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Lion Sands - Tinga Lodge
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Paul Kruger Gate, Kruger National Park 1350, South Africa (Formerly Tinga Private Game Lodge)   |  
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Los Angeles, California
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“5 star Safari Experience”
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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    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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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

Stayed here for two nights as part of a tour. After a flight from Cape Town and a bus to the small private airfield in the middle of Kruger National Park we then climbed into a number of custom made, open Range Rovers for the ride down the tracks to Tinga. It was worth the effort !!

Staying at the Narina section of the Lodge (there are two, Narina and Legends) I had a fantastic "lodge" of my own, with views along the river and a private plunge pool, adjacent to my
verandah. Watching a hippo, elephants and a couple of water buffalo cool themselves off in the heat of the day while I was doing the same in my pool, is an experience !

The food and service are superb - and would stand up against any 5 star international hotel standard.

There probably aren't enough superlatives to adequately describe this property - suffice to say that if you are looking for a place to stop, relax, eat wonderful food, drink wonderful wine AND see some spectacular scenery and wildlife - THIS is the place !!

Room Tip: Narina is the place to be.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

Tinga is a great place to stay. The accommodation is out of this world with private plunge pool and views of the river where you can watch hippos, rhinos and elephants while sipping drinks in your private pool. The food and staff were amazing. Our guide Michael and tracker Eman were awesome. Very capable and fun. I highly recommend them both. Only disappointing thing is staying on the dirt roads where other places will drive offroad to see the game. We were lucky and had some great sightings but still would have preferred to have gone offroad (like Mala Mala and Ngala). Did I mention the rooms?? Worth going just for that!

Room Tip: All rooms look over the river and have plunge pools
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  • Stayed December 2012, 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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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

My husband and I and our two teenagers stayed at Tinga Narina Lodge in December 2012. This was our first destination on our first trip to Africa and we didn't know quite what to expect. After a long flight and drive, we were greeted at the entrance with drinks and cold wash cloths. Even though we had missed lunch, they graciously prepared and served us a delicious meal. The food there was absolutely top notch. We always had a choice of two starters, four entrees and two desserts. Afternoon tea was a highlight - iced coffee, homemade cookies and frittatas, grilled tomato and cheese sandwiches - it was a meal! The Christmas day buffet was incredible, and the Boma dinner was magical. Our guide, Michael, and our tracker, Emmanuel, were the best. There was not a species of mammal, bird or insect that Michael could not immediately identify and talk about. We learned so much. Emmanuel actually spotted a chameleon in a tree from about 10 yards away in the dark, along with leopards, lions, rhino and dozens of other animals. It really makes a difference being on the private concession - more flexibility and very few vehicles. We saw the "Big 5" in one day! The sundowners were a real treat - we could not believe we were standing in the middle of the Kruger National Park in South Africa eating empanadas and chicken wings and sipping a glass of red wine. We spent our last monring parked on the beach eating croissants and drinking coffee and watching a pride of lions come over the ridge and down to the river to get a drink. Wow! The rooms were beautiful - like something out of a magazine. Gorgeous views, outdoor showers, a desk and sitting area. Our bed was bigger than our California King bed at home and very comfortable. The kids stayed in their own chalet right next door - very convenient. The camp manager, Jopie, was accomodating of our every request and just a lot of fun. We enjoyed getting to know her and all the staff. I would highly recommend Tinga Narina as part of any African vacation - we can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Sandton, Gauteng, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

My wife and I stayed at Tinga Narina lodge for 4 nights in December to celebrate our 2nd wedding anniversary. Staying at Tinga was by far the most magical holiday we have ever experienced. The weather was absolutely perfect and we spent afternoons lounging on our deck next to the pool while viewing the wild game on the spectacular Sabie river and listening to the peaceful sounds of the African bush.

From the moment we arrived at Tinga we were treated like royalty and what ever we needed someone was there to provide it to us with a smile. All the staff were very professional and friendly in attending to our every need.

The game drives were so much fun and we longed for each one. We were lucky enough to see the all the "Big 5" thanks to our excellent and knowledgeable ranger and tracker Alfred and Isaac. It was especially amazing to see a mating pair of leopards which we have never seen in all our years of travelling to the Kruger Park.

And then there was the food...oh the food...! Amazing food, we longed for each meal which was almost every couple of hours, you definitely wont experience hunger at Tinga. Each meal with starters, mains and desert was truly out of this world. Our taste buds were exploding with excitement with the variety of foods and tastes spread before us, like beautiful artworks. Especially amazing was the Impala kebabs and Gemsbok steak! Amazing!

Tinga was so tranquil, when we were in our suite we felt like the only people on the planet with all the wild sounds of the bush surrounding us.

Many thanks to all the staff at Tinga for a great job and an amazing holiday we will forever treasure in our memory banks!!

Room Tip: All the rooms have spectacular views of the river and are quiet and peaceful.
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  • Stayed December 2012, 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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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

We stayed here in October 2012. The staff were very attentive and treated us very well. The room was super with floor to ceiling windows and a view of the Sabi River. The meals were wonderful and we saw all the big animals just fee from our range rover. Our ranger and tracker were wonderful. Loved the outdoor dining at night. We had a fab barbeque dinner one night. the staff sang and danced for us. It was our anniversary and the chef prepared the best chocolate and butter cream cake I have ever had. The staff decorated our room with flowers and drew a bubble bath with roses in it. We were just amazed and delighted. It was the trip of a life time.

  • Stayed October 2012, 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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Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012 via mobile

Really enjoyed the stay here ... was treated royally ... always a warm 'welcome back'. Staff always attentive.
Would say the ranger is key here ... had Jono who was excellent ... He listened to the jungle; watched tracks and the bush ... saw 'big' animals 15 feet - 30 feet away ... elephants, giraffes, rhinos, hippos, water buffalo, lionesses ... enough for us.
Birds have history! plus owls & monkeys or baboons. Two drives per day 6am & 4pm. Private roads & off-road for big 5.
Room was sumptuous, expansive, appointed. Windows galore to the bush and river beyond. At night, no walking w/o staff.
Food ok or breakfast or salads .... can't say the same for dinner ... grilled meats no good ... too often burnt.
The animals are close and personal ... not a herd on the sengretti ... shhh, look around!

Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Address: Paul Kruger Gate, Kruger National Park 1350, South Africa (Formerly Tinga Private Game Lodge)
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 13 Hotels in Kruger National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Lion Sands - Tinga Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lion Sands Tinga Lodge - along the Sabie River within the Kruger National Park - is subtle, sophisticated and serene with grand open spaces. The main areas are double volume, opening onto a wooden deck. With just 9 luxurious suites, each located in an utterly private spot overlooking the river, you are treated to the ultimate African luxury experience. Each of Tinga's suites has a bathroom with in-door and outdoor shower, separate lounge area with minibar, private plunge pool and deck, 24 hour air-conditioning and a range of luxury amenities. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Tinga Private Game Hotel Skukuza
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