South African Lodges

Tintswalo Safari Lodge

Tintswalo Concession
Manyeleti Game Reserve
South Africa
Lodge Type

The luxurious 5-star Tintswalo Lodge is in the Mpumalanga Province of South Africa in the private Manyeleti Game Reserve. This lush Tintswalo concession is between the Timbavati Private Reserve to the north, the famous Sabi Sand Reserve to the south and is open to the Kruger Park on its eastern fenceless boundary.

The lodge is amongst an ancient fig tree grove, which overlooks a waterhole which is very familiar with lots of different animals, especially the Elephants. The Manyeleti Game Reserve is also unique for small density and, therefore, offers a truly exclusive and memorable safari experience in the untamed African wilderness.


Tintswalo Safari Lodge: The Lodge offers six exclusively appointed suites in addition to the regal presidential suite. The lodge provides the discerning traveller with an opportunity to relax actually and unwinds in the most beautiful and natural surroundings.

Presidential Suite: The Presidential Suite is authentically decorated to reflect the pioneering times of the nineteenth-century African explorers. This suite is ideally suitable for a family, or guests who prefer the ultimate exclusive safari and a flexible itinerary. It boasts two air-conditioned suites, which are connected by a spacious lounge, dining and open, plan kitchen area. The private indoor & outdoor showers lead off from the spacious bathrooms, which open out onto the deck with a large private plunge pool.

The Presidential Suite is usually booked exclusively, whereby guests enjoy their private safari vehicle, private guide and tracker, private chef and butler. The team of staff is on hand to facilitate the discerning traveller's personalised itinerary. Furthermore, the Presidential Suite at the Safari Lodge features DSTV and a play station. For safety and convenience, the Presidential Suite is connected to the main Safari Lodge by a raised walkway.

Manyeleti Game Reserve, Kruger National Park

The Manyeleti Private Game Reserve is in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. The Manyeleti Game Reserve in South Africa borders the Kruger National Park to the Eastern side, the Timbavati Reserve to the Northern side and the Sabi Sand Reserve to the Southern side, each of these regions is renowned for excellent safari experiences and wildlife sightings. What makes the reserve, unique is the tiny human: land density ratio. With only two commercially operated lodges, a maximum of 8 safari vehicles traverses the Manyeleti Game Reserve. It is said that this is one of the lowest vehicle density private reserves in the greater Kruger Park region. The two commercially operated lodges at the Manyeleti Game Reserve are Honeyguide Tented Safari Camps and the Tintswalo Safari Lodge.

The Kruger National Park is one of the most diverse national parks in the world. It is home to a vast array of flora and fauna. No fences exist between the different game reserves, which means that animals are free to roam freely. The Lodge is in an ideal "catchment" zone, which is attractive to a variety of wildlife species due to the high quality of the environment. The size of the reserve is 23500 hectares. (58750 acres).

Predators found in the Thornveld region are Lion, Cheetah, Hyena, Wild Dog, Leopard, and Black-backed Jackal. Browsers discovered in the area would be Kudu, Giraffe, Impala and Duiker, Bushbuck, Kudu, and Nyala. Uncommon sightings are the Black Rhino and Sable antelope.

The Southern part of the reserve is referred to as the Mixed Bushwillow Woodlands Ecozone. The Mixed Bushwillow Woodlands Ecozone is on underlying Granite bedrock giving rise to gently sloping hills and rocky outcrops with huge round boulders such as at the Koppies region in reserve. Broad-leaved trees favour the higher upland areas while thorn trees prefer the lower-lying areas.

Predators found in the Mixed Bushwillow ecozone are Lion, Side-striped Jackal, Hyena, and Leopard. Browsers commonly found in the region would include Kudu, Giraffe, Impala, Klipspringer, Nyala, Bushbuck, and Steenbok. Grazers typically found in this area are many and varied such as Buffalo, White Rhino, Wildebeest, Waterbuck, Warthog, and Zebra.

The wildlife found in the Manyeleti Game Reserve is plenty and diverse - the Big Five being the five most dangerous - including Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Buffalo, and Elephant.  Other animal species include Cheetah, Hyena, Wild Dog, Leopard, Side-striped Jackal and Black-backed Jackal, to the graceful antelopes including Kudu, Giraffe, Impala and Duiker, Klipspringer, Steenbok, Bushbuck, and Nyala. Other species include Elephant, Wildebeest, Zebra, Giraffe, White Rhino, Waterbuck, Warthog and large herds of Buffalo.

Below detailed information about the Tintswalo Safari Lodge is available.
For any queries regarding this hotel, you are welcome to contact us.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Ensuite / Private bathroom
  • Housekeeping
  • Mosquito net
  • Outside Shower
  • Private plunge pool
  • Viewing Deck


Dining at Tintswalo Safari

The restaurant at Tintswalo Safari Lodge offers contemporary cuisine which is prepared using only the freshest ingredients. Guests can enjoy delicious breakfasts, brunch, breakfasts in the bush, bush picnics, high teas, plated dinners, boma dinners and private suite dinners during their stay at Tintswalo Safari Lodge.

Spa Facilities

The Vital Source Spa at Tintswalo Safari Lodge is the ideal place to relax, unwind and be pampered. This spa is in complete privacy, and Africology products are used throughout.

Spa treatments include:

  • Skincare treatments
  • Massages
  • Body wraps
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Hand and foot treatments
  • Vichy showers
  • Facials
  • Anti-aging treatments
  • Hot stone therapy
  • Manicures
  • Pedicures
  • Sauna

Game Drives or Walking Safaris

Game viewing at Tintswalo takes place either on foot or in open game vehicles. Spotlights are fitted onto the vehicles for night viewing while a canvas bag contains binoculars and reference books for guests use. Walks in the reserve are guided, allowing guest the opportunity to get up close and personal with the natural surroundings.

Nearby attractions
  • Hoedspruit Cheetah research programme
  • Manyeleti Community Trip
  • Panorama tour
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Kruger National Park
  • Hoedspruit town tour
Spa treatments
  • Skincare treatments
  • Massages
  • Body wraps
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Hand and foot treatments
  • Vichy showers
  • Facials
  • Anti-aging treatments
  • Hot stone therapy
  • Manicures
  • Pedicures
  • Sauna

  • Library
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Viewing deck
  • Wine cellar

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 10:00
General Services
  • Airport transfers
  • Game drive safaris
  • Housekeeping service
  • Tours & Transfers on Request
  • Wake-up call
  • Walking safaris
Children Policy
  • The Presidential Suite is ideal for older children as there are a TV, Playstation and swimming pool at this unit. An extra bed can be added to the Presidential Suite for an additional child.

    The private chef at this suite can prepare meals specifically for younger guests.

Available Rooms

Explorer Suite Safari Lodge

# Rooms:

Tintswalo's safari suites are alongside a seasonal river bed. The main lodge overlooks a waterhole which is visited by elephants and other big game. The explorer suites are linked to the main lodge by raised wooden walkways.  All of the Tintswalo suites are decorated to reflect the pioneering times of the original African explorers.

Suite features include:

  •  An extra length doubles or twin beds
  •  En-suite bathroom
  •  Air conditioning
  •  Overhead fans
  •  Mosquito nets
  •  Private deck with plunge pool
Single Room R13300
Double Room R17740

Presidential Suite

# Rooms:

The Presidential Suite is perfect for families. The unit consists of two air-conditioned suites connected by a spacious lounge, dining and kitchen area. Outdoor showers lead off from the spacious bathrooms while a viewing deck with large private plunge pool can be found in the Presidential Suite.

Guests staying at the Presidential suite can enjoy their private safari vehicle, guide and tracker, chef and butler. Along with all the standard features, the suite also has DSTV and a play station.

Single Room R45800
Double Room R45800

Tintswalo Safari Lodge Specials

The specials listed below will automatically be offered to you when proceeding through the booking process.

Treat yourself to a luxurious getaway with this wonderful free night offer at the Tintswalo Safari Lodge. Enjoy a luxurious three-night stay at the Tintswalo Safari Lodge for travel 1 June - 31 July 2018 and 1 - 30 November 2018 and receive one free night. Guests will only pay for two nights.

Included in the rate:

  • Accommodation, full board, 2 safari activities per day, house drinks, Wi-Fi, laundry and a 15-minute back and shoulder massage

Excluded from the rate:

  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gate fees and conservation levies
  • Premium branded alcohol, transfers and all unspecified items Additional costs: Gate fee / Landing fee of R50 per person

Terms and Conditions:

  • Valid June and July 2018 and 1 - 30 November 2018
  • Subject to availability
  • Only valid for a minimum stay of 3 nights
  • Only valid for the Explorer Suite

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I had a great time at Tintswalo Safari. I really enjoyed that I could relax and unwind in the most beautiful and natural surroundings.

I enjoyed dining at Tintswalo in the open air boma under the African night sky.

Great lodge.



I enjoyed my stay at Tintswalo Safari , the lodge overlooks a waterhole frequented by herds of elephant and other big game, beautiful sight.

I really had a a truly exclusive and memorable safari experience in the untamed African wilderness.



GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -24.588820

Longitude: 31.394431


This lush Tintswalo concession is between the Timbavati Private Reserve to the north, the famous Sabi Sand Reserve to the south and is open to the Greater Kruger National Park on its fenceless eastern boundary.

Tintswalo Safari Lodge in Mpumalanga:

Access by air:

Daily scheduled charters direct to the Tintswalo Safari Lodge are available. Tintswalo has a landing strip (minimum of two passengers required).
Daily flights can be booked from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, Gauteng, to the Eastgate Airport (Hoedspruit). Guests can then continue by road transfer to the lodge which is a scenic 45-minute trip.
Daily flights from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg or Cape Town to the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport in Nelspruit. The tour then continues by a road transfer (a two-and-a-half hour scenic drive), or a small lodge hops by air in a light aircraft.

Access by road:
Good tar roads from Johannesburg ( a five-hour drive) lead to Mpumalanga and gravel/dirt road for the last eight kilometers inside the Manyeleti Reserve.


On site parking facilities are provided for guests.

Star Rating

5 Star

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