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Tintswalo Safari Lodge
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Thank Ellen E
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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
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Reviewed September 28, 2013

Over and above our wildest dreams and beyond all expectations, the staff at Tintswalo were unbelievable. Fritz and Mpho made our experience a "once in a lifetime". Words cannot express our gratitude for showing us Africa as it should be - wild and beautiful. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. If you are looking for an experience that is sincere and "over the top" - Tintsalo should be your destination. Special thanks to Megan - you treated us royally.

Room Tip: We stayed in the "Presidential Suite" - Baines. It was outstanding. Upon returning to o...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 18, 2013

This place is a must. I can't imagine a more perfect safari experience.
Our incredibly knowledgable guide was amazing, Patrick made the drives such a wonderful experience. We learned so much about the animals, the land, the weather, what is going on with the poaching of the Rhinos, he was informative and such a great funny guy. We saw so many animals I will not bore with a list. Our last day, as we were wrapping up, we got a call and rushed to a pride of lions, 22 of them all together, AMAZING!
All of the staff at the lodge was amazing. I was never want for anything. This place is so perfect, I really doubt that there is anything out there better, seriously, I am already planning my return.
In the group I went with, 2 people were returning for a second time to Tintswalo, I think that says it all, its perfect.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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Address: 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 7 Specialty Lodging in Manyeleti Game Reserve
Price Range: $1,432 - $4,461 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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