Tuningi Safari Lodge

Tuningi Safari Lodge

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#5 of 22 lodges in Madikwe Game Reserve
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Tuningi Safari Lodge, situated in the world renowned Big 5, malaria-free, Madikwe Game Reserve, proudly showcases this protected areas African success story in magnificent style! Tuningi offers guests superior accommodation enhanced by an impressive Big 5 safari experience and personalised service in a friendly and relaxed environment. The Lodge welcomes children and in doing so, avails them of the opportunity to experience the wonders of nature, wildlife and our delicate eco-system first-hand.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Babysitting
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Airport transportation
Secured parking
Internet
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Kids' meals
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Massage
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
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Air conditioning
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Safe
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HOTEL STYLE
Hidden Gem
Charming
Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans

Location

Madikwe Game Reserve 2840 South Africa
Getting there
Sir Seretse Khama Intl Airport
43.3 km
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Lanseria Airport
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Debbie wrote a review May 2021
Klerksdorp, South Africa10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was our second time to Tuningi as a family. We absolutely love it there. The food is amazing, the game drives spectacular - even if you do not find what you are looking for - the guide still makes it worth your while by giving interesting facts.
Gavin and Heidi and all the people that work there feel like family. They are very professional yet very personal and make you feel at home.
I had my birthday there and they made the day so special that I felt like a princess. I believe this was my best birthday ever.
The rooms are spacious and luxurious and the waterhole with the lookout makes watching game fun and exiting. The rooms have a fireplace which is like a very welcoming hug when you walk in the room in the cold evenings.
They think of everything. Hot water bottles on the cold morning drives with a nice coffee stop along the way. In the afternoon there is nothing better than a sunset drink.
Gavin our guide is a spectacular tracker which is very interesting and exciting especially if you get rewarded with a pack of lions catching a kudu.
I cannot wait to visit my new family again.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Mina and Rein wrote a review Mar 2020
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea7 contributions9 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent 2 days and 3 nights at this lovely resort. The safaris were the best we had in the country. The guide Andre was extremely knowlagble. We saw the big 5 plus numerous other animals and hundreds of birds. They are able to go off road which makes it very exciting. The resort has its own waterhole where all sorts of animals come for a drink, The rest of the staff couldn't do enough to make our stay special. The food was of a high quality and overly abundant . I am a vegetarian and their menu was excellent. The booking was unplanned and we were very lucky to get in. occured as we couldn't go into Zimbabwe due to the Virus. They were very keen to keep the place going to ensure all the staff had work. That was great to see.
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Date of stay: March 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: All rooms have great views. If you cant walk as for the rooms/bungalows closest to the main lodge.
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Pokervillan wrote a review Jul 2023
Reading, United Kingdom18 contributions22 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The safari lodge and rooms are stunning in terms of size, fittings, material quality and views.

My family and I stayed in the two bed family suite next door to the main lodge and the pictures didn't do it justice. It was an amazing space for our family but would have worked just as well for two couples due the main living room having self contained separate double bedrooms and bathrooms to either side. The balcony was equally spacious with great views. All areas were extremely comfortable.

All staff were very attentive and friendly. No request was too much trouble, (including the provision of water, blankets and hot water bottles for the chilly morning game drives, then greeting us with warm towels and drinks upon our return).

Special mention must go to Marcel who took us on our daily game drives. He was extremely knowledgeable, informative and friendly. His passion and enthusiasm for the wildlife he was telling us about was infectious. Indeed, my 16 year old son commented that he had learned more in 3 days with Marcel than he had learned in his last term in school!

The game drives were excellent. We saw everything we could reasonably hope to see in 3 days, (elephants, rhino's, wart hogs, cape buffalo, giraffes, wild dogs, lions, cheetahs, impala, boks, baboon, numerous birds etc). We also found fresh hyena and leopard spoor, but sadly never saw the animals themselves in our time there.

Finally, I have to mention how amazed we were with the food. We tried many dishes we'd never previously had, (ostrich and eland for example), and found them all to be delicious, (even my son who is an unadventurous and fussy eater).

Presentation was always stunning and there were many flavour combinations I'd never seen before, some of which didn't seem particularly appetising on paper, but worked spectacularly in the eating. I've enjoyed restaurants all over the world, (including michelin starred) and in my opinion, the food at Tuningi was up there with the best I've had and was certainly among the most interesting. My whole family are now Ostrich converts, (which is surprisingly like a top quality fillet steak rather than chicken as you might expect).

Top tip is that the morning game drives are cold in Jjuly due to the wind chill from the open topped vehicle. Take gloves and something to cover your lower face to avoid getting very chapped skin due to the lack of moisture in the air.

Overall, we cannot recommend Tuningi highly enough. It's a fabulous resort in a wonderful reserve!
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Date of stay: July 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Take gloves, hats, scarfs and warm layers for morning game drives in July to avoid chapped hands...
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J0burgGirl wrote a review Apr 2021
Johannesburg, South Africa64 contributions30 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We visited in February with two primary school aged children. Though a beautiful time it wasn’t the ideal season for game viewing with the vegetation very lush. Nevertheless we had a wonderful time and even saw the entire big 5 in one drive. The highlight was when got visited by elephants while in the swimming pool. My boys peppered our guide Martin incessantly with questions during game drives and he answered nearly everything with patience and in-depth knowledge. One of the most knowledgeable guides we have had having been to many game reserves. The family rooms are lovely and spacious and we spotted giraffes, wildebeest and elephants from the deck. The only slight discomfort is the shower is outdoors only though the tub is inside. There are lovely touches for kids including activity books, games and storybooks in the room. The kids club kept them busy for an interlude everyday so we could get a nap :) Food was good and they made an effort to help with our dietary requirements and separate kids meals which they loved. All in all a fantastic experience. The best part was the staff and management who were all absolutely lovely.
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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CSuthons wrote a review Mar 2023
Johannesburg, South Africa10 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Tuningi was an utter delight from all aspects. A fantastic welcome from all the staff, the rooms and lodge are knockout, breathtaking game drives with our ranger Marcel, delicious and beautifully presented food from the chef and kitchen staff, friendly and professional service from Frans and all the bar and waiting staff - and a heartstopping array of wild animals came out to say hello while we were there. Our trip was perfect all round. We will most definitely be returning.
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Date of stay: March 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Berna L wrote a review Jul 2023
Torquay4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Thank you Cisca of Bushcapes for helping me choose Tuningi Lodge. We loved the authenticity of Tuningi Lodge. It is more rustic than other lodges we have been to, but the service levels are the same.
The enthusiasm of our Game Ranger, Marcel, blew us away. He left no stone unturned to get our vehicle to the best sightings available and was a great team player with rangers from other lodges in order to achieve this. He also worked around the very challenging weather conditions and still took us out on game drives. Full marks to him.
The food was exceptional in variety and presentation.
We were the only South African guests at the Lodge and were very proud of the service that our fellow countrymen and ladies produced.
The staff picked up on the new friendships made with our fellow guests and suggested pushing our tables together for the last meal together which resulted in a fabulous time for all.
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Date of stay: July 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Lodge is lovely, but don't confuse luxury with flashy. It is upmarket with an authentic, rustic feel
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Patrick Bell wrote a review Oct 2023
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Tuningi experience was 10/10. Our room was out of this world and being able to view the animals at the watering hole right beside the lodge was an incredible sight - we also managed to view a Rhino from the ‘hideout’ spot in the evening, which we’ll never forget as we were all but 3m away from the big unit. The food was unbelievable and even the snacks out on the game drives were 10/10, hard to beat a Black Label in the bush as the sun goes down. The staff were always there to help and Heidi even managed to sort out the rugby so I could watch the World Cup…less said about the Irish defeat to the AB’s the better. Patrick was always on hand to help, and we also loved the Braai on the Friday night - the singing was amazing from all involved. Special mention to Marcel, our ranger, who was extremely knowledgeable and passionate! We didn’t want to leave and we will definitely be back in the future as it was an unforgettable experience!
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Jet770226 wrote a review Mar 2022
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Tuningi Lodge provided the most amazing safari experience for our family of 5 last week (including my 4 year old granddaughter) 3 living in Joburg and 2 of us from the US. Gavin, our guide, was extremely knowledgable about all kind of wildlife and birds, taught us so much about the various animals and he was very determined to find the most for us to see~ we saw 16 on our first afternoon out ! The accomodations were luxurious, the pool lovely, all of the meals were soooo delicious. Heidi, Michelle, Kennedy and all of the support personnel couldn't have been more helpful and friendly. One definitely senses that the whole team is dedicated to each guest having the most special experience. Thank you for the most memorable time~ job well done !
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Date of stay: February 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Daryl B wrote a review Jan 2021
Johannesburg, South Africa14 contributions12 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We first went to Tuningi in 2007 and have returned approximately 14 times since. I cannot recommend this place highly enough. Everything is five star from the accommodation to the food to the game drives. The “T” team treat every guest like family and bend over backwards to make your stay memorable.
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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LTT2012 wrote a review Mar 2023
London, United Kingdom28 contributions18 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was part of a trip of a lifetime...and Tuningi Safari Lodge was the cherry on top!! From the moment you step out of your car, you are greeted by the wonderful team, who explain everything and make you comfortable from the start!
The food, wine, accommodation is second to none! The added touches are beyond words...and I haven't even started on the game drives...pure magic!
The Rangers are so helpful, informative, and strive to give you the best experience during your stay.
This place is a must for a magical, immersive, safari experience.
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Date of stay: March 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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jhersh1008 asked a question Apr 2021
Estes Park, Colorado74 contributions24 helpful votes
Does the rate include three meals a day and two animal drives a day?
Answer from WWBigC
Woodham Walter, United Kingdom22 contributions19 helpful votes
It depends how busy the lodge is. The maximum number the whole lodge takes is 16. They have two jeeps. When we were there the max number in a Jeep was 6 - so two on each row. But on some of the game drives there were only 4 or even just the two of us. I would highly recommend the lodge the guides are great, game viewing excellent and all the staff exceedingly friendly. KR Calvin
Answer from heatherft88
Berlin, Germany6 contributions
Everyone eats together in the main lodge :) one big happy family
travel2faraway asked a question Aug 2016
Virginia23 contributions24 helpful votes
Can a toddler come along on a safari drive?
Answer from TuningiLodge
Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa
Dear JC... It all depends on the age of the child. The park regulations does not allow for kids under 5 to go into big 5 sightings as it places the whole car in dangerous. If the toddler is under 5 we do kids bumbles as mentioned above which is about an hours' drive looking at elephants and antelope. We do have kids of all ages around the camp all the time so we have fun filled activities planned for them during the day. We also offer babysitting facilities if you wish to leave the little one behind whilst on safari. Hope this will be of help. Have a lovely day. Wild wishes The T Team
Dale H asked a question Apr 2016
Sarasota, Florida72 contributions42 helpful votes
What is the best time of year to visit with the goal off seeing the most animals?
Answer from WatchFox
Bern, Switzerland565 contributions650 helpful votes
People are often asking me that question. As I lived for over 25 years in South Africa, I want to give you an honest answer without being offensive or wanting to hurt you in any way. In a zoo you will see all the animals you want to see. A game reserve is not a zoo and one day, you might see a lot of game and the next day very little. I waited for 6 years to see my first leopard. My wife went once and saw three leopards in two days. Therefore I would hate to give you an exact answer as we cannot make it just as with the weather! Winter in South Africa is from May to July. The Western Cape with Cape Town gets most of its rain in winter and snow falls might also occur. Tuningi is in the North of the Country and they should get their rain between October until March-April. Rain in South Africa cannot be compared with our rain, as it means normally late afternoon thunderstorms. I say "normally and should" because 2015 and the beginning of 2016 were and are very but really very dry. Tuningi is a camp within the Madikwe Reserve. Their no big animal migration therefore it is ideal to visit all year through. The skilled guides will ensure that you have a great wildlife experience. My personal Tip: go between November and April and spend at least four nights.
Shaun P wrote a tip Apr 2024
Lutterworth, United Kingdom23 contributions17 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"So casual. Don’t worry about being scruffy in a 5 star place"
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Marianne M wrote a tip Feb 2024
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Stay ling enough to enjoy this gem!"
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angela o wrote a tip Sept 2023
London, United Kingdom14 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"It can be chilly on spring mornings so bring a warm top "
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Berna L wrote a tip Jul 2023
Torquay4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Lodge is lovely, but don't confuse luxury with flashy. It is upmarket with an authentic, rustic feel"
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Pokervillan wrote a tip Jul 2023
Reading, United Kingdom18 contributions22 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Take gloves, hats, scarfs and warm layers for morning game drives in July to avoid chapped hands and lips - you'll thank me!"
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PRICE RANGE
R 21,629 - R 40,894 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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tuningi safari hotel madikwe game reserve
LOCATION
South AfricaNorth-West ProvinceMadikwe Game Reserve
NUMBER OF ROOMS
8
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Frequently Asked Questions about Tuningi Safari Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Tuningi Safari Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Tuningi Safari Lodge?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a refrigerator, and a fireplace.
What food & drink options are available at Tuningi Safari Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Tuningi Safari Lodge?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Tuningi Safari Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Does Tuningi Safari Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Tuningi Safari Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Tuningi Safari Lodge located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.3 km away from the centre of Madikwe Game Reserve.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Tuningi Safari Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.