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Tanda Tula Safari Camp, one of the leading tented experiences in South Africa, is the oldest safari camp in the Timbavati, steeped in history and with its roots going back many generations linking conservation and the Shangaan culture.

Tanda Tula Safari Camp is a tented camp situated in the unfenced Timbavati Private Reserve which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park.  Set on the banks of the Nharalumi riverbed, Tanda Tula is in the heart of Big Five country, shaded by large majestic trees, surrounded by riverine bush and overlooking an active waterhole.

The 12 canvas and thatch tents are comfortable with an emphasis on a relaxed, private atmosphere.  Each tent features an en-suite bathroom with a traditional Victorian bathtub, a romantic outdoor shower and a private deck with loungers. The main lodge includes an open plan thatched lounge and fireplace that merges into an open sided bar which overlooks the garden. Meals at night are enjoyed in the boma, in the garden under the stars, or the riverbed which runs alongside the camp; and breakfasts are served daily at a secluded bush site. There is an infinity pool overlooking a waterhole and a hide at Machaton Dam for private picnics and the “starbeds” experience.



Luxury Canvas & Thatch Tents



Open Season

Open All Year

Safari Experience

Activities at Tanda Tula include morning and afternoon game drives, bush walks and overnight walking safaris (charged at additional rates).

Wildlife & Birdlife

The Timbavati is known for its abundance and variety of African wildlife, including the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino).

With only 9 lodges in more than 50,000 hectares, guests experience the African bush at its most pristine. The lodges have mutual traversing areas and co-operate with each other in animal sightings.

The bushveld varies from Acacia thornveld and Marula trees to open savannah grasslands as well as dense riverines with majestic Jackalberry and Fig trees, allowing for superb viewing of zebra, antelope, giraffe and wildebeest.

Since the game fences came down between the Kruger National Park and the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve 20 years ago, we have enjoyed large breeding herds of buffalo, up to 1000 strong, as well as large elephant herds.

Added Extras

Bush hide
Complimentary Internet & WiFi