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TINTSWALO SAFARI LODGE

Gemma, from our Travel Division, recently paid a visited to Tintswalo Safari Lodge

Location:

Situated within the 27 000ha Manyeleti Game Reserve – on the western boundary of the Kruger National Park – between the Sabi Sands and Timbavati. Tintswalo has a 6000ha private concession within the Manyeleti.

The Safari Lodge has 6 “Explorer Suites” and a Presidential Suite which comprises of 2 “Explorer Suites”joined by a central lounge and kitchen area. So in total 8 “Suites”. The Manor House has 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms and therefore ideal for a group of friends or a family.

She said: “All 6 Explorer Suites are spread quiet far apart from each other out along a seasonal river bed, they really are very private so you can enjoy your private deck and plunge pool however you see fit.  There is no menu at Tintswalo. Your butler discusses the day’s menu with you. Breakfast starts with a choice of the standard cereals, yoghurts pastries etc, followed with a full English or the ‘special of the day’, the special changes on a daily basis. Dinner is a set menu, with the choice of 2 mains, but again they are very flexible and all requests sent to your butler who will do his utmost to accommodate if possible! The food was all DELICIOUS and the portions generous!

If you compare  the rack rate with that of other lodges in the area,  you will see it is incredibly affordable, offers fantastic value for money, 5 star accommodation and service and extremely friendly staff. I would highly recommend the lodge to any of my clients wanting an alternative to the  Sabi Sands experience. STUNNING!

The Manor House on the other hand is a simple, subtle 4 star property which is very comfortable and offers excellent value for money. The House accommodates a minimum of 6 guests and a maximum of 10 guests and is quoted on a per person sharing rate and not a per house rate. For a family or group of friends travelling together I don’t think they will get this experience anywhere else! It’s fantastic! I wouldn’t suggest the property for high end clients; I would rather accommodate these guests in the Presidential Suite. For people looking for a great family holiday in a relaxed environment this is the place to be. The House is fenced with electric fence and so is safe for the children to run around in the garden and enjoy themselves. The really nice thing about Manor House is the staff again is so flexible and will do their utmost to assist with any requests where possible. WHAT A GREAT IDEA!”

You tempted yet?

Grant Parker recently joined Cybele as head chef, ably supported by Antoinette Wandrag. Grant did his training in Mmbabatho at Belvoirpark Hotel School where he obtained a diploma in management. This course entailed all aspects of the hotel industry and this is where he found his passion for cooking.

Grant has worked at The Palace, The Westcliff, The Royal, The Royal Livingstone, Rattrays on MalaMala and was part of the opening team for The Durban Hilton and The Cardiff Hilton (Wales). Grant has  worked in London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Kuwait, Malaysia and Zambia.

He completed his FGASA level 1 at Shamwari in the Eastern Cape.

Grant’s philosophy of cooking is using the freshest ingredients, not over complicating dishes and ensuring that the natural flavours of food are tasted and enjoyed.

Cybele is in the most fantastic area as there is a wide choice of food items, with tout and venison being very popular, Cybele only uses local produce as we believe that we have fantastic produce. Their signature dish:

herb crusted pork fillet on crushed new potatoes with roasted apple, garden peas and a spiced honey port sauce

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