Tintswalo Lapalala is a family-friendly camp, offering seven luxury tented suites with private plunge pools, including two 2-bedroom family suites, all with views overlooking the rolling mountains and plains of the malaria-free Waterberg region. Tintswalo Lapalala is an untouched bushveld paradise in the heart of Africa, accommodating up to 16 adults and 4 children.
The Lapalala Wilderness Reserve was founded in 1981 by conservation leaders, Dale Parker and Clive Walker, just 3.5 hours’ drive from Johannesburg. The Tintswalo Lapalala Wilderness establishment continues this legacy of nature preservation by remaining environmentally conscious and completely off the grid.
Tintswalo Lapalala forms part of the Tintswalo Lodges portfolio, a luxurious collection of four- and five- star accommodations for those seeking authentic African adventures, while still appreciating the ethos, quality and service that each of Tintswalo’s perfectly located flagship destinations have become known for.
Accommodation at Tintswalo Lapalala
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.
Spa at Tintswalo Lapalala
Tintswalo Lapalala Lodge’s Paradise Spa offers guests the opportunity to relax and be pampered in natural surroundings with only the sounds and smells of the wilderness.
Awaken your spiritual self where your experience with nature expands and deepens into an awareness of the unity between body and soul.
Trees in the Waterberg region are a tree-Iover’s haven and a Garden of Eden with more than 336 species in all. Some Baobabs in the area are estimated to be more than 4000 years old. Many trees and shrubs have medicinal properties that have been used for hundreds of years by African communities. Traditional healers still make use of many of these plants in treating a variety of physiological and psychological disorders.Trees of the wilderness provide us with pure fresh air and are the pulse of our planet earth.
Walk away with a sound mind, rejuvenated body and a peaceful spirit.
A 44 500 hectare home to a plethora of wild game, the Lapalala Wilderness Reserve 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.
Become part of conservation
The African Wild Dog is one of Africa’s most endangered species and, as the Latin translation “Painted Wolf” suggests, one of the most beautiful to roam our land. Tintswalo Lapalala, in partnership with the Lapalala Wilderness Reserve, is intent on investing in the protection of these beautiful canines, with the introduction of the wild dog tagging program.
The wild dog pack that calls Lapalala its home is unique in that this is the last free-roaming pack in South Africa, having no fences to confine the dogs’ movements. The Lapalala pack has been known to roam as far north as Botswana, and so monitoring their movements through the farmlands, and working with the farmers, is of paramount importance to ensuring their safety.
Guests of Tintswalo Lapalala are invited to leave their own personal legacy by sponsoring a GPS collar for one of the dogs. The experience will include a three-night stay for four people at the luxury tented lodge, and allows the group an opportunity to participate in the tagging encounter itself.
For more information on how to help save the African Wild Dog, contact the reservations team.
Himba - Luxury Tent
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.
Room type: King/twin and full bathroom with an outdoor luxury bathtub and inside and outside shower.
Tuareg - Luxury Tent
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.
Room type: King/twin and full bathroom with an outdoor luxury bathtub, inside and outside shower.
Venda - Family Luxury Tent
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.
Room type: King and full bathroom with an outdoor luxury bathtub, inside and outside shower. This tent may accommodate a family consisting of two adults and two children.
Zulu - Family Luxury Tent
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.
Room type: King/twin and full bathroom with an outdoor luxury bathtub, inside and outside shower. This tent may accommodate a family consisting of two adults and two children.
Maasai - Superior Luxury Tent
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.
Room type: King & full bathroom with an indoor bath and outside shower
Turkana - Superior Luxury Tent
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.
Room type: King and full bathroom with an indoor bath and outside shower
Xhosa A & B - Family Suites
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.
Room type: Two adjoining King/twin rooms & full bathroom with an indoor bath and shower
- Proceed on the N12 East in the direction of Witbank.
- Proceed on the N4 East in the direction of Witbank.
- As you pass Witbank continue east towards Belfast.
- At the Belfast sign turn left leaving the N4 and pass through the town.
- At the 2nd traffic light turn right on the R540 and proceed towards Dullstroom 36km away.
- Pass through Dullstroom towards Lydenburg 57km further on.
- At Lydenburg the R540 becomes the R36,continue on the R36 for 52km towards Orighstad.
- Pass through Orighstad on the R36 and continue towards the Abel Erasmus Pass.
- Below the Pass proceed through the J.G Strydom tunnel.
- Continue on the R531 for 30km towards Klaserie and ignore the turnoff to Hoedspruit.
- At the Orpen sign turn left towards the Orpen Gate and proceed for 33km.
- Pass the S. African Wildlife College on your left and just further on you will see the Tintswalo, Khoka Moya sign, turn right.
- Proceed on for 200m to the Manyeleti entrance gate where you must pay a nominal entrance fee.
- Once in the reserve follow the Tintswalo signs to the Lodge All signs bear right.