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Reviewed 13 May 2015

I cannot recommend Tanda Tula enough. They are the perfect balance between camping in the wild and civilization. The staff is welcoming, friendly and always willing to help. The grounds are very well kept and we loved walking from our "tent" to the lobby and seeing animals walking around minding their business. The food is AMAZING. Chef Ryan is a mastermind in the kitchen. He prepared gluten free options for me and always made sure I knew which things were GF and not. There is Wi-Fi in the lobby, but I chose to keep my phone turned off and enjoy 5 days of peace and quiet. I thoroughly enjoyed the pace during our stay; it was definitely the best, most relaxing vacation I've ever been on.

The guides and trackers are all fantastic. We really enjoyed watching them work. They are masters of their craft and know when to relax and let nature come to you instead of chasing them. We had Brendan as our guide, and I could not be happier with how our trip went.

I cannot wait to visit Tanda Tula again in the future!

Date of stay: April 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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1  Thank Steph635
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Reviewed 9 May 2015

Our 3 night stay at Tanda Tula was excellent from start to finish. Just enough attention to make you feel at home but not so much as to be overwhelming. We have been to a lot of safari lodges (I mean a LOT) and Tanda Tula remains a firm favourite. Accommodation is fabulous and of course the food and service was excellent, but it's the high quality of guiding that really stands out. Our guide Civilised and tracker Jack were keen to show us the smaller things as well as the Big 5 and they were almost more excited than us when we spotted a lone wild dog - a huge surprise to us all. That level of enthusiasm and interest really comes across and makes the whole experience very special indeed. Highly recommended.

Room tip: There is one room is near the main building that has a slope rather than steps so is ideal for anyone who is not too steady on their pins.
Date of stay: April 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 April 2015

Our stay at Thanda Tula was absolutley amazing in every way. We stayed 3 nights as part of an incredible, unique, family holiday in South Africa, hand crafted specifically for us by Alex at www.extraordinary-africa.com ( who I would highly recommend). The location of Thanda Tula is perfect, overlooking a river bed on one side and a water hole on the other, adjacent to the swimming pool. The tented accomodation is superb, definitely high standard Glamping. The staff are attentive, friendly and fun making life at the lodge and on the fantastic game drives a real pleasure. And finally the 'piece de resittance' - fantastic food created and served by Ryan, their very talented chef who not only delighted my husband and I with every meal but also one vegetarian teenager and 2 fussy eating teenagers ! Just go there !

Date of stay: April 2015
Trip type: Travelled with family
1  Thank JanLawford
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Reviewed 23 April 2015

This was our first 2 nights of our family Safari holiday and we were welcomed in true bush hospitality with cold drinks and fresh hand towels. Our ranger Foremen and tracker Given were both very knowlegable and ensured were saw Big 5 and shared a lot of their knowledge with us. The bush breakfast and bush walk were welcomed extras that other lodges don't do. The remoteness of the location ensure that you feel you are in the bush yet all amenities and meals excellent! Meals were great and Ryan and his team even baked a birthday cake for a guest celebration. The water bottles given is a good move towards moving away from bottled water which is great. The resident Nyala, warthog and waterhole is Thanks to the team - we loved every minute of our stay!

Date of stay: April 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 March 2015

If you are reading this you are thinking about visiting Tanda Tula, well stop thinking about it and book it, you will not be disappointed . They have got it just right and we have been to quite a few Safari Lodges before so I am happy to say we loved Tanda Tula. From the moment we arrived until we left 4 nights later we felt very happy and completely at home. The staff are FANTASTIC from the Rangers and Trackers ( Scotch & Patrick were amazing , thanks for the Wild Dogs ) right through to the kitchen staff, its an amazing team effort.The tents are very well equipped and comfortable, we were in tent 4 which is closest to the main area of the camp where the bar, lounge, restaurant area and pool were. Now this had good points and bad points to it. The good was we had Wifi in our tent and no one else had, the bad was that it could be a bit noisy at times. Luckily we had ear plugs with us so not too much of a problem for us but perhaps it might be an idea for ear plugs to be available in tent 4. The only other down side to tent 4 is that perhaps you miss out on the feeling of being out in the wild which most of the other tents will give you. However it is the only tent you can walk to and from unaccompanied by a ranger at night.
The food was great, it's not top restaurant quality ( if thats what you are looking for go to Franschhoek or Cape Town ) but it is lovingly prepared and delivered by the staff and it's really good tasty food. We enjoyed all our meals, the out door breakfasts are great fun.
The new Land Rover Vehicles were very comfy and the new 6 person per vehicle rule is a BIG bonus.
This is a top quality camp which really cares about what it is doing that is providing a great experience for less money than many others, as I said at the beginning just book it you will LOVE it.

Date of stay: February 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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