This lovely lodge is specifically designed for families and caters for children of all ages. Tuningi accommodates 16 people in elegant free standing rooms that all have enormous bathrooms, outside showers, fireplaces and fabulous wooden decks. The rooms are set apart from each other to provide ultimate privacy and peace. The family units consist of two double bedrooms with an adjoining living and dining area. The entire lodge has a Colonial African feel and is stylish and comfortable. Accommodation at Tuningi consist of 8 luxury Suites (4 stand-alone & 2 family units). “Little Tuningi” is a part of the main lodge but can be booked as stand-alone accommodation. It has a double room and a family unit as well as a private pool and boma (for outdoor meals around the fire). “Little Tuningi” accommodates only 6 (six) guests in unsurpassed luxury with a designer kitchen, boma area, dining room, lounge, wrap around wooden deck and private pool. Purposely designed, “Little Tuningi” is completely self-contained for those guests that are in search of ultimate privacy. Guests do of course have access to the Main Lodge area and its facilities. All rooms at Tuningi and ‘Little Tuningi” have air conditioning, ceiling fans, gas fireplaces, en-suite bathrooms, beautifully appointed baths, outdoor rock showers and private wrap around wooden decks. The design brief was to create space by blending interiors with the bush through utilising retractable doors and windows wherever possible.
The 5-star Tuningi Safari Lodge set in a valley on the western side of the Madikwe Game Reserve. The theme of the interiors is “Colonial African Chic” and the main thatched lodge offers beautiful indoor and outdoor lounges, an elegant dining room and a magnificent rim flow pool that overlooks a waterhole frequently visited by elephant families and other game. This is all interlinked by a sweeping wooden deck that leads to a boma under an ancient fig tree. Tuningi is one of the very few lodges in South Africa that welcomes children and by doing so avails them to the wonders of nature, wildlife and our delicate eco-system.
Children – Kids Programme
Tuningi is one of the very few 5-star lodges in South Africa that welcomes children and by doing so, avails them to the wonders of nature, wildlife and our delicate eco-system. Children also get to go on their own game drive after breakfast to one of the waterholes with the Ranger. Before heading off on their drive the kids will be issued with a work book (those old enough), where they can tick off the things they have seen (dung, animals, spoor and trees). The one with the most ticks gets a surprise on arrival back to camp. This way, kids are also included in activities and Mom and Dad can have a restful weekend without worrying about the kids.
- 8 luxury suites (Four stand-alone & 2 family units)
- Meeting Room Facilities
- Lodge Pool
- Babysitting @ additional cost
- Private safari vehicle – if available – but at additional cost
There are morning and afternoon / evening game-drives in open game-viewing vehicles, accompanied by with informed and professional game rangers. Regrettably, due to safety concerns, children under 6 years of age are unable to participate in game-drives.
Tuningi Safari Lodge Reviews
“We were a group of nine – comprising children (aged between 6 and 11 years), parents and grandparents, staying at Tuningi Lodge for 5 days. We had a WONDERFUL time. The rooms are luxurious, the food fabulous, the common areas spacious and beautifully designed. Above all the staff are amazing – welcoming, friendly and incredibly helpful. The service was second to none – I felt thoroughly spoilt throughout. My thanks to Chantelle the Lodge manager, Future, Lorraine, Peggy, Petrus and Charles –and to all those working behind the scenes. The children loved the daily Kid’s Club (thank you Chantelle and Lorraine). Finally, our game drives were super – Cornelius our ranger was extremely knowledgeable, great fun and very patient answering the many questions from our children. Our thrilling off road pursuit of wild dogs (chasing a kudu) through the bush was the highlight of my son’s holiday – or it could have been watching the wild dog puppies playing outside their den. As for the rest of us, we were delighted to see a leopard (sitting in a tree eating its’ kill one day, and climbing the tree the next!), lions, a jackal, wildcat, elephants, giraffe, buffalo, babboons, cheetahs, mongeese, white rhino etc…. I cannot recommend Tuningi highly enough – a truly luxurious family friendly lodge.” –KNormK
“Tuningi Lodge is a great place to stay while on safari. The staff, especially Heidi, are so welcoming and anxious to please. The food was great, the lodging more than adequate. Comfortable. Quiet. Only downside is outdoor showers if you visit during African winter. WiFi is only available in the common area. I highly recommend Tuningi.” –Margie L
“If you are thinking of visiting Tuningi Safari Lodge, stop thinking about it, and make a booking. You will not be disappointed. From the moment we arrived, our family of 4 was made to feel welcome by all staff members. The environment is stunning, the food is out of this world, and the bush drives are some of the best that we have been on. Finding a safari lodge that caters for younger children (ours are 6 and 8) is a real challenge. Tuningi fills this gap and then some. The kids enjoyed watching elephant drink at the watering hole, tracking lion and wild dogs, watching a leopard enjoying its catch, as well as the kids activity arranged in the afternoon. The rooms are excellent, spacious and clean with high quality furnishing and bedding. Don’t waste too much time deliberating – make the booking now.” –Peter F