Tuningi Newsletter January 2010

By gavintonkinson on January 1, 2010

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Warmest greetings to you all for the first time in 2010!

We hope you had a fantastic holiday in December and that you are now happily back home or at work and have settled in for the New Year.

Here in South Africa, we are extremely excited about the year ahead of us as we are getting ready to host the World Cup of Soccer in July! The whole country has been standing together for the past couple of years in getting our infrastructures sorted, our facilities upgraded, our roads fixed up, new stadiums built, more accommodation upgraded, etc, in order to make this event as successful as humanly possible.

This is one of the greatest opportunities for a country to showcase itself and of course also all of its tourism attractions!

Enter, Tuningi Safari Lodge! We cannot wait to welcome all the soccer fans, firstly to our beautiful country, and secondly to our beautiful lodge!

As usual, just to remind you all of the high standards we have set ourselves once again for the next year, I am going to let the guests do the talking this month and share some of the feedback we have had in the last two months. This way, you will see that it is not just us loving our lodge, but that the actual guests are raving about it and forever planning their return visits! You will notice below that some of this feedback is from guests that were already on their third and even fifth visit to Tuningi!

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“We had a fabulous time- a great start to our honeymoon! The hospitality was fantastic- food was awesome and so elaborate, had a great time at the lodge with massages and outside shower!”

“Game drives exceeded our expectations by miles! Harry and Gavin, you both were awesome, and we had a fantastic time on all of our drives – the wild dogs were our highlight!!! Tuningi was a fabulous experience and we would love to come again! Everyone was so nice and it was lovely to meet all of you!
Ahana and Rushabh
Hong Kong
Dec 2009

“We came back, as promised!! Awesome game drives, Harry! Amazing hospitality- AGAIN! Thanks to you all! The boys loved Julia (babysitting) and all the other friendly staff and the kiddie’s bumbles were the best! Thank you one and all. Already looking forward to returning again!”
Sue, Gary, James and Fergus
Dec 2009

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“Thank you for a profoundly enjoyable holiday. Your attention to detail is second to none. Grant’s infectious enthusiasm, professionalism and sense of humour will stay with us – most especially: ‘Chameleon, static, approach with caution!’

Will be back for sure!”
Richard, Debbie and Polly Caines

“Thanks so much for an amazing stay at this fantastic place! The children had one of their best holidays ever and so have we- the parents. Loved being here! Will recommend to ALL our friends!
Gerard, Camille, Alexis, Arend and Adam Versteegh

“Fifth visit- Still great! Beautiful hospitality. Wonderful game drives! We shall return- AGAIN!!!”

Jean, Malcolm and Ben Hewitt

“What a wonderful stay! Couldn’t have been more comfortable, Relaxing and friendly. Grant was awesome!”
Breadon and Stefanie

“Our first experience of Safari and everything was wonderful. Such great welcome and the staff so friendly, and Gavin was SUPERB! And a great thanks for all the efforts to celebrate Carol’s birthday in style”
Huw and Carol Davies

 “ Second visit – Another magical visit to a truly magical place. I will be back (again)!

Congratulations to all the staff and people associated with this Lodge. A superb effort by everyone to make Tuningi a slice of heaven! What was amazing and really sets Tuningi apart is just how consistently friendly and genuine the staff are. It makes the stay so pleasant and really facilitates the relaxing process. The game drives with Gavin were truly fantastic!”
Alistair and David


Well, I am sure that after reading all of the above, you will realise that a visit to the beautiful Tuningi Safari Lodge is an absolute MUST! Now is a good time to start planning the holiday of a life time! We can’t wait to meet you. We will spoil you, pamper you, feed you, educate you and are sure that you will leave here with unforgettable memories and a huge urge to return for more! Please also remember that we are one of the very few lodges that take children of all ages! We will teach them things that no school will ever be able to do!! All you have to do is to contact our bookings office as soon as possible!

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On a completely different note!
As most of you know, by now, we have a very special place in our hearts for the little pre- school in Supingstad, where most of our staff comes from. This is a little town on the outskirts of the game reserve where people do not have lots of money at all. Although lots of the inhabitants from this little town have found work in the Game Reserve, there is still much help needed from all of us to get the children educated and on their feet!

We took a day off last month, bought a lot of colourful paint with the help of Hillary Wylie,(one of our all time favourite guests) and popped over to school to go and liven up the building a bit! Great fun was had by all!!

We hope that you all will have a fabulous and romantic month of February and that we will see you soon. Do not forget to go and find Tuningi on Face Book as the guys are doing an almost daily update on their adventures in the bush!!

Until next month!
Kindest regards
The T-team


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