Discover the Diverse Wildlife of Southern Africa
Tuningi Safari Lodge in Madikwe offers an exceptional blend of luxury and wilderness, accommodating 16 guests across four deluxe Luxury Suites and two expansive Family Suites. Each suite offers unparalleled vistas from its private wrap-around deck. The lodge features a commodious lounge, an intimate dining area, and a well-appointed bar. All of these spaces are connected by a sprawling wooden deck that leads to our awe-inspiring rim flow pool, strategically positioned to overlook an active watering hole.
Further extending the communal space is our magnificent boma area and dedicated viewing deck, enriching your connection with the surrounding nature. Tuningi Safari Lodge is more than just a luxurious retreat; it’s a home away from home. Our dedicated and passionate staff aim to exceed your expectations, creating a safari experience that not only connects you to the stunning natural world around you but leaves you with memories you’ll treasure for a lifetime.
Blending five-star luxury with the raw allure of the African wilderness, Tuningi Safari Lodge offers an exceptional experience for discerning travellers. The central entertainment and reception zone features panoramic views of an active waterhole, visible from a broad wooden deck that adjoins the lodge. To enhance your leisure time, a seamless rim-flow pool is complemented by plush loungers, setting the tone for an atmosphere of sumptuous comfort.
Tuningi’s aesthetic is best described as ‘African-chic,’ with a central thatched lodge hosting a spacious lounge, an intimate dining area, and a well-stocked bar complete with a wine cellar. All these communal spaces are effortlessly linked by a wooden deck that eventually leads to a boma situated under an age-old fig tree—the very tree that inspired the lodge’s name. This boma deck is an idyllic setting for open-air dinners by a roaring fire, allowing you to experience the sights and sounds of nearby wildlife up close.
For photography enthusiasts, the underground hide overlooking the waterhole provides an unrivaled vantage point. Sip on a gin and tonic while observing wildlife at eye-level, capturing stunning wide-angle shots and unique perspectives—especially when larger animals like elephants pass right by the windows.
Health-conscious guests will appreciate our gym that seamlessly integrates into the natural surroundings. Equipped with a treadmill, spinning bike, and a cable-cross weight trainer, the facility lets you work up a sweat while potentially spotting wildlife. For those who need to stay connected, the main lounge provides satellite TV and Wi-Fi. Alternatively, if you prefer a quieter activity, choose a book from our library and relax on the lounge or an outside deck. Either way, don’t be surprised if your reading is interrupted by game casually strolling by, adding a touch of magic to your stay.
Tuningi Safari Lodge boasts four exquisite Luxury Suites, each offering a blend of comfort and elegance. Every suite features a cosy lounge area, complete with a gas fireplace that welcomes you with its warm glow on cooler evenings—either after returning from a late game drive or as you prepare for bed. For warmer seasons, air-conditioning and ceiling fans are available to keep you cool and comfortable.
But the indulgence doesn’t end there. The expansive bathrooms at Tuningi are a haven of luxury, not just featuring a second fireplace but also an oversized bathtub that allows you to soak in style, all while enjoying stunning vistas of the wilderness. Elevate this experience with a private alfresco rock shower, allowing you to be one with nature as you refresh and rejuvenate.
Each suite is completed by a private, wrap-around wooden deck, providing the ultimate vantage point to unwind and soak in the sights and sounds of the surrounding bushveld.
Tuningi Safari Lodge features two opulent Family Suites, designed with space and comfort in mind. Ideal for families seeking additional room without sacrificing luxury, these suites mirror the high-end amenities and finishes found in our Luxury Suites. Each Family Suite is composed of two en-suite double bedrooms, offering privacy and comfort for every member of the family.
A shared dining area and a convenient kitchenette bridge the two bedrooms, making meal times simple and communal. The suites also include a plush living room, which opens onto a broad wooden deck—providing ample space to relax and immerse yourself in the breathtaking scenery that surrounds you.
Within the sprawling 75,000-hectare reserve, Tuningi Safari Lodge offers unparalleled wildlife encounters. From the majestic lion and elephant to the elusive leopard, and from the robust buffalo to both white and black rhinos—as well as the rare and endangered wild dog—Madikwe Game Reserve is a sanctuary of diverse fauna.
Guiding you on this safari adventure are Tuningi’s highly trained game rangers, who possess an extensive understanding of the local ecology. Their insights into the flora and fauna add depth and enrichment to your experience during morning and afternoon game drives.
Venture out in our open, state-of-the-art Land Cruisers, which come equipped with sun-protective roofs for your comfort during the warmer months. Every day in Madikwe Game Reserve is a new chapter in the ongoing story of Africa’s mesmerising wildlife. From leopards stalking their prey and lions vocalising in the dusk, to the minute intricacies of dung beetles and birds crafting nests, each moment offers its own remarkable spectacle.
Dining at Tuningi Safari Lodge is an experience that transcends mere sustenance—it’s a culinary journey crafted with care and flair. Our skilled chef is more than happy to personalise meals around any dietary needs, from allergies to vegetarian and plant-based preferences, ensuring that each guest is thoughtfully catered to.
Breakfast is an opulent brunch feast served after an exhilarating morning game drive. Indulge in an array of freshly prepared fruits, eggs, cheeses, and cereals, each a testament to our commitment to quality. This sumptuous meal is enjoyed beneath the canopy of an ancient Fig Tree, allowing you to continue your game-watching as various animals make their way to the nearby active waterhole.
Lunchtime presents another chance to dine alfresco under the grand Fig Tree. With each bite, immerse yourself in the spectacle of wildlife that visits the waterhole, making it possible to enjoy unrivaled game viewing without even stepping away from the lodge.
As the sun dips below the horizon and the evening air cools, the ambiance shifts from the natural world to a more refined setting. Lanterns and candles illuminate the boma area, providing a magical backdrop to a bush-inspired gourmet dinner. Prepared by Tuningi’s Executive Chef, this elaborate meal is served beside a roaring log fire, adding warmth and charm to your dining experience.