Tintswalo is an unusually designed luxury thatched lodge, with walls made of layered stone evoking the ancient civilisations of Thulamela and Mapungubwe to the north.
Manyeleti means “place of the stars” in Shangaan, and as a lesser developed Big Five private reserve, it lives up to its name with little light pollution to the milky way. A very low vehicle density enables you to be spoiled by uninterrupted game viewing. You may see cheetah with luck.
With the whole reserve at your disposal, Tintswalo offers a huge 230 square kilometres of Greater Kruger traversing. It is unfenced with the northern part of Sabi Sand and the south of Timbavati. It has large plains similar to the latter which suit rhino and elephant.
The main lodge building overlooks an active waterhole which brings large game to your doorstep.
Six suites named after 19th century explorers are connected to the main lodge by raised wooden walkways. They inspire the decor of the rooms, which are spaced out along the bed of the Nwasitsontso river, which runs seasonally.
All suites have plunge pools, full en-suite facilities, an indoor/outdoor shower leading on to the private deck, extra length double beds, a bar facility, and air-conditioning. There are fireplaces for winter, and overhead fans and mosquito nets for the hot summer months.
There is a further Presidential Suite with two full en-suite bedrooms connected by a spacious living area and open plan kitchen, ideal for families with children.
POOL & GARDENS
The gardens are manicured and pleasing to the eye, and house a good sized swimming pool with sun loungers scattered around.
The food on offer is of a high standard, ranging from stately meals served in a lavish dining room, to intimate dinners for two in the wine cellar, and supper cooked over a fire in the boma.
The spa offers a range of treatments by internationally qualified therapists. Massage is available on the deck overlooking the waterhole or in your suite.
A spectacular boma offers a further dining option, with food prepared and served on a fire underneath a blanket of African stars.