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Tuningi Safari Lodge

This private and exclusive lodge offers both local and international guests a superior product enhanced by an impressive Big 5 safari experience. The theme of the décor is ‘Colonial African chic’ and the main thatched lodge offers a sumptuous lounge, a spacious dining room and a well-stocked bar with an impressive rim flow pool that overlooks a watering hole, all interlinked by a sweeping wooden deck that leads to the boma area.

Total number of rooms: 8
Type of accommodation: Bush villas
Child Policy: Child friendly
Prices from: R 2 799 per person sharing
Main features: Honeymoons
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About the Lodge

No other holiday resort can be compared to Tuningi Safari Lodge. This 5-star lodge is a member of The Leading Independent Hotels of Southern Africa, and is situated on the picturesque 165, 000 acre malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve.

The Lodge

Tuningi is one of the very few 5-star lodges in South Africa that welcomes children, and in by doing so, incorporates them into the wonders of nature, wildlife and our delicate eco-system.

The exclusive Bush Villas create spaces by blending the interiors with the bush, by utilising retractable doors and windows.

As night sets in, lanterns and candles are lit and the mood swings from a bush to a baroque setting. Guests returning from their game drive are presented with a bush extravaganza dinner, which is prepared by Tuningi’s Executive Chef, in the boma with a blazing log fire to keep them warm.

Tuningi’s highly qualified game rangers have a passion for the environment and the wildlife in Madikwe. They offer a unique opportunity for those who are willing; to experience a guided walk on foot guided tour on an open air 4x4. Lion, elephant, buffalo, white and black rhino and leopard are just a few of the sightings you will see, but be sure to spot the endangered wild dog too.

Madikwe Game Reserve is a true African success story and Tuningi proudly enhances the experience!


Tuningi Safari Lodge can luxuriously accommodate sixteen guests in exclusive Bush Villas. The lodge itself has been designed in such a way that it can be divided for families, intimate groups or VIP’s in search of utter privacy - a concept that is unique to Tuningi.

All rooms at Tuningi and Little Tuningi has air conditioning, ceiling fans, gas fireplaces, and en-suite bathrooms, beautifully appointed baths, outdoor rock showers and private wrap around wooden decks.

'Little Tuningi’ accommodates 6 guests in unsurpassed luxury with a designer kitchen, boma area, dinning 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.

The theme of the décor is ‘Colonial African chic’ and the main thatched lodge offers a spectacular lounge, a spacious dining room and a well-stocked bar with an impressive rim flow pool that overlooks a watering hole. All of which are interlinked by a sweeping wooden deck that leads to the boma area.

The Reserve

Madikwe Game Reserve is MALARIA FREE and offers 165 000 acres of prime Game Viewing including Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo, and Rhino. As well as the Big Five Madikwe offers fantastic opportunities to view the rare and endangered Wild Dog which is a mega "tick" on any game viewers list. There is also extensive plains game and over 340 species of birds to attract your attention.

The BBC and National Geographic have visited Madikwe on several occasions to capture the impressive wildlife, especially the wild dogs that have firmly placed Madikwe on the tourism map.

Madikwe Game Reserve is a mere 3 ½ hours drive from Johannesburg and for those that wish to experience an exhilarating fly-in safari, the reserve has an excellent all weather 1 500-metre gravel airstrip with daily return shuttle flights from Johannesburg International Airport.


Tuningi Safari Lodge Rates

  pp sharing per night Book within 7 days Book within 14 days Book within 7 days
1 Jan to 30 April 2017 R 5 039 R 3 142 R 2 914 R 2 799
1 May to 31 July 2017 R 4 399 R 3 142 R 2 914 R 2 799
1 Aug to 31 Dec 2017 R 5 039 R 3 142 R 2 914 R 2 799

* Children (2-12 years) sharing a suite with 2x paying adults. Please request children rates.
Please Note:
No single supplement for the first two single suites confirmed in any one reservation. Third single suite or more pay a 50% supplement on the per person sharing rate.
Rates include:
Accommodation, All meals, Two game drives per day, welcome drinks and teas/coffees at meals
Rates exclude:
Curio Shop purchases, drinks, telephone calls, tourism levy R160 per adult per stay gate entry fees



  • Airstrip / Helipad
  • Big Five
  • Bird Watching
  • Fly-fishing
  • Game Drive
  • Game Viewing
  • Game Walk
  • Swimming Pool

Sold primarily as two separate lodges (either 10 or 6 beds), this is a marvellously private location to be pampered, relax, experience exceptional game drives or walks, swim in the rim flow pool watching game at your own private waterhole, dine and enjoy the best of the great African outdoors.

Also perfect for couples looking for romantic seclusion or on Honeymoon.


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Vehicle Transfers

Transfers can be arranged from within South Africa and from Botswana.
These can be booked through us.


There is a scheduled Federal Air flight that flies in and out of the Reserve daily. Should you wish to charter a plane to suit your own time frame this can be arranged through Madikwe Charters.

Self Drive

From Johannesburg, head north on the N1 towards the N4 Toll road. Travel along the N4 Toll road north west towards Rustenburg, Swartruggens, Groot Marico and Zeerust. Once you've reached Zeerust, turn right at the second stop street into President Street.

There is a signpost on the left reading 'Madikwe Game Reserve / Gabarone'. Follow the R49 towards Madikwe for about 97km (60.27 miles). Continue past the first entrance (Abjaterskop Gate). Continue for another 7km (4.34 miles) and enter the Wonderboom Gate.

Tuningi Safari Lodge

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