South Africa’s extreme landscapes are a large part of its appeal: from the natural theatre of Kruger National Park’s wildlife-rich savannahs to its arid alter-ego, the barren Kalahari Desert; from the riot of colour splashed across wildflower-blanketed Namaqua to the flat-topped Table Mountain overlooking Cape Town. In a destination as varied as South Africa, the locations of the three five-star boutique Tintswalo Lodges are just as unique as each hotel’s design.
Bordering Kruger, Manyeleti Game Reserve is the stomping ground of everything from the Big Five to giraffes, wildebeest and zebras. This unspoilt wilderness is also home to Tintswalo Safari Lodge. With one of the lowest vehicle densities in the Greater Kruger — only eight are allowed on the reserve — guests can enjoy uninterrupted game-viewing away from the crowds.
Shaded by sycamores on the banks of the Nwaswitsontso River, six spacious suites are designed to evoke the pioneering spirit of 19th-century colonial Africa, from the Livingstone Suite to the Stanley Suite. Adventurous dining experiences range from a bush breakfast to an evening meal under the stars.
Located on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean, the award-winning Tintswalo Atlantic sits at the foot of Chapman’s Peak, in Table Mountain National Park. Framed by Mount Sentinel’s horn-like peak, it overlooks picturesque Hout Bay Harbour and, beyond, the vast sea. With 12 suites (two luxury options) decorated to echo the spirit of exotic islands around the world, Tintswalo Atlantic is a much-sought-after getaway for couples and a prime wedding and honeymoon destination.
Tintswalo at Waterfall is situated in Johannesburg’s exclusive northern suburbs, in the up-and-coming Waterfall City. Tucked away within the lush grounds of an equestrian estate, the lavish, two-storey barn conversion is decorated with beautiful equine-themed artwork and collectables. Less than 30 minutes from OR Tambo International Airport and buzzy Sandton, Tintswalo at Waterfall’s prime location is perfect for guests wishing to sample the city’s charms before retreating to a quirky countryside bolthole.
Foodie hotspot Tintswalo Atlantic invites gastronomes to sip sundowners on the deck, followed by a decadent five-course meal
Need to know
• 3 five-star boutique lodges
• Safari trips