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Reviewed November 15, 2010

We said good bye and got transferred to Tinga Legends (about 1 hour transfer, Lion Sands will take you to Skukuza Airport and Tinga will collect you)

Here you get welcomed by…. Cold mint wet towels and ice tea! J

Another beautiful lodge! Spacious reception and lounge (very open lounge) where they serve breakfast and dinner and your teas and coffees… underneath the pool overlooking a waterhole… we had buffalos going to drink there…
Beside meals time I don’t think guests are really staying by the public areas, the rooms are way too comfortable and spacious to neglect them!
Entering our room (legends 1) on your left a lounge (two armchairs and a full sofa) and on the right your four poster bed (king size) – don’t forget – all the lodges have the highest / softest pillows I have found!
On the far right the bathroom with free standing bath by the window – that opens throughout, separated shower – and even this opens throughout – and separated toiled – with toiled and bide’… his and her sink!

In front the room has a full sliding door wall that opens completely – but can be closed by a mosquito net (hermetically closed – no gaps J) and a full veranda, with two sun beds a coffee table and a…. heated plunge pool!!!

Game drive time arrives too early!!!

But it was worth – as soon as we entered the KNP – bang! A beautiful leopard lying on a tree! And then we saw buffalos, elephants, hippos, hyenas….

Dinner was in the boma, food was delicious:

A selection of salads for starter

Soup

Pap and gravy with spinach and corn

Chicken and lamb chops

Desserts

Cheese

You have to be escorted by your tracker to your room


04 NOV 10 – 43 degrees!

Usual early morning wake up call – by phone and onto another game drive, still very nice, game drive starts at 05h30 and you return by 08h30…. In time for breakfast

Selection of fruits, cheeses, cereals and cold meats (buffet)
And then a set menu for your English breakfast
Off we get onto the land rover, transfer in the hot air to visit Tinga Narina (the manager Nick is a magician – he’s everywhere every time, you see him at Tinga Legends, and then you see him at Narina, always with a smile!)

The rooms are the replica of the rooms at Legend – but the legends ones are in bricks, these ones are all in wood – the lodge I would say is enjoying a better position though, right by the river!
Probably a bit more romantic than legends… but same standard, no major differences, it goes according to personal tastes.

From here we get onto the land rovers ready to go back to Skukuza onto Lion Sands – Ivory Lodge

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 23, 2010

What a great place to stay. We stayed in the Narina Lodge, we were there 2 nights and would have loved to have stayed longer. The staff were so friendly and helpful. Beautiful accommodation and the setting was just great. With the animals so close, even had a leopard with a impala kill in a tree right at our walkway and elephants at our verandah. Recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed: September 2010
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Reviewed August 5, 2010

This was probably the nicest place I'll ever stay in my life. The lodge is breathtaking-- we arrived on a rainy day, and the sight of the lodge with the misty river behind it was a memorable one. The rooms were top notch-- fantastic bathroom, can't beat the view while you're in the tub, in the shower or in your private plunge pool. Romantic mosquito net enclosed bedding, and comfortable leather furnishings throughout.
Food was quite good-- we had a vegetarian in our group and she got personal attention from the chef as to her dietary needs. One complaint as to the selection of wines-- complimentary wines included one red and one white-- a dismal selection in a country with such great and affordable wines.
Really enjoyed the safaris-- knowledgeable and personable guides. We took advantage of the walking safari and enjoyed a unique perspective on the African bush. The setting, however, right on the Sabi river was so amazing. Hippos calling all night long-- we even witnessed two males fighting for territory just off the main deck of the lodge. Guides stick around during the day and are keen on chatting with guests. I was impressed by how much the guides enjoy and appreciate what they do.

Overall a high-class lodge with a lot of attention to detail.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 29, 2010

Just spent a weekend at Tinga Narina with friends and business partners, wow what a fantastic time. I have been to Tinga a few times, and I enjoy every time as if it were my first.
The staff are fantastic and friendly and do their best to make you relax and regenerate.
The trackers and rangers are fantastic, I have spent a fair amount of time in the bush and have been to some places where the rangers do not have a clue, or assume that all guests are foreign and would not know better, not so at Tinga.
The rangers have extensive knowledge about the bush and are not fixated on showing you the big 5, there is so much more out there. A bush walk is always recommended, never, will you feel more at one with your surroundings, your feet on African soil, your ears abuzz with the sounds of the wild and your nostrils filled with the scent of the African bush.
Thank you all at Tinga, can't wait for my next visit.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with friends
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Thank Nicoswan
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Reviewed June 5, 2010

We stayed at Tinga Game Lodge for two nights before spending another two nights at Selati Camp. Our experience at Tinga was not as satisfying as that at Selati. The staff seemed to be going through the paces trying to be welcoming but there was a stiffness that we detected. The problem may be that the property had just been bought by a nearby lodge the week before causing some unease in the people working at Tinga. We enjoyed our game experiences but did not like the fact that you occasionally see a car driving along the Kruger main road. Also at Selati they use more open vehicles, which allowed us to go off road and truly into the bush, sometimes mowing down some shrubs along the way.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled with friends
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