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“Fabulous stay but would have liked more game drives on the concession”

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Lion Sands - Tinga Lodge
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Dublin, Ohio
Level 6 Contributor
95 reviews
54 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Fabulous stay but would have liked more game drives on the concession”
Reviewed 18 October 2007

The accomodations, food and service at Tinga Legends were truly amazing. The staff were intuitive to your every desire and our 4 night stay was one of the most luxurious we have ever experienced! Our game ranger and tracker were incredibly knowledgable and with them we had some great sightings of lion, leopard and buffalo. I was travelling with my husband and his South African family who have been to going to Kruger for 30 to 40 years and these sightings were some of the best they had ever seen. With that said, I must comment on our disappointment in Tinga's policy not to drive on the private roads of the concession after there has been rain. Unfortunately we had rain during part of our stay and therefore were not allowed on these private roads for 50% of our game drives, and instead had to stick to the main roads that everyone in Kruger travels. I think part of what you pay a "very" high price for is to be able to go where the general public cannot. The reason we were told that we could not go on the concession roads is that they could be damaged when driving on them within 24 hours of rain and may need to be repaired. Again, for the price you pay there should be some way to effectively repair any damage that may occur. I would understand if you were not allowed to go "off-road", that is entirely different from the graded dirt roads of the concession. Bottom line is that we had our best sightings on the concession roads, but on the public roads our sightings were minimal.

  • Liked — Privacy of the lodges and the feeling you were out in the bush with nature
  • Disliked — Not all games drives were on concession roads - see review for details
  • Stayed October 2007, travelled with family
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St Albans, UK
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Reviewed 26 June 2007

An excellent location and first rate accommodation and guides. Only slight negatives were (1) that I weasn't shown how to operate the air conditioner as a heater so in the morning it was really cold in the room - but got sorted fairly quickly, (2).no broadband access and (3) no fax machine on site (it's at the other part of the lodge and an urgent fax took some hours to get to me). Special diet requests were handled extremely well and the staff was most helpful and friendly. Definitely would go again and recommend to others.

  • Liked — View over Sabi River
  • Disliked — A bit far to walk to the main lodge for older guests? Would need to request nearby suite.
  • Stayed June 2007, travelled with friends
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Bedfordshire
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Reviewed 1 June 2007

If you are looking for a special celebration or just want to treat yourselves to some luxury on a safari in South Africa, then Tinga should be your choice. It’s one of the most luxurious lodges my partner and I have visited and in a quite stunning location, within the Kruger Park. Tinga has two lodges, Legends and Narina, both accommodating 18 guests each, I believe. We stayed at Narina in an extremely luxurious suite, with private deck and heated plunge pool overlooking the Sabie River. The room facilities were second to none and everything 5 star was available in the main lodge, including the meals and superb South African wines. Why not ask Tinga to send you a brochure – it’s mind blowing quality, even better than their superb website! Now I’m probably in trouble and will have to help with the postage costs.

There’s always a long debate about the best time of the year for game viewing – who really knows, I guess the animals do but we visited in May and within the first 2 days saw the Big 5. The Ranger and Tracker were excellent, very friendly, informative and brilliant at spotting anything from the elusive Black Rhino to a small Scorpion on a tree at night. We have been on many game drives but we still learned something new from these two guys. If previous sightings or tracks were found they were relentless in their effort to find the animals in the bush, in particular the big cats and did on a number of occasions track on foot, close to lions so that we could then drive closer to photograph. We had some fantastic sightings of Lion, Buffalo, Elephant, Zebra, Giraffe, Warthog, Hyena and very, very close encounters with Hippo. We also followed a male Leopard in the early evening for several hundred metres, close up and that was very special.

We played golf at the nearby Skukusa Golf Club which was a fantastic experience as it is unfenced to the Kruger Park. We were driven there by our Ranger and Tracker and surprisingly they caddied for us. It was an eye opener for them and a wonderful experience for us.

Visit Tinga, you will thoroughly enjoy the lodge, the location and you will be treated like royalty – we certainly were.

Simon Warner

  • Liked — Fantastic setting and comfort
  • Stayed May 2007, travelled as a couple
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IRELAND
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Reviewed 30 April 2007

we arrived in tinga narina on the 11th of april for 4nts, the start of our honeymoon, as mentioned before the accomadation was fantastic and the spa was wonderfull too ,they come to your lodge but as there is only one girl working you can not get your treatments together but other than that it was really nice and well priced!!
the rangers wer also fantastic and we got to see everything we wer really lucky as some other guests that we met didnt get to see half as much as we did, but its all luck of the draw at the end of the day
there were a few things that we were not happy with, the waiting staff were not good at all we had to ask for more refills ect and the service was ok but the one thing that caught both of us by surprice was the dirt of one or two of the waiting staffs uniforms, there were really filthy and the chef would come out to tell you what was on the menu and his uniform was not very clean ither! but saying that it was a really nice place and we enjoyed it,great game viewing !!!

ireland

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Insects
  • Stayed April 2007, travelled as a couple
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The World
Level 4 Contributor
48 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2007

What an incredible place - absolute perfection in terms of accommodation, food, staff and rangers - just the most luxurious rooms possible, sublime food (best ribs I have ever eaten) and knowledgeable and informative rangers - can't think of the slightest negative comment about the place!

  • Liked — Everything
  • Disliked — There is nothing to dislike
  • Stayed May 2006, travelled on business
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Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 April 2006

Let me start with this is probably the nicest Hotel I have ever stayed at. Ever. And I've stayed at some pretty nice hotels.

This would be the perfect honeymoon hotel. I stayed here without my wife whilst holidaying with a friend and it was wasted on us. The Lodges are huge, The beds in the lodges are huge and luxurious, the individual outdoor infinity private pool, that looks out over the Sabi river is just one of the most relaxing pools I have ever been in.
We stayed at Tinga Narina. There are two lodges Tinga Narina and Tinga Legends. We never got to see Legends so I can't comment on that.
The game drives were so so, but you can't blame the hotel for that. We saw some amazing game the following day whilst in another private reserve (be warned you will be disappointed in other hotels if you stay in Tinga first!). The food is good and the staff go out of their way to make you feel welcome and be attentive.
It is pricey, but if you’re after a treat, it’s worth every penny.

  • Stayed March 2006
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Property: Lion Sands - Tinga Lodge
Address: Paul Kruger Gate, Kruger National Park 1350, South Africa (Formerly Tinga Private Game Lodge)
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Kruger National Park
#2 Luxury Hotel in Kruger National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Lion Sands - Tinga Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lion Sands Tinga Lodge - along the Sabie River within the Kruger National Park - is subtle, sophisticated and serene with grand open spaces. The main areas are double volume, opening onto a wooden deck. With just 9 luxurious suites, each located in an utterly private spot overlooking the river, you are treated to the ultimate African luxury experience. Each of Tinga's suites has a bathroom with in-door and outdoor shower, separate lounge area with minibar, private plunge pool and deck, 24 hour air-conditioning and a range of luxury amenities. ... more   less 
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