Lion Sands | Tinga and Narina Lodges
Sophisticated, luxury lodges along the Sabie River
At first I was not impressed. All the rooms are connected by raised wooden walkways that needed a little refinishing and the rooms do not look good from the outside. This concern evaporated very quickly once I stepped inside a room. These lodges were taken over by the More Family who also own Lion Sands and they have transformed Tinga and Narina into really comfortable well-run lodges. Both lodges have been updated in the soft contemporary style that the More Family always utilizes. The Tinga and Narina lodges are basically identical.
The two lodges, Tinga and Narina, each have 9 rooms and are very similar in layout. There are separate villas that are connected by raised pathways. This is a nice feature as you don't have to worry about looking where you step on the ground. All of the villas look out onto the Sabie river where you can spot animals from your very large floor to ceiling windows. Each villa has a spacious deck with chairs and private lunge pools for relaxing between game drives.
The bedroom and bathroom are very large. They have king size beds and a separate very comfortable sitting area with luxurious couches and chairs. There is a mini bar and safe in the credenza. The bathroom features an oversized shower, large bathtub double sinks, and there is a separate toilet. All the bathrooms have many windows so it is very light and bright.
There is a very spacious lounge area with both a covered area in the main lodge and then large decks to view the river area. These areas are furnished with comfy "sink into" couches and chairs. There are large bar areas in both lodges and plenty of seating that is well-spaced.
Dining and Wines
My new favorite sentence is "I want my food the Chef Lindy way." Absolutely incredible food and some of the best dishes that I have EVER had anywhere in the world. Everything was amazing. I actually ordered a second appetizer as a dessert. So hard to choose what to eat as it was all so good. Chef Lindy is supposed to be there at least through 2015.
Tinga has a private concession of Kruger park land. This means that they have a piece of land that is actually Kruger but only Tinga vehicles can drive on this landand they can do off-road for the big five. It is interesting when they take you to the border of their land to where the regular Kruger Park land starts and you see the masses of normal cars on the main road of Kruger National Park. Tinga is directly across the river from Lion Sands. Many people like the idea of going off-road in Kruger Park, which is not normally allowed. The vehicles hold six people in very comfortable bucket seats. I am not crazy about this land because the bush is too dense and this makes it hard to follow lions and leopards in certain areas. The good news is that they have built access to cross the river so Tinga and Lion Sands can now share each others land for game drives. Lion Sands property has given us excellent game viewing in the past so with that advantage, I think this will be perfect.
Wifi is available in the public areas of the lodge.