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.
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.
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