Safaris Hotels


Tintswalo Safari Lodge

At a Glance


  • drop-dead luxury
  • all suites overlook a busy water hole
  • attractive architecture
  • exclusivity
  • moonlight sleep-outs


  • potentially over-attentive staff

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Tintswalo Safari Lodge Review

This gorgeous ultraluxurious lodge, which aims to recapture the mid-19th century, is sited under huge jackalberry and fig trees overlooking a seasonal river, where game come down to drink and bathe. Each suite is themed for one of the great African explorers, including Burton, Speke, Livingstone, and Stanley, who would undoubtedly be amazed by such modern conveniences as air-conditioning, hair dryers, en suite bathrooms, and personal plunge pools. The suites are warmed by Persian rugs and honey-colored velvet chairs and ottomans. Dining is under the stars or in an elegant thatch dining room with open fireplace and sparkling chandelier. Although it's great to have a personal butler, sometimes it's rather disconcerting to be offered something every time you move a muscle. Stargaze by telescope, enjoy a complimentary spa treatment, visit a local Shangaan village, or, if you're both adventurous and romantic, opt for a moonlight sleep-out in the bush. There's a good children's program, but children are allowed only in the Presidential Suite.

    Hotel Details

  • 7 suites.
  • Rate includes all meals.
  • Credit cards accepted.

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    Tintswalo Safari Lodge - SIMPLY THE BEST!!

    My husband and I just returned (11-27-2012) from South Africa. We spent three nights at Tintswalo Safari Lodge in Manyeleti Reserve. We have traveled extensively throughout the world - Tintswalo was absolutely the best experience we have ever had. Darren was our guide and he was just terrific - very knowledgable and his enthusiasm was contagious. The staff there was so kind -- they made us feel like we were the most important people they had ever had at the lodge. There are only 7 rooms there - so everyone is made to feel special. So Luxurious - plunge pools with every room - the rooms are huge and well appointed. The food was wonderful. I would highly recommend staying here. BEST KEPT SECRET in SA. Should be packed ---- we will definitely go back.

    Faith and Tim

    by Faith_Klaus, 11/29/12

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