Entrance to Tintswalo Safari Lodge in Manyeleti, Kruger area.

Here’s Why This Is One of My Favorite Lodges in the Kruger

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When I tell people, who have never traveled to Africa, that the lodges are luxurious, the staff genuinely gracious, and the food and drinks flavorful and exquisitely plated, I don’t think anyone can visualize what I mean, until they experience it for themselves.

During my recent trip to the Kruger, I stayed in a lodge that was instantly warm and inviting from the moment we stepped out of our vehicle. I always go with my initial “gut” reaction, as I look for a combination of coziness, friendly greeting, and a place where I know my friends would truly enjoy being on Safari. We want to feel safe, and Tintswalo lodge, is definitely a lodge I’d like to take you to.

Tammy, Neil and other staff members greeted us as we arrived in our vehicle.

Arriving in your Safari vehicle at Tintswalo Safari lodge in the Manyelwti private concession, Kruger area, South Africa

We are given warm towels to wipe our hands and dust off, and a welcome drink. You’ll see this is a common greeting in most Safari camps.

Welcome drink as you arrive at Tinswalo Safari lodge, in Manyeleti private concession
Welcome drink offered when you arrive, hot and sweaty at Tintswalo Safari lodge.

A sign on the wall, explains the meaning of Tintswalo:

All the lodges give you an orientation as you sip your welcome drink. Once relaxed,  you’re led to your room and offered a detailed orientation of where to find what you need in your spacious room. Wifi and plugs seem to be on everyone’s mind as we want to share news with family and friends at home.

Most of the lodges in South Africa have Wifi, except the eco-friendly lodges in Botswana. More on that later, when I share my favorite lodge in the Khwai area of Botswana.

Tammy gave us an excellent orientation at Tintswalo Safari  lodge.

Before dinner drinks are served in this welcoming candle-lit lounge. I would love to have such an inviting candle-lit table at my house.

Tintswalo safari lodge, candle-lit table welcoming you in the lounge area.

A wonderful evening spent with the owners of the lodge, Ernest and Gaye. Planning to stay here in 2021  with a group of baby boomers who want unique experiences, and travel with a purpose.

Dinner at Tintswalo SAfari lodge with the gracious owners, Ernest and Gaye. A very special evening.

There are always surprises on Safari. For example, here’s how I found the bathtub decorated when I got back to my room after dinner.

The staff place flowers on your bath at Tintswalo SAfari Lodge, in Manyeleti, Kruger area.

Another surprise was the bush breakfast and when I bring my next group of baby boomers, we are going to enjoy a bush breakfast. Check out what we experienced. Our guide, Neil, and tracker, Eric, were both fabulous at explaining this approaching elephant’s behavior. No need to be scared when you’re with professional guides, and trackers.

I worked out when we got back to our lodge. You get so many delicious meals on Safari, it’s difficult to not gain weight. See what was behind me.

Elephant behind me drinking from the “pipe.”

This is what we have to look forward to on Safari.

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Sonia Marsh


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