This New Luxury Resort In South Africa Has Exclusive Views Of The Milky Way And Black Rhinos
By Kelsey Marie
Tintswalo at Lapalala is a new luxury resort in Waterberg, South Africa. The game reserve has seven luxury tented suites with views of mountains and the Waterberg region. The suites include private pools and although you’ll be staying in a tent, there is hot running water and air conditioning. Not only will you be luxuriously sleeping in the wilderness, but you’ll also be able to hear animals nearby as well.
Head out on a game drive bright and early in a populated area. Blankets, ponchos and hot water bottles are provided to tame the cold morning. The rangers communicate their findings with each other to ensure travelers see as many animals as possible.
Tintswalo at Lapalala is one of the largest game reserves in southern Africa so you’ll be sure to spot wildlife. It is also the first private reserve to acquire a black rhino in 1990. Five black rhinos were brought to the reserve and there are only about 5,000 left in the world today according to the World Wildlife Fund.
After the game drive, you can choose to have a bush breakfast and eat outdoors or head to the back of the lounge for a full ranger breakfast which is similar to the full English breakfast.
Enjoy breakfast while watching animals at the watering hole nearby.
Work off your full breakfast with a pre-lunch hike. The hike is educational because it teaches you about the various plants and herbs along your route. You’ll also learn about the leaves used by natives for medicinal purposes. There are Bushmen rock paintings which date back to over two thousand years which tell the story of their history.
Spend your lunchtime with a picnic along the Palala River. You can dip your feet into the cool waters of the river or indulge in an outdoor spa treatment to the sounds of nature.
Watch the beautiful sunset while on a cruise on a dam. As the sun goes down you’ll be sipping on champagne. You may even spot hippos or crocodiles lurking beneath the waters.
Enjoy a traditional South African braai (barbecue) which is filled with grilled meats and bread pudding for dessert. Spend the rest of the night stargazing with an epic view of the Milky Way.
Kelsey-Marie is an NYC girl who currently lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. You can keep up with her on Instagram at @kelseydashmarie