Tour overview

Tuningi Safari Lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve combines the wonders of the African bushveld with the splendours of five star luxury. Experience the Big 5 up close and personal in this top safari lodge, situated only a few hours from Johannesburg. Tuningi Safari Lodge offers guests superior 5-star Madikwe lodge accommodation enhanced by an impressive ‘Big 5’ safari experience and personalised service in a friendly and relaxed environment.

Tuningi Safari Lodge welcomes children and in doing so, avails them of the opportunity to experience the wonders of nature, wildlife and our delicate eco-system first-hand.

This luxury Madikwe lodge accommodates 16 guests in four spacious Luxury Suites and two Family Suites, all of which boast breathtaking views from private wrap-around decks. The thatched lodge offers a spacious lounge and cosy dining room, a well-stocked bar and an impressive rim flow pool that overlooks an active watering hole. These general areas are interlinked by a sweeping wooden deck that leads down to the magnificent boma area and viewing deck.

Tuningi Safari Lodge is not only a beautiful and luxurious lodge with remarkable safari experiences, but a welcoming retreat where you are made to feel comfortable enough to feel like a family member.


  • Luxury accommodation
  • Three meals daily
  • Game drive drinks (non-premium beverages only: local beers & spirits, soft drinks, and house wines)
  • Tea/coffee
  • Two game drives daily and children’s program.

Not Included

  • Transfers, airport departure taxes
  • All other beverages besides inclusive beverages (see inclusions)
  • Telephone calls
  • Curio purchases, gratuities, additional activities
  • Wellness treatments, laundry, baby sitting services and park entry and conservation fees listed under FEES (subject to change)

Intimate Bush Weddings

At Tuningi, your wedding ceremony will become a subtle combination of African chic grace and charm. The ceremony will take place at the lodge, for accessibility and convenience. Defined by careful attention to detail, service and co-ordination, the Tuningi team will lend a stylish yet relaxed and welcoming atmosphere to your exclusive safari wedding South Africa.

On the night of arrival we will treat you and your guests to a traditional bush dinner in the middle of the reserve under the stars. The day of the wedding will begin lazily with a relaxed brunch on the deck at the lodge, after which all will have time for a rest before the big event.

The Ultimate Family Escape

Tuningi Safari Lodge is one of few ‘Big 5’ game reserve lodges specialising in families with children of all ages and as such is the idea safari for families in South Africa. Often parents have to compromise their family time in favour of an exclusive bush getaway as many luxury lodges do not cater for children. However, Tuningi has launched its kids’ programmes to cater for family getaways, which entails a number of ‘firsts’ in bush activities.

Children five years old and over are able to enjoy the usual daily game drives along with experienced rangers, their parents and other guests, while children below five years old are issued with a workbook and taken out on their own, for shorter ‘bumbles’. While parents enjoy the early morning game drives, the children will be looked after by the lodge’s professional child minders until they wake, after which they are taken to the main lodge for breakfast.

After breakfast, these children go on a 1 hour’s drive – called a ‘bumble’ – to one of the waterholes with a ranger. Before heading off on their drive, the kids are issued with a work book (for those old enough), in which they can tick off the things they’ve seen such as dung, animals, spoor, birds and trees.

During afternoon game drives, treasure hunts for children can be arranged and an educational talk on the items found is given by a knowledgeable staff member. In the evenings, children can eat dinner in their room or they can enjoy an interactive dinner with a chef, who allows them to make their own foodie treats. All other free time is spent drawing, clay modelling, building puzzles, swimming and relaxing by the pool.

Focusing on providing safaris for families in South Africa, at Tuningi we are passionate about kids, and would love to welcome you and your kids to the most enlightening and memorable bush experience. There is always a watchful eye of an experienced child minder available, to ensure they are kept busy and safe, while the parents can relax and enjoy their stay.

Spectacular 'Big 5' Safaris

Big Five Safari Game Drives: Lion, elephant, buffalo, white and black rhino, leopard and the rare and endangered wild dog are just some of the unique sightings in the 75 000 hectare Big 5 Safari Reserve. Tuningi Safari Lodge’s game rangers are highly qualified and have sound knowledge of the fauna and flora within the Madikwe Game Reserve and pass on this knowledge and passion to guests during their game drives.

Morning & Afternoon Game Drives: Africa’s big game abounds in the Madikwe Game Reserve. Each day brings something different, as you explore the endless fascination of Africa’s wildlife in an open, state-of-the-art Land Cruiser with a roof for sun protection in the summer months. Whether it is a leopard on the hunt, lions roaring at twilight, dung beetles going about their business, or birds building a nest – all can offer an amazing experience!