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The Tanda Tula safari camp features a total of 12 luxury tents, with en-suite bathrooms and outdoor showers in Timbavati. Each luxury tent offers a private deck which features comfortable loungers where guests may relax and admire the beauty and the untamed African bush. In the game-rich part of the Kruger an opulent tented lodge, which provides guests with memorable wildlife encounters.
Excellent game viewing excursions, warm hospitality and delicious cuisine in a tranquil natural setting make for an unforgettable safari holiday. Located on the banks of Limpopo's Nharalumi riverbed, the Camp is shaded by beautiful trees and overlooks a scenic waterhole which attracts many animals in search of quenching their thirst in Africa's summer heat. Each of Tanda Tula's 12 Luxury Tents is entirely private and surrounded by riverine bush providing a deck overlooking the riverbed.
The luxury tents offer a beautiful en-suite bathroom which is complete with a traditional Victorian bathtub as well as a romantic outdoor shower which overlooks the African bush and riverbed. The interiors of these tents are decorated in elegance and comfort to ensure that guests enjoy a pleasant African experience in complete luxury. The rates at Tanda Tula include:
- Luxury tented accommodation
- All meals
- Local soft drinks, beers, spirits, house wines & morning and afternoon teas and coffees
- Two daily shared game drives and optional guided nature walk after breakfast (6 guests per 4x4)
Two game drives daily are on offer which is being led by the lodge's professional trackers and guides, providing the ideal opportunity to experience up-close encounters with the African game. To ensure game drive quality vehicles seat only a maximum of 6 passengers. The camp's thrilling Guided Safari Walks take between one to two hours and are available for breakfast. The expert guides lead participants as they track game on foot to best explore the African wilderness. This way one learns about the smaller creatures in the bushveld as well as the flora of this unique area.
Guided Walking Safaris
The camp's thrilling Guided Safari Walks take between one to two hours and are available for breakfast. The expert guides lead participants as they track game on foot to best explore the African wilderness. This way one learns about the smaller creatures in the bushveld as well as the flora of this unique area.
Dining in the Bush
Dining in the bushveld makes for an unforgettable experience. The great Bush breakfasts are an excellent way to end the early morning game drives. Guests set out on the banks of the riverbed, where the camp's chefs prepare an extensive buffet including a cooked English breakfast feast. The delicious lunches are offered in different locations. Romantic dinners, as well as Riverbed picnics, can also be arranged. In the evening, guests enjoy an excellent dinner in the outdoor boma, under the starlit sky in the garden or, for the adventurous guests, in the riverbed near the safari camp. Their fantastic bush breakfasts are served at the forest location, and after breakfast, guests may experience a guided safari walk back to the Camp with the ranger. Beautiful meals served in a magnificent setting:
- Early morning tea, coffee and rusks
- Bush breakfast
- Buffet lunch
- Afternoon tea
- Dinner is at various locations every night.
Tanda Tula is covering more than 55 100 hectares and sharing an open border with the game rich Kruger National Park, Timbavati is well known for its diversity of wildlife including the Big Five. Travellers have the chance to encounter elephant, leopard, lion, large herds of buffalo, zebra, rhino, giraffe, kudu, kudu and much more including the rare wild dogs.
- Game Drives
- Bush Walks
- Star Beds
- Overnight Walking Safari Experience
- Riverbed Picnics
- Romantic Private Dinners
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- Ensuite / Private bathroom
- Outside Shower
- Viewing Deck
Dining at the Tanda Tula Safari Camp
The fantastic safari experience at the Tanda Tula Safari Camp is not only about up-close encounters with Africa's untamed wildlife, excellent service and comfortable accommodation, but also about delicious meals.
At the Tanda Tula Safari Camp in South Africa, the head chef considers each dining occasion more than just a meal. Ranging from mouth-watering, traditional African dishes, to modern dining creations, Tanda Tula's head chef creates magic resulting in cuisine guaranteed to please.
In the evening, guests are invited to enjoy a pleasant dinner in the outdoor boma, under the starlit sky in the garden or, for the adventurous guests, in the riverbed near the safari camp. Tanda Tula's amazing bush breakfasts are served at the bush location and after breakfast, guests may experience a guided safari walk back to Tanda Tula Safari Camp with the ranger.
During a stay at the Tanda Tula Safari Camp in South Africa, guests may enjoy:
- Early morning tea, coffee and rusks which are brought to the luxury tent
- Bush breakfast
- Buffet lunch
- Afternoon tea
- Dinner in various locations every night.
Guests staying at the Tanda Tula Safari Camp in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve of South Africa are guided by professional game rangers and trackers during the early morning and evening safaris through the untamed African bush in open Land Rovers or on foot. A memorable African bush experience is guaranteed to guests with up-close encounters with wildlife, including the 'Big Five': lion, rhino, buffalo, elephant and leopard.
The game rich Timbavati Private Nature Reserve forms part of South Africa's Greater Kruger National Park. This region of South Africa is renowned for its many lion pride including the famous White Lions of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. Furthermore, the Timbavati Game Reserve is only home to 8 lodges in more than 50,000 hectares ensuring that visitors experience the African bush in its most natural state.
Guests staying at the Tanda Tula Safari Camp in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve may choose between walking safaris and game drives in an open Land Rover. Safari walks through the bush offer a unique chance for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers to explore the magnificent African wildlife up close.
Tanda Tula's bush walks, namely the Sunrise bush walk and the Mid morning bush walk, are led by qualified rangers and trackers. The bush walks offered at the Tanda Tula Safari Camp are available to children who are 14 years and older.
Bush walks at Tanda Tula:
- Sunrise bush walk (3 hours)
- Mid morning bush walk (1 hour)
In the Bush, the Tanda Tula Safari Lodge built an excellent hide on the Machaton Dam. It is here where private picnics and the so called 'stars' are available upon request. Tanda Tula's Machaton Hide is also part of the lodge's Overnight Walking Safari experience.
Star Beds at Tanda Tula
Guests staying at the Tanda Tula Safari Camp in South Africa have the unique opportunity to spend a memorable night under the stars at the Machaton Hide, which overlooks the scenic waterhole on the banks of the Machaton riverbed. After the evening game drive, travellers are taken to the bush hide with a delicious picnic dinner.
The oil lanterns are lit, the comfortable beds at the camp are nicely made up with linen and duvets and during winter the hot-water-bottles await guests. A spotlight assists guests observe the nocturnal wildlife at the dam while the radio which has a direct connection with the Tanda Tula Safari main camp ensures guests feel safe at all times.
In the morning, once guests have enjoyed coffee and rusks, Tanda Tula's ranger collects guests for an adventurous game drive..
Overnight Walking Safari at Tanda Tula
The Tanda Tula Safari Camp in the Timbavati Game Reserve offers a once-in-a-lifetime wildlife experience: the Two Night Walking Safari.
The Two Night Walking Safari offers guests an opportunity to explore Africa's wildlife on foot and from a close distance while sleeping under the stars. This wildlife experience at Tanda Tula is suitable for outdoor nature enthusiasts who like hiking, bird watching, fauna and flora as well as on foot game tracking.
The Tanda Tula Safari Camp features an outdoor, infinity swimming pool which faces a large watering hole to which a variety of African wildlife are attracted to, including the 'Big Five'. Loungers surround the swimming in the garden setting which is a great place for relaxation.
At the Tanda Tula Safari Camp riverbed picnics are available whereby guests enjoy a delicious picnic lunch in the riverbed in proximity to the camp. This activity provides a relaxing and reasonable way to spend the afternoon, away from the main camp in complete privacy. Guests admire the African wildlife while enjoying the picnic lunch which has been prepared by the lodge's experienced chefs.
- Hotel Bar
- Swimming Pool
- The Bird hide
- Viewing deck
Check in and Check Out Times
- Check in: 14:00
- Check out: 10:00
- Airport transfers
- Concierge services
- Game drive safaris
- Housekeeping service
- Secure parking
- Tours & Transfers on Request
- Wake-up call
- Walking safaris
Malaria Status and Animals
The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve of South Africa is a malaria area. It is, therefore, advisable to take malaria prophylaxes and consult a doctor before staying at the Tanda Tula Safari Camp.
The famous Timbavati Private Nature Reserve belongs to the Greater Kruger National Park. This area has many lion pride including the great White Lions as well as the close encounters with Africa's 'Big Five', including rhino, buffalo, elephant, lion and leopard.
Children over eight years are welcome at the Tanda Tula Safari Camp in South Africa. Children who are under 12 years pay 50% of the rate if sharing a tent with the parents. Children occupying their tent will be classed as adults and pay the nightly adult rate.
Parents are to take note that there are no fences around the Tanda Tula Safari Camp and that no special children facilities are available such as playgrounds. Therefore, it is recommended to large families to hire a private game vehicle and game ranger at an additional cost.
Luxury Tented Suite
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The Tanda Tula Safari Camp, which nestles in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve of South Africa, features 12 luxury tents, with en-suite bathrooms and outdoor showers.
Each luxury tent at the Tanda Tula Safari Camp offers its private deck which features comfortable loungers where guests may relax and admire the beauty and tranquility of the untamed African bush.
The luxury tents offer a beautiful en suite bathroom which is complete with a traditional Victorian bathtub as well as a romantic outdoor shower which overlooks the African bush and riverbed. The interiors of Tanda Tula's tents are decorated in elegance and comfort to ensure that guests enjoy a fantastic African experience in complete luxury.
Luxury tent amenities at Tanda Tula:
- En-suite bathrooms
- Traditional Victorian bathtub
- Outdoor showers
- Private deck with loungers
Tanda Tula Safari Camp Specials
The specials listed below will automatically be offered to you when proceeding through the booking process.
Stay 3 nights at Tanda Tula Safari Camp and receive 10% off the total accommodation cost.
Valid: 1 May - 30 June 2018 and 1 February – 31 March 2019, 1 May – 30 June 2019 & 1 November – 15 December 2019
Included in the rate:
- Luxury tented accommodation, all meals and beverages (excluding Connoisseur wines and French Champagne)
- Two daily shared game drives and optional guided nature walk after breakfast (max 6 guests per 4x4)
- Mini bar in tent
Excluded from the rate:
- items of a personal nature (telephone calls, gratuities etc)
- Connoisseur wines and French Champagne
- Curios, gratuities & telephone calls
- Transfers to and from outside the Timbavati and the Tanda Tula Camps
- Timbavati Conservation Levy per person per night R 368
- Landing fees at Rockfig airstrip per person per landing / take off R 350
- Vehicle entrance fee payable at the Control Gate (self-drive guests only) per vehicle R 140
Terms and Conditions:
- Subject to availability
- Only valid for a 3 night stay
- Valid 1 May - 30 June 2018; 1 February - 31 March 2019, 1 May - 30 June 2019 and 1 November - 15 December 2019.
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Scheduled Flights to the Tanda Tula Safari Camp, South Africa
The closest airport to the Tanda Tula Safari Camp is Hoedspruit (East Gate Airport). At present, SA Express flies into Hoedspruit from Cape Town and Johannesburg (OR Tambo International Airport). The flight duration from Cape Town to Hoedspruit is about 2 hours 40 minutes and from Johannesburg, the flight time to Hoedspruit is 1 hour.
Another option for guests is to fly to the Nelspruit Airport (Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport KMIA) and then book a road transfer to the Tanda Tula Safari Camp. The road transfer from Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, to the Tanda Tula Safari Camp takes about 3 hours. From Hoedspruit Airport to the Tanda Tula Safari Camp it takes about 45 minutes by road transfer.
Private Charters to the Tanda Tula Safari Camp, South Africa
Tanda Tula offers its private exclusive private airplane charter service which provides guests with a large flexibility of the arrival and departure. This private charter service allows guests to fly from the Tanda Tula Safari Camp to other destinations. The aircraft used for the private charter flights is a Beechcraft King Air B200, which is a pressurised twin-turbine engine plane capable of seating a maximum of 11 guests.
On site parking facilities are provided for guests.
- SATSA (Southern Africa Tourism Services Association)