Suitable for families and couples alike, Tinga Lodge offers deluxe accommodation in a reserve overflowing with wildlife! As well as classic 4 x 4 and walking safaris, the lodge provides sleep-outs and a fab kids programme.
Lion Sands Tinga Lodge is owned and run by MORE. This is a family company specialising in unique and life-enriching experiences across Southern Africa. Tinga Lodge is one of four properties operated by MORE within the Lion Sands Game Reserve. The price of your stay here includes accommodation, all meals, a selection of drinks and snacks, in-room mini-bar items, two game drives daily, game-drive refreshments, other safari activities (see ACTIVITIES below), transfers between the lodge and Skukuza Airport, and Wi-Fi in communal areas.
Access & location:
The lodge is accessed via 5 minutes’ road transfer from Skukuza Airport. It’s situated amidst shady trees on the banks of the Sabie river, in the Lion Sands Game Reserve, within the southern region of Kruger National Park.
Accommodation & facilities at Lion Sands Tinga Lodge:
Guest accommodation consists of nine suites and the private two-bedroom Hi’Nkweni Villa. All suites are positioned along the banks of the River Sabie. Entering via a single wooden door at the back of the suite, you’ll arrive in a very spacious open-plan bedroom and lounge. This area features a king-size bed or twin beds, bedside stands and lighting, storage furniture, and comfortable seating around a coffee table. Amenities include air conditioning, fans, mosquito nets, telephone, safe, mini-bar, and hairdryer. The en-suite washroom is positioned to the right of the bedroom, and it contains separate flush toilet, twin washbasins, circular shower, and bathtub next to the window, so you can take a soak while enjoying river views. There’s an outside shower too! From the bedroom/lounge, double doors lead out onto a very wide wooden viewing deck, complete with private plunge pool. Hi’Nkweni Villa offers two en-suite bedrooms, a lobby, a large lounge, open air bathrooms, a deck with a swimming pool, and an entire team of staff to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
The communal facilities at Lion Sands Tinga Lodge are linked to the guest accommodation along raised wooden walkways through the trees. They’re set up around an impressive centrally situated building. The lounge is perhaps the most colonial part of the property, with its plush winged armchairs, sleek hardwood coffee tables, intriguing range of artefacts, and two grand fireplaces, one topped with a set of decorative antlers. The dining area is similar in style, and has one long table where guests eat together. Moving out of the lodge and towards the river, there’s a deck for al fresco lounging and dining, as well as a boma for outdoor dining. Tinga provides spa treatments too, and you can also unwind in the welcoming riverside swimming pool!
Activities at Lion Sands Tinga Lodge:
Tinga Lodge offers an exhilarating mix of activities. In the list below, activities not included in the price of your stay are indicated with an asterisk*.
Expertly guided game drives- Lion Sands Game Reserve covers 5,000 hectares of plains, woodlands, and water sources within the Greater Kruger region, including the Sabi Sands Game Reserve. Tinga is based in the southern sector of Kruger National Park. Drives head out during early morning and late afternoon, and they offer opportunities to see an incredible wealth of wildlife! You can look out for all Big Five – lion, rhino, leopard, elephant, and buffalo – as well as numerous smaller predators and herbivores.
Night drives- Starting out from the lodge after breakfast, walks are also enjoyed in the presence of a knowledgeable and experienced guide. They’re perfect for anyone interested in taking a close look at Lion Sands’ smaller lives – its plants, insects, and birdlife. There are over 450 types birds here, ranging from the majestic hawk eagle to the vibrant emerald cuckoo. Please note, walks have a minimum age requirement of 16 years, and safarists aged over 60 must provide a medical certificate stating they’re in good health.
Hippo experience- If you’re a fan of the hefty herbivores, you’ll love this activity – wildlife viewing with a focus on learning about the humungous hippo!
Wildlife lectures- Short nature talks are offered when the weather isn’t at its finest. Subjects can include wildlife behaviour and ecology, and presentations are very much guided by guests’ interactions throughout.
Henna Pre-School visits- Always popular with culture enthusiasts, these visits involve meeting the very young local children and their teachers, to find out about pre-schooling practices in the Greater Kruger.
Treehouse sleep-outs*- A night in Tinga’s Tinyeleti Treehouse is an amazing experience! You’ll head into the reserve just before sunset, tucking into a picnic supper as the sun descends before drifting off to sleep under a canopy of stars and surrounded by the sounds of nocturnal wildlife. The treehouse accommodates a maximum of two adults and two children aged 10 to 14 years.
Helicopter flights*- Three types of flight are available, taking in some of the region’s most spectacular scenery – Blyde River Canon, the Three Rondavels, Pinnacle Rock, Lisbon Falls, and Hippo Hollow!
Mack & Madi kids programme- Family morning game drives, bush orientation exercises, bugs CSI, rock painting, pool games… that’s just a small selection of all the things to do for children during their stay here! For more information about the kids programme, or anything else to do with Tinga Lodge, please contact a member of the YZ team.