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Wildlife watching from your private plunge pool at Tinga Lodge, Lion Sands Game Reserve

We have had a lot of wildlife activity in front of the lodge including buffalo being chased by lions and wild dogs cooling off in the river…

By Cathrine Vosloo
Camp Manager Tinga Lodge

As soon as a vehicle with guests pulls up, I am filled with the excitement of getting to know different people from all over the world. I am lucky to experience so many different cultures and religions in my job as Camp Manager at Tinga Lodge on the Lion Sands Game Reserve.

My favourite part of the lodge is the view from the lower deck, overlooking the Sabie River. It’s when I breath in the fresh air and realise how privileged we are to live and raise our family in such a beautiful place.  For most of our guests, being on safari is on their bucket list and our team get to be a part of an experience that they will hopefully never forget.

Adventure dawns bright and early each morning with a 6.00am wake-up call.  Coffee, tea and snacks are served in the main lodge where guests will be met by their guiding team. The game drive departs at 6.30am and returns to the lodge usually three hours later where a butler is waiting to serve breakfast. Guests can have the rest of the morning at leisure next to the pool, go on a walking safari with their guide or book an appointment at the spa in one of our salas overlooking the bush. Some prefer time to enjoy their suite, watching wildlife from their private plunge pool.

Most guests enjoy the view from the main deck whilst they are having their lunch as they sip on a crisp glass of white wine. There are plenty of animals and birds that enjoy the Sabie River and we have had a lot of wildlife activity in front of the lodge including buffalo being chased by lions and wild dogs cooling off in the river.  Out of the Big Five, elephants are probably the most seen, not just in the river, sometimes walking on our wooden decks. Fortunately, we have an excellent maintenance team.

Afternoon tea is served at 3.00pm before heading out on the second game drive of the day. On returning to the lodge at about 6.30pm, there’s time to freshen up and enjoy a pre-dinner drink, before dining at 7:00pm. After a long, eventful day in the bush it’s time to fall asleep with perhaps the call of a hyena or the roar of a lion in the distance. It’s the perfect way to end a day in Africa.

 

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Alfred & Cathrine Vosloo

Cathrine grew up in Bloemfontein in South Africa’s Free State. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management at the University of Technology and has 12 years’ experience working in lodges and the hospitality industry. Cathrine's passion for the outdoors is shared with her son. He grew up in the bush and she loves to see his appreciation for animals and the nature surrounding him.  

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Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Andy, who's travelled extensively in South Africa. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - ex banker who can show you the hottest foodie spots in Cape Town, the award-winning young sommelier who can introduce you to Stellenbosch's finest wines and the walking safari ranger who can guide you to the best game.

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