A South African Ex­pe­ri­ence at Tintswalo

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From bush, to beach, to city, South Africa’s rep­u­ta­tion for vi­brant cul­ture, mag­nif­i­cent vis­tas, and a wealth of bio­di­ver­sity is deeply rooted in the passion and hard work of generations of lo­cals who make up the coun­try’s peo­ple.

Tak­ing ad­van­tage of one of the most mag­nif­i­cent lo­ca­tions in South Africa, Tintswalo Lodges has cre­ated a haven of lux­ury and peace, over­look­ing the cobalt wa­ters of Hout Bay in Cape Town. Slic­ing the horizon like a gi­ant shark fin, the dra­matic Sen­tinel Moun­tain peak salutes the lodge from the op­po­site shores of the har­bour.

Tintswalo At­lantic is perched on the peb­bled beach at the foot of Chap­man’s Peak, en­joy­ing the best of un­sur­passed panoramic ocean views, as well as the shel­ter and eco­log­i­cal beauty of the moun­tain­side. Renowned as the hid­den gem of Cape Town, one would hardly know that the quaint lodge ex­ists, but for the road signs and rave re­views to be heard from across the world, by past guests who hail the lodge as “a slice of paradise”.

Tintswalo At­lantic is clas­si­fied as a bou­tique lodge, with only 10 breath­tak­ing king suites and one op­u­lent two-bed­room suite. Spar­ing no ex­pense, the lodge is dec­o­rated with care­fully-se­lected fab­rics and finer­ies, in what can only be de­scribed as clas­sic French coun­try, fin­ished off with ev­ery mod­ern com­fort. Ac­com­mo­dat­ing up to 24 overnight guests at any given time, the Tintswalo At­lantic staff adapt to dis­creet ser­vice and an aura of quiet, des­per­ately-needed tran­quil­lity.

It comes as no sur­prise then that the lodge’s lux­u­ri­ance and qui­etude beckon lo­cals and in­ter­na­tion­als who are ac­cus­tomed to at­ten­tive ser­vice, as­tound­ing set­tings, and five-star care and cui­sine. Each guest re­ceives per­sonal, friendly ser­vice, and the lodge staff are read­ily avail­able to as­sist in ar­rang­ing ex­cit­ing itin­er­ar­ies, or lazy pool-side af­ter­noons in the Cape sun.

Lo­cal itin­er­ary ex­cur­sions that are avail­able to book from the lodge could in­clude a nail-biting shark-cage div­ing ad­ven­ture, a pop­u­lar ac­tiv­ity for tourists to test their nerves while ex­plor­ing the Western Cape. Na­ture lovers are wel­comed to take gru­elling or leisurely hikes into the glo­ri­ous heights of Ta­ble Moun­tain Na­tional Park, or to hire a Gonow bi­cy­cle from the lodge and en­joy the ex­hil­a­rat­ing curves of Chap­man’s Peak Drive. For those less ad­ven­tur­ous, tours into the lo­cal winelands for a deca­dent

lunch and wine-tast­ing are guar­an­teed de­lights. The Mother City has some­thing for ev­ery­one.

For trav­ellers seek­ing more than a lit­tle sea­side R&R, Tintswalo At­lantic’s sis­ter­lodge, Tintswalo Sa­fari Lodge, of­fers an African ad­ven­ture to re­mem­ber. The lux­ury sa­fari lodge is set­tled in the pri­vate Manyeleti Game Re­serve, which shares un­fenced bound­aries with the renowned Kruger Na­tional Park, as well as the Tim­ba­vati and Sabi Sands re­serves.

En­joy­ing the per­fect lo­ca­tion in the heart of this pris­tine, pri­vate wilder­ness, Tintswalo Sa­fari Lodge guests are af­forded the best in game view­ing ex­pe­ri­ences, led by ac­cred­ited guides and lo­cal track­ers. Guests are able to in­dulge in lengthy Big Five views, ex­hil­a­rat­ing hunt sight­ings, and be awed by the im­men­sity of colos­sal herds of gen­eral game that roam the sa­van­nahs. Hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to cap­ture some of the most splen­did crea­tures of Africa, many guests walk away with pho­tos of the elu­sive leop­ard, and yawn­ing lions and lionesses nur­tur­ing young cubs.

All this is en­joyed from the lap of lux­ury. The five-star lodge is known for its exclusive ser­vice, car­ing for only six king suites, one spa­cious pres­i­den­tial suite, and a com­fort­able two-bed­room suite. Each suite en­joys a spa­cious en suite bath­room with a lux­u­ri­ous claw­foot bath that over­looks the bush, as well as a pri­vate plunge pool on the suite’s open deck. Tintswalo Sa­fari Lodge and its suites draw in­spi­ra­tion from the early colo­nial era, with leather and wood and stone com­bined with fine laces and qual­ity 19th cen­tury tex­tiles. The lodge founders, Gaye and Ernest Cor­bett, are said to have pi­o­neer­ing spir­its and felt a kin­ship to the early African ex­plor­ers when build­ing the lodge in 2002.

One should not be sur­prised that guests who visit Tintswalo Sa­fari Lodge are en­cour­aged to be­come ex­plor­ers in their own way, es­pe­cially at meal times. The five-star chef team serves up tra­di­tional and in­ter­na­tional dishes in a va­ri­ety of lo­ca­tions, and vis­i­tors can ex­pect to dine in the bush, in the wine cel­lar, on the din­ing deck, or around a blaz­ing boma fire un­der the stars.

From coast to plains, Tintswalo Lodges de­liv­ers South­ern Africa’s best in lo­ca­tion, lux­ury, ser­vice, and cui­sine.

For more in­for­ma­tion, please visit www.tintswalo.com.

Guests are able to in­dulge in lengthy Big Five views, ex­hil­a­rat­ing hunt sight­ings, and be awed by the im­men­sity of colos­sal herds of gen­eral game that roam the sa­van­nahs.

Tintswalo At­lantic, Hout Bay, Cape Town

Tintswalo Sa­fari Lodge, Greater Kruger Park

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