The design theme for Sweni Lodge was influenced by the African bush in the form of the dens,warrens and lairs,located in the area around the lodge.
The lodge is named after the the Sweni River,which it borders.Singitas Sweni lodge has been designed in such a way as to blend in with nature.It has been elevated using stilts with large decks of timber.
The result of this design feature is that you feel close to nature both inside and outside,.
With only six private suites,Singita’s Sweni Lodge offers a luxury private,secluded South Africa Safari experience.
Singita Sweni details:
Location:Flanking the Sweni River in the eastern south central part of the Kruger National Park.
Best time to visit: All year round,
Luxurious all-suite accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, teas and coffees
Two open Land Rover safaris a day,walking and mountain bike safaris accompanied by experienced guides and trackers
All drinks, including premium wines,spirits and liqueurs (excluding French champagne)
Laundry and valet services
Return surface transfers from the Singita airstrip, Sabi Sand, and the Satara airstrip, Kruger National Park, to the lodges
Telephone calls, purchases from The Singita Shop,French champagne,air transfers to and from the lodges and health spa treatments,private jeep.
Trip Activities: Game Drives, Bush walks, Birding,
Can this trip be modified:Yes
Singita’s Sweni Lodge has been designed around the concept of open-plan living.Your Luxury Safari suite flows from the bathroom area,to the lounge,into the bedroom.
The suites have a outdoor shower that overlooks the river,and you can spend a night under the African sky on your day bed, on the privacy of your deck.
Since Sweni lodge only takes 12 guests in six suites at a time,you are assured of a private,secluded,remote,experience.
Swenis lodge luxury suites:
- air-conditioned suites
- floor-to-ceiling glass walls,
- luxurious bathrooms,
- indoor and outdoor showers,
- large living area,
- mini bar and fridge,
- room safe
- private decks with a day bed.
- All the suites have direct dial telephones.
The main lodge at Sweni comprises of a lounge and large wooden timber deck,that act as dining areas with amazing views of the African bush and the Sweni river.A bar,lounge area with a fireplace swimming pool and wine cellar,complete this elegantly simple yet luxury South Africa Safari lodge.
A typical day at Singita
The sole use of private Land Rovers at Sweni Lodge can be arranged.This needs to be done prior to your arrival.
After senses are awakened by the sounds of the bushveld, guests congregate with the rangers at the main lodge for tea, coffee and light snacks in anticipation of the early morning game drive.
As the early morning sun rises over the horizon, rangers and trackers head out with guests into the African bushveld. One can sense the excitement… who knows what to expect? A herd of ever-cautious impala huddled together, a leopard in the branches of a knobthorn tree with a kill from the last hours of darkness, a herd of elephant feeding in the lush vegetation or a pride of lion in the shade of an acacia. The sound of creatures awakening to a new day stirs your passion for Africa and its many wonders.
The fresh aromas of Singita’s signature breakfast entice guests back to the lodge. Overlooking the African plains from the main deck, a spectacular breakfast follows your return from the morning game drive, with a buffet of seasonal fruits, cereals, yoghurts and fruit juice, followed by a delectable hot breakfast.
At your leisure – whether an indulgent massage or beauty treatment at the spa, relaxing under an African sun on your sundeck, a workout at the gym or some superb shopping at the trading store, any number of discoveries await.
Lunch at Singita – after spending the morning at leisure, Singita’s talented chefs prepare a medley of culinary delights, inspired by African flavours yet guided by western cooking tradition.
As the endless African day starts to cool and the shadows are forming across the plains, guests enjoy afternoon refreshments, which are served in the main lodge before the evening game drive.
A vivid sunset sky forms the backdrop of an unforgettable wildlife experience. As darkness approaches, the animals become more active, rarely seen nocturnal creatures emerge and incredible interactions are the order of the day. Pause midway for drinks and conversation as the sun disappears at one of the many vantage points hidden in the bush. The lions stir from their slumber to begin the night’s hunt and the leopard slinks through the long grass in the twilight. The evening drive is the apex of the African adventure, moments that will define forever your memories of Africa.
One by one, the drivers return to the lodge, the fires are lit and the night’s entertainment begins. Return to the lodge for dinner around the fire in the Boma under a starlit sky, or a gourmet meal by candlelight in the dining room. A fusion of venison dishes, fresh fish from the South African coast, pastas, soups and vegetables, dinner at Singita is a sumptuous affair, where you will be enchanted by the rhythm and harmony of a local choir. Retire to your suite for a restful nights sleep in preparation for the next exciting day!
Arrival / Departure
Suggested arrival time is after 12 noon with check-in from 13.00pm. Suites must be vacated by 11.00am for the convenience of arriving guests. Late departure times can be arranged at the lodge, subject to availability of suites.
Safari clothing ideas.
Winter Months (May to September, ± 3ºC- 22ºC / 37ºF- 72ºF)
Very warm insulated parkas and scarves for the night safaris.
Light sweaters, jeans and shorts for everyday wear
Summer Months (October to April, ±15ºC- 38ºC / 59ºF- 100ºF)
Cool cotton clothing, T-shirts and shirts (preferably in neutral colours)
Jeans or trousers for evening wear (temperatures can drop to around 18ºC / 64ºF)
The seasons at Singita
November through December
Our summer months are very hot and humid with either continual rains or very typically afternoon thundershowers which generally clear before the game drives depart. Lots of young animals are born during this time notably the Impala lambs, which are beautiful but vulnerable to predators.
January to March
These are normally drier months with very hot days. There are lots of beautiful migratory birds during this Summer period. Early morning drives with early returns to escape the heat, are typical.
Please remember to bring hats, sunscreen and to take malaria prophylaxis (see our note on Malaria precautions, which we recommend be taken throughout the year) as well as rain protection gear (we do provide ponchos). Please note umbrellas are not taken on the game drives when it’s raining.
The vegetation starts changing from thick lush green bush to a slightly sparser browning bush during this Autumn period. The temperatures start cooling down at night but daytime is still warm. Potential scattered thundershowers can be experienced in the afternoons.
May to June
Cold temperatures are experienced at night and at dawn during our winter months. Warm clothing is recommended such as gloves, scarves, beanies (knitted caps) and insulated jackets. Large herds of elephants start moving back into the area. The vegetation becomes totally brown and trees start losing leaves. Visibility during drives is enhanced due to sparser vegetation. The N’wanetsi River becomes a major game attraction
July to September
This period is very dry in the bush with very cold night temperatures and therefore chilly during the early morning and late afternoon game drives. Game viewing is generally fantastic as the visibility is good and the game is concentrated around any water source.
September to October
Spring is the height of the dry season boasting hot dry winds and colourless, sparse vegetation. Because the rivers and dams are low, high concentrations of game can be viewed at these areas and game viewing in general is very good. The first rains may start towards the end of October and the signs of spring and a new wet season are evident.