TINTSWALO CELEBRATES A YEAR OF VIRTUAL SAFARIS
Tintswalo Safari Lodge has received wide acclaim for its exciting virtual safaris which have been viewed online over the past year by millions of fans locally, and all over the world. When level 5 hard lockdown first kicked in and its lodges were deserted, Tintswalo acted swiftly and instinctively to find a creative way to continue communication with loyal guests.
In the African bush nature played out as it had since the beginning of time, and the guides of Tintswalo Safari Lodge continued their early morning game drives to monitor animal activity and conservation within the reserve. Getting up at the crack of dawn, they started filming what became known as the ‘On the Beat in the Manyeleti’ virtual game drives, which were broadcast on social media around the globe.
The first virtual safari went live on 25 March 2020 with 41 092 views. Now, exactly a year and 178 episodes later, Tintswalo’s Virtual Safaris have received an astonishing 7,4 million views from followers all over the world.
Says Alistair Leuner, Regional General Manager of Tintswalo’s Safari Operations: ‘During the lockdown, social media became a lifeline for many people as a way to connect to the world out there. People were looking to escape boredom and isolation and were searching for interesting and meaningful content. It was a great opportunity for Tintswalo to not only bring the bush right into their living rooms, wherever they were but also to inform and educate the public about various important conservation issues.’
Hosted and narrated by experienced guides, each and every virtual safari brought new adventures to the screen. From tracking the day-to-day movements of a herd of elephants and exhilarating sightings of wild dogs passing through the area, to following the Manyeleti’s magnificent Mbiri pride and finding a lion cub in a tree. Heart-warming comments and support poured in daily from fans far afield. This was ‘reality TV’ at its most authentic best!
The game-rich Manyeleti Nature Reserve is known worldwide for its Big 5 sightings, but also for its birdlife and many smaller and other interesting creatures. Tintswalo’s ‘On the Beat’ virtual safaris include video footage of actual sightings and personal encounters experienced by game rangers on patrol. Whilst nothing beats going on safari in real life, Tintswalo’s virtual safaris are still continuing and are said to be an inspiration to many viewers who are planning their ‘bucket list’ safari trip of a lifetime.
Videos are uploaded daily on all Tintswalo’s social media channels:
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About Tintswalo Safari Lodge
Sharing an unfenced boundary with the Kruger National Park, the pristine private Manyeleti Game Reserve is home to Tintswalo Safari Lodge. Boasting one of the lowest vehicle densities in the Greater Kruger region, Tintswalo Safari Lodge guests are spoiled with uninterrupted Big 5 game viewing experiences in an untouched African wilderness. The eight suites have been authentically designed to evoke the adventures of the 19th-century explorers after which they are named. Within the lodge, the 5-bedroom Tintswalo Manor House presents a fully-catered villa for families or groups of friends keen to experience a tailor-made stay.
Tintswalo Safari Lodge is accessed via a short drive from Hoedspruit airport, or a leisurely six-hour drive/shuttle service from Johannesburg for those guests who prefer a scenic road trip.
About Tintswalo Lodges
Tintswalo Lodges is an exquisite collection of five family-owned and run properties situated in unique locations within South Africa. Perched on a pebbled beach at the foot of the Table Mountain National Park, directly overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the award-winning Tintswalo Atlantic boutique lodge is renowned as one of Cape Town’s most precious hidden gems. Sharing an unfenced boundary with the Kruger National Park, Tintswalo Safari Lodge sits on the pristine Manyeleti Private Game Reserve, home to some of South Africa’s best game viewing. Within this property, Tintswalo Manor House offers a luxurious, fully-catered villa for families or friends looking for a tailor-made stay. Recent additions to Tintswalo’s collection of luxury lodges and boutique hotels include Tintswalo at Boulders Boutique Villa in Cape Town, located on Boulders Beach with its world-famous colony of endangered African penguins. Luxury tented camp Tintswalo Lapalala offers a family-friendly safari experience in an expansive, pristine private reserve within the malaria-free Waterberg region (Limpopo province). Nearby in the Welgevonden Game Reserve, Tintswalo Family Camp Welgevonden is available on an exclusive-use basis only as an ideal safari getaway for corporates, as well as friends or family traveling together.