I often say I'll know I've made it in the world when I own a claw foot tub. For a few days in 2010, I settled for this white goddess overlooking the South African grasslands of Kruger National Park. After a full day of safari activities featuring the Big Five, I looked forward to retiring to this bathtub where staff, clearly sensing a routine, strategically placed candles and a bottle of South African pinotage before my return.
One afternoon, I watched a herd of elephants traipsing by while I soaked, undisturbed except by the occasional trunk's squeal, the thumping step of a youngster jogging to his mother's side, and I thought: maybe I've arrived after all.
The recently reopened Singita Boulders Lodge is so inviting with its wide open spaces and comfy couches. Everywhere you look there are textures or elements that reflect the surrounding landscape. For some of the best game viewing, the main lodge is the place to be. Its large open decks overlook the Sand River and provide the perfect vantage point to watch resident wildlife in their natural environment.