Tintswalo Safari Lodge in Manyeleti Game Reserve offers an exclusive private safari experience that is unlike any other. With only a handful of private lodges on the reserve, you have a sense of being alone in an unexplored paradise with only the calls of the wild for company.

The Manyeteli Game Reserve shares an unfenced boundary with Kruger National Park, Sabi Sands and the TImbavati making it a game viewing paradise and most game drives will include a sighting of lion, elephant while wild dogs and leopard sightings are common.

Tintswalo Safari Lodge is part of the privately owned Tinswalo Group that also includes Tintswalo Manor House, Tintswalo Atlantic, Tintswalo at Bouders, Tintswalo at Lapalala and Tintswalo Family Camp.

Two of our highlights (among many) were the bush sunset drinks and the amazingly knowledgeable guides and trackers who went out of their way to make our stay both very comfortable and educational. We’ve done our fair share of game reserves throughout southern and East Africa, but we left Tintswalo knowing that there’s still a whole lot more to learn!

1. Exclusive, Luxurious Accommodation

We stayed in the Stanley Suite named after Henry Morton Stanley who found the ailing David Livingstone in November 1871.

The privacy and attention to detail in the room made it such a special time. From long hot baths with uninterrupted views to a plunge pool that was just warm enough for a quick dip (it’s almost April after all), there is everything you need to while away a relaxing afternoon before the next game drive.

Tintswalo offers a choice of accommodation:

Explorer Suites

6 beautiful suites overlooking the riverbed each with their own private plunge pool

The Presidential Suite

The presidential suite that sleeps four and includes a private tracker, guide and butler for the duration of your stay.

The Grant Suite

The Grant suite sleep four people in two luxurious suites and includes a private tracker, guide and butler for the duration of your stay.

The Manor House

The Manor House sleeps up to 10 people and includes a private chef and butler, as well as a private tracker and guide.

2. Relaxed, Sumptuous Dining

Breakfasts are a highlight after an early morning start. When you get back from your drive (or sometimes actually on your drive), you’ll be treated to a full cooked breakfast, delicious homemade muesli, fresh fruit and excellent coffee.

Lunches are a relaxed affair and we thoroughly enjoyed the varied platters while watching the passing wildlife from the deck.

We loved the different drinks and dining experiences at Tintswalo. We enjoyed meals on the deck overlooking the riverbed, in the boma and even out in the bush.

3. Magnificent Game Drives with Tintswalo

We had the most spectacular sightings during our time at Tintswalo. On our first drive we followed a pack of wild dogs as they got ready to hunt and then finished off the evening watching a leopard and her cub eating their dinner in a tree.

The next morning we were up bright and early to try find the lions and we got lucky almost straight away with a pride on their kill complete with two playful cubs.

Morning game drives generally depart at 5am and return around 8:30am so you have the best chance of seeing the lions out and about.

Afternoon game drives leave at 4 after high tea, and return around 8pm.

Of course, the length of the drive depends on what you see while you’re out, and can be tailored to your preferences.

Tintswalo Safari Lodge is An Opulent Tribute to the African Dream

“Sharing an unfenced boundary with the renowned Kruger National Park, the pristine private Manyeleti Game Reserve is home to the luxurious Tintswalo Safari Lodge and Tintswalo Manor House. Guests staying with us are spoiled to uninterrupted game viewing experiences in an untouched African wilderness.”

Images courtesy of Tintswalo Safari Lodge

We were offered a two-night complementary stay at Tintswalo in exchange for an honest review of our experience.

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