Lion Sands Tinga Lodge
Situated in a private concession within the boundaries of the Kruger National Park, Lion Sands TInga Lodge allows guests to explore unseen parts of the National Park which give access to a beautiful variety of wildlife off of the main tourist roads in one of the most luxurious lodges. Whilst Kruger National Park visitors have restricted road access, staying at Tinga allows exploration into areas that regular Kruger visitors could only dream of.
Lion Sands Tinga Lodge – The Details
Situated on the banks of the ever-flowing Sabi River, the sister camp of Lion Sands Narina is Tinga. The airy and spacious design allows you to enjoy the highest of luxury whilst being able to enjoy the beauty of the Kruger to the fullest.
The lodge’s main attraction is the huge deck that extends towards the Sabie River and is accompanied by a swimming pool, spa and lounge area that makes time inbetween game-drives fly by. Dining experiences on the deck under the stars are to be marvelled at as is the secluded boma where lanterns create a wonderful ambience.
Tinga is made up of nine superb wooden suites with a gorgeous deck that comes equipped with a private plunge pool that offers breath-taking wilderness views. The interior is fitted with a sofa, a mini-bar and air conditioning which accompanies the rest of the amenities that are provided.
Game drive vehicles are limited to six guests and the area is renowned for its leopard activity. The concession is delicately balanced between the Sabie River and the Sand River which attracts a plethora of bird life and big game. Located in the Kruger National Park, this private concession means access is restricted to only Lion Sands game viewers so you don’t have to worry about crowds or large vehicles spoiling sightings.
For bigger families or a small group of friends, the two-bedroom private villa is perfect. The decor and architechture of Hi’Nkweni is a continuation of the Tinga suites and is equipped with its own private pool and its own hospitality and guiding team.
Access to Tinga is extremely easy as it’s a mere ten-minute drive from Skukuza airport or twenty minutes from the Paul Kruger Gate of the National Park.
One of the draws of TInga is the opportunity to overnight in their ‘tree-houses’. Raised on high stilts out in the bushveld, a luxury bed awaits guests wanting to spend a night under the stars. Whether you are seeking solitude, extra adventure or an extremely romantic setting, a beautiful dinner followed by a good night’s sleep under the stars is the perfect bush experience.
The wonderful thing about a South African safari is that it is fantastic all year round. The best time of year for game viewing however, is generally during the dry season which falls between May and September. This is when the vegetation is at its lowest and water is at its scarcest. This means animals tend to congregate by the ever-drying waterholes and photography is easier.
During the rainy season (November-April), a plethora of migratory birds descend on the area which punctuate the lush green surroundings with flashes of colour and beautiful songs. Although game viewing is generally not as easy during these months due to the dense foliage, the colours in the landscape make for some outstanding photographic opportunities.
After your safari, staying in Cape Town is a must. This vibrant and energetic city is the perfect place to relax after an exciting safari full of late nights and early mornings. There is so much to do here that we recommend you spend at least three nights in the city. With so many shops, bars and restaurants to enjoy as well as the multitude of marine life and natural surroundings to explore, there is never a dull moment in Cape Town.