an elegant five star lodge set in a tranquil valley

Tuningi Safari Lodge

Tuningi Safari Lodge


Tuningi Safari Lodge is in Madikwe Game Reserve. The game reserve is home to the Big Five and is renowned for the success of its Wild Dog population. Tuningi Safari Lodge is an elegant, five star lodge in Madikwe Game Reserve, set in a tranquil valley.

Tuningi Safari Lodge combines the wonders of the African bushveld with the splendours of five star luxuries.


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This lovely lodge is specifically designed for families and caters for children of all ages. Tuningi accommodates 16 people in elegant free standing rooms that all have enormous bathrooms, outside showers, fireplaces and fabulous wooden decks. The rooms are set apart from each other to provide ultimate privacy and peace. The family units consist of two double bedrooms with an adjoining living and dining area. The entire lodge has a Colonial African feel and is stylish and comfortable. Accommodation at Tuningi consist of 8 luxury Suites (4 stand-alone & 2 family units)

"Little Tuningi" is a part of the main lodge but can be booked as stand-alone accommodation. It has a double room and a family unit as well as a private pool and boma (for outdoor meals around the fire). "Little Tuningi" accommodates only 6 (six) guests in unsurpassed luxury with a designer kitchen, boma area, dining 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.

All rooms at Tuningi and 'Little Tuningi" have air conditioning, ceiling fans, gas fireplaces, en-suite bathrooms, beautifully appointed baths, outdoor rock showers and private wrap around wooden decks. The design brief was to create space by blending interiors with the bush through utilising retractable doors and windows wherever possible.

Lodge Facilities

  • 8 luxury suites (Four stand-alone & 2 family units)
  • Meeting Room Facilities
  • Lodge Pool
  • Babysitting @ additional cost
  • Private safari vehicle - if available - but at additional cost

About Tuningi Safari Lodge

The 5 star Tuningi Safari Lodge set in a valley on the western side of the Madikwe Game Reserve. The theme of the interiors is "Colonial African Chic" and the main thatched lodge offers beautiful indoor and outdoor lounges, an elegant dining room and a magnificent rim flow pool that overlooks a waterhole frequently visited by elephant families and other game. This is all interlinked by a sweeping wooden deck that leads to a boma under an ancient fig tree.

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

Tuningi Safari Lodge's main reception area includes indoor and outdoor lounges, a dining room, and wrap around viewing deck with a rim-flow pool. The main entertainment and reception area of the lodge overlooks a waterhole that provides fantastic game viewing from the safety of an expansive wooden deck. The rim flow pool and gorgeous lounges give the lodge a sumptuous and welcoming feel.

Tuningi gets its name from an ancient, sprawling fig tree under which the boma is set; perfect for wonderful traditional dinners under the African sky.

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

Children also get to go on their own game drive after breakfast to one of the waterholes with the Ranger.

Before heading off on their drive the kids will be issued with a work book (those old enough), where they can tick off the things they have seen (dung, animals, spoor and trees). The one with the most ticks gets a surprise on arrival back to camp. This way, kids are also included in activities and Mom and Dad can have a restful weekend without worrying about the kids.


There are morning and afternoon / evening game-drives in open game-viewing vehicles, accompanied by with informed and professional game rangers. Regrettably, due to safety concerns, children under 6 years of age are unable to participate in game-drives.


Tuningi Safari Lodge is easily accessible by Private Charter or the daily Madikwe Game Lodge Shuttle into the Madikwe Western Airstrip just 30 minutes from Tuningi through the reserve. It is about 4 hours' drive from Johannesburg via the N4. The lodge is accessed via Wonderboom Gate.

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ultimate privacy and peace wonderful traditional dinners "Colonial African Chic"