Tinga Private Game Lodge is situated on the banks of the Sabie River, in the prime game-viewing area of the Kruger National Park. The Sabie River has the highest recorded density of leopards in Africa, and one of the highest predator densities. The Sabie River is also said to have the richest biodiversity of any South African river, with many endangered and rare species (mammals, birds, reptiles and plants) being found in the area.
Tinga has an exclusive 5000-hectare concession within this area, where guests can view the wildlife on safaris or bush walks, whilst accompanied by SANParks-accredited guides. Tinga vehicles also have access to the entire Kruger road network, thus allowing guests to view the areas of historical significance and aesthetic beauty that the southern Kruger has to offer.
Legends can be described as a classic safari lodge. The large, luxurious suites at Legends epitomize comfort and style, and each suite boasts its own private game-viewing deck and heated plunge pool, with magnificent views of the Sabie River.
Legends is named in honour of those whose vision and foresight ensured that one of the world’s greatest natural treasures exists today.
Legends exudes the atmosphere of a classic safari lodge. The thatched cathedral-like entrance leads through to the colonial comfort of the lounge, which opens onto the massive wooden deck overlooking the Sabie River
Built around an enormous Jackalberry tree which is reputed to be over 200 years old, the deck affords magnificent views of the Sabie River, and regular sightings of the resident wildlife, including members of the Big Five.
Facilities at Legends include a library stocked with an array of African literature, a wine cellar stocked with premier South African and international wines, a boma, bar and wellness treatment room. There is also a large eternity swimming pool situated next to the wooden deck allowing unobstructed views of the Sabie River
Narina built on stilts and nestled between the trees on the banks of the Sabie river, the large private wood and thatch suites make Narina the romantic hideaway of your dreams. Each suite opens onto a private game viewing deck with plunge pool and outdoor shower
Although similar to Legends, Narina has a distinctly more African feel. Like the bird it was named after (the narina trogon), the lodge is unobtrusive, yet undeniably beautiful, blending perfectly with the riverine forest vegetation. The main deck is on stilts overlooking the Sabie River, and the suites are connected by an elevated wooden walkway. The lodge comprises nine suites.
Game sightings are exceptional at Narina. In winter, elephant and buffalo are seen daily, with large herds making their way down to the river in a cloud of dust. Lion prides are frequently seen, lazing in the shade of large figs and leopards make an occasional appearance. White rhino are sometimes seen grazing in the evenings below the main deck
Resident wildlife includes bushbuck, nyala, kudu, warthog, baboons and vervet monkeys. Hippos and crocodiles are present in the river, and are often seen on the sandbanks. The large sycamore fig tree in front of the main deck attracts a myriad of birds, including broadbilled rollers, green pigeons, trumpeter hornbills and lilac-breasted rollers. Wood owls are often heard calling at night.
As with Legends, facilities include a main deck overlooking the Sabie river, a library, wine cellar, boma, lounge, bar and boutique
"Tinga Private Game Lodge is not just an enjoyable and luxurious safari lodge, it also harbours myriad culinary delights for the unsuspecting visitor (Erik Wolf - International Culinary Tourism Association).
A visit to Tinga is designed to stimulate all the senses. Tinga cuisine can be described as a combination of global fusion trends and the aromatic offerings of Africa.
Guinea fowl with warthog bacon and sage; fillet of ostrich marinated in rosemary, balsamic and olive oil or impala stir fry with oyster sauce: these are just a sample of the dishes our chefs offer Tinga guests. A range of more conventional, but no less delicious, options are always available at each meal. There is also a range of vegetarian dishes available on request, and provided advance notice has been given, halaal and kosher requirments can also be catered for.
The Tinga culinary experience is further enhanced by the tranquil settings in which the meals are enjoyed. Breakfast and lunch are enjoyed on the decks of the lodges, under the shade of the 200-year-old jackalberry tree. The gently flowing Sabie river and the soporific call of the emerald-spotted dove provide the perfect accompaniment to the range of delicacies prepared by the Tinga chefs.
Evening meals are often serenaded by the some of the local wildlife - one can almost detect a wistful tone in the call of the hyena and jackal as the tantalising aroma of a bush barbeque drifts through the bush. One detects a distinctive scolding note in the roar of the lion, as the fare his lionesses has provided does not compare favourably with the meal being enjoyed in the traditional bomas at Legends and Narina. There is a note of envy from the hippos grazing on the riverside vegetation as a romantic dinner for two is enjoyed by guests on the deck of their suite.
- STANDARD SEASON RATES, 2015
- Tinga Lodge, Suite
- Double: R8,280.00 per person per night sharing
- Single: R12,420.00 per person per night single
- PEAK SEASON RATES, 2015
- Double: R9,520.00 per person per night sharing
- Single: R14,280.00 per person per night single
- STANDARD SEASON RATES, 2016
- Double: R9,380.00 per person per night sharing
- Single: R14,020.00 per person per night sharing
- PEAK SEASON RATES, 2016
- Double: R10,770.00 per person per night sharing
- Single: R16,105.00 per person per night single
INCLUSIONS AND EXCLUSIONS TINGA LODGE
- Luxury Accommodation
- Three meals per day
- Soft drinks, local brand beers and spirits & house wines
- Mini bar
- Two game drives daily with FGASA qualified ranger & tracker
- Game drive refreshments & snacks
- Specified inclusive safari activities
- Premium brand beers, spirits, cellar wines & champagnes
- Cigars & cigarettes
- All flights and transfers
- Telephone calls
- Curio shop purchases
- Spa treatments
- Sabi Sand Reserve entrance fees
- Any additional extras will be for the guests account