Tanda Tula Safari Camp

Tanda Tula Safari Camp

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#2 of 3 guest houses in Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
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Tanda Tula Safari Camp in the heart of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is part of the Greater Kruger National Park. Safari camps shouldn’t just be beautiful, they should be designed to immerse us in nature and feed our senses. Newly rearchitected Tanda Tula Safari Camp takes full advantage of its position on the Nhlaralumi River to create intimate guest experiences across the breadth of the camp.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Fitness / spa changing rooms
Pool
Free breakfast
Board games / puzzles
Airport transportation
Foot bath
Secured parking
Internet
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Private pool
Plunge pool
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Massage
Neck massage
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Outdoor furniture
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
Umbrella
Laundry service
Ironing service
Room features
Blackout curtains
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Desk
Fireplace
Coffee / tea maker
Extra long beds
Walk-in shower
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Safe
Seating area
Sofa
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Minibar
Refrigerator
Electric kettle
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
Star ratings are intended to indicate the general level of features, amenities, and services to expect. This property is classified according to Giata.
4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Hidden Gem
Romantic
Languages Spoken
English, French, Afrikaans, Dutch and 1 more

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Kruger National Park 1380 South Africa
Getting there
Ngala Airfield
Hoedspruit Airport
28.7 km
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Jack W wrote a review Jan 2020
Davis, California, United States
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were fortunate to explore the best of South Africa for our commitment celebration. The highlight was nestled in the heart of Timbavati, adjoining the Kruger National Park, Tanda Tula. Our safari there was an experience of a lifetime. The managers, Luke and Brittany, welcomed us and made us feel immediately at home. The accommodations and food were all first class. We not only saw all the game we had hoped for on our drives, but many animals roamed freely within the camp itself. Our tracker, Jack, had an uncanny ability to locate game on our drives, while accompanied by Chad an experienced and a delightful naturalist. Chad is also an accomplished photographer who is eager to teach. Finally, the camp and entire staff was environmentally sensitive, eager to preserve their legacy for future generations.
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from TandaTula, Owner at Tanda Tula Safari Camp
Responded 02 Feb 2020
Thank you for taking the time to give us a review. I am so pleased that you enjoyed your stay, Chad is definitely a brilliant photographer and we love experiencing his sightings vicariously. If you would like to keep up to date with all the news and sightings at the camp (until you join us again) please feel free to join our instagram and facebook page. Warm Regards, Nina
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Dexter F. wrote a review Jan 2020
Denver, Colorado
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
I really don’t know where to begin when talking about Tanda Tula. When I’m asked about our time here, I always say it was magical as it’s so hard to describe the experience we had there.

My fiancé (now husband) and I invited friends and family to join us at this safari camp for three days of game drives and our wedding. The journey from working with Viv and Brittany on booking and pre-planning to working with Chef Ryan on meals and our departure from the lodge was seamless and unforgettable. We never had to think about or do anything as the team was always 50 steps ahead and ensured our every need was taken care of.

Our wedding was everything we wanted and more. I mean, a safari wedding is already a unique idea but hosting it with the Tanda Tula team made it even more special. They definitely delivered on our vision and made wonderful suggestions that enhanced our special day.

Our friends and family are still talking about this trip and those that didn’t attend are now wishing they did. My husband and I have visited other camps before but none of them compare to this safari camp and the wonderful Tanda Tula team. This truly was a trip of a lifetime.
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from TandaTula, Owner at Tanda Tula Safari Camp
Responded 30 Jan 2020
Thank you so much for your lovely words! It was an absolute pleasure to host you and your husband and to assist with your special day. A great time was had by all. Weddings at Tanda Tula are definitely memorable and we will always remember yours! If you would like to keep up to date with all the news and sightings at the camp (until you join us again) please feel free to join our instagram and facebook page. Warm Regards, Nina
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debushka2020 wrote a review Jan 2020
Toronto, Canada
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We are still buzzing from our wonderful stay at Tanda Tula this past December! It's truly an exceptional safari camp. Every detail is carefully and thoughtfully planned and we were treated like VIPs from the moment we arrived until the moment we left. We loved the family-friendly vibe and greatly appreciated their commitment to strengthening their community and wildlife conservation. Our mornings began with a personal wake-up call at 5am, along with a tray of hot coffee and hot chocolate so that we could get ourselves out of bed for the morning game drive. Our guide, Chad and tracker, Glen were so knowledgeable and friendly and were happy to answer all of my son’s many questions 😊. All of our game drives were very exciting, tracking and sighting all of our favourite animals. Lunch and early afternoons were spent lounging around the beautiful, cozy lodge or relaxing by the pool which overlooks a watering hole. The afternoon drives were amazing too and always concluded with our drink of choice for sundowners. It was the perfect amount of adventure, relaxation and pampering. This was our second time to Tanda Tula and we were welcomed back as though we were family. Every meal was sensational (Thanks Chef Ryan and team!!) and we loved sitting with the other guests at a communal table exchanging stories of our day or just life in general. Honestly it was pure magic and we will cherish the memories forever. Thank you to Nina and Don and Everyone at Tanda Tula.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Response from TandaTula, Owner at Tanda Tula Safari Camp
Responded 30 Jan 2020
Thank you so much for your lovely review, it was fantastic to have you back at Tanda Tula! We are privileged to have an amazing team of staff who love to make you feel like VIP's. Family holidays are very special and we are so glad that you chose us to help make those memories. If you would like to keep up to date with all the news and sightings at the camp (until you join us again) please feel free to join our instagram and facebook page. Warm Regards, Nina
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jillozimbo wrote a review Nov 2022
White River, South Africa
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at Nkarhi Homestead self catering camp, which is part of the Tanda Tula group and were very disappointed. The staff and the guides were excellent and were the best part of our experience, and could not be faulted. The game viewing was exceptional. The accommodation however did not deliver as promised. The en-suite facilities were not as advertised, and the showers inconvenient to use to use: either scalding or freezing yourself with difficult controls. The shared bathroom/toilet between two of the rooms proved to be an awkward arrangement for 2 couples.
The kitchen was ill equipped with grotty pans and a very grubby kettle. and the glasses were like jam jars. The lighting was not good and the fridges inadequate for 8 of us for 4 nights. The pool which does not have pump was slimy on the bottom and very unappealing. Despite the heat nobody felt tempted to use it.
We have stayed at many other self catering camps and found the homestead to be expensive in comparison and way below the standard or what we have learnt to expect.
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Date of stay: October 2022
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Don Scott, Owner at Tanda Tula Safari Camp
Responded 04 Nov 2022
Dear Jill and Julian Many thanks for your review. We will most certainly pass on your good wishes to the staff who will be delighted to hear from you and we are so glad the game viewing experience delivered. We are however very disappointed that the Homestead did not live up to your expectations. We do try and illustrate in our factsheet what facilities are available at Nkarhi in terms of the camp being completely off grid and the layout of the bedrooms and bathrooms are also listed. The simplicity of the camp is what draws a lot of our return clients back time and time again so we are truly sorry it missed the mark with your trip. We obviously strive to deliver an exceptional experience on all levels and will continue to do so.
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Kevin wrote a review Oct 2021
Hout Bay, South Africa
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Lots of things to love about Tanda Tula. Chad was the best safari guide we've ever had – so knowledgable, professional, and amazing with our kids. Monique was a lovely, friendly manager. She even arranged for a special birthday surprise for our daughter. The rooms were a perfect mix of tented feeling but luxury perks. We really loved the safari breakfast in the river bed (a special touch). That said, the amazing brand/website didn't fully translate in person. We had high expectations, and for the rate we thought the food was just OK and some of the staff wasn't up to par (for instance, the language barrier led to not knowing a menu item or mixing up wine types). Their traversing area in Timbavati was a bit dull at times. And the garden/grounds/pool/lodge were just average. A couple of competitors (like Klaserie Drift Masava or Notten's) were a bit cheaper and nicer, in our opinion. Overall, a good time and good camp. Just hard to give it five stars when the budget doesn't quite match the experience.
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Date of stay: September 2021
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Don Scott, Owner at Tanda Tula Safari Camp
Responded 11 Oct 2021
Thank you so much for your review, wonderful to hear how much you loved Chad and that he was so fantastic with your kids. It is also great to hear how you enjoyed the tenges and really appreciated the combination of authenticity and luxury. Sorry to hear the food did not meet your expectations and we have chatted to the chef. Hope to be able to see you back one day.
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martin s wrote a review Jan 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
As we prepared for our Safari trip, we had read so many of the raving reviews of Tanda Tula that our expectations were high but at the same time wondered; can Tanda Tula really deliver such an amazing 5 Star experience? The answer is NO. They deliver 6 Stars and beyond!
From the time we arrived, (it seemed that the entire staff came to the gate to welcome us), the orientation of the camp, the beautiful surroundings and wildlife, our experience exceeded expectations in every way. The family atmosphere, attention to every detail, the game drives were just outstanding. I am sure every guest that stayed during our time felt like they were the most important guest on the property!
The food, under the guidance of Chef Ryan, was outstanding at every meal. The African culture experience, the game drives led by Scotch and Patrick were something we looked forward to each 5AM wake-up (with coffee/tea & snacks delivered to your Safari Tent) along with the Sundowners allowing us to witness the amazing South Africans sunsets. The wildlife - the Big 5 in abundance! A unexpected surprise of a special birthday lunch provided to our family celebrating her 22nd birthday. As other reviewers have stated we are 3 weeks removed from our stay and still buzzing about our experience and dreaming of a return.
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Date of stay: December 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from TandaTula, Owner at Tanda Tula Safari Camp
Responded 30 Jan 2020
Thank you for your wonderful review, it is always great to have such good feedback. I am pleased that we met and exceeded your expectations, we have an amazing compliment of staff and am glad that you enjoyed the family atmosphere. If you would like to keep up to date with all the news and sightings at the camp (until you join us again) please feel free to join our instagram and facebook page. Warm Regards, Nina
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NSP wrote a review Dec 2022
San Francisco, California
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Tanda Tula deserves all the stars and positive reviews that it has here and more. Everything, from start to finish, was incredible. The private, but massive reserve, allowed for seeing a range of wild life and get close to them. The staff are the best and make the experience incredible. They coordinated thoughtful experiences that were pleasant surprises (like communal dinner, breakfast in the bush) without overwhelming the guests with too many activities between the drives. They went out of their way during the drives to make sure we see the most wildlife that we safely can (a major thank you to Glen and Tristan!!). We loved spending time the staff during the game drives and back in the lodge. The food was also incredible- chef Ryan and his team cook and serve guests from their hearts. The lodge and facilities are top (they are temporary while they upgrade the original but 5 star regardless). Thank you Tanda Tula for an unforgettable experience. We cannot recommend you more.
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Date of stay: December 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Don Scott, Owner at Tanda Tula Safari Camp
Responded 24 Jan 2023
This is such incredible feedback! Thank you so so much, we absolutely love hearing what a wonderful time you had and that the essence of who we are much such a positive impact on you! thank you, we hope to see you back at our original home from May!
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Christina F wrote a review Sept 2021
New York City, New York
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Such a lovely 3 night stay at Tanda Tula! My husband and I were celebrating our honeymoon and received such a special surprise of champagne and petals in our room (thank you so much!) The staff were very friendly and kind - we always felt well taken care of. The food was delicious and plentiful - we really enjoyed the bush breakfast and daily hot chocolate following afternoon game drives. Loved our guide, Ginger and tracker, Given - we were so impressed with how they tracked a lion pride and leopard. 100% recommend! Thank you for a great stay! :)
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Don Scott, Owner at Tanda Tula Safari Camp
Responded 11 Oct 2021
Thank you for this amazing feedback and how wonderful to have you with us on your honeymoon. We just love knowing you had such a special time and we hope to see you again in the not too distant future.
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BeeBern wrote a review Sept 2021
Chacras de Coria, Argentina
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We returned from 3 nights in Tanda Tula yesterday. Having spent innumerable memorable days in many beautiful Safari venues around Africa, Tanda Tula stands out for a number of reasons.
The staff are wonderfully attentive and extremely organised. The beauty of the setting overlooking the waterhole frequented by elephants, the well appointed luxury en suite tents, the superb cuisine (thank you so much chef Ryan). I could go on and on. What was so appreciated by the four of us was the imagination and detail that went into our dining locations. River breakfast, beautifully lit river bed braai , dinner on the lawn under gas lamps and our birthday gin bar celebration at sunset. Our guide Chad Cocking and our tracker Glen spoiled us patiently toiling to track and find unusual sightings. Thank you to all of you who succeeded in making us all very happy customers.
Jenny and Chris Hoedspruit, SA
Pascale and Chris Geneva, Switzerland
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Date of stay: September 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Don Scott, Owner at Tanda Tula Safari Camp
Responded 11 Oct 2021
Jenny thank you for this amazing feedback - we love hearing how one of our real "local" guests could still enjoy this experience, even on their own doorstep! It is a very kind and wonderful review, thank you
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HarrietNim wrote a review Jun 2021
Bristol
5.0 of 5 bubbles
There are so many reasons that Tanda Tula is so special.
First of course there’s the wildlife – on this our third stay we saw the Big Five in just 2 game drives. Very relaxed leopard, lions with cubs, chilled ellies, majestic rhino and a big herd of buffalo.
But it’s all the attention to detail that makes Tanda Tula such a wonderful place to stay. They think of everything, from the hot water bottles on the game drive, to the electric blankets in bed (we stayed mid winter), and some of the best food I’ve ever had (including the surprise birthday cake).
TT is owner run and managed – and you feel like you’re staying with family. Best of all, they do so much for their delightful and friendly team as well as supporting the local community.
A very special place indeed - highly recommended
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Date of stay: June 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Don Scott, Owner at Tanda Tula Safari Camp
Responded 08 Jul 2021
Wow - what a very special feedback!Thank you so much for your kind words, we really appreciate it and we love knowing you had such a wonderful time!
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Jad A asked a question Apr 2020
Anaheim, California18 contributions
Does Tanda Tula allow hunting on its concession?
ctkathy asked a question Feb 2020
Farmington, Connecticut410 contributions42 helpful votes
Is early November a time of heavy rains?
Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, South Africa2 contributions
Hi there, the weather is wonderful at the moment, there is a bit of a nip early mornings and in the evenings but our electric blankets will keep you warm. We look forward to seeing you at Tanda Tula.
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December is a marvellous time to visit Tanda Tula. The landscape is stunningly green because of the rain and all the Impala's have babies, as do many other species whom have their babies in the rainy season. The heat has never been a concerning factor as your morning drive starts very early and your evening drive late afternoon, when the heat of the day has broken a bit. It can get hot, but over the hottest time of the day you are either sipping a cocktail around the pool and cooling off in the pool or you take a siesta in your tent with a fan. Air con is most definitely not necessary. My favourite time of the year!
Deborah D wrote a tip Jun 2024
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Winter months no need for malaria tablets. Wearing jeans, black, white and some color is perfectly acceptable. No fancy dress is necessary."
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Nicholas R wrote a tip May 2024
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Sleep with the doors and curtains open, the night-sounds are wonderful"
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Patricia Brown wrote a tip Jan 2024
Mercer Island, Washington14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Bring bug spray! It’s. It that bad but they’re out there! Bring electrical outlet adapter if you’re coming from US."
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Evon wrote a tip Aug 2022
Cape Town Central, South Africa41 contributions31 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The "rooms" are canvas Tents! The tent extends to an outdoor shower, toilet and basin surrounded by "latte"."
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Annie wrote a tip Jun 2022
Austin, Texas19 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Be sure to bring warm clothes, though blankets and hot water bottles on cold drives are provided. Also bring a swimsuit for the pools."
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PRICE RANGE
R 54,163 - R 59,153 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
South AfricaKruger National ParkTimbavati Private Nature Reserve
NUMBER OF ROOMS
9
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Frequently Asked Questions about Tanda Tula Safari Camp
What are some of the property amenities at Tanda Tula Safari Camp?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Tanda Tula Safari Camp?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Tanda Tula Safari Camp?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Tanda Tula Safari Camp?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Tanda Tula Safari Camp?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and locker rooms available in the fitness centre during their stay.
Does Tanda Tula Safari Camp have airport transportation?
Yes, Tanda Tula Safari Camp offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Tanda Tula Safari Camp?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, Portuguese, Dutch, and Afrikaans.
Is Tanda Tula Safari Camp accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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