Tuningi Safari Lodge

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Overview

Ideal for families, Tuningi Safari Lodge is located in the malaria-free Madikwe Private Game Reserve and offers a traditional Big 5 African safari experience with style and comfort. The lodge is Fair Trade accredited and is one of the few lodges in the area that welcomes children to learn about the local wildlife and experience it first-hand.

Go on early morning and afternoon game drives to spot classic African wildlife as well as some of the continent's most endangered animals such as black rhino and African wild dog. Children can either accompany their parents on game drives or go on guided excursions to the nearest waterhole where they are encouraged to tick off the things they see in the workbook provided. Evenings are spent around a campfire sharing stories of the day's activities.

Highlights

  • Exclusive Big 5 safari experience in the malaria-free Madikwe Reserve
  • Colonial African chic decor
  • Ideal for families - the suites are spacious enough for children to share with parents
  • Entertaining dinners for kids
  • Evening meals served in the boma overlooking the waterhole - bustling with animals at night

Activities

  • Bird watching
  • Jogging trails
  • Game drives
  • Guided walks
  • Photographic safaris
  • Guided walking safaris
I simply loved Tuningi and had a real African safari experience while I was there. The staff were friendly and our ranger was very knowledgeable and professional. I loved the fact they offer activities for the kids!
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Rooms

Standard Suite

Tuningi's exclusivity is emphasised by the limited number of rooms, allowing a total of only 16 guests at the main lodge at any time. The design of the lodge is such that it can be divided for families, groups or VIPs to allow for utter privacy.

The main lodge offers spacious villas that are connected by wooden walkways. Soft, warm colours and wooden finishes give the rooms an elegant, organic feel with a comfortable interior. All rooms are en suite, air-conditioned and have gas fireplaces, outdoor rock showers and private wrap-around wooden decks.

Other rooms

For guests who prefer more privacy, Little Tuningi offers an exclusive experience as it is entirely removed from the rest of the lodge.

Accommodating only six guests, this luxury air-conditioned villa has its own private pool, designer kitchen, boma area, dining room and lounge. A wrap-around wooden deck creates a perfect spot to enjoy your meals. Fold-away glass doors open up to a breathtaking view of the surrounding bush. Having full access to the main lodge and all its factilities gives you the choice to be completely self-contained or to socialise with the other guests.

Facilities

The main thatched lodge includes a sumptuous lounge, dining room, veranda and bar, all of which are interlinked by a sweeping wooden deck.

The crystal clear infinity pool overlooks a nearby waterhole and is perfect for cooling down after a morning of game viewing.

If you're on an early morning game drive without the children, the professional daycare service will see that the kids wake up and have breakfast before taking them to their activities.

Dining

The boma at Tuningi Safari Lodge is ideal for a relaxing dining experience in the evenings around a blazing fire. The extravagant dinners are prepared by the lodge's executive chef and will satisfy all tastes, especially when accompanied by a fine wine selected from the lodge's cellar.

Families with children have the option of taking meals in their own room or deck, and on special evenings the kids can help to create their own meals in a separate boma.

General facilities

  • Swimming Pool
  • Bar
  • Children’s play area
  • Private balcony or deck

Amenities

  • Air conditioning
  • Fan
  • En-suite bath and shower
  • Fireplace
  • Outdoor shower
  • Outdoor area
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe in room
  • Tea & coffee-making facilities
  • Telephone

Rates

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2018-01-01 — 2018-04-30Full Board Plus (Meals & Select Extras) $585
2018-05-01 — 2018-07-31Full Board Plus (Meals & Select Extras) $515
2018-08-01 — 2018-12-31Full Board Plus (Meals & Select Extras) $585

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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Traveller Reviews

Tuningi Safari Lodge
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Camille Furnandiz

We especially enjoyed our stay at Tuningi and would love to go back there again. The ranger was excellent and we saw the Big 5 within 2 game drives so that was a great experience for us. The food and the room were both lovely. I am pregnant at the moment and they catered for me very well in regards to food and giving us a bottle of non-alcoholic wine to share one night. The charter flight there was exhilarating. I was a bit nervous as it was such a small plane and the alarms kept going off but the landing was incredible as there was a kudu on the runway so they tipped the plane 90 degrees and flew along the runway twice which was a thrill.
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Andrew Biggs

"Tuningi Safari Lodge was a great destination, with great staff and facilities."
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Sandra & Luiz Gross

We are back home and very, very happy with our experience in South Africa !!!! Everything went perfect ! Both accommodations were excellent, especially the Tuningi Lodge… What an experience there! We were very lucky with the weather in both places and we also saw many, many animals during the 6 game drives. The staff at Tuningi were absolutely friendly, kind and professionals. Absolutely nothing to complain or criticize…
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Todd Brohm

"Thank you so much for making our trip wonderful…everything was fantastic, I would highly recommend Tuningi to anyone looking for a great Safari experience as the people, food, safaris and accommodations are first rate."
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Ian Ellis

A fantastic start to the holiday with the road transport from Johannesburg being long but tolerable and very efficiently managed. We were welcomed from the moment we arrived and the family suite worked perfectly and was in a great location with game walking past to the waterhole in front of the lodge. That waterhole was the best for animal views we have experienced in our 7 years with the highlight being the almost daily visits by elephants. Madiwiki provided excellent game viewing and provided a glimpse of a leopard in the wild and had the best buffalo experience ever. At one point I saw a herd of some 200 animals. We also saw Wild Dogs for the first time.
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Jill Poyser

Tuningi - superb! Everything about it was spot on. They had got the message about our dietary requirements and we were extremely well catered for in that department. The lodge was lovely - very clean and comfortable and the people there, super friendly and welcoming. It was great to be welcomed by a 15 strong herd of elephants at the lodge watering hole and a giraffe outside our chalet on arrival. Lots of lovely little touches to ensure our comfort e.g. hot water bottles provided on the game drive as well as in the bed at night. Game drives - wowzer! We had superb rangers at both Tuningi and Pumba and feel priviledged to have witnessed some of the animal behaviour we saw as a result of their expertise. Rangers were Christo (Tuningi) and Jean (Pumba).
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Mark Roosens

"Tuningi Safari Lodge: we visited wonderful places and the hotels/lodges were amazing;"
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Larry Leake

"Tuningi Safari Lodge, it was excellent, and I would urge you to strongly recommend same to your customers."
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JoAnn Zymler

Tuningi. Not without reason this is a five-star lodge! It was fabulous! HIGHLY recommend it to any of your clients. Cristo was our guide while there. We have never met anyone more excited and enthusiastic about what he does! His knowledge of all animals and birds was amazing. No matter what bird we saw, snake or animal, Cristo knew the names even of all the birds and all info on any bird or animal. Truly impressive.
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Hakan Erdogmus

"Tuningi, Mala Mala, and Mashatu were absolutely amazing in all aspects. Fantastic service and great game viewing. We did see everything, including wild dogs and black rhinos."
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Thanan Suthipongmitri

"We were really satisfied Tuningi - nice room, very good services, it's the best in our trip."
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Robert Baillie

"Tuningi was special - game viewing excellent with great guide,Christo. Accommodation was first rate and staff and service really good... would go back for sure."
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Allan Manning

"All went very well and highly recommend Gavin and his team at Tuningi, they were great."
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Aneta Youngblood

"Was outstanding as far as accommodations, friendliness and of course seeing the wild life!"
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Fabrice Dupin

"We enjoyed very much the fantastic lodge, extraordinary food, greeting and safaris. We saw the big fives. Just perfect. The flights on small private planes were superb and on time."
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Helen Belcher

We absolutely loved Tuningi. I would have stayed forever if I could! The staff were lovely and they were great with the kids.They both came on game drives with me but a couple of times the staff looked after Molly back at the lodge which was really good. The accommodation and food were outstanding.
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Parveen Werner

"Lodge exceeded our expectations! From the lodge deco to the service to the food - simply wonderful!"
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Edwina Marrow

After the seven nights in Cape Town we flew to Madikwe. This was the most amazing experience for us all and we are totally indebted to you for recommending this. It was just like heaven. The staff couldn't have been nicer and more welcoming, our game driver was great fun and we saw the most amazing animals. We even saw a lion kill - four lions hunting a red hartebeest which we knew was very special because Johan, our game driver was even more excited about it than we were. We were lucky enough to see leopard as well as many other animals including all the Big Five. We even spotted black rhino as well as white rhino.
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