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Journal Entry Travel with Friends
Family & Friends gather at Sweni

Family & Friends gather at Sweni

Words and Photos by Dari Patsiokas. Presented by Guided Safaris®


What a fabulous experience! Will definitely go back to Singita. The entire staff were professional and very eager to please. Luxury that’s not found even in the best hotels in the world!  Thanks for all your help.


Originally from South Africa, Dari is an artist who lives with her daughters and husband in Florida. Her bronze works are on permanent display at the UNESCO HQ in Paris, amongst other works at the Bo-Kaap and The Foundry. Prior to a major exhibit of her work, that opens at the Grand Palais in Paris this November, a small and intimate group of her family and close friends, most of them neighbors, stayed at Singita Sweni with us. Here’s their journal…


Our Guided Safaris® Experience…

Singita Sweni Lodge
Private charter of a “tree lodge”
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What We Loved…

“We saw everything we could have dreamed of; Lioness on the road at dusk followed by her two very young Cubs,  Cheetah mom and her cubs the same night, a Leopard couple being chased from their Impala kill by a Lioness…Buffalo and hippo below our suite in the Sweni river.  In fact, all my friends and my girls have been spoilt as this is their first safari!”

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