Tinga Lodge at Lion Sands Game Reserve
Surrounded by the wild African bush, a stay at Tinga Lodge will transport you back to a time when decadent safaris were the height of indulgence. Part of Lion Sands Game Reserve, guests staying here have access the region’s most breathtaking wildlife at both the world-renowned Kruger National Park as well as the quieter leopard-favoured grounds of Sabi Sand Game Reserve. And wildlife spotting doesn’t stop once you’ve finished your game drive; look out for passing wildlife as you enjoy a delicious meal, or spot birdlife from your suite’s private plunge pool.
Designed with the quiet grandeur of a colonial manor house, the lodge’s main lounge area leads out to a vast dining deck built under the shade of a huge tree. Around the lodge’s communal areas, there are plenty to unwind after a thrilling day on safari with armchairs set around cosy fireplaces and even a small, secluded spa sala deep in the bush for massages out in the wild. A maximum of 18 guests ensures an intimate atmosphere worthy of this exclusive game reserve.
Overlooking the Sabie River, each of the nine expansive suites features a lounge, minibar, bathtub, outdoor shower and covered wooden viewing decks. For families, the Tinga Hi’Nkweni Villa is a home-away-from-home complete with spacious indoor and outdoor living areas, a kitchenette and dining area and two double bedrooms with en suites. Groups staying here will also have their own field guide and open 4x4. If you’re celebrating a special occasion, a night in one of Lion Sands’ treehouses is the most epic way to top off a stay at Tinga Lodge. Each of the three treehouses takes the concept to another level. They’re all wonderfully remote, so all that’s present with you is your chosen company and the wildlife around you as you spend a night under the stars.