Tintswalo Safari Lodge

Private Game Reserve | Manyeleti Game Reserve

entrance to camp

Personal Impression

This is a unique exclusive lodge in the Manyeleti Game Reserve nestled between the Timbavati Private Reserve to the north, Sabi Sand Reserve to the south, and open to the Greater Kruger National Park on its fenceless eastern boundary.

What makes this a wonderful experience is the low human to land density. With only two commercial operated lodges and a maximum of 8 safari vehicles traversing the 23500 hectares. (58750 acres) It is one of the lowest vehicle density private reserves in the greater Kruger park region.

Tintswalo sign

The lodge is very interesting built with rock frontage, wrought iron decorations and it is a totally unique design. The spacious public areas open to the huge deck where you can relax and watch the waterhole and frequent animal activity. This is one of the few lodges that offer a loading platform that make getting in and out of a vehicle so much easier.

the dining room loading platform the library
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Each of the individual six suites is named after a 19th century African explorer. All the rooms are connected with a raised wooden walkways. The rooms are large, with floor to ceiling windows, a sitting area, all fully air conditioned with a sun deck, private plunge pools, and elegant bathrooms with double sinks, bathtub and inside and outside showers. This is a very luxurious room and the additional storage area behind the bed is wonderful for organization.

bathroom looking into bedroom deck with plunge pool storage area behind bedroom

Presidential Suite - Two Nedrooms

This suite has two bedrooms connected by a living area with full kitchen. Perfect for two couples or a family travelling together. This suite will have a private ranger and a private chef if guests wish to eat in the suite.

presidential suite bedroom living area looking into bedroom front door and living area

Game Drives

The size and topography of the Manyeleti private reserve is very diverse and that makes every game drive a delightful experience. There is a beautiful large lake on the property which is perfect for spotting game, the majestic fish eagles and wonderful bird life. The Manyeleti private reserve is open to the vast Kruger National Park, Timbavati and Sabi Sands private game reserves, so the animals are free to roam in and out of the reserve. Couple this with the peaceful atmosphere of the bush, the low density of vehicles, a vast expanse of private land, it is a wonderful safari experience.

There are only six guests with the guide and tracker in each land rover. All the space you need to take your African wildlife pictures. We were fortunate on our visit to see a good size group of sable. These are very rare animals to spot and always hiding in thick bush. We have only seen sable on one other occasion in Botswana and it was a fleeting glimpse. These sable were quite relaxed and we were able to sit and enjoy them for an extended period of time. We spotted a leopard at the end of the safari who was stalking some impala.

We stayed for quite some time and it got dark so we used a red light so we did not disturb the impalas or the leopard and saw her make her charge. She did not succeed in making a kill and the picture below was her recovering from her hunting experience. You will also see some animals here not usually seen in Sabi Sands such as ostrich and jackals. There are open plains that also increase the chance of seeing Cheetah and huge herds of buffalo.

rhino rare sable ostrich leopard

The Guides

The quality of the guides at Tintswalo was good. Similar to other top quality lodges, the guides enjoy their work and sharing the knowledge and experience with the guests. The guides stop at sundown to share some snacks and offer you your favorite drink. You will enjoy this while watching the sunset over the African bush.

Internet Connections and Laundry

The lodge has a business center with internet access complimentary for guests. There is no wireless connection and no access from the guest rooms. Laundry is available and is complimentary.

butter carving with our names

Dining and Wines

All inclusive of all meals and local wines and spirits. Enjoy a drink before dinner on the expansive deck overlooking the water hole below. The dining room will soon beckon, it is spacious and can be set up as one large table or a group of 2, 4, 6 or 8 guests. A nice rock fireplace completes the ambiance. Personal service is the key here and you will find they are willing to accommodate your every dietary need.

Breakfast is a wonderful meal each morning after your game drive and is usually served on the deck.

During our visit elephants came to the watering hole right in front of the deck it was so delightful to eat breakfast and watch a little baby elephant and her mother. On our last day, they brought us a special treat pictured here. It is these small touches that make a lodge so special. A mini bar is located in each room and contents are complimentary.

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