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About Tuningi Safari Lodge

Welcome to the 5-star Tuningi Safari Lodge, a member of The Leading Independent Hotels of Southern Africa, situated in the world renowned 75, 000 hectare malaria-free Big 5 Madikwe Game Reserve.

The private and exclusive, Tuningi Safari Lodge offers both local and international guests a superior product enhanced by an impressive Big 5 safari experience. Tuningi Safari Lodge can accommodate 16 guests in exclusive bush villas which have been architecturally designed in such a way that the lodge can be divided for families, intimate groups or VIP’s in search of utter privacy.

‘Little Tuningi’ accommodates six guests in unsurpassed luxury with a designer kitchen, boma area, dining room, lounge, wrap around wooden deck and private pool. All rooms at both 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 space was designed by blending interiors with the bush through utilising retractable doors and windows wherever possible. Tuningi is the most affordable 5 star graded lodge within the Madikwe Game Reserve.

The theme of the decor is Colonial African chic and the main thatched lodge includes a sumptuous lounge, dinning room, veranda and bar, interlinked by a sweeping wooden deck with its own rim flow pool overlooking a waterhole. The understated luxury flawlessly compliments your untamed surroundings.

The boma is the perfect place to have dinner next to the blazing fire or enjoy the marvels of the night sky above the canopy of trees after your evening game drive. Choose from a wide selection of wines to accompany your meal from our extensive wine cellar.

Tuningi Safari Lodge is a mere 3 ½ hours drive from Johannesburg and for those that wish to experience an exhilarating fly-in safari, the reserve has an excellent all weather 1 500-metre gravel airstrip with daily return shuttle flights from Johannesburg International Airport.

Safari: Rangers at Tuningi are highly qualified and offer guests a unique opportunity to be educated on many aspects of wildlife and bush etiquette, either on foot or in 4x4 open air vehicles while in search of the Big 5, for which the reserve is renowned.

Spa: Plans are underway to build a wellness spa soon, but presently, you can order one of the following in your room: Indian Head massage, foot massage, full body massage and manicure and pedicure.

Wedding Venues: At Tuningi, your wedding ceremony will become a subtle combination of African chic grace and charm. The ceremony will take place on a ‘koppie’ (hill) overlooking the northern part of the Madikwe Game Reserve.

Family friendly: Tuningi is one of few lodges in a Big 5 reserve that allow children over the age of five to join the first game drive with their parents, and all children under the age of five will be taken on short ‘kiddies bumbles’ after breakfast in the mornings.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: an hour
  • Type: Safari
  • Sleeps: 16
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Reviews: 1 Reviews


  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Satellite TV*
  • Wi-Fi


  • 5 Stars - Tourism Grading Council of South Africa
* Please enquire for further details.

Important Information

From 01 May 2011 Madikwe’s entrance fees will become a daily rate, not the once-off rate it currently is. The rate, however, remains R50.00.

Tuningi Safari Lodge Rooms

Reviews for Tuningi Safari Lodge

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Kelly XIA, South Africa
14 December 2015

All expectations were exceeded. Friendly staff, amazing food and unbelievable game drives! 100% geared for kids! From the moment you arrive everyone is happy and extremely helpful. Definitely feels like been part of a very special family. Thanks to everyone for making it such a special time for our family!
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Tuningi Safari Lodge is 26.5km from the centre of Madikwe Game Reserve , the nearest airport 43.3km (Sir Seretse Khama International Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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