Tintswalo Game Reserve in the Manyeleti

Tintswalo Game Reserve

Tintswalo Game Reserve is located in the Mpumulanga Province of South Africa on the private Manyeleti Reserve concession – a lush, exclusive lodge nestled between the Timbavati Private Reserve to the north, Sabi Sand Reserve to the south, and open to the Greater Kruger National Park on its fenceless eastern boundary. Resting amidst an ancient sycamore tree grove that overlooks a waterhole frequented by large herds of elephant and other big game, Tintswalo Game Reserve is a pristine wilderness reserve abounding in big game and spectacular bird life.

Tintswalo Game Reserve
Tintswalo Game Reserve
Tintswalo Game Reserve
Tintswalo Game Reserve
Tintswalo Game Reserve
Tintswalo Game Reserve
Tintswalo Game Reserve
Tintswalo Game Reserve

What makes Tintswalo Game Reserve in the Manyeleti unique, however, is the exceptionally low human : land density ratios. With only two commercially operated lodges, a maximum of 8 safari vehicles traverse the reserve. Each vehicle therefore has the equivalent of 2937 hectares to itself. It can therefore be said that this is one of the lowest vehicle density private reserves in the greater Kruger Park region.


“Repair and healing always starts with one’s self. What appears on the outside is often a manifestation of what is happening on the inside. A clear mind, good rest and good nutrition are the first steps to a youthful skin.”

There is no better place to relax, unwind and let one’s mind, body and soul be pampered, than in the Vital Source Spa.

Situated in complete privacy and in a stunning setting at Safari Lodge, our internationally trained therapists will ensure you are thoroughly renewed after your visit.

Elemis and Africology products are used, and all guests are invited to indulge themselves.

A range of treatments are on offer at Tintswalo’s Elemis Spa – including skin-care treatments; body treatments (massages; wraps; embalming & sloughing; hydrotherapy); hand & foot treatments; depillation; and vichy shower.

Tintswalo Safari Lodge

Tintswalo Safari suites and lodge are all situated along a seasonal river bed among an ancient sycamore tree grove.

The exquisitely appointed main lodge overlooks a waterhole frequented by a large herd of elephant and other big game. The Explorer suites and Presidential are all linked to the main lodge by raised wooden walkways.

The Tintswalo suites are authentically decorated to reflect the pioneering times of the nineteenth century African explorers. The air-conditioned suites are situated along the banks of the seasonal Nwaswitsontso River. Providing supreme comfort, privacy and an opportunity for effortless birding, as well as the chance to view a large variety of big game from the privacy of each unit. The indoor/outdoor shower leads off from the spacious bathroom which opens out onto the deck. Luxuriate in a private plunge pool or just relax on a lounger under the African Sun.

Kingsley Suite – Mary Kingsley, a nineteenth century spinster, explored with humble resources collecting fish and insects samples for the Royal Geographic Society. An understated twin or double suite.

Livingston Suite – The most widely known explorer of Africa’s colonial history. A twin or double luxury traveller suite.

Burton Suite – Richard Burton, a controversial character donning a turban, historically he translated the Arabian Nights into English. A richly decorated twin or double suite.

Speke Suite – John Hanning Speke, a true gentleman, also in search of the illusive source of the Nile. A spacious luxury suite with large four-poster.

Stanley Suite – Originally a Welshman, Henry Morton Stanley was the man who found Livingston. A beautifully appointed double suite with a large sleigh bed.

Baines Suite – Thomas Baines, an engineer and artist. This suite is part of the Presidential Suite and accommodates four guests, either as part of the main lodge or privately.

Every suite has an extra length double or twin bed, en-suite bathroom, air conditioners, overhead fans mosquito nets, private deck with an intimate plunge pool overlooking a game-friendly river bed and magnificent Sycamore groves.

Tintswalo Manor House

Tintswalo Manor House is situated within the Tintswalo Concession.

A large thatched Manor boasting a crystal blue swimming pool, deep shaded patio and traditional boma. A minimum of 6 guests are required for Manor House bookings, with a maximum capacity of 10 guests.

The Manor House staff is flexible to your needs and one safari vehicle, a guide and tracker are allocated to you for the duration of your stay.

Down stairs the Manor has 3 en-suite air-conditioned twin or double bedrooms. One of the bedrooms has an optional child’s room which leads off it. Upstairs is the main double en-suite bedroom with a beautiful view of the surrounding bushveld.

Dining at the manor is enjoyed on the patio or in the open air boma under the awesome Manyeleti night sky. Manor house guests may enjoy the facilities of the Vital Source Spa & the Curio shop at the main Tintswalo Safari lodge.

Tintswalo Presidential Suite

Tintswalo Presidential Suite is authentically decorated to recall the pioneering times of the nineteenth century African explorers. This unit is especially suited for a family, or guests who prefer the ultimate exclusive safari and a flexible itinerary.

There are two air-conditioned suites which are connected by a spacious lounge, dining and open plan kitchen area. The individual indoor/outdoor showers lead off from the spacious bathrooms which open out onto the deck with a large private plunge pool.

Presidential is predominantly a suite booked exclusively, where guests enjoy their own private safari vehicle, private guide and tracker, private chef and butler. The team of staff is on hand to facilitate the discerning traveller’s personalised itinerary.

The suite also has DSTV and a play station. For safety and convenience, the Presidential Suite is connected to the main Safari Lodge by a raised walkway.

Tintswalo Game Viewing

At Tintswalo Game Reserve the schedule is arranged around you and a typical day could begin with early morning gameviewing, breakfast in the bush, more game-viewing , an al fresco lunch or high tea and leisure time at the lodge.

You can browse around our small but exclusive library of rare books or relax completely in our Vital Source Spa.

Visits to surrounding areas and attractions can be arranged at an additional charge.

Afternoon game-viewing follows with a sunset sundowner stop , thereafter, your day will be completed with a superb candlelit dinner.

Tintswalo Game Reserve will go out of their way to allow guests to dine privately or with other guests and never in the same place!

Game viewing at Tintswalo takes place on foot or in individually seated open game vehicles. The vehicles are equipped with spot lights for night viewing, radios for communication, mosquito repellent, poncho’s for wet weather and individual blankets for the night chill. A canvas bag containing binoculars, reference books and treats is also placed on each seat for your use.

Walks in Tintswalo Game Reserve are guided through the ever changing environment of the African bush. This experience allows the guest the opportunity to come away with information on wildlife, nature enlightenment and insight into the local Shangaan traditions ~ this is only obtainable with an ‘on the ground’ experience.

All of the experienced & professional guides at Tintswalo Game Reserve are accredited and they are always accompanied by skilled trackers who know their surrounding well.