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Accommodation Spotlight: Tintswalo Safari Lodge

Situated in the Manyeleti Game Reserve, Tintswalo Safari Lodge is in an idyllic location between Sabi Sand and Timbavati, bordering on the Kruger National Park. One of our favourite game viewing destinations in South Africa, read on to find out what makes this safari lodge so special…


A secluded oasis hidden in the bushveld, Tintswalo Safari Lodge is home to seven large luxury suites. Each suite boasts exquisite colonial style, transporting you back to the time of the 18th century explorers– all whilst retaining modern comforts. Enjoy admiring the sunrise from your own personal deck, or relaxing after a long game drive in the plunge pool.

A raised wooden pathway connects the suites to the main lodge, where guests can enjoy boma dinners and peruse the library’s collection of rare books. Spend nights gathered around the fireplace sharing stories of the day’s safaris– there’s no better way to end a day….


An integral part of the safari experience is the sharing of stories, and for many, stories are often told over food. One of the highlights of staying at this incredible lodge is the gourmet food, and the stunning variety on offer. Always prepared from fresh ingredients, enjoy plated breakfasts, brunches and spade breakfasts in the bush. Upon return to the lodge, enjoy exquisite meals such as private dinners, English high teas and meals at the boma.

Furthermore, the Tintswalo Bushwillow Spa offers the opportunity to fully unwind in the peaceful environment of the African bush. Based on traditional practices, the spa offers a range of luxurious massages, indulgent facials and wellness packages. An hour or two spent at the Bushwillow Spa is the perfect way to finish a long day on safari…


Located on the unfenced Manyeleti Game Reserve, between three other parks, Tintswalo Safari Lodge is situated in a prime game viewing area. Those hoping to see the Big 5 may just be in luck, with all five residing in the reserve. The area is also home to wild dog, cheetah and more than 500 bird species.

Guides at TIntswalo have been carefully selected for their passion, knowledge and personality. Although game drives may be several hours, the guides are known for being able to make the hours fly by.

The Tintswalo trackers all come from local communities, many of which are Shangaan. On game drives, they will often share stories of their communities’ traditions and folklore. Furthermore, they are incredibly knowledgeable when it comes to the animals they are tracking, often using spoor and subtle signs of animal movement.



Tintswalo offers a range of experiences beyond morning and evening game drives. The Manyeleti Game Reserve is known for its intricate network of walking trails, which are fantastic for walking safaris. Explore the sycamore groves and sprawling savannah more intimately, having the opportunity to sight some of the smaller animals that reside here.

The lodge also offers a range of excursions. For animal lovers, a visit to the Hoedspruit Cheetah Research Project centre makes for the perfect afternoon activity. Learn about cheetahs and other endangered species, and the current breeding program. Alternatively, visit the Moholoholo rehabilitation centre or a local elephant centre. If you’re looking to enjoy some hustle and bustle, enjoy a tour of Hoedspruit and its restaurants and shops. Or finally, see the Manyeleti reserve from above on a hot air ballooning flight over the bushveld at sunrise.

Tintswalo Safari Lodge offers a luxury escape to a remote and exclusive part of Greater Kruger National Park. Offering an all-inclusive getaway, this lodge is one of the best examples of safari accommodation in South Africa. Perfect for families, couples and solo travellers, Timbavati crafts a unique, luxurious adventure you will never forget…

Resources: Tintswalo, Booking.com, African Budget Safaris