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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.

Clothing and Accessories:

Bring sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat, a good pair of walking shoes, cool clothing for daytime and a sweater for the evenings. A warm jacket (parka) is advised for early morning and evening drives in winter. Consult your local physician to provide the correct anti-malaria prophylactic.

Health and Climate:

Consult your local physician to provide the correct anti-malaria prophylactic. All guests are automatically covered by the Tintswalo emergency evacuation policy. If emergency hospitalisation is required, rapid transport by road or air is available. However, it is a condition of booking with Tintswalo Safari Lodges that each and every guest be adequately covered by their own comprehensive travel and medical insurance.

The area has a subtropical climate which lends to warm rainy summers and a dry cooler winter. The rainy season is predominantly from October through to March during which time the temperate averages a midday heat of 30 degrees. The generally dry winter has temperate days with nights cooling quickly to around 5 degrees

Rooms and Units Available:

Luxury Tent
Luxury Tented Suite with en-suite bathroom, outside bath, private plunge pool. Includes: Accommodation, full board, 2 safari activities per day, house drinks, Wi-Fi, laundry.
Amount of similar units: 2
Sleeps 2 Adults

Luxury Tent (Family)
Luxury Tented Suite with en-suite bathroom, outside bath, private plunge pool. Adjacent children’s bedroom Includes: Accommodation, full board, 2 safari activities per day, house drinks, Wi-Fi, laundry.
Amount of similar units: 2
Sleeps 2 Adults and 2 children

Maasai Star Bed Superior Tent
Superior Luxury Tented Suite, with a large separate tented bathroom, private plunge pool and a separate elevated open deck for lounging and sleeping under the stars
Sleeps 2 Adults

Superior Luxury Family Suite Xhosa
The two adjoining Xhosa Superior Luxury Suites each have a large private veranda and a private plunge pool.
Sleeps 4 Adults

Superior Luxury Tent
Luxury Tented Suite with en-suite bathroom, outside bath, private plunge pool. Includes: Accommodation, full board, 2 safari activities per day, house drinks, Wi-Fi, laundry.
Sleeps 2 Adults

Facilities & Services available:

Children under 12
Disabled (wheelchair friendly)
Babysitting Service
Laundry Service
Special Meals on Request
Conference facilities
Wedding facilities
Team Building
Bar on the Premises
Cots available
Curio Shop
Fax & Photocopy Machine
Internet Access
Parking (off-street - covered)
Xhosa / Zulu
DVD and/or VCR
Hiking / Walking Trails
Swimming Pool

Cancellation Policy:

Bookings made 45 days or less prior to arrival: require 100% pre-payment within 48 hours. A credit card authorization form must be completed for such bookings unless proof of payment into our bank account for the pre-payment is provided. A non-refundable deposit of 20% of the total invoiced amount must be received by us within 7 working days. Bookings made 46 days or more in advance - Balance of payment of 80% must be received 31 days prior to arrival.


From JHB:
- Proceed on the N12 East in the direction of Witbank.
From PTA:
- 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.

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Children Policy

Children welcome

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  • Accommodation Type: Game Lodge
  • Malaria Area: Yes
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM