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Tintswalo Safari Lodge
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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“A safari experience of a lifetime”
Reviewed 14 January 2017

We spent three nights at Tintswalo over Christmas. The, our first safari, was one of the most incredible experiences we have ever had and we will always remember our time there.

We saw elephants and zebra even while we were simply driving under our own steam to the lodge. In 6 game drives, we then saw the big 5 regularly, once all 5 in one day. But equally amazing for us was the myriad of other game we saw, equally rewarding - giraffes, wildebeest, zebra, baboons, hyenas, many types of antelope as well as many different bird species. The lodge's drive cars seem to be the most comfortable in the Manyeleti reserve, which is used by 3 or different game drive companies. Unlike most others, we had open top cars in which they never had more than 6 people - so much more comfortable than some of the other game cars. After the first day, we were lucky enough to share one car only with our 2 friends we were travelling with. Equipped with warm ponchos (for when it drizzled once), sun cream and insect repellant - they think of everything. The drivers and spotters are so knowledgeable and friendly - Thank you Eric (our spotter) for your amazing stories about the wildlife and trees. Thanks Dave (or driver / guide) for never tiring of our endless questions. And thanks both of you for going the extra mile to find the elusive cheetah, an experience we will never forget. Manyeleti is amazing as a game reserve because the number of vehicles permitted is very restricted, and no more than 3 vehicles are ever allowed near the big game which makes the experience all the more personal - but all the drivers share information ensuring that you are never far from an interesting find, be it a leopard with an impala in its larder up a tree; or a whole pride of lions tucking into dinner.

We stayed in one of the suites at the main lodge (Baker). This was the furthest one away from the lodge along a wooden walkway. Some reviews have complained about the distance but, I do not understand this (only a 3 minute walk), as it feels wonderfully secluded and gives a great view of lots of birds in the trees. The suite was faultless and luxurious, which is expected given the price of the suites. A roll top bath and separate shower room each with a beautiful view over the savannah. A lovely plunge pool - so nice to cool down in with temperatures reaching into the 40Cs on 2 days. Very well provided with tea / coffee, sherry, cookies; wonderful toiletries. Everything was kept spotless.

The food at the restaurant was always very good with a selection of really interesting dishes for lunch and dinner, often introducing us to African dishes. House wine (Alvi's Drift) was included in the package. As wine lovers, we thought originally of exploring the great wine selection when we were shown into the wine cellar (where they later set out a wonderful meal just for the four of us). However, the house wine, in several varieties of red and white grapes, was so good, we never explored further. Breakfasts after the morning game drive were varied and always excellent.

One of the most special things about Tintswalo is the staff. Everyone there seems very happy and is genuinely determined to ensure you have an amazing experience in every respect: telephoning you in your suite when an elephant has arrived at the watering hole by the main lodge to give you an opportunity to come and watch; arranging Christmas dinner for the four of us in a room in the main lodge of our choosing; asking us which drinks we would like to be put on board the game drive car for our sundowner experience; our waiter Kenneth always greeting us by name.

We left this place refreshed, exhilarated and just so grateful for what we had experienced. It is a privilege to live like this for just a little while, and one that we will never forget.

Thank you Tanya and everyone on the team for helping to make our dreams come true.

Room Tip: Baker Suite was an excellent choice - one of the most secluded suites and great for watching birds.
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  • Stayed December 2016, travelled as a couple
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TintswaloLodges, Manager at Tintswalo Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 21 January 2017
What an incredible review - more detail, kindness and gratitude than we could ever have asked for. Thank you for taking the time to let us know that you had the experience of a lifetime! We appreciate it so much that you are so appreciative!

We really do hope that you can come back again one day!

Warmest Regards
Emily Booth
Camp Manager at Tintswalo Safari Lodge
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 5 January 2017

I had no idea what to expect when I landed in Kruger for our safari, and I was totally blown away. Everything from the accommodations, to the safari, to the staff, to the food was perfection. This lodge is true luxury and loved my stay!

  • Stayed February 2016, travelled with friends
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TintswaloLodges, Manager at Tintswalo Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 12 January 2017
Thank you Rena-on-the-Road!

We are so happy that you are happy :)

Kind regards
Emily Booth
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Tintswalo Safari Lodge
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Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed 15 December 2016

Tinswalo is an oasis in the wild. From the moment we arrived to the moment we left, we felt welcomed, cared for and inspired. A young outstanding staff anticipated our every need. Our guide was knowledgeable and fun and our tracker Eric knows the bush as if he was born there--oh, right, he was born there. Our rooms were so beautiful and just by sitting in our deck or splashing in our private pool we could watch the wildlife that inhabit the reserve. Our game drives were exhilarating and the food was plentiful and delicious. Our last night's dinner in the bush under the stars was a real highlight.

  • Stayed December 2016, travelled as a couple
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TintswaloLodges, Manager at Tintswalo Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 12 January 2017
Dear Ssklar,

It sounds like you certainly had the most incredible stay - we are so glad that you enjoyed everything and that everyone looked after you so well. Thank you for the wonderful feedback!

Kind regards
Emily Booth
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Tintswalo Safari Lodge
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Rancho Palos Verdes, California
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Reviewed 12 December 2016

Planning a trip from California to South Africa can be a daunting experience. Landing at Tintswalo was the best gift we could have received for our efforts. There are not enough adjectives to describe how incredible the staff and accommodations are. To go on safari is an incredible experience and Tintswalo knows how to make dreams come true for everyone. From early morning bush coffee until bedtime it is as if you are living the dream.
They do a remarkable job and are such a harmonious team lead by an amazing owner.
It was a trip to be remembered, relished, and I am full of dreams of returning. I cannot thank the staff enough for all their beautiful efforts to make our vacation so remarkable.

Room Tip: every room is remarkable
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  • Stayed October 2016, travelled with friends
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TintswaloLodges, Manager at Tintswalo Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 12 January 2017
Dear Carrie,

What a wonderful review, Thank You! We are so glad to hear that you had such a wonderful stay with us, that everyone looked after you so well and that you managed to meet our wonderful owners. We hope to see you back again one day :)

Kind regards
Emily Booth
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Tintswalo Safari Lodge
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed 26 November 2016

We stayed with 5 people (4 adults and 1 child, age 4) in the Presidential suite. The service was impecable, the bush experience was completely personalized and our guide was absolutely excellent. I cannot imagine going anywhere else, honestly. We had a personal chef, housekeeper and butler, the spaces and lodge were amazing. I cannot wait to go back.

  • Stayed November 2016, travelled with family
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TintswaloLodges, Manager at Tintswalo Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 12 January 2017
Dear Maggie,

We cannot wait to have you back! Thank you for the wonderful review and we are very happy that you had such a lovely time with us.

Kind regards
Emily Booth
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Tintswalo Safari Lodge
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Additional Information about Tintswalo Safari Lodge

Property: Tintswalo Safari Lodge
Address: Manyeleti reserve | Greater Kruger National Park, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Manyeleti Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 Speciality Lodging in Manyeleti Game Reserve
Price range (per night): R27 157 - R27 157
Hotel Class:5 star — Tintswalo Safari Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A private safari lodge within the pristine Manyeleti reserve adjoining the Fenceless boundary of the Kruger National Park. Private plunge pools, big 5 game, amazing cuisine. Manor house can take children with a fantastic children's program. ... more   less 
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Tintswalo Kruger National Park

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