Sweni River, Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga, Kruger Park, 1350, South Africa
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Photo courtesy of Singita Lebombo
Singita Lebombo & SweniSingita, leaders in sustainability and conservation in the hospitality industry, were granted a 25 year lease for a 33,000 acre concession within Kruger National Park in 2001. It's here where the company set up the Singita Lebombo and Sweni lodges. These eco-friendly camps are in the midsection of Kruger National Park and are a stones throw from South Africa's border with Mozambique.
Lebombo and Sweni were designed to have minimal impact on the surrounding ecosystem without compromising any of your favorite amenities (spa, gym, and swimming pool). You can even learn to cook a traditional South African dish at the Singita Community Culinary School. For photography enthusiasts, Canon and Nikon camera and lens rentals are available to rent (for a fee). There is a small photo studio on site with a Mac and Lightroom/Photoshop you can access post daily safari drive, as well.
Lebombo and Sweni accommodate a maximum of 42 guests - an indicator of the level of privacy and exclusivity you'll enjoy during your visit. The floor to ceiling glass windows of Lebombo's suites make you feel like the outside is in. Sweni is more contemporary in style, with decks and outdoor showers overlooking the riverbed below. Be sure to try sleeping outside on the wooden decks at either camp at least one of the nights of your stay.
With 150km of private roads to explore, it's only a matter of time before you come in close contact with the four prides of lions this region of the national park is so famous for.
Lebombo and Sweni are a 2 or 3 hour drive from Hoedspruit or Skukuza airport. Federal Air operates shuttle and charter flights to Satara airstrip, which is only 45 minutes away from the lodge.
about 2 years ago
Set along a hippo-filled river in Kruger National Park, Singita Lebombo has just completed a stem-to-stern renovation. The 15 glass-walled suites have been reimagined in metallic hues, raw woods, and soothing gray stone, while common areas were reconfigured for a more casual, communal vibe, with a fire pit in the open-air lobby, a roof deck for stargazing, and a new 25-meter lap pool. Doubles from $1,500.