Singita Sweni Lodge
Kruger National Park, Greater Kruger, South Africa
At a Glance
Exclusive 15, 000 hectare wilderness concession in remote Eastern Kruger
Private and exclusive accommodation and service
Game drives to see the ‘Big 5’ with highly skilled rangers and trackers
Try your hand at archery and mountain biking
Guided game walks with an experienced guide
Best time to Visit
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There is no bad time to go on safari in the Kruger National Park. The experience does, however, change from month to month. In the summer months (October to March), it gets very hot. The verdant vistas are all the more spectacular because of the rains, but this means that the foliage is denser, water is more abundant and game is therefore trickier to see. There are lots of beautiful migratory birds during the summer months. While the daytime temperature in the winter months (May to September) is ideal, it does get a little chilly at night and in the early morning.
To start planning your vacation to Singita Sweni Lodge
Set over one of Africa's most dramatic landscapes in the eastern Kruger National Park, Singita Sweni’s six luxurious suites are intimately located on the river bank using earthy tones and blending into the surrounding forest.
Indulge in the luxurious health spa, offering everything from the more conventional European massages to Ayurveda and acupuncture, reflexology and aromatherapy. For those who enjoy food and wine, Singita is also a unique culinary experience and has a comprehensive wine cellar. Your skilled sommelier will happily match wines to a tasting menu for you.
Singita Sweni’s six suites are more intimately located on the river bank using earthy tones and blending into the surrounding forest.
A total of six 1 bedroom luxurious suites, built over looking the river with great opportunity to see wildlife right by your room.
Facilities at both Lebombo and Sweni feature swimming pools, elegant viewing decks, cosy seating areas and a luxurious spa. Singita's outstanding cuisine is inspired by African ingredients and flavors combined with Western culinary tradition. Complementing the sophisticated menu is an exceptional wine cellar. There is also a curio shop and wi-fi available.
Swimming, game drives, night drives and birdwatching are all included at Singita Sweni and Lebombo Lodges. The Lebombo area is home to one of the highest concentrations of lion in the Kruger Park, supported by an abundance of plains game (including giraffe, zebra, and various species of antelope). Hippos and crocodiles thrive in the Sweni and Nwanetsi Rivers, whose riverine habitat provides perfect cover for leopards. Elephant, rhino and buffalo are also present in high concentrations and move freely throughout the Kruger eco-system.
When Lebombo opened in 2003, it immediately became the last word in designer safari experiences, chalking up numerous awards while gracing its way into the pages of chic magazines and coffee-table tomes. A year later, Lebombo received a smaller neighbor: Sweni, named for the beautiful river over which its six fabulous suites look. Both lodges feature the best in modern design: Dramatic wraparound glass walls and massive glass sliding doors open onto outdoor showers and private balconies where you can sleep out in summer. Constructed of saligna wood, raised on stilts, and laid out in a tasteful open plan, with enormous room-dividing curtains and sapling ceilings, this is the most stylish camp in Africa, featuring home-grown modern designs created by local craftspeople working in concert with funky young designers--and infused with retro-modernity. The whole effect is more Afro-Euro chic boutique hotel than game lodge, and there's an emphasis on fun and relaxation. Rooms are stocked with board games and treats to occupy you between meals (which are superb, and accompanied by a top-notch selection of Cape wines). Lebombo is lighter, brighter, and quite dramatic in its proportions, while Sweni is more intimate and has a more homey atmosphere and additional touches that improve on Lebombo's original design (Sweni's suite no. 5 is a personal favorite, while at Lebombo you should ask for a suite close to the river, for maximum privacy). Between Lebombo and Sweni is Singita's unique Village, comprising a spa, a state-of-the-art gymnasium, wine-tasting facilities, and some great shopping. Yet despite the experimental design and unashamedly urban overtures, the bush is always close at hand: Situated in a 15,000-hectare (37,050-acre) concession bordered by Mozambique, the camp is elevated on a sheer cliff, with views of the Lebombo Mountains and surrounding bushveld plains. Game-viewing is possibly the best of any of the Kruger concessions, with the added bonus that off-road driving is seldom a problem.
Louisa Verney (Staff)
Its an oft misused word but the rooms at Singita Sweni are quite unique. They are basically a glass box, surrounded by lush greenery with and unobstructed view of the bush. Sweni nestles on the river bed and has just six rooms so is cosy and intimate in feel. Even by the high standards that Singita set themselves, the lodge and rooms are very stylish and include all the luxuries. I thought I was spoiled with two showers (one indoor and one outdoor) as well as a beautiful free-standing bath but then found yet another shower just as I was leaving my room on our last day.
Your private deck is permanently set up with a day-bed and mosquito net so guests are welcome to sleep outside under stars if they wish. The food was incredible and came expertly paired with various wines so dinner is an event in itself. One is never short of eating and drinking opportunities, including surprise ones, such as the stunning latern-lit champagne stop we were treated to on top of a rock as the sun set.
Singita Lebombo is a two-minute drive from Sweni and is its larger, more showy sister. The rooms are exactly the same in design but with different color schemes and are set high on a hill with panoramic views across Kruger. The two lodges share a beautiful spa.
The guiding at Singita is always first rate and the Kruger proper makes a peaceful antidote to the Sabi Sands. Game viewing requires a little more work (mainly on the part of your guide) but can be very rewarding. In any case the scenery is so stunning youll enjoy your game drives no matter what you see.
4WD Game Drives
Go on private or shared game drives in the world famous Greater Kruger Area, South Africa to see the Big 5 - lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and rhino - and a host of other animals. The Kruger is also a brilliant spot for birders so pack some binoculars.
Search for leopard in the Sabi Sands
The Sabi Sands is widely regarded as one of the most rewarding regions for spotting leopard in Africa. With good populations and the ability to go on night game-drives which coincides when these big cats are most active, all you need is good timing!