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Tanda Tula Safari Camp

Timbavati Nature Reserve, South Africa

A superb private luxury bush camp located within the Timbavati Nature Reserve and part of the Kruger National Park open system, Tanda Tula offers a traditional safari experience alongside excellent standards of guiding in 12 tented rooms.

At a Glance

  • Highly skilled ranger and tracker teams

  • Experience the overnight Walking Safari

  • The infinity pool overlooks a large watering hole which is often frequented by a variety of African wildlife

  • Superb dinner round the boma

  • Beautifully finished large tented rooms

Honeymoon, Wildlife, Adventure, Eco/ethical tourism

Insider's View

You'd never know but the bathroom walls are made of dried elephant dung!

Louisa Ross-Taylor

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Description

At Tanda Tula guests will enjoy an intimate experience that brings them face to face with the excitement and uniqueness of the African Bush. The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park, a vast wilderness of more than 3.5 million hectares. The reserve is known for its incredible variety of game including the big five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino). The Timbavati is renowned for its numerous lion prides as well as the famous White Lions of the Timbavati.

Accommodation consists of 12 individually appointed safari tents with en suite facilities and a private deck overlooking the dry river bed. Bathrooms feature traditional Victorian bathtubs and romantic outdoor showers. For families and friends looking for complete privacy, there is also an exclusive camp called Tandala. Accommodating four or six guests, with a private pool, fabulous lounge and sweeping deck overlooking the riverbed, this is truly a piece of paradise. A private chef, ranger and vehicle can also be arranged.

The main camp area is a thatched timber structure with a bar built overlooking the swimming pool with a magnificent view of the watering hole which is often frequented by buffalo and elephant. It also houses the open-air sitting room and dining room. The small viewing hide down at the water’s edge offers incredible close-up photo opportunities for guests. There is also a private, open-air therapy hide at the edge of the watering hole where a range of aromatherapy treatments are on offer.

Accommodation

Tanda Tula Safari Camp offers 12 individually appointed safari tents with en suite facilities and a private deck overlooking the dry river bed. Bathrooms feature traditional Victorian bathtubs and romantic outdoor showers. For families and friends looking for complete privacy, there is also an exclusive camp called Tandala, featuring a private pool, fabulous lounge and sweeping deck overlooking the riverbed. The camp provides a private chef, ranger and safari vehicle.

Childcare

Children over the age of 12 years are welcomed to stay at Tanda Tula, however, there are no specific facilities.

Facilities

The main camp area is a thatched timber structure with a bar, a swimming pool with magnificent views of the watering hole, an open-air sitting room and dining room and a small viewing hide down at the water’s edge, which offers incredible close-up photo opportunities for guests. The camp also features a private, open air therapy hide offering a range of aromatherapy treatments.

Activities

Game drives and walking safaris are complimentary at Tanda Tula. Each walking safari itinerary is individually tailored to suit guests' requirements. A four-night walking safari package is generally recommended, with two nights spent at the base Tanda Tula Safari Camp and two nights in the bush at the remote Machaton Hide. Guests are also invited to visit the research center of the Save the Elephants Transboundary Research Programme, where the researchers or one of their assistants will introduce you to their world and their incredible work.

Location & Directions

Timbavati Nature Reserve, South Africa

Tanda Tula is located in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger National Park, Limpopo. Set on the banks of the Nharalumi riverbed, Tanda Tula is shaded by majestic trees and overlooks a watering hole that attracts abundant wildlife.

When to go

There is no bad time to go on safari in the Kruger National Park. The experience does, however, change from month to month. In the summer months (October to March), it gets very hot. The verdant vistas are all the more spectacular because of the rains, but this means that the foliage is denser, water is more abundant and game is therefore trickier to see. There are lots of beautiful migratory birds during the summer months. While the daytime temperature in the winter months (May to September) is ideal, it does get a little chilly at night and in the early morning.

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