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    Tintswalo Lapalala ★★★★★

    The Tintswalo Lapalala tented lodge enjoys one of South Africa’s most splendid biospheres as its home. The Waterberg region boasts mountains and rivers and rolling plains, a habitat for the Big Five, and many other natural wonders.

    Guests of Tintswalo Lapalala can look forward to hours spent taking in beautiful vistas and indulging in world-class service and local cuisine. With a selection of exciting adventures to embark on, Tintswalo Lapalala is a true iconic African experience.


    The Tintswalo Lapalala luxury tents and suites are settled along the edge of an open plain. Each enjoying private plunge pools and beautiful outdoor baths, the luxury accommodation lacks nothing in terms of comfort and modern convenience.

    Surrounded by the natural beauty of the Waterberg’s rolling plains and riverine gorges, the seven luxurious suites mirror the grandeur of the reserve, each paying tribute to the many tribes that roamed Africa centuries ago, offering travellers a true and authentic African experience.

    Luxury Tents


    The Himba Luxury tent has a large private verandah and its own private plunge pool.

    Himba is located to the left when facing the entrance of the main lodge and has direct access to the main lodge via the raised wooden walkways.


    The Tuareg people are descendants of the fascinating Berber lineage, a culture dating back to time of Roman rule in Northern Africa. They are nomadic pastoralists, residing in the Sahara, a desert region that stretches from southwestern Libya to southern Algeria, Niger, Mali and Burkino Faso.

    Many of Tuareg ancient beliefs were developed locally while some other ones were imported or influenced over time by contact from other African mythology such as the Egyptian religion along with external forces from Phoenician mythology, Judaism, Iberian mythology, and the Hellenistic religion during antiquity.

    The Tuareg tent has a large private verandah and its own private plunge pool.

    Family Luxury Tents


    The early settlers of the Soutpansberg Mountains were the Venda (or VhaVenda) people. They built their first capital, D’zata, the ruins of which can still be visited today. Venda, although strong in tradition, incorporate an interesting mix of other cultures, having been influenced by East African, Central African, Nguni and Sotho tribes during their migration south.

    Trade, warfare and intermarriage with southern tribes, such as Tsonga, Lobedu, Zulu and Swazi, has also left a footprint on the Venda culture in the decades since. The Venda are a musical tribe, and known for the Mbila, an instrument similar to the western xylophone, and for their drum-playing.

    The Venda tent has a large private verandah and its own private plunge pool.


    The Zulu people refer to themselves as ‘people of the heavens’. They are South Africa’s largest ethnic group, with an estimated 10 million Zulu residents in Kwa-Zulu Natal alone, and many others scattered across the country.

    Perhaps the most famous of the Zulu people is the notorious Shaka, sometimes called King Shaka Under Shaka’s reign, clans merged into a widely-feared army, or impi, of over 50 000 men. Shaka was admired for his military tactic, and remembered as the inventor of the ‘Assegai’, a short stabbing spear.

    The Zulu tent has a large private verandah and its own private plunge pool.

    Superior Luxury Tents


    One of the most famed tribes of Africa, and certainly Kenya’s most authentic tribe, the Maasai people are a unique tribe, well-recognized for their long preserved culture. While western civilization has infiltrated the continent, with modern education and infrastructure, the Maasai have clung to their traditional way of life. As a result, they remain a symbol of age-old Kenyan culture.

    A beautiful people in general, the Maasai tribe’s appearance can be lavish, adorning themselves in heavy jewelry and deep red robes.

    The Maasai Superior luxury tent has a large private verandah and its own private plunge pool.


    The Turkana tribe is a nomadic pastoralist people that inhabit the Turkana district in Kenya’s Rift Valley Province.

    The Turkana, like the Samburu and Maasai, still maintain their undiluted traditional way of life. They are distinguished as being great survivors, living in harsh and inhospitable terrain.

    The Turkana tent has a large private verandah and its own private plunge pool.

    Family Suite


    The Xhosa are the second largest cultural group in South Africa, after the Zulu-speaking nation. Missionaries introduced the Xhosa to Western choral singing, for which the tribes became renowned. Among the most successful of the Xhosa hymns is the South African national anthem, Nkosi Sikele’ iAfrika (God Bless Africa). It was written by a school teacher named Enoch Sontonga in 1897.

    Stories and legends provide accounts of Xhosa ancestral heroes. According to one oral tradition, the first person on Earth was a great leader called Xhosa.

    The two Xhosa suites each have a large private verandah and its own private plunge pool.


    At just under 50 000 hectares the Lapalala Wilderness Reserve is home to a plethora of wild game and forms part of the UNESCO-declared Waterberg Biosphere Reserve, and is sure to delight guests with engaging wildlife sightings in one of Africa’s most diverse ecological settings. The Reserve is also known for its research and breeding programs of rare and endangered species as well as the environmental education program it delivers to school communities from around South Africa.

    Our professional guides and trackers are trained to take guests on guided activities. Before departure on a drive or walk, your guide will give you an orientation on safety , as well as the area and game you could expect to see.

    Game Drives

    Daily game drives, in an open 4×4 Land Cruisers, depart from the lodge early in the morning and again late in the afternoon, concluding into the dazzling starry Lapalala Wilderness evening. The guides will discuss the drive times with you to suit your needs as well as the optimum times of animal activity. Guides and trackers will share with you a holistic and enriching experience focusing on all animals, big or small, to ensure an understanding of this entire ecosystem.

    If the earlier evening drive proved to be exciting and you would like to venture out into the late night for a drive after dinner, please let your guide know. Sightings of rare and unusual species such as brown hyena, aardwolf, pangolin and aardvark are best seen at night.

    Remember to bring along your camera, hat, sunscreen and something warm for the cool mornings/evenings.

    Bush Walks

    Our guides will lead the more adventurous guests through the bushveld on foot. Walking is a wonderful and exhilarating way to appreciate the smaller insects, animals, tracks and plants of the bushveld often missed from game viewers. Our highly trained and experienced guides will take you into the most amazing sycamore fig groves, open savannah plains or simply close to the lodge to explore and appreciate the smaller animals and wonders.

    Due to safety regulations, no person under the age of 16 is permitted on a bush walk.


    Some of the best photography takes place in the afternoons; the evening light lends itself for excellent snaps of animals and birds as well as the magnificent sunsets over the Koebo Dam. The mornings are also very special, with the animals heading to the water for a morning drink.

    Birding is also excellent along the river with frequent sightings of African darters, fish eagles, kingfishers and other waders and water birds.

    Bushman Paintings and Iron Age Sites

    The San, or Bushmen, are indigenous people in Southern Africa particularly in what is now South Africa and Botswana. It is suggested that the San moved around the Waterberg around 2500 years ago, followed later by the arrival of Bantu speaking tribes from West Africa. Their ancient rock paintings and carvings are found in caves and on rock shelters. The artwork depicts indigenous animals, non-human beings, hunters, and half-human half-animal hybrids. Lapalala has identified 13 sites within the reserve, with one located only a short a 20 min drive from Tintswalo Lapalala or a 2 hour hike.

    Our trained guides will interpret the paintings for you and take you on a magical journey through their time.

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