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Reviewed April 9, 2013

Our family just returned from a four night trip to Tintswalo. It was
AMAZING. We were fortunate enough to stay in the Presidential Suite,
a two bedroom gorgeous suite with its own plunge pool and an enormous
back deck. It had claw foot tub, great linens and a full kitchen completely stocked.
I loved the attention to detail like the notes left bedside at night for our boys, and my husband loved the privacy. Julie, the housekeeper was lovely - she attended to the room
at least twice a day during our stay.
One night after a long game drive, we returned to rooms with hot baths prepared and rose petals strewn about. During our time there, we saw an elephant lumber by, an extended family
of monkeys play in the trees and on our roof, and any number of exquisite birds take
roost just outside the windows. Our two sons, ages 13 and 16 loved the
twice daily game drives. Our driver Darren was knowledgable and adventurous. We saw
four of the big five, learned about the constellations and got to see the South African wilderness in its finest.He handled what threatened to be a charging elephant with great finesse.
One evening at dusk, he and our guide Eric (our kids favorite) set up a table of appetizers and drinks directly in front of area where two male hippos were playing. Another time we stopped our vehicle under a magnificent canopy of stars to listen to the night sounds. At the lodge, Johan the chef serves delicious meals three times each day. Local, fresh, organic ingredients all thoughtfully prepared. Whether it was dinner in the wine cellar, an BBQ outside surrounded by torch light, or an elegant lunch on the deck watching grazing wildebees, the dining staff made sure that each meal was an experience. Edwin, who walked us out to suite each day was such a gentleman. You never know what might be near - in fact, the last day I chased
four large male baboons off our deck! We met a diverse group of other guests, all
in agreement that Tinswalo is phenomenal whether you a couple, family or traveling alone.
You will not regret staying at this magnificent lodge. From the minute Ronel and others greet you, you know that they are determined to anticipate every need. If you are planning a trip to South Africa, do not miss Tinswalo.

Date of stay: April 2013
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Reviewed March 16, 2013

Incredible setting, great food, friendly staff and most luxurious accommodation. Tintswalo really has it all! Skip the commercialized and overcrowded Kruger Park and Sabi Sands and escape to this piece of paradise. You will not be disappointed and you'll walk away with new friends. Everything is just perfect!

Date of stay: March 2013
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Reviewed March 8, 2013

Our family of 10, aged 4 to 70 spent two and a half fabulous days at Manor House. We were impressed by the staff, warm and welcoming, everybody doing their outmost to make our stay extraordinary. Our guide Patrick and the tracker Alfred helped us experience the most exciting safaris where we saw all the big fives, except for the leopard. We were close to a herd of 400 buffalos, a group of 17 giraffes, 5 small lion cubs, a pair of lions mating, and much, much more. In between the safaris we were taken well care of by the house staff treating us to delicious meals. Manor House is perfect for children as it is fenced in and has a small swimming pool. Animals visited the water hole outside the fence. Haege

Room tip: The best room was on the first floor with a beatiful veiw.
Date of stay: February 2013
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Thank Haege
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Reviewed February 19, 2013

We had a magical honeymoon in the Maldives on an island resort but I tell you, the Tintswalo staff at safari lodge not only made us feel special, they gave us an unforgettable experience and amazing adventure :) even better than our honeymoon

The private safaris with top notch trackers are world class, they took us into the bush to have sun dowers with lions roaring a few meters away.

5 star food, where no request is too much! Our butler was excellent too

the management was truly incredible who didnt spare any effort at all accomodating us in every way.

The rooms were elegant and sophisticated with utmost privacy, nothing like sipping on port while swimming in your own private pool overlooking elephant in the bush...

Its evident they strive to deliver beyond the expected

Date of stay: February 2013
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Thank RyanWoodley
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Reviewed February 14, 2013

My husband and I have travelled to South Africa several times over the past 8 years. We have experienced many game lodges and found Tintswalo to be of the highest quality. The staff was attentive and available to us at all times. The room was amazing...plunge pool, outdoor shower, private with great amenities. The bed, linens and towels were the most comfortable after our long game drive days! The lodge was filled with the highest quality furnishings and architectural detail. Tribute to explorers long ago. Many places to relax and read one of the vast library of books.
The meals were served in all different places in the lodge. One night we ate in a boma wine room...round with space for the beautiful table set. Very romantic. And the food was unbelievable. Mushe was an excellent chef!
Our Ranger Eric used his skill and experience to help us see some unforgettable sights. Along with seeing all the Big Five, the off road proximity to the animals was fantastic. A giraffe recently killed by lions was our spot on and off one day. We watched the female feed, the male slumber nearby, and then the vultures consume the remains. The sounds; the raw instinct to feed; amazing!! Timing was perfect. We benefited from the teamwork of our guides.
Our sundowner experience was another highlight. We saw a magnificent sunset and sang, danced together as we were led in an African hymn. But we will never forget the sounds of the lions roaring to each other in the dark as we sat in our jeep just a few feet away...listening, feeling, the experience.
We found our two nights to be a perfect getaway.
Laurie and Harvey Lieberman (New Jersey) January 2013

Room tip: We stayed in Speke. It was close to the lodge and had a great, private view. A pretty waterbuck spent one full day below our deck, just watching us as we watched him!
Date of stay: January 2013
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Thank Gypsy030
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