We stayed in the Presidential Suite for 5 nights over the New Years period. The suite is not a suite....its an apartment...its huge and furnished beautifully with unique pieces of furniture, two comfy four poster beds, two roll top baths, two open showers and staff on hand for your every need. The suite was unbelievable and topped off with two sightings of bull elephants drinking from the river right at the back of the property - you can't improve on perfection but the elephants were the icing on the cake. So that's the suite....
Where else do you start about Tintswalo? The staff, the food, the lodge, the safaris?
So much has been said before by others and I went with really high expectations...they weren't met....they weren't exceeded....they were smashed out of the park. Nothing but faultless from start to finish.
The staff care, I mean really care about the guests, the lodge, the animals and you get a sense of pride from the staff which is infectious. Nothing was too much trouble and everything ran so smoothly....whatever mountains it must take to make Tintswalo run like a dream none of this is visible to guests....none of it and that is an art in itself.
Tintswalo is like visiting family who are house proud - it just doesn't feel like you are a guest...it feels like you are a visting family member and they are so keen to please and proud to show what they have created.
The food is stunning....from the moorish homemade cakes and biscuits on the game drives through the breakfast, lunches and dinners - prepared with love and attention. I would walk over hot coals for another bowls of the mussels we had on our first night - seafood in the bush? Hell yes!
And then we turn to the game drives.... Where do I start??? I mean...sigh....the memories that these provided will live with me forever. Alistair and Alfie were the perfect team. Alistair goes above and beyond to ensure you see everything you want to see, with information to boot - who knew a group of giraffes is called a 'stretch'?. Alfie says very little but with a swish of his arm a herd of elephants appear on the right or a pack of wild dogs on the left.....and he makes a mean Bushbucks on the drives too!
We saw all the animals you would wish for and many more but what I think sets Tintswalo apart from the others (other than the comfortable game drive vehicles which can access places many can't) is the fact that they don't over crowd the animals. They respect the fact that we are on their territory and actively manage viewing, without inconveniencing guests, seamlessly so that you feel its just you and the animals on your own for that moment in time.
I wanted my wife to cry tears of happiness during this trip....I lost count of the number of times I saw her wiping her eyes...the only time I saw tears of sadness was when taking off she saw Alistair and Alfie waving goodbye from the ground having cleared the landing strip of wilderbeast.
Tintswalo is simply heaven....and once you have been it remains in your heart until the day comes when you can return again.
To the 'family' at Tintswalo - I can't thank you enough for making our time with you simply perfect. I hoped for amazing but what we received was perfection with memories to last a lifetime (well at least until we see you again later in the year).
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Tintswalo Hotel Manyeleti Game Reserve
- Tintswalo Kruger National Park