A stunning setting on the banks of the Sabie River surrounded by animals, bush and big skies, Tinga Lodge is the perfect place to relax and re-energise, immersed in the magic of Africa. One of two small luxury lodges in the pristine Lion Sands private concession of the Kruger National Park, Tinga provides a truly exclusive year-round safari experience, encompassing the Big Five and much more, with a thriving population of black rhino. Family friendly, welcoming children of 6 years upwards, the lodge is easily accessible, only 5 minutes drive from Skukuza airport, via direct flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town. A feeling of relaxed colonial grandeur defines the whole lodge and with just nine very spacious air-conditioned suites it has a personal family atmosphere underlined by exceptional service. Cooling off in your private plunge pool on a summer afternoon, while watching elephants drink at the river below, is just one of the memorable moments in store.
Wake in the fourposter bed swathed in mosquito netting to a view of elephants walking through the mist rising off the river, stretch out on the long sofa in your own lounge as the evening sun slants through the wide sliding doors, or enjoy a private dinner on the large open deck. The generous en-suite bathroom has a big bathtub in the window and the shower can open to the outdoors where vervet monkeys play in the trees.
Excellent cuisine might be served outdoors under the ancient jackalberry tree, or in the main lodge’s elegant dining area, where log fires in the natural stone fireplaces warm winter evenings and soaring double volume thatch roofs create a grand sense of space. There’s a cosy library with leather chairs, both indoor and outdoor lounges and a curvy swimming pool with a view. Morning and evening game drives explore the 5000 ha concession with experienced guides and trackers finding the best sightings and no other vehicles in sight. For an extra thrill book a night in the Tinyeleti treehouse 2km from the lodge and experience the soul-restoring luxury of being immersed in the African bush.
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