Tintswalo Safari Lodge – So Much More Than a Great Safari Experience

by Sandy Salle on August 13, 2013

South Africa safari vacation

“The intangible feeling of love, gratitude and peace bestowed upon someone offering you a meaningful and worthy gift.” That’s what Tintswalo means in the native Shangaan language.

So what exactly is Tintswalo?

Tintswalo is a company based in South Africa that owns three luxurious properties throughout the country, including Tintswalo Safari Lodge, Tintswalo Waterfall, and Tintswalo Atlantic.

See below for a spotlight on Tintswalo Safari Lodge:

It’s all about location! Nestled within the Manyeleti Private Game Reserve of South Africa, between Timbavati Reserve and Sabi Sand Reserve, Tintswalo Safari Lodge offers guests prime game-viewing experiences. Because there are only two lodges situated within the Manyeleti Reserve, guests on South African safari tours will rarely find themselves competing for game-viewing opportunities with other travelers. In fact, only eight vehicles are allowed on game drives at any given time on Manyeleti, ensuring that guests have miles upon miles of unobstructed views.

Some of the most common big game sightings at Tintswalo Safari Lodge include lion, cheetah, wild dog, leopard, hyena, jackal, giraffe, white rhino, zebra, and more! There are also some fantastic bird species that can be witnessed in the reserve.

A home away from home. When it comes to the actual lodge property and accommodations, Tintswalo Safari Lodge offers nothing short of exceptional. As you first drive up to the entrance of Tintswalo Safari Lodge, you’ll notice that the entryway is reminiscent of a traditional village. Upon entering, you’ll be greeted by heartfelt smiles and hospitality from the staff, and immediately feel a warming sense of home.

The lodge is built on a raised boardwalk and is located next to one of the largest bodies of water in the area, which attracts dozens of elephants. This means that guests can enjoy exceptional game viewing right from their suite or bush dinner!


Image above taken from the Tintswalo Safari Lodge website

Where do guests sleep? The lodge boasts six pioneer suites, a Presidential Suite, and the Manor House.

The pioneer suites are perfect for individuals on an African honeymoon safari or couples that are looking for a romantic bush retreat, while the presidential suite and Manor House are ideal for travelers on a family safari vacation. But no matter which suite you choose to stay in, all guests at Tintswalo Safari Lodge experience first-class hospitality and gorgeous accommodations.

Although each of the pioneer suites is decorated differently from the next and named after famous pioneers, they all share several features in common, including private plunge pools, indoor and outdoor showers, and spacious bathrooms.

As for the Manor House, it has just been renovated and is perfect for families looking to enjoy a luxurious and private South Africa safari vacation experience. The house is located approximately five minutes from the main lodge and can sleep up to 10 people. A minimum of six people is required for booking the Manor House.

Guests who stay at the Manor House enjoy their very own private butler and chef, as well as their own safari vehicle and private safari guide.


Image above taken from the Tintswalo Safari Lodge website

What does a day at Tintswalo Safari Lodge look like?

As you wake to the soft sounds of the South African bush, you’ll prepare for an exciting day ahead of you in the Manyeleti Game Reserve. You’ll begin your day on a morning game drive (or walking safari) where you’ll stop for a delightful bush breakfast.

After an exciting day on the reserve, spotting leopard, lion, and giraffe, it’s time for a rejuvenating massage at the lodge spa. At 3pm, you’ll enjoy a delightful snack before heading out for your afternoon game drive. As the sun begins to set, you’ll stop in the bush for a cocktail and even more snacks, before venturing back to the lodge to prepare for dinner.

Dinner is held in the outdoor boma, where you’ll watch drummers and traditional dancers entertain you through your candlelit, five-star dinner. Guests can also choose to enjoy private dinners, if they wish!


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Africa Inside August 13, 2013 at 3:17 pm

Never heard of this one. Thanks for continuing to offer so much helpful info and tips for africa safaris.

Sandy Salle August 15, 2013 at 11:33 am

It’s a great one, Lori! They actually have 3 locations: Cape Town, Johannesburg, and the Manyeleti Private Game Reserve. All of them are amazing!

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