From: USD 739 pps

Lion Sands Tinga Lodge

Family-friendly Tinga Lodge delivers excellent Big 5 game viewing from its exclusive-use Kruger Park concession.

A prime riverside setting in an exclusive-use Kruger concession gives Tinga Lodge the perfect ingredients for a flawless Big 5 safari. This award-winning accommodation is part of the famous Lion Sands brand and draws on the experience and expertise of these established safari operators to deliver a Sabi-style safari in the middle of the Kruger National Park – dramatic, rewarding game viewing with barely another person in sight.

There are only nine suites at Tinga, each an air-conditioned haven with a long list of amenities. You’ll enjoy comforts such as a private plunge pool, viewing deck and mini bar as well as the opportunity to enjoy a pampering wellness treatment, care of the in-house therapist. Why not order one for your outdoor deck and enjoy a bit of game viewing at the same time?

It is also one of the best options for a family safari. While other Lion Sands lodges are more oriented towards couples and honeymooners, Tinga welcomes children from the age of six. They offer family accommodation, child-friendly activities with dedicated guides and baby sitters so parents can enjoy a holiday too!

Lodge Highlights:

  • Exclusive setting in private Kruger concession
  • Large, air-conditioned suites with river views
  • Excellent Big 5 game viewing
  • Recommended for families

About Lion Sands Tinga Lodge

Luxury Suites

  • Beautiful Riverside Chalets
  • Lounge, Viewing Deck & Plunge Pool
  • Air Conditioning, Mini Bar & Fireplace
  • Family Chalets Available

Tinga’s nine chalets are tucked away on the banks of the Sabie River and their guests enjoy wonderful views from their every corner. Decorated in cool shades and generously furnished, the suites are flanked by a large wooden deck with chairs and a table for moonlit suppers. A private plunge pool with views over animals drinking at the river below completes the scene.

Step inside through sliding glass doors and into the lounge where a comfortable sofa takes centre stage. A king-size double bed – also available as twins – sits under a ceiling fan and also enjoys fine views of the river. A full en suite bathroom provides all the comforts of a deluxe hotel as well as an outdoor shower for that classic under-the-stars shower.

Guests at Tinga can also book a night at one of the famous Lion Sands Treehouses. Located some distance away from camp, these deluxe sleeping platforms sit high above the ground, illuminated by candles and lamps and offering couples their own private sunset.

Lodge Facilities

  • Lounge, Bar & Dining Room
  • Swimming Pool
  • Game Viewing Decks
  • Spa & Beauty Treatments
  • Wi-Fi, Family Activities & Child Minders
  • Outdoor Dining

The open-plan nature of the main lodge encourages cool African breezes to circulate along with conversation and safari stories. There’s a lovely family atmosphere at Tinga and parents with younger children will find this lodge has plenty to keep them entertained.

Tinga makes the most of its riverside setting and offers many places to sit and watch animals drinking below you. There is also a swimming pool to complement your private plunge pool as well as a spa therapist for stress-busting massages and wellness treatments. You’ll find a lounge and bar as well as a dining room though meals are usually served outside whenever possible, either on the viewing deck, in the fire-lit boma or out in the bush.

Activities at Lion Sands Tinga Lodge

  • Morning & Afternoon Game Drives
  • Bird Watching & Stargazing
  • Guided Nature Walks
  • Community Visits
  • Wildlife Lectures

Tinga Lodge enjoys a unique setting – a private concession within the Kruger National Park. Such exclusivity guarantees you wonderful, unspoilt game sightings in an area famous for its wildlife. Lying on the Sabie River puts Tinga at the heart of Big 5 country, offering the highest recorded density of leopards in Africa and one of the highest predator densities. The Sabie, arguably the most bio-diverse river in South Africa, attracts elephant and buffalo herds as well as abundant birdlife – good news for birders who are keen to spot some of Kruger’s 500 recorded bird species.

You’ll enjoy morning and afternoon drives in the concession as well as in the main Kruger Park itself, allowing for maximum game viewing opportunities. In the concession you have the further advantage of going on bush walks with your guide (great for bird watching) as well as off-road driving for close-up photography. Visits to local communities can be arranged for an interesting cultural aspect to your safari and you’ll enjoy astronomy and wildlife lectures too.

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Lodge Rates

These rates are purely for informational purposes and do not reflect the actual cost in those currencies.

Luxury Suite

Season & Year
Per person sharing
04 January 2020 - 30 November 2020
USD 864
01 December 2020 - 19 December 2020
USD 734
20 December 2020 - 03 January 2021
USD 1079
04 January 2021 - 30 November 2021
USD 933
01 December 2021 - 19 December 2021
USD 793
20 December 2021 - 03 January 2022
USD 1166
04 January 2022 - 30 April 2022
USD 1007
Included in your stay
  • Accommodation in a suite with private lounge and plunge pool
  • Three meals per day
  • Mini bar in room
  • All soft drinks and selection of beers, spirits & house wines
  • Teas and coffees
  • Two game drives daily with FGASA qualified ranger & tracker
  • Game drive refreshments and snacks
  • Specified inclusive safari activities
  • Skukuza Airport transfers
  • Wi-fi in public areas
Excluded in your stay
  • All flights and transfers (other than Skukuza Airport transfer)
  • Laundry
  • Premium brand beers, spirits, cellar wines & champagnes
  • Cigars & cigarettes
  • Spa treatments
  • Curio shop purchases
  • Gratuities
  • Telephone calls
  • KNP Entrance fees
  • Sabi Sand Guest Conservation Contribution
  • Any additional extras will be for the guests account
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Hands-on Expertise

  • We’re based in Africa
  • Visit our destinations regularly
  • Exceptionally knowledgeable team
  • Expect unrivaled customer service

Accredited & Bonded

  • SATSA – Bonded Membership (2061)
  • ATTA Membership (204387)
  • Fully Independent & Owner Run
  • 24/7 Travel Support


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Our extended family (16 travellers, including 8 children under ten years of age!) went on a wonderful safari adventure curated and organised by Walter Kohrs of Safari Online. It could not have been any better than we experienced. From our time in Cape Town, to visiting Victoria Falls, all the way through Zimbabwe and finally wrapping up at the amazing Chobe Safari Lodge, all the locations chosen by Walter were amazing.

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Salvatore (IT)
Faultless service, attention to detail and quality of accomodations.

The communications and service from Walter was excellent, and we were continuously fully informed. The information package and book received on arrival were excellent. We felt that we had been allocated carefully selected lodges at each camp and every detail met or exceeded our expectations.
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Carolyn (AU)
We had a wonderful holiday with no hitches, perfectly planned for us and so professional.

Though we live in Australia, Safari online made planning for our family holiday so easy. Walter understood our requirements and nothing was too much trouble. The holiday was everything we wanted it to be and so much more. Every camp was ideally suited for our family and we loved each day, every early morning and evening game drive. Thank you to Walter for his attention to detail and his friendly, professional and caring manner. It was a trip of a lifetime and one that we will talk about forever.

Mary (AU)
Trip of a lifetime: Five countries, six camps, Vic Falls, Big Five plus more game

In June/July 2016 we undertook a trip to Southern Africa to fulfill a lifelong intention. We stayed at six camps, safari style, and had a great time. All of our expectations were met or even exceeded. For example, we never expected to see honey badgers or sitatunga, given the secretive nature of those species, but we did! All travel arrangements and connections worked smoothly, which is astonishing since we had several dozen transfers and meeting points; all of the connecting personnel were prompt, professional, and welcoming.

Michael (USA)
The trip was sensational and tailored to our needs. Simply fantastic!

The care by Walter was great from planning to leaving Johannesburg. The accommodations were perfectly chosen. If after a few days you thought it could not be better, you were told otherwise. It was an increase every day, with the 3 days safari in the Kruger, including overnight in tree house, the grand finale.
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Ulrike (DE)
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Chris (USA)
Exceptional service ensuring a wonderful holiday. Highly recommended

Attention to detail & service provided was first class, from our very first email to the last day of our trip. Walter went above and beyond to ensure that we were notified of any changes, even up to our last day with a change to our flight time, at short notice. The safari was so much more than expected, from the rustic to the exceptional, every camp was different in it’s own way and our highlights are hard to single out just one as each camp was great.

Cyndi and Dave (AU)
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We have booked at the Elephant Plains Lodge. We stayed there for a few nights and went on safaris. The lodge, the guide, the food and all the animals we have seen were fantastic. Really an outstanding experience. We can recommend Elephant Plains to everybody. Maybe you will not be as lucky as we were, becaucse we have seen the Big 5! But however you will not forget your stay at Elephant Plains.

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