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Singita Sweni Lodge Wins Prestigious Design Award

Singita Sweni Lodge, located in the Kruger National Park, has won the Skift Design Award for the best ecofriendly design.

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Singita Sweni Lodge, located on the banks of the Sweni River in the Kruger National Park, has received acclaim from the Skift Design Awards for having the best ecofriendly design. 

The lodge was recognised in the awards as its ethos is rooted in sustainabiltiy and conservation: it runs completely on solar energy and Tesla baterries, while the arcitectural design of the lodge positions it in order to maximise the use of trees and the river breeze to cool its rooms.

Construction of the lodge impacted minimally on the enviornment as it was built with just one concrete slab. The remainder of the structure is supported by poles – so if the buildings need to be removed one day, this can easily be done with minimal impact on their natural surrounds. 

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Other honourable mentions in the awards category for best ecofriendly design include 1000 Island Hotels, Woods and Sasan, and United Airlines' Flight for the Planet. 

Hosted annually, the Skift Design Awards recognise transformational design experiences that enhance the traveller's journey.

The competition aims to honour designers and businesses who create new and forward-thinking design projects across both physical and digital touchpoints. This includes recognising built environments, tech-enabled services and unique travel moments. 

The competition includes 15 categories, and all travel sectors and design firms are encouraged to apply for the awards. The globally based panel of expert judges are drawn from various industries, and include design aficionados, business leaders and members of Skift's editorial team.

Each entry is judged based on multiple factors, inlcuding functionality, originality and user experience. 

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Singita Sweni Lodge is renowned for its unique approach to African contemporary style, offering a luxurious experience for travellers.

It's an intimate lodge offering, with just seven suites that are hidden among a canopy of trees. Each suite features an open-plan interior, two bathrooms and outdoor shower overlooking the river. 

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The approach of the lodge, in terms of merging both sophistication and African contemporary design with nature, can be seen throughout. A lap pool provides the ideal location to watch animals pass by as you are nestled near the trees.

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