South Africa, Kruger National Park
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Enjoy game spotting on a spot-lit nighttime drive, where you will be given piles of cosy blankets so you can soak up the intoxicating magic of Africa by night in total luxury.
Six one-bedroom suites
Sweni Restaurant * Breakfast, lunch and dinner included in room rate
The Village Wine Bar and Coffee Lounge * In-room minibar * Wine cellar * All drinks (including premium wines, spirits and liqueurs, but excluding French Champagne) included in room rate
Swimming pool * Spa * Gym * Archery * Boutique * Gift gallery * Limited Wi-Fi and cell phone contact due to remote location * Guided Land Rover game drives * Mountain biking * Bush walks * Stargazing * Children of all ages welcome: babysitting service, baking with lodge chef, mini ranger’s course * Land Rover safaris, mountain biking and bush walks accompanied by an experienced guide * Complimentary laundry and valet services
All flights land at the Satara airstrip, which is located 45 minutes from the lodge. The hotel can help to arrange scheduled flights or private charters and offers road transfers to and from Satara airstrip. * Johannesburg to Satara is approximately 1 hour 30 minutes flight while Nelspruit to Satara is approximately 45 minutes
Kruger National Park * Big 5 wildlife * Mozambique border * Singita School of Cooking
With just six suites tucked into dense forestry, surrounded by golden, rocky outcrops and deep river valleys, the Singita Sweni Lodge Kruger National Park South Africa offers impeccable safari chic and a carefree, laidback ambience just a stone’s throw from the Mozambique border. As the little sister to the Singita Lebombo that sits high up in the cliffs, the Sweni occupies a serene location on the banks of the river where just the sounds of the birds calling one another and the hippos wading through the water will keep you company. Situated on the largely unexplored eastern escarpment of the Kruger, the Singita Sweni Lodge Kruger National Park South Africa offers game drives in near-solitude and an ambience drenched in relaxation.
Look & Feel
Thanks to the dreamy forest surroundings of the Sweni, you may feel as if your feet cannot touch the ground but with the entire lodge built on poles and metalwork this is not so far from the truth. The Singita Sweni Lodge Kruger National Park South Africa boasts Singita’s exquisite safari style, with a spellbinding design concept using traditional hues of khaki greens and earthy browns and vibrant yet soothing textures that blend harmoniously into the natural surroundings. These are used in unique ways, courtesy of interior designers Cecile & Boyd, whose stylish interpretation of ‘safari’ is enjoyed in all Singita lodges. Furnishings are intrepid, with sofas covered in utilitarian tent canvas, offset by dark timber decks, reed ceilings and massive glass windows. Orange lampshades add warmth and complement the magical glow from the lanterns that are scattered around the lodge when night falls.
“Orange lampshades add warmth and complement the magical glow from the lanterns that are scattered around the lodge when night falls.”
Even Singita’s owner Luke Bailes is lost for words when it comes to the lodge: “Words do not support the extent of the experience at Sweni. Come and experience it for yourself.” While the Singita Sweni Lodge Kruger National Park South Africa shares share a spa, gym, wine bar, coffee shop, boutique and gift shop with Singita Lebombo, its personality is entirely its own – totally enchanting and rich in the natural African experience. There is a feeling of exclusivity with the lowest density of guests enjoying the vast wildlife concession assigned to Singita inside Kruger Park. The staff offers remarkable attention to detail, with guides whose knowledge of the natural world seems boundless.
Lodge manager Irene Makhabane describes Nelson Mandela as her inspiration, as ‘a great man, filled with grace and humility.’ Irene grew up in Africa and loves to run the lodge as she can learn all about other people’s homes and cultures.
One of her favourite experiences as manager at the Sweni encompasses the family feel of the lodge. She recalls how a family who was staying at the lodge for a few nights invited her for dinner. ‘They insisted on serving me drinks, fetching food from the kitchen and clearing the plates. They were so kind and made me feel like a special guest.’