This is the first time I've ever written a review of a holiday I've been on, but felt compelled to share this most amazing experience. From the moment we arrived at the Tuningi safari lodge we were met with smiling faces and the warmest of welcomes. The lodge itself is stunning. We stayed in "Little Tuningi" which is set back, a two minute walk from the main lodge. Please look at the website as the photos are a true reflection of the lodge itself. Little Tuningi is slightly more expensive but well worth it.
The main lodge overlooks an amazing watering hole which was visited by elephant and impala everyday. To sit with a glass of wine in hand just metres away from them was stunning.
Then we were introduced to "Cornelius" our safari ranger/guide. He really made our 6 drives truly memorable. His passion, knowledge and commitment to the animals was really infectious. On the first drive he managed to find two lion brothers who had recently been in a fight with each other, one still baring the bloody scars!. Then we came across a pride of lionesses and their cubs. Suddenly all their heads looked up as they spotted possible prey. They slowly stood a moved towards the bushes and lay looking patiently. We sat for about an hour as the sun went down just meters away from them. One lioness headed off into the bush alone but unfortunately came back without a catch and they headed back to the cubs. An amazing experience to see these predators in their natural surroundings.
All the drives were magical in their own way but the highlight was the last night when we came across a large lion laying between some bushes. Cornelius got us within 3m of him and as we sat there in awe of this magnificent animal he let out 3 bellowing roars which echoed across the hills. The most amazing thing I've ever heard!.
This was our first safari and is so addictive we are already planning our return next year. Whether its your first safari or you've been fortunate to have been before, Tuningi lodge has it all. A huge thanks to all the staff for making our stay beyond our wildest expectations, and a special thanks to Cornelius who allowed us to see things we never imagined.
We will definately be returning. Andy and Kate.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tuningi Safari Lodge, situated in the world renowned Big 5, malaria-free, Madikwe Game Reserve, proudly showcases this protected areas African success story in magnificent style! Tuningi offers guests superior accommodation enhanced by an impressive Big 5 safari experience and personalised service in a friendly and relaxed environment. The Lodge welcomes children and in doing so, avails them of the opportunity to experience the wonders of nature, wildlife and our delicate eco-system first-hand. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tuningi Safari Hotel Madikwe Game Reserve