Sweni, along with its sister lodge, Lebombo, are two of our favourite lodges in South Africa. Sweni is more intimate than Lebombo and has a more classic safari feel to it, whereas Lebombo is larger and has a much more dramatic location. You are unlikely to be disappointed whichever one you choose. They are both fabulous! Like all the top lodges, they are expensive but we think they are well worthwhile.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
Sweni overlooks the Sweni River and is surrounded by greenery. Singita Sweni Lodge lies in the Lebombo concession area on the east side of the Kruger, bordering Mozambique. This is a wonderful area for game-viewing and is home to all of the Big Five.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES:
It is small and personal with only six suites accommodating up to 12 guests. The rooms are spacious, airy and very luxurious. They are mainly made of wood and glass and have large sliding doors. The food is extremely good and the wine cellar exceptionally well-stocked. There is also a swimming pool, spa and a well-equipped gym.
There are only two lodges in the entire concession area, so guests are given a very private safari experience which is totally unspoiled. Not only are there morning and afternoon game drives, but walking safaris are also available. The guides will take you out on foot and use their tracking skills and extensive knowledge to show you animals, large and small, and also tell you fascinating facts about the insects and vegetation around you. Mountain bike riding is also available, as is archery! Yes, archery!