My partner and I spent 2 nights at Sweni and 3 nights at Singita Ebony in December. You can see my Ebony review under its listing. Although I preferred the look of Ebony lodge (it's like a high end version of an old school hunting lodge), I can see how others might prefer Sweni's more modern look. For instance, the floor to ceiling windows really made it easier to constantly be looking out your window for birds and wildlife. (I saw hippos from my balcony at both places and at that point Singita had me forever). The pool is also nicer at Sweni, I thought, though you really shouldnt be going to Singita for the pools. Sweni is also more intimate- because we went in early December both places only had a few other guests, but at Xmastime or other busy periods it might be preferable to be at Sweni.
The important thing to know about Sweni is that this is a private concession at Kruger and they do in fact drive off road. Our guide, Reckson, was such a great guy-- soulful, I would say. We saw the Big 5 and lots of other great animals.
We actually did the optional walking safari-- which in truth freaked us out a bit at the time in truth, but which we will now never forget. We actually saw all the Big 5 at Sweni, but never saw buffalo at Ebony. You will have great animal sightings at both locations.
The food and the staff are absolutely wonderful. You should not stress out too much about your decision to go to any Singita property, you simply will not regret the experience- you will treasure it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Resting lightly upon the ground within a 33,000 acre, private concession in the Kruger National Park, Singita Sweni Lodge is nestled beautifully amongst hundreds of trees at the edge of the Sweni River. In this tranquil, intimate hideaway, the decks of the lodge seem to hover in the branches, while inside, rich calming colours and textures echo the hues of the natural surroundings. With its proximity to the river, guests at Singita Sweni Lodge are treated to up-close sightings of the incredible number of animals and birds that wander down to drink or wallow in the river. ... more less