Tanda Tula Safari Camp
Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Greater Kruger, South Africa
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
Best time to Visit
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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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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Children over the age of 12 years are welcomed to stay at Tanda Tula, however, there are no specific 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.
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.
Meg Shepro (Staff)
As one of the only luxury tented camps on offer in the Great Kruger, Tanda Tula is a haven for guests looking for an authentic safari experience. Whether youre out on game drives, enjoying a walking safari or simply relaxing by the pool, Tanda Tulas dedicated guides and staff will be there to make sure your safari is just to your liking. Make sure to spend one of your nights in the star bed to really experience the best of the magical nights in the Timbavati. In my opinion there is no better way to fall asleep than to the incredible sounds of the surrounding bush.
Louisa Verney (Staff)
While not being located in the Sabi Sands with its prolific wildlife population, Tanda Tula still affords a great game viewing experience with excellent guiding. The rooms all overlook a dry riverbed and a attractively decorated with iron bedsteads and draped mosquito nets giving quite a romantic feel. This is a low key camp so there are none of luxury bells and whistles you get in some places but it is very well done and the staff are friendly and warm. Meals are taken in the open-fronted dining and lounge area and there’s a small lawned area with a pool, for relaxing between game drives. Dinners in the boma around the campfire and a nice variation.
4WD Game Drives
Go on private or shared game drives in the world famous Greater Kruger Area, South Africa to see the Big 5 - lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and rhino - and a host of other animals. The Kruger is also a brilliant spot for birders so pack some binoculars.
Search for leopard in the Sabi Sands
The Sabi Sands is widely regarded as one of the most rewarding regions for spotting leopard in Africa. With good populations and the ability to go on night game-drives which coincides when these big cats are most active, all you need is good timing!
Spend a night in a Treehouse - Lion Sands
Lion Sands offers an experience in the heart of the Sabi Sands that is like no other: the opportunity to spend a night high above the ground in one of their magical treehouse platforms in the bush.
Location & directions
Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Greater Kruger, 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.
How to get there
Tanda Tula Safari Camp’s closest airport is Hoedspruit, a 45-minute road transfer from camp. Fly into Hoedspruit from Cape Town and Johannesburg (OR Tambo International). Travel time from Cape Town to Hoedspruit is approximately 2 hours 40 minutes and from Johannesburg flight time is 1 hour.
Alternatively, guests can fly to Nelspruit Airport (Kruger Mpumalanga International) and then take a 3 hour road transfer to the camp.