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.
Lion Sands Tinga Lodge Amenities
The suites at Legends are well-spaced, and each one is positioned to ensure the best possible view of the Sabie River and its surroundings. Each luxuriously appointed suite is air-conditioned, with en-suite bathroom and a double shower. The suites also have a private lounge, heated plunge pool, individual satellite television, DVD player, in-room mini bar, electronic safe, underfloor heating, heated towel rails - in the words of James Stevenson- Hamilton in his book South African Eden, ".all the things tending to mitigate the asperities of life!" In the heat of the day, there is no better way to while away the time than relaxing in privacy on the deck, or taking a dip in the plunge pool, whilst watching the daily parade of game coming down to the river.
The Tinga concession has 5000 hectares of exclusive traversing. This includes 35 km of river frontage along the Sabie and Sand rivers. In addition to this, Tinga vehicles are permitted to traverse the entire Kruger network. To ensure the guest comfort, there are only six guests allocated to a vehicle. Safaris are conducted in open vehicles, in the early morning and late afternoon. Drives are usually 3 hours in duration depending on game viewing and weather conditions.
Early morning drives usually stop for refreshments in the middle of the drive. Afternoon drives usually stop for sundowners at a scenic spot (where possible) before proceeding with a night drive. Drives are conducted with guides and trackers. The tracker's function is look to for tracks as well as wildlife. When fresh tracks are spotted, the guide and tracker may alight from the vehicle and follow up for a short period of time. The tracker is also responsible for handling the spotlight on the night drive and shows consummate skill in finding everything from a chameleon to a lion!
The vehicles have a cover to provide some protection from the elements. The raised seats ensure excellent game viewing. Off-road driving is permitted on the Tinga concession, ensuring some close encounters with Africa's big five. This is conducted in a very responsible manner, and all areas are rehabilitated after offroad driving and the concession is closely monitored by the SANParks ecologists.
Although the safaris have a strong focus on finding the larger game, attention is also given to the smaller animals, birdlife, vegetation. As an ecotourism destination, it is important to ensure that guests are given a total bush experience. In keeping with the Kruger National Parks policy on open vehicle safaris, no children under six years of age are permitted on a safari.
Special Offer Details
SOUTH AFRICAN RESIDENT RATES:
Last Minute booking rate for bookings made 1 – 10 days before travel
Valid for travel 12 January – 17 December 2015
R5840.00 per adult per night sharing in a Suite – 50% single supplement
Advanced booking rate for bookings made 11 days more before travel
Valid for travel 12 January 2015 – 17 December 2015
R6520.00 per adult per night sharing in a Suite – 50% single supplement
Last Minute Rates (0 – 10 days prior to travel) include: luxury accommodation, all meals, two game drives daily and specified safari activities
Advanced booking Rates (11+ days prior to travel) include: luxury accommodation, all meals, selected local beverages, two game drives daily, game drive refreshments and specified safari activities
Rates exclude: Park Fees (payable direct at the Gate – see below), drinks not mentioned in the above inclusions, Premium brand drinks, Spa Treatments, additional activities and all items of a personal nature.
- Rates valid for South African and SADC residents only.
- ID numbers are required at time of original booking.
- All other African countries and International guests must be booked on the standard rates available on request.
- Should SA residents be travelling with International guests, the respective Domestic and STO rates will apply to each guest
- Maximum 4 guests per reservation only. 5 or more guests are considered as a group.
- Subject to availability of rooms in this price category.
- Not combinable with any other promotional package or other special rates.
Kruger National Park gate fees must be settled directly at the gate on entry into the park
South African Residents – Adult: ZAR 66.00 per adult per stay & ZAR 33.00 per child per stay
SADC Residents – Adult: ZAR 132.00 per adult per stay & ZAR 66.00 per child per stay
International Residents – Adult: ZAR 264.00 per adult per stay & ZAR 132.00 per child per stay
Kruger National Park gate entry times are as follows:
- Jan, Feb, Nov & Dec 05h30 - 18h30
- Mar & Oct 05h30 - 18h00
- Apr, Aug & Sep 06h00 - 18h00
- May, Jun, Jul 06h00 - 17h30
Lion Sands Tinga Lodge is unable to accommodate children under the age of 6 years.
Children aged 6 -15 years pay 50% of the adult sharing rate and must share room with parents.
Children aged 16 years and older pay the full adult rate.
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