Having been granted the rights to a concession in a corner of Kruger National Park on the border of Mozambique, and nestled in the shade of the banks of the Sweni River, Sweni Lodge follows the Singita philosophy of “touching the earth lightly.”
Built on stilts with decks of dark timber, Sweni is the smallest of the Singita lodges, with six luxurious hideaways tucked among the trees, offering time for peaceful reflection as well as the opportunity to see the Big Five and other game and bird life.
With distinct African style, Sweni reveals another face of the glorious N’wanetsi Concession. Where Lebombo Lodge stands in awe of the great wide open, Sweni delights in peace and intimacy beside an African river. Warmth and contentment are central to the Sweni experience with smooth textures and cool serenity the focus of the six intimate suites. Each features an en suite bathroom and shower, and a private view of the river. The entire lodge may be booked out for a group or family, affording up to 12 guests total privacy and completely customized itineraries. Children of all ages are welcome.
Sweni Lodge’s luxurious comfort offers a revitalizing retreat after the rush of an early morning or evening expedition in the wild. Guests can enjoy a fully equipped gym, open boma, library, ample wine cellar, cool swimming pool and, of course, the ultimate relaxation — the Singita Spa. Unwind with treatments from massages to reflexology, manicures, facials, aromatherapy and other uplifting therapies while you gaze at the pristine beauty of the African bush. WiFi is available.
The immense scale and echoing silence of Africa’s endless wilderness is something seldom experienced by modern man. Each new day at Sweni provides early morning and evening Land Rover safaris where you’ll explore the sweeping valleys and breathtaking splendor of the untamed wilderness with experienced rangers and game trackers. Rangers say the park holds some of the highest concentrations of game on the continent. Near the lodge you’ll spot smaller creatures in the shadows of the forest and enjoy the melody of songbirds. Guided bush walks and a visit to the Singita School of Cooking can also be arranged. The nearby Singita Boutique & Gallery offers art, sculpture, ethnic crafts, jewelry and safari fashions.
The menus at Sweni Lodge are as enticing as the exotic setting in which they are served. Imaginative dishes such as Springbok fillets with a fresh papino, dill and ginger relish are sublime. Scoop indigenous peppadews onto a green salad. Dunk homemade breads into African aubergine pâté. Relish South African cheeses with a glass of crisp Cape wine. Snack on roasted corn nuts and venison biltong while on a game drive. Breakfast, lunches, packed picnics and dinner fare are all made with fresh local ingredients and tailored to your taste. Connoisseurs of fine wines will want to peruse the outstanding array in Lebombo’s beautiful silo cellar.
The Singita School of Cooking community project was launched in 2007 by the Singita Sweni head chef at the time, with the support of one of his sous chefs. They created a chef training concept focused on unemployed young people from the local communities. The project has been extremely successful and with over 300 young people interviewed each year, only 8 candidates are accepted. As vocational skills training is very much lacking within rural communities in South Africa, Singita and the community place great value on this particular project. The training provides skills that will not only impact a student’s future but also that of their dependents and communities.
Sweni is located in Singita’s private concession on the border of Mozambique in southeastern Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga Province, South Africa. It’s approximately 45 minutes to Satara by air from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, and approximately 1.5 hours from Johannesburg. The lodge is about an eighthour drive from Johannesburg, and two to three hours from Hoedspruit and Skukuza.