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8.4
Overall

Tuningi Safari Lodge

South Africa, Near Gauteng, Madikwe

from R 2799 pp/night sharing

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8.4
Overall

Tuningi Safari Lodge

South Africa, Near Gauteng, Madikwe

from R 2799 pp/night sharing

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Eight lovely suites and genuinely child friendly – a real highlight is to sit back with a cold drink on the deck overlooking the (very!) active waterhole!

Our Ratings

8.4
Overall
8.0
Luxury & Style
8.5
Setting
8.0
Game Viewing
8.5
Romance

Our Ratings

8.4
Overall
8.0
Luxury & Style
8.5
Setting
8.0
Game Viewing
8.5
Romance

What's Hot

  • We love the very atmospheric boma area set under a stunning fig tree – the perfect place for a delicious dinner around a crackling fire under the stars!
  • The waterhole is very active at Tuningi and you can while away the hours with a good book and pair of binoculars, just looking up occasionally to see what else has come down to drink!
  • Tuningi is one of the few safari lodges that truly welcomes children of all ages and invites them to enjoy the wonders of nature and its wildlife – and there are baby sitters so that parents can enjoy some quality time together!
  • The family suites with their separate lounge and dining area and 2 fully equipped double bedrooms with en-suites are perfect for families
  • The rangers here get consistent excellent reviews for their enthusiasm and willingness to go the extra mile to get those prime sightings

What's Not

  • No inside shower, so if it’s chilly you might not want to brave the gorgeous outdoor shower and just soak in the massive tub instead
  • Unlike some of the other lodges in Madikwe the suites here don’t offer plunge pools
Tuningi Safari Lodge

Tuningi Safari Lodgethe sweeping wooden deck with a magnificent rim flow pool overlooks a waterhole and is the perfect place to relax with a cold beer or glass of sauvignon blanc in hand as you watch the near constant procession of game coming down to drink!

Lodge Profile

Eight lovely suites and genuinely child friendly – a real highlight is to sit back with a cold drink on the deck overlooking the (very!) active waterhole!

Quick Overview

Location
Madikwe
Drive Time
4 hours from Johannesburg
Malaria
No
Setting
Overlooking a waterhole
Rooms
8 suites - 4 luxury suites and 2 family suites with 2 bedrooms each
Aircon
Yes
Pool
Yes
Spa
In-room massage
Camp Fenced
Yes
Tracker
No - only ranger
Off Road
Yes
Child Policy
All ages

Tuningi Safari Lodge is one of our favourite types of lodges: an unpretentious camp that manages to get all the important things right (think great service, warm hospitality, excellent guiding, delicious food) without ever being too self-conscious or trying too hard. It’s a traditionally styled and very comfortable game lodge that doesn’t try to break new ground in terms of cutting edge style but it somehow “just feels right” – no wonder then that it attracts consistent rave reviews from guests, many of whom are happy to return over and over again!

Set in a tranquil valley on the western side of the Madikwe reserve, the lodge can sleep 16 guests altogether and has been cleverly laid out so that both families and couples can have a great time. There are 6 suites altogether – 4 standalone suites perfect for couples and then 2 family villas which are made up of 2 double bedrooms each and include a lovely spacious lounge area. The lodge can actually be broken up into 2 parts: the main lodge which has 3 of the couple’s suites off to one side of the main public area and a 2 bedroom family villa on the other; then a hop, skip and a jump away is “Little Tuningi” which consists of the second family villa and a suite and which also boasts its own boma and swimming pool area. The beauty of this is that Little Tuningi works brilliantly as an exclusive camp for a small group of friends and family, yet they are still able to make use of all of the facilities at the main lodge!

The idea when the lodge designed the suites was to create a feeling of airiness and space through the use of retractable doors and windows, thereby blurring the dividing line between the interiors and the bush. The results are lovely restful rooms with a “Colonial African Chic” décor style that works superbly! They’re pretty luxurious too and boast air-conditioning, enormous bathrooms, outside showers (definitely the highlight for us!) fireplaces and fabulous wooden decks! The rooms are set nicely apart from each other to provide ultimate privacy and peace.

The main thatched lodge itself again evokes the old safari days in look and feel and boasts beautiful indoor and outdoor lounge areas, dining room, veranda and bar –all interlinked by a sweeping wooden deck with a magnificent rim flow pool overlooking a waterhole! This is the perfect place to relax with a cold beer or glass of sauvignon blanc in hand as you watch the near constant procession of game coming down to drink. The elephants are almost daily visitors and you may even find yourself having a swim in the pool at the same time as an ellie decides that drinking the nice clean pool water sounds like a much more attractive prospect than the grungy waterhole water! From the deck a pathway leads down to a stunning boma area under an ancient fig tree (this tree is actually what gives the lodge its name) As night sets in lanterns and candles are lit and the mood goes from bush to baroque – when you return from your game drive you'll be presented with a bush extravaganza dinner in the boma, with a blazing log fire to keep you warm whilst you enjoy the awesome night sky above the canopy of trees!

What we love is that Tuningi is one of the few top-end lodges in South Africa that truly welcomes children of all ages and invites them to enjoy the wonders of nature, wildlife and the delicate eco-system that surrounds them! They’ll no doubt be entranced by the experience of going on the twice-daily game drives through Madikwe – a true conservation success story, the 75 000 hectare reserve is home to the Big Five and is renowned for its wild dog population! Prior to its establishment in 1991 most of the land consisted of cattle farms - since 1991 the park has undergone an intensive phase of development as a premier game reserve and this included an extensive restocking programme with game species that historically occurred in the region. This project was known as Operation Phoenix, began in 1991 and was completed in 1997 and was one of the largest game translocation exercises in the world - more than 8000 animals of 28 species were released into the Madikwe Game Reserve including elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion, cheetah, Cape hunting dog, spotted hyena, giraffe, antelope and other herbivores!

Tuningi’s game rangers are of course highly qualified but more than this they go above and beyond to ensure that you get the best angle for your photograph. The ability to go off road in this park is a major bonus which you just don't get in other national parks and ensures really close-up-and-personal sightings of big game! Madikwe Game Reserve is a true African success story and Tuningi simply enhances this experience - with friendly staff, luxurious suites and Big Five game drives in one of the most game-filled parks in Southern Africa...what more could you ask for from a bush getaway?

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Booking Notes

  • Minimum stay 2 nights
  • Gate Fees to be paid directly at the Lodge - R 150 per adult per stay & R 60 per child, (under 12 years), per stay
  • If guests fly into the Madikwe, the Park Entrance fee would be charged directly at the lodge - R 200 per visitor per stay
  • Subject to availability

Child Policy

  • Under 2 years will be free of charge
  • Children 2 - 11 years will pay 50% of the rate when sharing with 2 adults (except in the Family Suite where they will pay full adult rate)
  • Children 5 years and older are permitted on drives at the discretion of the game ranger
  • Please note children under the age of 5 years will not be permitted on game drive