Fly out from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg to Tintswalo Safari Lodge where you are collected at the airstrip in a 4×4 and driven to your wilderness home. In the native Shangaan language, Tintswalo can be translated as ‘the intangible feeling of love and peace bestowed upon someone offering you a meaningful and worthy gift’. From the moment you arrive until your departure, every staff member at the lodge embodies this spirit, ensuring your absolute well-being and comfort.
Set on a private concession in South Africa’s Manyeleti Private Game Reserve, this exclusive safari lodge is nestled under mature sycamore trees along a seasonal riverbed that overlooks a waterhole frequented by herds of elephant and buffalo. Open to the Greater Kruger National Park on its unfenced eastern boundary, Manyeleti offers a variety of game-viewing activities unavailable inside Kruger, such as spot-lit night drives and guided walking safaris. Tintswalo has an extremely low vehicle density, which ensures an exclusive safari experience. Action-packed afternoon game drives are concluded with a sundowner stop on a lookout hill or with views of a dramatic bend in the river.
Share epic bush tales with other guests around the campfire before enjoying the innovative dinner menu, which carefully balances classic French and traditional South African cuisine. Meals are paired with exquisite South African wines and served in a number of scenic locations that complement the lodge’s captivating surroundings.
Offering supreme comfort and privacy, your elegantly appointed African-themed suite is decorated to recall the pioneering times of the 19th-century explorers. An adjoining viewing deck, private plunge pool and outdoor shower tick all the boxes for an excellent safari home. Indulge in a heavenly massage at the secluded spa or outside on the deck of your suite overlooking the Nwaswitsontso River. Pick a book from the lodge’s library’s rare collection or select a bottle of wine from the private cellar to enjoy with your dinner.
If you would like to experience more of your surroundings while at Tintswalo, spend time with cheetah at a nearby animal rehabilitation centre or an interaction with the local Shangaan community. For an incredible bird’s-eye perspective of the reserve, hot-air ballooning trips can also be arranged.