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#1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
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Tanda Tula Safari Camp in the heart of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve bordering the Kruger National Park, offers a five-star personal wilderness experience in ultimate luxury. Here, in your own private piece of Africa, you will come face to face with nature as it always was, with not a fence in sight to inhibit your freedom. Set on the banks of the Nharalumi riverbed, Tanda Tula is shaded by stately trees and overlooks a water hole that attracts a wide variety of game from dawn to dusk.
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Free breakfast
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Extra long beds
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Limpopo, Kruger National Park 1380 South Africa
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teresa18 wrote a review Jun 2022
Germantown, TN336 contributions207 helpful votes
We specifically chose Tanda Tula Field Camp because we were looking for something outside of the regular safari camp and this was beyond our expectations. The camp changes seasonally and it was just our family of 4 and the staff. Personalized service from top to bottom. It was for us "roughing it" and we left feeling that we had truly experienced being in the bush. Although there was no electricity or running water - we felt totally spoiled and pampered. From delicious meals to outstanding game and walking safaris, Bishops delicious meals and learning from Steve and Jason - this was the highlight of our stay in South Africa.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Michael Raddall wrote a review Sep 2020
Johannesburg, South Africa466 contributions61 helpful votes
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We visited Tanda Tula for a few days as a group of six friends and I must admit that in every single way this lodge exceeded our expectations and added so much value to our lives. From the incredibly friendly service to the magnificent scrumptious meals it hit the 5 star mark all the way. The chalet tents are luxurious and cozy with amazing views overlooking the riverbed area of the Timbavati. We slept with the blinds down as the netting keeps out the bugs, so you feel the fresh night air, but most importantly hear the breathtaking sounds of the African bush. The game drives were so exciting, we really didn't want them to end. Foreman and Given were such a great team and we shared so many laughs together as well as some amazing sightings. What a pleasure being with guides who are so passionate and go so far to get their guests such special sightings. The main lodge area is so peaceful and relaxing with a small garden area where we would have breakfast under the trees. In the afternoons we would relax by the pool while watching the action at the waterhole. All in all one of the best bush experiences I have ever had of many! I would highly recommend Tanda Tula to anyone who is looking for an all encompassing luxury bush holiday.
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Date of stay: September 2020
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Room Tip: All the luxury tents have unique views of the riverbed area and Timbavati Game Reserve
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Annie wrote a review Jun 2022
Austin, Texas15 contributions
I stayed at Tanda Tula for 3 nights on a mother daughter trip. I was truly blown away by the service, kindness, and attentiveness of staff. This is truly a luxury experience- we even had a small private pool with our room (at the temporary camp). I did not expect wifi but there was decent wifi in our room and the common areas. The food was outstanding & the safari drives were truly once in a lifetime. Our safari guide and tracker were so friendly and we loved getting to spend every drive with them. An absolutely incredible experience.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Nicholas R wrote a review Apr 2022
Tonbridge, United Kingdom7 contributions6 helpful votes
We returned to Tanda Tula after what seemed like years - actually it was years - away from the bush. We were used to at least two visits to the western Kruger each year but that wretched virus and international travel rules wrecked our return to TT on more than one occasion yet the lovely people in their admin and reservations - step forward Lorraine and Viv - were so helpful in rolling our reservation on and on and on until finally, like the Terminator, we were back! Claire and I last stayed in the safari camp which is currently being totally renovated. They have opened the Plains Camp in the meantime and we were not at all disappointed. We were booked for six nights and joined by a couple lifelong friends from Jo'burg for the last two nights. Plains camp is very, very comfortable with terrific suites each with a plunge-pool (very useful in summer) and the camp has a central lounge/verandah for meals, much like the old Safari Camp. The large difference to Safari Camp is that whilst that is perched on the high bank of the Nharalumi river, Plains camp is on the edge of a wide plain which, by the way, was packed with wildebeest, zebra, impala and warthogs for the entire time we were there along with transient hyena, giraffe, elephants and lions wandering by. In short, the view from our room was spectacularly interesting, particularly good at night when the presence of the hyena den a mere few hundred metres away provided a regular whooping and howling accompanyment with the usual bush night sounds of Scops owls and nightjars. So great to lie in bed at night with those sounds and the distant roaring of lions somewhere on the reserve. We were grateful to be on a vehicle with a guide who is an old friend, Chad, and an excellent tracker, Jack, who was just incredible in his ability to see what nobody else could. Another word about Jack; he was very happy to take time to show us tracks and explain what was happening on the road and also to challenge us to make our own interpretations of what we had seen. Such great company. The morning drives with them punctualted by coffee/rusk stops and the magnificent evening gin'n'tonic'n'biltong sunsets are God's own work and worth the journey to TT all by themselves. This six days was probably our best game-viewing ever. As mentioned before, the plains game were abundant and we had never seen these great herds of zebra or wildebeest in the Timbavati before. Added to that, wonderful elephant encounters, amazing herds of buffalo, leopards all over the place - on kills, with cubs, up trees - as well as the best lion sighting we have ever had; the local pride of eighteen (!) devouring a zebra one day and then posing out in the open, awake and alert, the next day. Added to all of this were the unsung heroes of the bush; Plains Camp seems to be the favoured residence of all the Timbavati raptors! The trees were thick with vultures roosting, eagles of all kinds, hawks and there was a resident secretary bird which passed its days on the plain in front of the camp - our first sighting of that. As well, snakes and chameleons, hippos, crocs and owls and what about a monkey-moth caterpillar? I mean, who knew? Just a wonderful time, each day starting at 5:15am with the promise of something new to come before we collapsed into bed after supper in the boma or on the verandah. The Tanda Tula family have been transplanted from Safari Camp and they continue to set the bar for friendliness and superb service. Of course chef Ryan makes brilliant meals which ought to be impossible, considering the location. And everyone else, Smiling, Harry, Happiness, Florence, Dolphin, Pretty, Innocent, Vusi, Patrick and I have probably missed a few - they just make your stay so memorable. Such delightful people. In case this sounds like too much of a good review may I add that I am not connected to TT in any way. We have been visiting the bush regularly for maybe thirty years and have stayed in all sorts of camps in different countries, and yet when we got on the 'plane home last week, we looked at one another and said;"Back in September? OK" Thank you Tada Tula, for another wonderful holiday. Nicholas & Claire Robinson Kent, England
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Tom Kirby wrote a review Apr 2022
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My wife and I spent the last 3 nights of our honeymoon with Tanda Tula and both came away with the same thought - it was the most fun either of us ever had...and the staff went above and beyond in everyway to make it so enjoyable. Our Game Drivers - Scotch and Jack - were a joy to learn from and watch them expertly guide around to find every animal we could've hoped to have seen. Chef Ryan consistently made A+ dinners to end the day. The rest of the staff (and I am forgetting names but Vus, Formen, Smiling, Monique, Chad amongst others) were all so warm and genuinely friendly. We were sad when it was time to leave and already are planning our return. I can't recommend anything more than I can Safari with the Tanda Tula Familly.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Clarkie000 wrote a review Mar 2022
Montriond, France27 contributions7 helpful votes
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Outstanding Safari camp, I’m sure many will believe they reach the standard of Tand Tula, but you have to visit to truly understand how special this camp really is. From the moment you arrive the service, attention, intimacy is outstanding. We were fortunate to have Ginger and Given as our driver and Tracker, they are fabulous and do everything possible to ensure you maximise the experience of Tanda Tula. They are under going a complete refurbishment for the next 9-10 months to take the camp to a completely new level.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: The temporary camp is extremely comfortable, but if you want to wait until later this year...
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SPackham wrote a review Mar 2022
Oxford, United Kingdom47 contributions31 helpful votes
I’ve slightly lost count of the number of times we have visited Tanda Tula, think this was number four. I’ve just read a couple of very recent reviews from visitors who were there when we were and they are hard to top! They are entirely correct, Tanda Tula never fails to deliver on all counts. Despite the disruption of Covid plus a camp move to accommodate a total refurb of the Safari Camp, Plains Camp was everything we hoped for. The views from our lodge were stunning. Each lodge having its own plunge pool was a real treat, and used every day! And so nice to see familiar things from Safari Camp. It is the Tanda Tula team that gives this camp the real edge. Every single one of them ensures that all your needs are met and with such charm and graciousness. Coming back again is sort of like ‘coming home’. Ryan is an exceptional chef, I don’t think you could find better in any other camp, and the evening theatricals are an absolute joy to listen to! We talk about Ryan’s cooking for months afterwards! (I promise I won’t let Kevin mention sourdough on our next visit) Of course the Game….. it’s all there. All the guides are first rate, and the trackers are amazing too! Honestly I don’t know how they spot so much on the evening drives in the dark, but they do. The knowledge of both guides and trackers is stunning and their keenness to pass it on to you is just lovely. We have learned so much each visit. Frankly I could go on and on but I suspect you get the general gist. IF YOU ONLY DO ONE SAFARI IN YOUR LIFE MAKE IT TO TANDA TULA. We are looking forward to our next one already, and to see the transformed Safari Camp, until then, au revoir TT x
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Date of stay: March 2022
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BAS53 (barry stewart) wrote a review Mar 2022
England, United Kingdom9 contributions3 helpful votes
Just returned from another magnificent bush experience at our 2nd home as this was our 5th time visiting Tanda Tula We were lucky enough to get almost a final visit in March 2020 before Covid stopped the world from travelling ( and I did write a review to help the undecided people understand just how wonderful Tanda Tula is )-so hope I’m not repeating myself But it’s hard not to as everything is so wonderful I think the previous review from the family from Lincoln ( who were actually at Tanda Tula at the same time as us in ist week if March)-describes everything perfectly and it’s impossible to explain the set up and general goings on at Tanda Tula any better then their review-which is 100% spot on if you haven’t read it please do As I said this is our 5th time and usually we stay at the safari camp but as they are completely refurbishing it their new camp is Plains Camp so wasn’t sure if it would still be as authentic safari feel as this time there was actual rooms rather then luxury tents The setting is magnificent overlooking vast plains with a water hole just across the decking where animals were coming to drink all day long (impalas zebra wart hogs hyenas and often elephants roaming freely in their natural habitat )-as good as any wild life documentary on TV The rooms were lovely with all the original Tanda Tula luxury touches complete with outside showers( most amazing experience showering outside surrounded by wilderness and nature) So we generally delighted with the new /different accommodation The staff are fantastic all led by example from the owners Don and Nina who are always around and easy to talk to making you feel so welcome as well as Dale the general manager who again is always on hand if you need anything Bar staff waiting staff excellent always smiling and helpful Ryan the legend of a chef amazing food Monique front of house so efficient and helpful And many more Great animal sightings big thanks to Scotch Civilised and Tracker Jack -loads of laughs and met some great other guests to sharing loads of stories and tales Magnificent food wines beers ( top hotel quality) I could go on and on about why you should visit Tanda Tula but the previous review and its my 5th visit tells you everything Don’t waste time browsing other places in the bush just getting totally confused just contact Tanda Tula book it ( if they have vacancies ) and I guarantee you will be delighted and like us keep returning Big thanks to everyone at Tanda Tula once again hope to see you next Feb or March for my 70th
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Response from Don Scott, Owner at Tanda Tula Safari Camp
Responded 16 Mar 2022
Barry - what warm, kind and generous feedback. You are such a fan and we just love having you and Lindsay staying with us, always. You are such incredible supporters of what we do and the safari experience we offer. We cannot wait to have you celebrate your big birthday with us next year!
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UK, young couple wrote a review Mar 2022
Lincoln, United Kingdom81 contributions9 helpful votes
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Wow, Tanda Tula stole my heart. This was out first Safari and it was everything and more than we expected. We stayed for nights and wisher we could have stayed for longer. We had originally planned to stay in the Safari camp, however due to a number of Covid related cancellations, we were only able to travel once the site had moved to their Plains Camp whilst they carry out refurbishment work of Safari Camp. Despite initial reservations about whether or not it would be as good, we went ahead with it and I can honestly say that Plains Camp was phenomenal. The camp setting is out of this world! The rooms overlook a large area of plains that provided frequent sitings of Impala, Wildebeest, Hyena, Giraffe, Elephants and more; all from the comfort of camp. The bed and room was really comfortable. There were a couple of teething issues with the room which were quickly addressed - understandable given that we were among the first few visitors to this camp. The service in and around camp was excellent. The staff couldn’t do enough for you and all contributed towards creating a real family-feel to the experience. Before your morning drive, a selection of tea and coffee was delivered to your room. We were fortunate to see lots of game on every drive. We saw 4/5 of the Big 5 almost every day, with Buffalo the only one we weren’t able to see on a drive - we did see Buffalo during our transfer from the airport to camp so this was fine! A few other highlights were Wild dogs, Hyena (& pups), Lion cubs, 4 x different Leopards, Eagle Owl, Black Mamba and Puff Adder, to name just a few. Our tracker (Given) and guide (Ginger) were fantastic in every way. They were so knowledgeable and personable; they were the main reason for such an enjoyable experience - a credit to Tanda Tula. The food was great and plentiful; we felt as though we didn’t stop eating! Chef Ryan provided an array of great dishes and we loved the theatre he brought to mealtimes by clearly demonstrating his passion and love for food. A 10/10 experience and one I would recommend to anybody considering it. We are already busy planning our next visit to Tanda Tula.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Don Scott, Owner at Tanda Tula Safari Camp
Responded 16 Mar 2022
What amazing feedback, thank you so so much! We are just thrilled to hear what a fabulous time you had with us in our new camp. We look forward to seeing you again, hopefully in the not too distant future.
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Darin H wrote a review Nov 2021
Provost, Canada5 contributions1 helpful vote
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An easy 5 star rating. Setting and accommodations were immaculate. Food - Devine. Guides, trackers and game viewing was more than you could ask for. I was blown away by the staff and how they did everything possible to ensure a positive guest experience. They really exceeded expectations. You certainly get a feel for excellent management throughout the safari experience. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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South AfricaKruger National ParkTimbavati Private Nature Reserve
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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, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Tanda Tula Safari Camp?
Top room amenities include a minibar, a refrigerator, and extra long beds.
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 is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Tanda Tula Safari Camp?
Yes, guests have access to an infinity pool 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, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Dutch.