Private Lodges - Tintswalo Safari Lodge

Tintswalo is an exclusive safari lodge under traditional grassing. Situated on a private Manyeleti Reserve concession, within the Greater Kruger National Park.

A pristine wilderness reserve nestled between the Sabi Sands, Timbavati and Kruger Park, abounding in big five game and spectacular bird life. The area is unique for its minimal vehicle density and so offering a true exclusive safari experience.

Tintswalo Safari lodge is situated along a seasonal river bed among an ancient sycamore tree grove. The exquisitely appointed main lodge overlooks a waterhole frequented by a large herd of elephant and other big game. The Explorer suites are all linked to the main lodge by raised wooden walkways.

Tintswalo Manor house, an intimate homely setting with complete privacy is also within the concession. Luxury en-suite air-conditioned rooms over look a water hole that often welcomes thirsty visitors of all kinds.

Tintswalo in the Shangaan language means the intangible feeling of love, gratitude and peace that you bestow upon someone who has given you a meaningful and worthy gift. This is what our guest's experience!

Location and Climate

Located in the Limpopo Province of South Africa the Manyeleti Reserve is bordered to the north by Timbavati Private Reserve, south by Sabi Sand Reserve and on the fenceless eastern boundary the reserve is open to the Kruger National Park.

The area has a subtropical climate which lends to warm rainy summers and a dry cooler winter.

The rainy season is predominantly from October through to March during which time the temperate averages a mid day heat of 30°C.

The generally dry winter has temperate days with nights cooling quickly to around 5°C

Explorer Suites

The Tintswalo suites are authentically decorated to recall the pioneering times of the nineteenth century African explorers. The air-conditioned suites are situated along the banks of the seasonal Nwaswitsontso River. Providing supreme comfort, privacy and effortless birding, as well as the opportunity to view a large variety of big game from the privacy of your suite. The indoor/outdoor shower leads off from the spacious bathroom which opens out onto the deck. Luxuriate in a private plunge pool or just relax on a lounger under the African Sun.

Baker Suite – Samuel and Florence Baker romantically travelled together through the African Wilds, an unusual occurrence for their era. This suite has a romantic feel with a beautiful hand carved four-poster bed.

Kingsley Suite – Mary Kingsley, a nineteenth century spinster, explored with humble resources collecting fish and insects samples for the Royal Geographic Society. An understated twin or double suite.

Livingston Suite - The most widely known explorer of Africa's colonial history. A twin or double luxury traveller suite.

Burton Suite - Richard Burton, a controversial character donning a turban, historically he translated the Arabian Nights into English. A richly decorated twin or double suite.

Speke Suite - John Hanning Speke, a true gentleman, also in search of the illusive source of the Nile. A spacious luxury suite with large four-poster.

Stanley Suite - Originally a Welshman, Henry Morton Stanley was the man who found Livingston. A beautifully appointed double suite with a large sleigh bed.

Baines Suite - Thomas Baines, an engineer and artist. This suite is the Presidential and accommodates four guest as part of the main lodge or privately.

Manor House

The Manor house is situated within the Tintswalo Concession. A large thatched Manor boasting a crystal blue swimming pool, deep shaded patio and traditional boma. A minimum of 6 guests are required for Manor House bookings; maximum capacity 10 guests.

Down stairs the Manor has 3 en-suite air-conditioned twin or double bedrooms. One of the bedrooms has an optional child's room which leads off it. Upstairs is the main double en-suite bedroom with a beautiful view of far off bushveld.

Dinning at the manor is enjoyed on the patio or in the open air boma under the awesome Manyeleti night sky. Manor house guest may enjoy the facilities of the Élan Vital spa at the Tintswalo Main Safari lodge.

Game Drives and Walks

Game viewing at Tintswalo takes place on foot or in individually seated open Landrovers.

The vehicles are equipped with spot lights for night viewing, radios for communication with the lodge and other guides and of course mosquito repellent. Individual blankets are always provided for the night chill.

Walks in the reserve are guided through the ever changing environment of the African bush. This experience allows the guest the opportunity to come away with information on wildlife, nature enlightenment and insight into the local Shangaan traditions; this is only obtainable with an 'on the ground' experience.

All our experienced guides are FGASA accredited; they are always accompanied by skilled trackers who know their surrounding well.


Children of all ages are welcome at the Presidential Suite and Manor House. Should you need information on children staying in the Main Safari lodge please contact us, as this is only done if the entire lodge is reserved or by special arrangement.

Children under the age of 12 are permitted on game drive but at the discretion of the guide. However dangerous game sightings will be limited.

Children under the age of 16 are not permitted on walks.

A special Children's Program is available and afford children a fun, educational bush experience. Please contact us for more information on Child Rates, Child Policy and the Children's Program.

Vital Source Spa

There is no better place to relax, unwind and let one's mind, body and soul be pampered, than in the Vital Source Spa. Situated in complete privacy and stunning setting at Safari Lodge, our internationally trained therapists will ensure you are thoroughly renewed after your visit. Elemis and Africology products are used, and all guests are invited to indulge themselves in one of the superb treatments on offer. More details on the spa are available on our website.


Our staff are always there to help and accommodate guests wherever possible. They are experienced and trained for their specific area of expertise. The general managers are Keith and Frances Jenkinson.


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