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“Beyond Wonderful” 5 of 5 stars
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Tintswalo Safari Lodge
5.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Manyeleti reserve | Greater Kruger National Park, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa   |  
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raleigh
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Beyond Wonderful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

I won't be able to gush enough about the amazing place, staff and experience we had while staying in the Stanley (one of the private suites). Tintswalo is a very small safari lodge which was perfect for us and we were 10 folks and took all of the suites. The animal viewing and information was fantastic. It backs up to the Kruger Park which adds that much more area for animals to roam. It was 100% a natural environment that you were seeing the animals in. The first 10 minutes of arriving and going to our rooms, an elephant was grazing no more than 25 feet from the walk ways. The food was easily 5 star. We didn't want to leave except for we might not have been able to get thru the door if we didn't because we enjoyed all of the meals so much!

  • Stayed November 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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Pretoria
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

Staff were friendly and well-trained.The game drives were excellent and sightings included the big five (1 Leopard, 22 lions, number of buffalo, rhinos, etc). The resident chef was up to the task and spoilt us for three days, Rooms were large and luxurious and the rates (for the Manor House which sleeps 10 people) was quite reasonable. It's one of those I'll be back" places.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

My husband and I stayed here as the second leg of our honeymoon - our first trip ever to Africa. Tintswalo was a very different experience from our first lodge (Nottens Bush Camp) with electricity (and heat!) in the rooms. As two of six guests staying at the lodge, service here definitely felt super personalized. We had dinner with the other guests and the owners of the lodge the first night. Food here was so different from Nottens but equally spectacular. Think smoked salmon during afternoon tea styled lunches and made-to-order dinners.

On the game drives here we ended up being surrounded by hundreds of buffalo. We also got to witness two lions mating. Our guide, Patrick, was so knowledgeable and always took care of us.

Tintswalo likes to really sell the fact that they create a man-made watering hole to attract animals, but we found that most of the nicer lodges did this from what other travelers said. While we were sitting there, buffalo and elephants both came to the watering hole, but its nothing big.

While at Tintswalo we also we took an excursion to see Jessica the hippo. Petting, feeding and massaging a hippo was definitely a first for us!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Ridgewood, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

Tintswalo means compassion and warmth for a friend. Every thing about this place embodied that spirit. From our tour guides Erick and Foster to our Chef Johan and all the other staff there... it was an out of Africa experience.

Erick took us on long and fun game drives for over 3 hours and made every effort to find the game in the reserve. When we did find something he gave us a good facts and trivia about the animal, After an exhausting game drive (which started at 5am) we cam back to the lap of luxury from exquisite and detailed suites and innovative cuisine prepared by the head Chef Johan. This was served by one of the waitresses (I can't believe I forgot her name) in a most intimate and romantic setting paired with superb South African wines. All in all a very memorable experience.

Room Tip: Good to be close to the main lodge so it is a short walk after dinner to the room as it does feel li...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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Pretoria
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

This has to be a highlight of my life. An incredible lodge set amongst nature at its best. We saw leopard, Buffalo and elephants on the deck. The elephants are always around the lodge. Whilst on our deck a Spotted Hyena popped by followed by another leopard. The rangers were exceptional-Lee and Claire made our stay extra special! The ultimate romantic getaway, other Kruger lodges can learn a lot.

Room Tip: Stay close to the main lodge as the water hole is near and you can see more whilst at the room.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

My husband and I, along with one other couple, were privileged to stay at Manor House two weeks ago for three enchanting days. We had the entire house to ourselves and were additionally spoiled by an amazing staff and unbelievable meals. Liana and Jan were gracious hosts - so much fun and so knowledgeable... they were instantly like family. With Simon as our tracker and Jan as our guide, every game viewing experience was exciting and different. Cate, Selby and Esmie treated us to culinary delights and other special treats (I won't give any of their surprises away.) I could go on and on, but my words can't do justice. I will only add that we went over to the main lodge (via escort - the Manor House is very private and secluded) for massages. I am unfortunately drawing a blank on the therapist's name... She was THE BEST and the spa area is LOVELY. Plus it was fun to see the main lodge. It's gorgeous and very special. Personally, I wouldn't trade it for the Manor House and our very private experience, but both are amazing.

  • Stayed October 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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Munich, Germany
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Beautiful lodge in a private game reserve with excellent service and very friendly staff. The room had the right balance between African safari style and functionality. It was clean and equipped with everything one could think of. The staff was more than friendly and would fulfil every possible wish you might have. The highlight was definetly the safari team - Duncan and Eric - very knowledgable as well as super funny. The great food will also not be forgotten (delicous beef filet steak and a really fun bbq evening).

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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: Manyeleti reserve | Greater Kruger National Park, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Manyeleti Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Manyeleti Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Tintswalo Safari Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A private safari lodge within the pristine Manyeleti reserve adjoining the Fenceless boundary of the Kruger National Park. Private plunge pools, big 5 game, amazing cuisine. Manor house can take children with a fantastic children's program. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Tintswalo Hotel Manyeleti Game Reserve
Tintswalo Kruger National Park
Tintswalo Safari Lodge South Africa/Manyeleti Game Reserve

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