Tuningi Safari Lodge

Tuningi Safari Lodge

Madikwe Game Reserve

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Tuningi Safari Lodge

Madikwe Game Reserve


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Tuningi Lodge is situated in the world renowned Big 5 Madikwe Game Reserve, a 75,000 hectare malaria-free, protected area. Madikwe Game Reserve is a true African success story and Tuningi proudly showcases this in magnificent style.  This private and exclusive 5* lodge offers guests superior accommodation enhanced by an impressive Big 5 safari experience. Daily game drives in open 4x4 vehicles allow guests to sense the excitement of the African bush. Lion, elephant, buffalo, white and black rhino, leopard and the rare and endangered wild dog are only some of the sightings that can be experienced during your stay. Bush walks can also be arranged.

Keen wildlife photographic enthusiasts will love the underground hide - sit and watch while elephants walk right passed the windows, offering a unique perspective of these enormous creatures. Amazing images can be captured with a wide-angle lens, and even some creative low angle photos of the giraffe, zebra, buffalo, kudu or impala bending down to drink.

The interior of the main lodge is 'Colonial African Chic' and the main thatched building offers beautiful indoor and outdoor lounges, an elegant dining room and magnificent rim-flow pool that overlooks the waterhole. These spaces are interlinked by a sweeping wooden deck that leads to a boma under an ancient fig tree. This boma deck is perfect for outdoor dinners around a blazing log fire where you can still see and hear the wildlife a few feet away.

Tuningi Lodge can accommodate 16 guests in 4 Luxury Suites and 2 Exclusive Family Suites, each consisting of 2 suites with an adjoining lounge and dining room. All rooms have air-conditioning, ceiling fans, fireplaces, en-suite bathrooms, beautifully appointed double baths, outdoor rock showers and private wrap-around wooden decks for enjoying the indigenous bush and wildlife on view.

Little Tuningi (accommodating only 6 guests in unsurpassed luxury) is a part of the Main Lodge but can be booked on an exclusive basis, consisting of one separate Luxury Suite and one Family Suite, plus a separate private pool and mini outdoor boma. Guests here still have access to the Main Lodge area and facilities.

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Our standard rates for a Suite
DatesPriceBasisTypeNights
1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019 GBP 412 USD 499 ZAR 7,525 EUR 449 per person sharingStandard Rate1+ nights

Prices are on a per person sharing basis (pps).

Special offers for longer stays or when booked as part of a longer itinerary may apply - details on request.

In addition to the room rate, guests will also be charged the Madikwe Conservation Levy (pppn)
DatesPriceBasisTypeNights
1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019 GBP 8 USD 10 ZAR 152 EUR 9 per person per nightStandard1+ nights
1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020 GBP 9 USD 11 ZAR 165 EUR 10 per person per nightStandard1+ nights

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Rates Include

All meals; the Madikwe Conservation Levy; and twice daily morning/afternoon shared game drives are included. IN ADDITION: For self-drive guests, the gate entry fee of R210 per adult/R105 per child (subject to change and payable in cash) to enter the reserve is NOT included. For guests travelling by FedAir, the landing/departure fees are not included and are payable directly to the lodge (currently R280 per adult/R140 per child and subject to change).


Children Policy

Children of any age are welcome. Rates available on request. Children under 5 years of age are not allowed on game drives, but special 'Bush Bumbles' are available. Children under 16 years of age are not allowed on bush walks.


Bush Walks / Walking Safaris

Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted on guided walks in the reserve.  Guests over 60 years old wishing to join a guided walk are required to have a letter or certificate from their doctor confirming they are in good health and are physically fit to do the walk. A  guided walk can last a couple of hours and involve walking over uneven terrain that may contain dangerous wildlife in potentially high temperatures. Guests may need to move quickly and for a sustained period through rough bush terrain if instructed to do so by their guide.

Regardless of age or the provision of a doctors certificate, the final decision on whether a guest can join a guided walk remains with the guide and lodge manager.


Tuningi is one of few lodges in a Big 5 reserve specialising in families with children of all ages. Children over the age of 5 can join the first game drive with their parents where their behaviour will determine whether they continue joining normal drives or whether they will be moved to kiddies drives. All children under the age of 5 will be taken on short 'kiddies bumbles' after breakfast in the mornings.

Babies will be looked after by housekeepers who all have professional training, including First Aid. Babysitting will be charged extra.

Lots of toys, lego, colouring books and puzzles are available any time of the day, while the lodge managers host formal activities every day, which include treasure hunts for natural items collected from the bush such as bones, feathers, nests, eggs, etc; t-shirt painting with animal stencils; clay building competitions; and tracing of tracks around the waterhole.

Older children are issued with an activity book where they can record sightings and animal behaviour every day.

On boma evenings children can make their own bread on sticks, or toast marshmallows on the fire.


Guest Rating: 4.5 / 5.0 based on 6 ratings




Start TestimonialTuningi - this was wonderful. Lovely accommodation, excellent food and service, fantastic game drives. Thoroughly recommend. End Testimonial

V WIDDOWSON


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Directions For Drivers

SUGGESTION: Refuel at Sun Village/Zeerust as there is no fuel available inside the reserve. DO NOT follow your GPS after Zeerust/Sun City - it will take you on the wrong roads. 

From Johannesburg Airport via N4 tar road: Follow the R21 north, to Pretoria (Tshwane) through Kempton Park. After 40 km follow N1 north to Pretoria (Tshwane), Pietersburg (Polokwane). After about 12 km, take N4 west into Pretoria (Tshwane), to Rustenburg or Hartebeespoort Dam. Follow the N4 to Hartebeespoort Dam.

Take the N4 to Zeerust past Brits, Rustenberg, and Swartruggens. Zeerust is approximately 220 km from Pretoria. In Zeerust turn right on the R47/R49 to Gaborone/Madikwe Game Reserve. After +/- 90 km you will see a sign on the right for the Abjaterskop Gate of the Madikwe Game Reserve.

Continue on this road past the Abjaterskop Gate for 7 km. You will find a small thatched gate (Wonderboom Gate) on the right into the reserve - turn in here. You will have to pay a gate entrance fee of R210 per adult/R105 per child (subject to change and payable in cash) to enter the reserve.

Once you are in the reserve, follow the signs to the lodge. Allow between 20-30 minutes to drive from the gate to the lodge. : Do not get out of your car until you reach the lodge. You may see some wildlife on your way - if you do, slow down and maintain a good distance. Do not drive off-road in any circumstances.

From Sun City via N4 tar road: Turn right from as you leave Sun City onto the R565. After a few km you will come to a junction with the R565 to the left, and the R556 signposted straight ahead. Turn left here to keep on the R565 signposted Phokeng and Rustenberg, and it is 38 km from here to the junction with the N4 tar road. When you reach the N4, turn right onto the road (signposted Swartruggens and Zeerust) and continue for around 130 km on this road to Zeerust. In Zeerust turn right on the R47/R49 and follow the directions as above.

From Johannesburg or Sun City via gravel roads: There is a gravel road from Sun City to Madikwe - this route is a lot shorter than the current tar road route, however as the roads are gravel and the signs to Madikwe are rather inconsistent, we would not really recommend this route to customers.



General Information For Guests

All rooms have air conditioning and heating, a fireplace in the bedroom and bathroom, an outdoor shower, mini bar (stocked on request), a telephone, mosquito netting, a hair dryer, a safe, tea/coffee making facilities, mammal and bird reference guides and a private wooden viewing deck.

The 'Colonial African chic' main thatched lodge includes a lounge, dining room and a well-stocked bar with an impressive rim flow pool that overlooks a watering hole, all interlinked by a wooden deck that leads to the boma area.

There is complimentary Wi-Fi in the main reception and lapa area.

All credit cards are accepted.

The lodge has a small curio shop and a gym (fitted with a treadmill, spinning bike and cable cross weight trainer). There is also an underground hide.

There is a satellite TV showing sport channels only.


Bush Walks / Walking Safaris

Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted on guided walks in the reserve.  Guests over 60 years old wishing to join a guided walk are required to have a letter or certificate from their doctor confirming they are in good health and are physically fit to do the walk. A  guided walk can last a couple of hours and involve walking over uneven terrain that may contain dangerous wildlife in potentially high temperatures. Guests may need to move quickly and for a sustained period through rough bush terrain if instructed to do so by their guide.

Regardless of age or the provision of a doctors certificate, the final decision on whether a guest can join a guided walk remains with the guide and lodge manager.


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