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“A Great Place for Safari” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Tintswalo Safari Lodge

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Tintswalo Safari Lodge
Certificate of Excellence
Melbourne, Australia
1 review
“A Great Place for Safari”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The entire experience was fantastic. From the initial welcome until our departure all of the staff do their utmost to ensure everything goes smoothly. They are very friendly and attentive. When I had a request it was followed up and actioned without needing to continually remind a staff member.

The food is good, but do not expect Michelin Star dining. To me the food is a necessity, and it is very good. We benefited from the Virtuoso experience which included all wines, and we very much enjoyed the excellent quality top-shelf South African wines.

The overall experience, and in particular the twice daily game drives, are the most important elements. Our guide (and his tracker) were outstanding. They were continually able to spot animals which at most times I would not have been able to spot. It makes the safari experience so much more valuable when you not only see the "Big Five", but we also got to see lion cubs (rare), 2-week old baby lion cubs (very rare), and wild dog (also rare).

I have no hesitation in recommending Tintswalo.

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  • Stayed February 2017, travelled as a couple
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I went to Tintswalo as one of our stops for our honeymoon. And let me tell you, it was an experience of a life time. The food, service and hospitality left an everlasting impression. Our guide Andrew, and spotter,Simon, were not only very knowledgeable but friendly and accommodating. I would highly recommend this lodge to anyone who wants great food, friendly service, and great gaming.

Stayed July 2016, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

In simple words, our experience here was far far beyond our expectations. Great location, great food, great service and on top of it, far superior safari experience. The team there definitely know how to make wow experience for their guests and delight them with their unobtrusive service. I should name Dave and Erik who were outstanding and their knowledge of the landscape and wildlife is amazing. We enjoyed every drive we had with them and they made sure we did not miss anything during our drives..

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Stayed December 2016, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Wow! Tinswalo certainly gave us the adventure of a lifetime, absolutely blown away! Starting our experience we flew in to them on a bush plane and were met by Guide Dave and Tracker Eric with Champagne, nice start, which only got better! It has such a great feel about the place. Every member of staff were exceptional and nothing was a problem. Food was fab, service (Sharmaine was a gem) exceptional. Room, upgraded to honeymoon suite, was exquisitely appointed with plunge pool, and perfect privacy. In all honesty we thought it might have been a bit sterile at first due to its exclusivity but this was not the case. The highlight of course were the animals, and we were immersed from beginning to end. Our Guide, Dave, truly made our trip with his incredible knowledge, and strove to give us the best experience possible (he did!). Thank you, thank you, thank you Tintswalo team, in particular, Dave, Tanya, Eric, Simone, Sharmaine, Emma.

Stayed February 2017, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

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).

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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
This is one of the best and most fantastic reviews we have ever received. Thank you so much for your kind words and detailed description of your stay from every aspect.

We are so glad to hear that Alistair and Alfie looked after you so well and that your expectations were 'smashed right out of the park'

We really do hope to see you back again one day!

Warmest Regards
Emily Booth
Camp Manager at Tintswalo Safari Lodge
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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
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 6 Speciality Lodging in Manyeleti Game Reserve
Price range (per night): R15 104 - R50 039
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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