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Singita Sweni Lodge
Hoorn, The Netherlands
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49 reviews
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“Safari perfection”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2009

Sometimes a place is so famous, and so expensive, that the expections are huge.
Sometimes this lead to disappointments as I experienced a few years ago visiting Singita Boulders.... but this time. Wow, it was good!
Encouraged by the extraordinary design of the lodge, and being addicted safari lovers we deciced that we would love to visit the Singita's in the Krugerpark.
A choice we don't regret.
Singita Swena is in the Lebombo concession at the eastern border of the Krugerpark and it really is a beautiful and different concession. We travelled to Singita by car, as it seems as only 1 % of the guests do, and we also recommend that trip. The route from Skukuza to Singita, and from Singita via Satara and Orphen gate out, was beautiful, a game drive in itself. But take your time. On leisure speed it will take you a few hours.
As said we love safari and have visited, over the past 15 years, a lot of lodges. When I saw Singita Sweni and Lebombo in a magazine I was allways wondering if such design suits in the bush. Well the design in reality is much better then in the magazines. The rooms in the camps Lebombo and Sweni are exactly the same with only the Lebombo ones using lighter woodcolour than in Sweni. The other difference is the camp size, Sweni has 6 rooms and Lebombo has 15. This make in my opinion Sweni also a much more cozyer and more intimate camp. The rooms are huge and have everything you could want or need. The service is great, you will a personal butler who will take care for you, we had a extreme friendly and competent guy. The food is if you are dining in a star restaurant. One night we also had a winetasting in the cellar with the sommelier, followed by a 6-course tasting dinner with the same wines, how special. They have a nice spa with all desired treatments and for ladies who want to shop; some lodges have a curio cupboard, some lodges have a curio shop, Singita has a curio shopping center! Apart from the hospitality, the reason of being there is the safari. The game drives were also great, we did see all of big 5 and much more, the scenery is beautiful, and we had a very entertaining ranger and tracker which were good company.
Is Singita the best safari place in Southern Africa? From many perspectives I would say yes, accomodation, design, food, safaris all score 10 out of 10. Personally I think their operation is a little bit to "smooth", in my opinion being on safari also needs some bush-roughness, with things like big stories from rangers and fellow guest around a campfire. But that is personal; I can imagine a lot of other guests who prefer this extreme personalized service. But one thing is sure, it is expensive but absolute value for money.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2009

We stayed at Sweni Lodge (the smaller group of rooms on Lebombo's property). We tried to book Lebombo but it was full so our travel agent booked us here. I was worried that it wouldnt be as nice as Lebombo, because there are no reviews on Sweni, but we saw both properties and really like Sweni's location better. They are both beautiful and almost exactly the same but Lebombo has a beachy, blue and white color scheme, is larger and has more rooms, and sits high up on the hill over looking the park. Sweni has a green, white and brown color scheme and forest feel to it. You sit really low, right in the trees. You feel like you are (luxury) camping in a tree house here. There are only 6 rooms in Sweni so it is much more intimate than Lebombo. Right below our room was the river with 40 or so hippos in it. Every morning we would wake to the calls of the hippos, it was so exciting to be that close to them. We also stayed at Londolozi Tree Camp (I will review this next) while in South Africa and have to say that Singita (no matter what lodge you pick) is far superior to any thing else in South Africa. If you are used to five star, stay at Singita. The staff, service, facilities, and food are all outstanding and you will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed November 2008, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2006

Can't say enough about our experience at Singita. We stayed 3 nights at Sweni Lodge in the Lebombo concession of Kruger National Park. Lebombo Lodge was nearby, but we loved Sweni for its intimacy, with only 6 "rooms" along the Sweni River. Our accommodations were gorgeous, although we didn't use the third shower; there are two indoor showers, one outdoor, and one bathtub (a bit much for one couple)! The lodge is contemporary African style, yet comfortable. The service was wonderful, with great attention, yet casual (as a safari should be). Lots of retirees and newlyweds, some over-the-top (pearls on a game drive...really?) But the staff were warm and friendly. Would definitely return...tomorrow if we had the time & $$. The game drives were amazing & exciting. Overall, an absolutely unforgettable experience!

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Property: Singita Sweni Lodge
Address: Kruger National Park 1350, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #104 of 171 Speciality Lodging in Kruger National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Resting lightly upon the ground within a 33,000 acre, private concession in the Kruger National Park, Singita Sweni Lodge is nestled beautifully amongst hundreds of trees at the edge of the Sweni River. In this tranquil, intimate hideaway, the decks of the lodge seem to hover in the branches, while inside, rich calming colours and textures echo the hues of the natural surroundings. With its proximity to the river, guests at Singita Sweni Lodge are treated to up-close sightings of the incredible number of animals and birds that wander down to drink or wallow in the river. ... more   less 

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