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Tuningi Safari Lodge
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“Five star kids friendly safari experience”
Reviewed April 22, 2013 via mobile

We spent two nights at Tuningi. The lodge has a very appealing rustic luxury theme and is nestled into the surrounding bush. There is a busy waterhole in front of the lodge offering good game viewing opportunities. The food was great, the only complaint (if any) was that there was too much of it! Fantastic game drives, we saw "the big five" and "the magnificent seven" plus much much more in our two day stay. Kids are made to feel very welcome and little extras are provided for them.

Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 16, 2013

The second visit following a wonderful previous holiday: would it live up to the memories, the expectation the long held dream? The answer was a firm and resounding yes.

Tuningi staff welcomed us as returning family, the accommodation, the lodge and staff were exactly as we remembered. First class and friendly. If there were no animals to be seen, this would still be a wonderful and fabulous place to holiday. Nothing was too much trouble, any question was dealt with immediately, nothing was left to chance in order to make the stay enjoyable.

Looking for tracks, following the prints, binoculars at the ready… and the animals did show up to the party, lion, cheetah, wild dog, rhino, jackals, elephants at the water hole to mention just a few. Cornelius was once again our guide, and his enthusiasm and knowledge was infectious and enviable. No question was too mundane, our wish list was the priority. The dawn coffees and sun-downers in the wild were fun and a great way to make friends with other guests.

Tuningi Safari Lodge offers comfortable surroundings, amazing accommodation, well trained staff (special mentions to Wilma and Lorraine) and all the time in the world to unwind, enjoy the animals at the water hole. Good food, drink, fabulous massages or simply sitting on your private balcony to experience the sounds of Madikwe.

Their website is accurate in what it describes, if anything, it doesn’t do it justice. Thanks to all involved.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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North West England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

What a very special place! This has been our sixth visit to Madikwe and our third stay at Tuningi - LONG MAY IT LAST! The first time we came to Tuningi we visited with my daughter, husband and three boys and this time, two years later, we were all lucky enough to return again together. We were greeted as old friends and the boys as family - goodness haven't they all grown?!! Tobi, aged four, couldn't wait to meet up again with "My man, Christo" and sit up front to help with the spotting. As ever, we had amazing and wonderful experiences! We came across (without the gory downfall) a pride of lion devouring a zebra and the four cheetah brothers chomping on a red hartebeest. Then, at the dam, we saw a six month old baby elephant get stuck in the mud and the rest of the herd coming quickly to its assistance. Phew, that was a relief! Then there were wild dog, rhino (black and white), giraffe, buffalo, wildebeest, buck, monkeys, baboons, etc. You name it, we saw it...... except the leopard! That elusive animal is just making sure that we return! In between all this excitement we swam in the pool, we snoozed in our luxurious lodge and we gorged on fantastic food. Four days and nights of 'made in heaven' perfection for bush lovers like us. Magic Madikwe memories will again be stored by my three grandsons for a lifetime and hopefully Africa will be instilled in their blood! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you AGAIN and AGAIN to Christo & Wilma, Gavin & Heidi, and all the Tuningi staff. UNTIL NEXT TIME........... :o)

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Rustenburg
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

We spent the most amazing weekend at Tuningi Safari Lodge seeing unbelievable sightings with Gavin Tonkinson. Heidi is an amazing host and she runs a really tight ship, all the staff are so welcoming and friendly, you can see they have a true passion for what they do. The food was out of this world, always beautifully presented and exquisite. The rooms are lovely and spacious with fantastic views, the outside shower was a real treat and we loved the attention to detail. The waterhole at the lodge is always teeming with wildlife, we had elephant, buffalo and a lot of general game, you could easily stay at the lodge and sip away on a sundowner at the waterhole. Our game drives were extraordinary. We saw a pack of 19 wild dogs chasing a herd of about 100 buffalo at a dam where there was also a white rhino with her calf, in total, we saw wild dogs three times. We saw a pride of lions with two beautiful males and three cubs, whilst viewing them, the males and females starting roaring... it was AMAZING!! Gavin and Cornelius went out of their way by tracking a coalition of four male cheetah and what an fantastic sighting that was!! We would recommend Tuningi to anyone, whether you are a couple wanting a romantic getaway or a family or a bunch of friends, you will definitely have a GREAT time, it is a truly special place.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Jacksonville, Florida
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Reviewed March 9, 2013

We were highly recommended to stay at Tuningi by some friends from Florida, and it was the best recommendation we could have ever hoped for! Tuningi was AMAZING from start to finish! The couples who run the lodge are phenomenal! The women are the hostesses and make sure the guests are very well taken care of, and the men are the game rangers. Gavin took us out on our game drives, and we saw all of the best animals!!! The accommodations are absolutely beautiful! The main lodge and the rooms are always spotlessly clean and the staff is extremely welcoming and helpful! The food is excellent with beautiful presentation! You can see lots of animals from your villa or when you are at the lodge or pools. We stayed in villa #8, which was the closest one to the further away pool, and the elephants came right up to our pool and put their trunks over the edge to drink out of it! This is unique to Tuningi and so cool to see!!!! We could not have asked for a better trip thanks to Tuningi, and we didn't have to worry about Malaria, which was a huge benefit! A huge thanks goes out to Wilma, Christo, Heidi, and Gavin! We cannot thank them all enough for their hospitality, and they made it an experience of a lifetime!!!!

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Santiago, Chile
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Reviewed February 28, 2013

I chose Madikwe as a side trip during a business trip to Johannesburg in 2007 because I was afraid of the posibility of malaria in other reserves in SA. The experience colud not have been better. Excellent acommodations, food and service. The rides were amusing and made by knowledgeable guides. I hope to be able to go back with the family some day.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

We spent 3 nights in Tuningi. Loved the whole experience. Great accommodation - fantastic food.
Great couple run the lodge and nothing was too much trouble. Excellent game drives and great
meals by the boma on our return from the afternoon drive. Would highly recommend it.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Tuningi Safari Lodge
Address: Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa
Location: South Africa > North-West Province > Madikwe Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 23 Specialty Lodging in Madikwe Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Tuningi Safari Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 8
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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