Tuningi Safari Lodge

Tuningi Safari Lodge

Set in the rolling hills of the 75 000 hectare malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, Tuningi Safari Lodge proudly showcases this African success story in magnificent style!

Tuningi’s exclusivity is emphasised by the limited number of rooms, allowing a total of only 16 guests at the Lodge at any time. The superior accommodation is enhanced by an impressive Big 5 safari experience and personalised service in a friendly and relaxed environment.

The Lodge welcomes children and in doing so, avails them of the opportunity to experience the wonders of nature, wildlife and our delicate eco-system first-hand.


South Africa


Tuningi is not only a beautiful and luxurious lodge with remarkable safari experiences, but a welcoming retreat where you are made to feel comfortable enough to feel like a family member. The team of ultra professional and passionate staff are eager to please and will go to great lengths to ensure you have an outstanding safari experience leaving you with exceptional memories.

Need to Know

TARIFFS INCLUDE: Luxury Accommodation, all meals, game drives, teas and coffees with meals.

TARIFFS EXCLUDE: Curio shop purchases, drinks, telephone calls, tourism levy, entrance fee (fly in or drive in), laundry services, airstrip to lodge transfers. (Tuningi doesn’t charge for these transfers from the Western Airstrip, however, when the weather is bad and they have to land at the Eastern Airstrip there will be a charge of R250 per vehicle, one way).

PARK FEES: Entrance fee - R160 per adult & R 65 per child under 12. Airstrip landing fee – R215 per adult & R120 per child under 12. Fees are subject to change.


Africa’s big game abounds in the Madikwe Game Reserve and with Tuningi’s highly qualified game rangers guests are enlightened with their knowledge and passion of the fauna and flora within the reserve.

Tuningi is one of the few five-star game lodges in South Africa that is family friendly and will enthusiastically introduce your children to the wonders of the wild, with careful regard for their safety.

MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME DRIVES Each day brings something different, as you explore the endless fascination of Africa’s wildlife in an open, state-of-the-art Land Cruiser with a roof for sun protection in the summer months. Whether it is a leopard on the hunt, lions roaring at twilight, dung beetles going about their business, or birds building a nest – all can offer an amazing experience!

Regrettably, due to safety concerns, children under 6 years of age are unable to participate in game-drives (shorter kiddies game drives can be arrange after breakfast). But Tuningi does not forget about the little ones...

WALKING SAFARIS With all the good food and leisure, why not exert a little energy and take a bush walk with your armed, and highly qualified ranger? There is no better way of getting closer to nature than on foot.

PRIVATE VEHICLE & GUIDE An exclusive safari experience with no mixed groups, no competing for views with strangers, and no conflicting interests. You have maximum flexibility, comfort and wildlife viewing. Your guide will be completely devoted to you and your party - answering all your questions and tailoring each experience to maximize your interests. This is fabulous for photography enthusiasts where the time is yours and the vehicle can be maneuvered for you to get your perfect shot.

A private vehicle and guide comes included when booking Little Tuningi.

Wildlife HighlightsWildlife Highlights

Lion, elephant, buffalo, white and black rhino, leopard and the rare and endangered wild dog are just some of the unique sightings in the 75 000 hectare Big 5 Madikwe Game Reserve.


Overlooking a waterhole and some of the best views in Madikwe, Tuningi combines the wonders of the African bushveld with the splendours of five star luxuries.

• Lounge & Dining Room
• Bar & Wine Cellar
• Boma and Viewing Deck Under an Ancient Fig Tree next to an Active Waterhole
• Wooden Viewing Deck around a Rim-flow Swimming Pool Overlooking a Waterhole
• Indulgent Massage Treatments
• Wi-Fi in the Main Lodge
• Fictional, Non-fictional Books & Novels
• Satellite Television in Main Lodge
• Safari Gear on Sale
• Babysitting Service (additional cost)
• 24-Hour Paramedic Service


Tuningi has been designed in such a way that it can be divided into the Main Lodge and Little Tuningi which is ideal for families, intimate groups or VIP’s in search of utter privacy. Combined they can accommodate 16 guests in four spacious Luxury and two Family Suites, all of which boast breathtaking views from private wrap-around decks.

Tuningi Family Suites are are not only perfect for families looking for extra space, but offer all the same comforts and finishes of the Luxury suites.  They are made-up of two en-suite double bedrooms, and are joined by a dining area, kitchenette and a living room with an expansive timber deck from which the surrounding beauty can be appreciated.  Exciting and stimulating children's activities make this a perfect family escape.



In the Madikwe Game Reserve, spring and summer give way to green, lush and thick bush. It is the time of the year where there are many newborn animals. Autumn and winter can be dry, the bush being less dense and waterholes frequented more often due to the lack of water.

The Reserve experiences summer rainfall with the bulk of the rain falling between November and March. Months of no or very little rainfall are May to August. The southern area, just north of the Dwarsberg range, normally receives over 600mm of rain per annum. The annual rainfall average is less in the northern section of Madikwe with the north-eastern corner receiving less than 500mm per annum. The varied rainfall naturally has an impact on the vegetation and fauna in the various regions of the Reserve. Generally the summer days are hot and the evenings mild with the winter days being mild and evenings cold.

Average StayAverage Stay

3-4 nights

Average PriceAverage Room Prices

(per person per night unless otherwise stated)

From R5,500 - R6,300 per person per night (2017)

Family suites from R22,000 per night (2017)

Children PolicyChild Policy

Children between 2 – 12 years will pay the child rate when sharing 1 chalet with 2 full paying guests (not the family suite).
Children of all ages are welcome.
Baby-sitters are available at an extra cost.
Children 5 years and younger are not allowed on game drives - but are taken on Brambles.
There is an extensive children’s programme available.
Children in own room or family unit are charged full rate.
No charge for children under 2 years of age.

Contact and Social Media

To find out more, visit Tuningi Safari Lodge's website.

To find out more call us on +44 (0)1865 982290 or email us at enquiries at safariawards.com.

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