Rooms & Suites: 6 Suites
Amongst some of Africa's starkest beauty is a place that resonates to the depths of the soul.
Set in dappled shade on the banks of the Sweni River, six exclusive suites herald a new era in safari. Constructed of glass, slatted wood and bleached branches, Sweni Lodge maintains the modern lines of Lebombo rationalised with classic lines and a time-honored palette. Integration with the African outdoors through floor to ceiling windows and a vast balcony creates a sense of accord with the surroundings. Each interior merges elemental curves, juxtaposed textures and unexpected splashes of color in eclectic harmony.
Relais & Chateaux
Lounge and timber-deck dining areas overlooking the N'wanetsi / Sweni Rivers, bar area and open boma, gymnasium and health spa, library with internet facilities, wine cellar and swimming pool.
Two open Land Rover safaris a day and walking safaris accompanied by experienced game rangers and trackers.
The sole use of Land Rovers can be arranged upon request, subject to availability, and will be at an additional charge.
The epitome of every stay at Singita's lodges is the luxurious care one indulges in at the health spa. Your Masseuse offers treatments from the more conventional European massages to Ayurveda and acupuncture, be indulged with reflexology, manicures, facials and aromatherapy. Gaze across the endless wonders of the African bush while working out in the modern fitness centre.
A typical day at Singita:
05h30 - 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.
06h15 - 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.
08h30 - 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.
10h00 - 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.
13h00 - 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.
16h00 - 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.
16h30 - 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.
20h00 - 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!
Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (MQP)
Singita may be accessed by private air charter directly to the lodge or on the scheduled air services into Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport or Eastgate Airport (Hoedspruit) with onward air transfer to the lodge. Flights to the lodge can only be operated during daylight hours. Restrictions apply.
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.
April - 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.