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“Tinga Lodge people and the Rangers (guides) are Fantastic!”

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Reviewed 21 February 2014

The staff was always in sight of us (I didn't see them until I had a question), and came forward to answer our questions. In the morning, (every day) they gave us (wife and I) a wake up call. We came from 7 time zones away, and they made the transition from our zone to their zone totally non-existant, no body/sleep issues. Perhaps, because the bar was open, and when I got to my room, I was ready to sleep. What-ever our personal reasons for (possibly not) getting to the AM safarie, the staff got us there, in very kind ways, I have to commemnt that, not a single person in my/our comlained about getting out of bed to early. In contrast, we paid additional for an evening/night safarie. One of the best ever!

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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 February 2014

What an amazing weekend spent at Tinga Narina Lodge. From the moment we were collected from the airstrip we were so well looked after. Our Ranger Raymond and Tracker George were excellent and highly recommended. Their knowledge on the fauna and flora was unbelievable.
The Lodge itself was breathtaking, the staff very friendly and helpful. The food was out of this world with a lovely variety to choose from.
Our suite was tastefully appointed and couldnt be more well located.
Cannot wait to come back again and have more wonderful experiences.

Room Tip: All the rooms are well located so no need to choose a certain room
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 January 2014

Place is fantastic! Food was top notch and the accommodations were incredible. Saw Elephants and hippos from my plunge pool. Request Joe and Jabu as your game driver and tracker and they will show you tons of animals! Came within feet of lions, elephants, and leopards, saw all of the Big 5, and even witnessed the tail end of a cape buffalo kill. Wish we were able to spend more time there, every day was exciting! Make sure you bring a good camera and binoculars.

Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 January 2014

From the pick up in the Land rovers to the incredibly appointed rooms with private deck and plunge pool, you feel as if you are royalty. The staff is extremely pleasant and eager to please. The rooms look out on an area of bush lands sloping down to a river. We saw Cape Buffalo, Hippos, baboons, monkeys, and a crocodile from our patio. The 3 meals a day plus tea are individually prepared and excellent. We had 2 game drives each day with expert guides and spotters. We got very close to lions, elephants, rhinos, hippos,leopards, Cape buffalo and many kinds of antelope and birds. Witnessed interactions between different types of animals. The guide offered such incredible knowledge about the animals that I felt like I had taken an enjoyable class in African animals. Could not have been better.

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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 January 2014

We spent three wonderful nights here as part of a package tour. This magnificent lodge is like a movie set, and the personnel could not have been more pleasant or accommodating . There was not ONE thing that could be improved upon. The two "hunts" each day on Land Rovers,each with a guide/driver and a spotter did everything possible to be sure you got to see the many varieties of wildlife in this preserve,and we did, including a rare kill of a water buffalo by a pride of Lions. If you EVER think about a safari, I doubt there are any better than this one.

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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 January 2014

The Tinga Lodge and staff are first rate. The service was impeccable, rooms comfortable and almost luxurious. Very roomy rooms. Loved the personal plunge pool! The view was awesome from every room and all parts of the lodge. The open air feel made you feel like you were living outside. The game drivers and spotters were courteous and friendly, as were ALL staff at Tinga. We saw all of the big 5 plus so much more. Food was plentiful and delicious. I cannot say enough great things about this place! I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in a 5-star experience who loves nature and animals!

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 January 2014

Traveled here with my family for a safari around Kruger. The villas are stunning and you can see an unbelievable amount of wildlife just from your back porch. Each of our villas had a plunge pool which was a fantastic touch as well. The service was on point and the food was fantastic. They take care of your every need. High class accommodations away from civilization. Definitely would recommend, a safari is a once in a lifetime experience but this is someplace I wouldn't mind staying twice!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Additional Information about 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 Luxury Hotel in Kruger National Park
#3 Spa Hotel in Kruger National Park
Price Range: £1,137 - £1,506 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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Also Known As:
Tinga Private Game Hotel Skukuza
Tinga Private Game Skukuza

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