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Lion Sands Tinga Lodge is a safari lodge overlooking the Sabie River in the Kruger National Park, and is built around a 200-year-old jackalberry tree. The old world luxury lodge offers a comfortable bygone-style retreat and a welcoming family-friendly atmosphere.

Go on game drives and walks around the reserve, where you will have the opportunity to view the Big 5. Back at the lodge, you can relax on the deck or in the infinity pool, while watching the game and birds drinking at the river.


  • In the private Tinga Concession, popular Big 5 territory
  • On the banks of the Sabie River with gorgeous views
  • Each suite has a private plunge pool
  • Welcoming family-friendly atmosphere


  • Bird watching
  • Game drives
  • Guided walks
  • Bush dining
  • Historical tours
  • Star gazing
I just love the river frontage of the main areas and the spacious suites; our warm welcome from the staff was complemented by the herd of elephants as if they were there just to greet us - so special!
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Tinga Suite

These large, air-conditioned suites reflect a contemporary safari style and offer stunning views of the Sabie River. Big glass sliding doors open onto wooden decks with private plunge pools. The Tinga Suites feature comfortable open-plan lounges and dining areas, and the luxurious en suite bathrooms also boast beautiful river views.

Two Bedroom Hi'Nkweni Villa

This contemporary two-bedroom villa offers total privacy and wonderful views of the Sabie River from its private viewing deck and pool. Hi’Nkweni Villa is ideal for families with younger children, affording a more exclusive safari experience: you will have your own butler, field guide and open safari vehicle for the duration of your stay. The villa's lush garden is divided into two sections, with one partially closed off and the other fully closed off - perfect for the little ones to play safely.


After a day of exciting safari activity, relax in the lodge's infinity pool or receive a pampering treatment from the Wellness Centre.

In the evenings, keep warm around the campfire, serenaded by sounds of wildlife. Enjoy delicious cuisine paired with fantastic South African wine.


Scrumptious breakfasts and lunches are served on the deck at Lion Sands Tinga Lodge, allowing you to enjoy the views and watch wildlife as you dine. For dinner, a bush barbecue is held in the boma, where you can keep warm around the camp fire.

General facilities

  • Plunge Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Babysitting service available
  • Beauty or wellness therapist
  • Laundry service


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Dates Board Price
2022-12-01 — 2022-12-19 Fully Inclusive Plus (All Meals, Selected Beverages, Selected Extras) $995
2022-12-20 — 2023-01-03 Fully Inclusive Plus (All Meals, Selected Beverages, Selected Extras) $1,465

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently. Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice.
  • Single supplements may apply.
  • Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.
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Lion Sands Tinga Lodge

Kari Hobson

The jewel of the trip was definitely Lion Sands and the safari. It was UNBELIEVABLE. Tinga Lodge was like something you see on a magazine cover and that was only the beginning! The people, the service, the accommodations, the food, the game drives, t he tree house - it was all absolutely spectacular! An 11 out of 10. Can't say enough good things about it.
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Diana Rosenthal

It was absolutely amazing and totally worth the price. Peter also loved it even though it was more touristy as he was the only local but it actually turned out great and was an amazing and unforgettable experience for him too. I would go back there i n a heartbeat except I would like to explore other parts since they keep you in a pretty small area. That being said, we did see the big five and countless leopards, definitely my favourite animal! We even tracked lions literally off-roading which was unreal. Peter caught it on video. Our tracker and guide we're amazing and got us really close to all the animals while keeping everyone safe. I can't wait to spend a lot more time in Africa as it now feels like a second home to me. I'm just sad that I will only be able to visit once a year max right now. Fingers crossed that we'll be able to spend a month a year there and increase it from there once our little one is off to college!!! I think my mom is worried that I love it so much because it's so far away from her and home!!! She'll understand once she sees it which is why we'll be bringing her next year!
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Clay Boyer

We really enjoyed Tinga Lodge and the experience of the Tree House. The room at the lodge was great, very clean and big. The staff and guides were all great. I would definitely recommend Tinga Lodge and if someone wanted the experience of sleeping in a tree house go for it. The Lodge, staff, food, accommodations were all great.
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