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Tintswalo Safari Lodge
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Reviewed 16 October 2013

My husband and I, along with one other couple, were privileged to stay at Manor House two weeks ago for three enchanting days. We had the entire house to ourselves and were additionally spoiled by an amazing staff and unbelievable meals. Liana and Jan were gracious hosts - so much fun and so knowledgeable... they were instantly like family. With Simon as our tracker and Jan as our guide, every game viewing experience was exciting and different. Cate, Selby and Esmie treated us to culinary delights and other special treats (I won't give any of their surprises away.) I could go on and on, but my words can't do justice. I will only add that we went over to the main lodge (via escort - the Manor House is very private and secluded) for massages. I am unfortunately drawing a blank on the therapist's name... She was THE BEST and the spa area is LOVELY. Plus it was fun to see the main lodge. It's gorgeous and very special. Personally, I wouldn't trade it for the Manor House and our very private experience, but both are amazing.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 October 2013

Beautiful lodge in a private game reserve with excellent service and very friendly staff. The room had the right balance between African safari style and functionality. It was clean and equipped with everything one could think of. The staff was more than friendly and would fulfil every possible wish you might have. The highlight was definetly the safari team - Duncan and Eric - very knowledgable as well as super funny. The great food will also not be forgotten (delicous beef filet steak and a really fun bbq evening).

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 September 2013

Over and above our wildest dreams and beyond all expectations, the staff at Tintswalo were unbelievable. Fritz and Mpho made our experience a "once in a lifetime". Words cannot express our gratitude for showing us Africa as it should be - wild and beautiful. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. If you are looking for an experience that is sincere and "over the top" - Tintsalo should be your destination. Special thanks to Megan - you treated us royally.

Room Tip: We stayed in the "Presidential Suite" - Baines. It was outstanding. Upon returning to o...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 September 2013

This place is a must. I can't imagine a more perfect safari experience.
Our incredibly knowledgable guide was amazing, Patrick made the drives such a wonderful experience. We learned so much about the animals, the land, the weather, what is going on with the poaching of the Rhinos, he was informative and such a great funny guy. We saw so many animals I will not bore with a list. Our last day, as we were wrapping up, we got a call and rushed to a pride of lions, 22 of them all together, AMAZING!
All of the staff at the lodge was amazing. I was never want for anything. This place is so perfect, I really doubt that there is anything out there better, seriously, I am already planning my return.
In the group I went with, 2 people were returning for a second time to Tintswalo, I think that says it all, its perfect.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 September 2013

Stayed at the tintswalo manor house with a family of 10 and it was a great experience. Accommodation, staff, service, activities all were terrific. Having the house to ourselves was fantastic! Also, with young childeren (ages 7 & 10) it was nice to have the ability of the kids to play outside.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Thank tom98newyork
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Reviewed 5 September 2013

To anyone looking for the greatest safari experience in South Africa, you must stay at the Tintswalo Safari Lodge-Manyeleti reserve and ask for Fritz as your guide (and Mpho as your tracker). Fritz and his wife Ronel offer a first class safari experience both from the out of this world safari drives to the luxurious and friendly accommodations at the hotel. You will be treated like royalty and have the safari adventure of your life as Fritz and Mpho have the experience and knowledge to try and find everything you are hoping to see and more. Further, the food is first class, the setting is relaxed and outdoors, and you are able to enjoy at your own pace. I highly recommend that you add Tintswalo Safari Lodge to your SA experience.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 September 2013

My husband and I chose this lodge for our honeymoon based on the reviews on this site and the information on the hotel's website. Our expectations were far exceeded. The service is extremely personal and thoughtful,and the surroundings are beautiful. The best part was the little surprises - which I won't ruin for you here.

Our flight from Cape Town on SAA was delayed 9 hours (yes, 9 hours). Instead of landing at 2 pm, we got to Nelspruit at 10:00 (fly into Hoedspruit if at all possible. Much closer.) Our driver from Tintswalo waited at the airport and arranged to open the gate for us whenever we got there. (Note: the gates of Kruger close at 6pm. If you get in after that, there is no way to get into the park. Tintswalo is in a private game reserve with its own gate). After getting through the gate, we saw two lionesses sleeping on the dirt road. Great start!

The next morning, we were sitting on our private deck and an elephant appeared out of the bush. Elephants, water buffalo and kudu are common at the watering hole adjacent to the main house. Monkeys and baboons are ever-present and very clever - make sure to lock your doors. There are morning (6:30 am) and afternoon game drives. Our guides were outstanding. We saw all of the Big 5 and lots more. We stayed 6 nights, which we thought was perfect, although you could probably get everything in with 4 nights. We also asked to go on a bush walk, which was great and highly recommended.

In between game drives, food is plentiful. The chef (Johan) was incredible and gave us interesting, creative and delicious meals every time. We thought he could definitely rival the top NY chefs.

We had a 11:30 am flight out of Nelspruit, so instead of leaving very early (2 1/2 hour drive) we asked the lodge to arrange for a charter from the air strip on the property. The air strip is really just a clearing, and the smallest plane I've ever travelled on, but it was quick and convenient. We had a private breakfast while the rest of the guests were on a game drive and definitely worth it.

I can't recommend this lodge enough. The service is top notch and the suites provide total privacy. Not to mention there is great wildlife viewing from the deck alone. It was the perfect choice for our honeymoon.

Room Tip: The suites are amazing and completely private. We didn't see the Manor House.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Manyeleti Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 Speciality Lodging in Manyeleti Game Reserve
Price Range: £948 - £2,896 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Tintswalo Safari Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A private safari lodge within the pristine Manyeleti reserve adjoining the Fenceless boundary of the Kruger National Park. Private plunge pools, big 5 game, amazing cuisine. Manor house can take children with a fantastic children's program. ... more   less 
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Tintswalo Hotel Manyeleti Game Reserve
Tintswalo Kruger National Park

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