Tingala Lodge is ideally situated on 300 hectares of private bushveld on the Silonque Game Reserve just north of Phalaborwa, which is adjacent to the Kruger National Park.
It is 12 kilometers to the Phalaborwa gate, but the 5 kilometers of dirt road between the lodge and Phalaborwa is not in good condition as it is very corrugated.
Tingala is an old farmhouse that has been modified into a lovely bush dwelling.
Four entrances lead to the lounge and dining area and the covered veranda.
The lodge is surrounded by a large veranda which offers a great view of the animals that come to quench their thirst at the waterhole and if you like pottery, then you are going to love Tingala as there is a pottery studio on the property next to the main lodge.
Here you can browse around and buy one of the many items that they have on show.
There is no WiFi or cell phone coverage and no TV, but this may change. We didn’t miss any of this as we come to the bush to relax and get away from phones and TV.
This is a self-catering lodge but they do serve breakfast daily which is included in the price.
You have the use of a fully equipped kitchen to prepare you lunch and dinners, which is shared by guests staying at the lodge. The boma is just off the veranda with a large fire pit.
There are five suites at the main lodge with en-suite bathrooms and each has a bar fridge, tea and coffee station and some look onto a pond while others look onto the swimming pool.
There is a private self-catering bush camp just a few kilometers from the main lodge. The camp is not serviced so you will have complete privacy.
The bush camp has a fully equipped kitchen, bath and shower, 3 separate bedrooms, plus a double bed on the veranda and two single beds also on the veranda. The camp can sleep 10 people.
You can explore the lodge property – we found the ideal spot to photograph sunsets:
- or do day trips into the Kruger Park or visit any of the other interesting sights in and around Phalaborwa.
The lodge used to offer guided games drives but at the moment they do not offer game drives, bush braais or photographic safaris.
These are some of the images we captured while on self-drive photo safaris when staying for 3 nights at the lodge:
And if you don't feel like driving to the Kruger Park each day there is generally lots to photograph at the lodge. We heard this paradise flycatcher's alarm call...
...and when we went to investigate we found this boomslang in the tree...
At night we had impala, bushbuck and waterbuck coming to the waterhole to drink but the highlight for us was spotting this genet at the waterhole...
and then this chameleon in the tree in front of us...
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