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The onset of autumn has left us craving an exotic adventure – we’re dreaming of untamed forests, wild animals’ roars and sun, glorious sun. Our greed is such that we can’t choose just one, so in a Hotel of the Week exclusive, we’ve picked two: Singita Lebombo and Singita Sweni. Located in the sky-high foliage of South Africa’s Kruger National Park, these extravagant lodges are sure to whet any appetite for safari splendour.

Style Sumptuous solitude
Setting Lush lands

Why this week? Until 15 December 2010, these two safari lodges are each offering four nights for the price of three. The package also includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, two game drives a day, walking safaris and transfers to the airstrip. Lucky Smith members will also receive a handcrafted African gift on arrival and a private dinner with South African wines.

Our favourite bits Though distinct in their own ways, these two safari lodges in the Kruger National Park both offer luxury and seclusion in the midst of African wilderness. Set on a clifftop overlooking the N’wanetsi River, the 15 loft-style rooms at the steel and timber-clad Singita Lebombo have open fireplaces, a panoramic game-viewing deck, and plush outdoor lounge beds (we especially love the forest-gazing bathtubs).

Down by the river, the six riverside rooms of the intimate, Singita Sweni make for a contemporary retreat. The dark wood and glass decor gives it the feel of a spa immersed in a forest, and we can’t help but love the look of a gigantic tree literally growing into the sleek floorboards of one of the lounge areas. Of course, the real feast for the senses is the Kruger National Park. The south-western section of the park, around the Crocodile and Olifants rivers, is thickly wooded and home to white rhinos and buffalo. The plains in the eastern section are favoured by giraffes, wildebeests, impala and zebras, which also makes the area popular with lions. After a few days in the park you would be unlucky not to have spotted the Big Five: lions, leopards, elephants, Cape buffalo and black rhino.

Compiled by Camille de Mondesir

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