Sweni Lodge, Singita

– Safari Review by Jonathan and Sophie Ellaby, Klein Collection Safaris

Delightful, intimate Sweni Lodge sits next door to Lebombo and despite sharing the concession, guides and vehicles with its big sister, has a unique charm of its own. We popped down from Lebombo for lunch to check it out. See our review of Lebombo [link] for more about this Singita concession.

It’s a short stroll down the hill to this delightful little lodge right on the Sweni river. While Lebombo is set up high in the rocks like an eagle’s nest, Sweni Lodge has a more intimate feel with only six suites strung along the river either side of the lounge deck, dining area and a generously proportioned pool.

We’re greeted by the lodge manager, Kevin (who this week is also doubling as our sommelier up at Lebombo) and we’re immediately struck by the cosy feel of the camp. We settle down for a bite of lunch in the dining area which, like Lebombo up the hill, is surrounded by glass so you feel like you’re part of the bush even on cold winter nights when it’s too cold to eat out on the deck.

Singita Sweni LodgeThe style is contemporary but comes across as less of an architectural statement than Lebombo and it feels more homely. The suites are very similar to Lebombo with the interior design revolving around glass, wood and steel finishes. I have zucchini and parmesan soup as a starter, a parma ham and brie sandwich followed by fresh summer berries soaked in malibu with fruit sorbet. And since it’s a hot afternoon, I have the suggested rosé wine although as always, any wine from Singita’s vast cellar is available, all complimentary of course.

Good for: Small groups and families.

Not so good for: Lebombo better if you’re looking for something more striking.

Our verdict: Not quite as polished as Boulders Lodge and Ebony Lodge but more intimate – the friendly staff bring guests back here again and again.

Singita Sweni Lodge

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