with its wild surroundings.
Outdoor pavilion decks (perfect for a post-drive cocktail) are suspended off the riverbanks as if hanging in the trees; leopard and zebra print fabrics adorn furniture, and local tribal culture is evident in vast sculptures.
Featuring 12 suites, each with its own private plunge pool, they are constructed with both canvas and glass - a delightful butting heads of classic and modern that achieves an, almost intimidatingly large view of the wilderness beyond.
As per Singita's signature style, expect all the luxury trimmings (this isnotrustic safari living), but the real highlights are the gobsmacking scenery and jaw-dropping game drives. This is top notch viewing country (if seeing leopard is the top of your bucket list, then you're in luck) and even on just a two-night safari it's possible to see all of the Big Five.
When you're not out catching sight of the dense big cat population, lounge like a lizard by the pool or simply sit and sip a G&T at the very front of the lodge - the best spot to listen to the deafening sounds of the bush as night draws in. By the end of your time here, you're likely to feel changed somewhat. This is no flash-in-the-pan fly and flop honeymoon, this is a trip you will remember for years to come: you'll be itching to book in for a return visit.
Stay 5 nights from £5,465 per person. Price is based on two persons sharing an Ebony Lodge Suite on an all-inclusive basis, economy flights from London Heathrow with British Airways, domestic flights and transfers. Based on 09 May 2016 departure. Valid until 31 December 2016. For further information, call Elegant Resorts Reservations on 01244 897515 or visit www.elegantresorts.co.uk