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“First Rate Experience!” 5 of 5 stars
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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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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!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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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
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Stillwater, Oklahoma
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

Our safari experience at Lion Sands Narina was fantastic. We stayed 2 nights at this property and had spent 3 nights already at the Lion Sands River Lodge in Sabi Sands. Our experience was incredible. We saw the Big 5 and lots of other things (Lions, Leopards, Cape Buffalo, Elephant, Rhino plus giraffe, warthogs, hyena, zebra, lots of antelopes.....). We saw elephants, crocodile, cape buffalo, orangutans, monkeys, hippos, among others, from the deck of our room!

Our ranger, Jo, was great as was our tracker Jabulani. We had the truck to ourselves for the 2 days as we happened to stay 2 nights when there was only one other couple at the lodge. We did 2 bush walks and got to do a Rhino approach! The room was beautiful as was the lodge. The staff were super friendly and were eager to please--the food, equally good and lots of it and I'm a self proclaimed picky eater. I jokingly asked if they were fattening us up to feed to the lions. :)

We used Go2Africa for our travel and everything went off without a hitch in South Africa--all the transfers were on-time and as expected.

This was our first safari and first trip to Africa. We will definitely be back!

We ended our trip with a beach trip to the Seychelles at Ephelia Resort--as good as our safari was, the experience there was equally awful. Check out my comments of Ephelia.

Room Tip: Room #9 at the far end was fabulous!
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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falkirk
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

we had a fantastic 4 days at the Lion Sands.
It was our 25 th anniversary and they really made it special,
The lodges,dining area and bar area are simply superb,
The food was lovey but not brilliant(my only complain)
Would certainly return.
Safari was top notch and special thanks to our ranger Ali.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cape Town
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013 via mobile

We stayed for two nights in Tinga, following an initial two nights in its sister lodge Narina. The suite with a pool was lovely and tranquil, the main lodge and pool were great, but where the lodge truly excels is in its attention to detail and the care and professionalism displayed by the wonderful staff. They put a great emphasis on service and it really shows. The food is also fantastic, and last but not least the game viewing is excellent. Honestly we could not fault anything.

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Taipei, Taiwan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

We had a very pleasant and excellent honeymoon trip in Lion Sands. The food is delicious and safari brought us a lot of fun. Ranger and Tracker did a very good job to find the animals.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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spokane, wa
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

We had such a wonderful safari and stay. The staff are wonderful and very knowledgeable. The safaris are exhilarating and filled with great opportunities to learn about the animals, habitat, and surroundings. I would recommend very highly.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Address: Paul Kruger Gate, Kruger National Park 1350, South Africa (Formerly Tinga Private Game Lodge)
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Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Luxury Hotel in Kruger National Park
#6 Spa Hotel in Kruger National Park
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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
Tinga Private Game Skukuza

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