Lion Sands Tinga Lodge is a beautifully designed luxury lodge occupying a remote setting overlooking the Sabie River in the middle of the prestigious Sabie Sands Game Reserve. It exudes spaciousness and tasteful opulence, while promising a fantastic Big Five game viewing experience, complete seclusion, sublime cuisine and hand-on-foot service.
This family-owned lodge has been developed with a dedicated devotion for the environment and the desire to create a distinguished destination that will meet the expectations of discerning guests from around the world. The game viewing on the reserve is prodigious, with all members of the Big Five likely to be encountered with the help of expert guides and trackers. Guests will be treated to exceptional cuisine and all the facilities needed for a thoroughly rejuvenating holiday, made even more special by experiences such as sleep outs in a secluded treehouse, romantic bush meals, educational wildlife lectures and superb stargazing.
The lodge nestles in lush riverine vegetation on the banks of the slow-flowing Sabie River which winds through the southern portion of the 65 000 hectare Sabi Sands Game Reserve.
The river attracts ample game and birdlife, while the Lion Sands concession is one of the best places to view black rhino, leopard and the rest of the Big Five. Other wildlife is prolific and well habituated, allowing for extraordinarily close encounters, and game drive vehicles are allowed to venture off-road to follow animals. The varied ecosystems of the reserve are fully open for exploration via guided walks or drives. The reserve was the first place in South Africa to develop truly interactive eco-tourism, and this legacy has evolved into a world-renowned reputation for matchless year-round safaris.
Surrounded by large trees, twittering birdlife and the sounds of the river, Tinga Lodge is a serene base for relaxation between safari experiences. Underneath distinctive African thatch, décor is inspired by the traditional grandness of a colonial safari, but given a luxuriant modern twist. Interesting artefacts adorn every area of the lodge. Life revolves around the spacious main central area, where guests can relax in the open-plan lounge with a fireplace, outside on the deck or in and around the swimming pool.
Three meals per day, along with game drive refreshments and a variety of house beer and wine, are included in the rates. To keep guests entertained, the setting for meals varies from the opulent dining room, to the open-air boma or the bush itself. Nestled under the large trees at the riverside, the nine open-plan suites are exceptionally luxurious, featuring King-size beds, air conditioning, full bathrooms leading to outdoor showers, lounge areas with minibars, and decks with private plunge pools. Throughout the stay, personable staff are on hand to take care of every need, no matter how big or small.
After falling asleep to the trademark night sounds of the bushveld, guests who have chosen to go on the morning game drives are given a wake-up call at dawn and head to the lodge to enjoy a selection of teas and coffees. Between viewings, guests stop off for refreshments and some leg-stretching. Upon returing to the lodge, guests can relive the excitement of the drive over a large buffet or cooked-to-order breakfast. Those who want more of the bush can then depart on a guided walk, while laidback guests can relax in their suites or at the main lodge.
Cultural experiences, wildlife lectures, spa treatments or visits to historical sites can also be arranged during this time.
While the adults enjoy all of this, children can embark on junior ranger courses and other fun-filled activities.
Lunch and a decadent high tea are included in the afternoon programme, followed by a fantastic sunset game drive that ends in a night-time safari and stargazing. Dinner in the boma, bush or dining room will cap off a truly memorable day.
At least one night should be spent in one of the lodge’s three treehouses, which are appointed with all luxuries and provide an extraordinarily intimate connection with the bush.