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Tinga Hotel
Kruger National Park, P. O. Box 88, Skukuza 1350, Kruger National Park 1350, South Africa   |  
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Hickory, North Carolina
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“First Rate Experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

The Tinga Lodge and staff are first rate. The service was impeccable, rooms comfortable and almost luxurious. Very roomy rooms. Loved the personal plunge pool! The view was awesome from every room and all parts of the lodge. The open air feel made you feel like you were living outside. The game drivers and spotters were courteous and friendly, as were ALL staff at Tinga. We saw all of the big 5 plus so much more. Food was plentiful and delicious. I cannot say enough great things about this place! I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in a 5-star experience who loves nature and animals!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Atlanta, Georgia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Traveled here with my family for a safari around Kruger. The villas are stunning and you can see an unbelievable amount of wildlife just from your back porch. Each of our villas had a plunge pool which was a fantastic touch as well. The service was on point and the food was fantastic. They take care of your every need. High class accommodations away from civilization. Definitely would recommend, a safari is a once in a lifetime experience but this is someplace I wouldn't mind staying twice!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Holden, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

I wanted a lesser known spot in Kruger and highly recommend this one. what a treat to be near to civilization but to feel completely out in the middle of the wilderness. great service all around in accommodation and safari experience. very comfortable and elegant rooms while you take in the gorgeous surrounding scenery.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Maun, Botswana
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013 via mobile

While Tinga is close to Skukuza, the metropolis of KNP, you will not realise this, being surrounded by beautiful bushveld. You will enjoy safaris on a private road network and have the potential to view a wide variety of game. We were very lucky to see black rhino! This is a great spot in The Kruger Park , easily accessible and very relaxing. Well worth a visit.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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17 hotel reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

What a spectaculr lodge. Comfortable and incredibly appointed rooms along with excellent and attentive service. Going to Krueger for the safari runs then stay here where you get it all. Be comfortable while being able to see animals outside your room. The food was also very good.

Room Tip: All the rooms in this small intimate lodger are great.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore
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36 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

Tinga Resorts has 2 properties - Legends and Narina, diagonally across the riverbank from each other, though you can't actually see the other resort. We stayed at Legends, known by staff as the main resort even though both looks identical and guests will get identical experiences from either.

I should just be reviewing the resort but we packaged our entire trip including flight, transportation, accommodation and game drives.

Our experience started from Nelspruit airport where we were picked up our charter flight pilot which as a 15min bumpy ride (its a tiny propeller plane) though a fantastic experience into Suzuka airstrip within Kruger National Park. Following that, we were immediately picked up by our land transportation and driven to Tinga Legends Lodge, our accommodation for the next 2 nights. On arrival, we were warmly welcomed by staff, served a nice cold drink, and walked to our suite.

There are 2 game drives each day, and our ranger and tracker are both superbly amazing. Leopards are generally not easily found in Kruger, and on our first drive, we managed to spot a few different leopards, and even one stalking its prey!

On our 3rd drive, we were only missing the elephant of the big 5, and our ranger decided on a scenic area overlooking the riverbank for our break, and we saw a hippo at close range going into the riverbank, and a young elephant coming from afar, walking about 100m right past us!

Pluses:
Our entire experience is a plus, there isn't one thing bad to say about this place.
The room was awesome, huge with underfloor heating, huge bed with optional thicker blankets for colder nights
View of the riverbank, where sometimes animals popped around to say hello. Privacy from your neighbours.
A huge huge bathroom with a nice tub overlooking the riverbank. A separate shower area as well
A little chalkboard which is your way to communicate/leave messages with/for your housekeeper
All meals were included, which means snack before morning game drive, snack during game drive, breakfast, lunch, snack before afternoon game drive, snack during game drive, dinner. Each of the main meals was like having a meal at a high end restaurant, with choices for each meal. Other than breakfast, which had about 5 different choices and were the same selection for the 2 breakfasts we were there for, lunch and dinner selection were different everyday.
Mealtimes were amazing, other than the food selection, they move their seating so that guests feel like they are in a different environment all the time.
Our ranger & tracker - the most awesome ever. We even had dinner with our ranger and his stories and experience was simply exhilarating.

Minuses:
Water pressure was a little low, but then again, you're in a lodge, so not a big deal
Our shower area got a little choked up, just give it a while for the water to flow off
Our return charter flight was cancelled due to bad weather and in turn, we had to leave the lodge 2 hours earlier for land transportation to make it to Nelspruit airport. Nothing to do with the lodge, blame it on bad weather. would have loved to spend a 2 extra hours enjoying the lodge.

Room Tip: Generally they are all great. Our room was the closest room to the main lobby but still it was quiet...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

Luxury from morning to night. Excellent service, unique safari experiences, wonderful dining and company. Open bar, breakfast and dinner included. Safaris include cocktail hour. Book through Lyon Tours. They are amazing!

Room Tip: Each cabin is private with balcony, pool, and fabulous viewing spot for wildlife.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Kruger National Park, P. O. Box 88, Skukuza 1350, Kruger National Park 1350, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 14 Hotels in Kruger National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 282
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