Tanda Tula Safari Camp

distinctive Camp | Kruger National Park, South Africa

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Tanda Tula Safari Camp sits in the heart of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve bordering the famed Kruger National Park. One of the few East African style tented camps found in South Africa, Tanda Tula features 12 secluded, en suite, canvas tents, each with a private deck overlooking the Nhlaralumi riverbed and shaded by majestic trees. The romance of this classic safari camp is enhanced by low impact daytime and evening wildlife viewing, interpreted nature walks, and sundowners out in the bushveld.

Photo of Greg Courter

Our Expert Says

Tanda Tula is one of the few classic, tented safari camps in South Africa, which is known for its luxurious camps that are traditionally brick-and-mortar. For this reason, I love the combination of Tanda Tula with another more "solid" camp in the Sabi Sand area, or with the tented safari camps of Botswana, Zambia or Zimbabwe.

– Greg Courter

Photo: The Camp

The Camp

Location: Timbavati Private Reserve, Greater Kruger Park, South Africa
Number of Tents: 12

Tanda Tula Safari Camp features 12 elegant, tented suites, each secluded in its own thicket of trees and covered by a thatched roof. A private deck extends from each bedroom, overlooking a riverbed alongside the camp, and every en suite bathroom offers a Victorian tub and both indoor and outdoor showers. The infinity pool in the main area overlooks a water hole, replete with buffalo and elephant coming down to drink, and a bar is situated close by for an afternoon cocktail. Each meal is treated as part of the safari experience, with nights alternating between the open-air boma, where guests may enjoy a campfire meal and traditional "braai," or barbecue, with a cultural song or dance, or a meal set under the stars in the garden or riverbed in front of camp. The natural environment intermingles with each creature comfort, resulting in the ultimate African experience.

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Photo: Facilities & Amenities

Facilities & Amenities

  • En suite bathroom with tub and indoor/outdoor showers
  • Shampoo, soap and lotion
  • Hair dryer
  • Room fan
  • 220v charging outlets in room
  • In-room safe
  • Central pool
  • Star bed deck (extra cost)
  • Wi-Fi in main area
  • Laundry included
  • Local drinks included (house alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks)
  • Credit cards accepted (Visa, MasterCard, Diner's, American Express)
  • No air conditioning, telephone, or cellular coverage

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Photo: Wildlife Viewing & Activities

Wildlife Viewing & Activities

Much like its ambiance, the wildlife experience at Tanda Tula is one of a classic safari. Early morning and late afternoon wildlife drives in open vehicles give way to evening adventures seeking nocturnal species. The days may be interspersed with a guided nature walk or a tea stop or brunch in the wilderness. Timbavati is a premier Big Five wildlife destination, featuring lion, leopard, elephant, huge breeding buffalo herds, rhino, as well as giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, hyena and the occasional cheetah or wild dog. There are naturally occurring white lions on the reserve, and these may be spotted sporadically. The white lions display a recessive, color inhibiting gene. In the dry season, guests have the option of spending a night beneath the stars in the Machaton Hide star beds, an African experience like no other.

Kruger National Park is a quintessential wildlife destination, featuring the Big Five and other big cats and large mammals. The below chart helps to illustrate major wildlife sightings often experienced in the area. Other typical sightings may include warthogs, baboons and a number of other mammals, birds and reptiles. Exact sightings will depend on weather and wildlife movements.

Country Park/Reserve
Black Rhino
Greater Kudu
Sable Antelope
White Rhino
Wild Dog
South Africa Kruger National Park

Usually viewed
Frequently viewed
Occasionally viewed
Sporadically viewed
Rarely to never viewed

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Month Max Min Rainfall
January 86° F 63° F 1.42 in
30° C 17° C 36 mm
February 81° F 64° F 12.8 in
27° C 17° C 325 mm
March 82° F 63° F 4.17 in
27° C 17° C 106 mm
April 81° F 60° F 1.22 in
27° C 15° C 31 mm
May 77° F 55° F 0.75 in
25° C 12° C 19 mm
June 73° F 46° F 0.43 in
22° C 7° C 11 mm
July 72° F 43° F 0.16 in
22° C 6° C 4 mm
August 79° F 39° F 0.0 in
26° C 3° C 0 mm
September 82° F 45° F 0.0 in
27° C 7° C 0 mm
October 86° F 52° F 1.3 in
30° C 11° C 33 mm
November 86° F 57° F 6.61 in
30° C 13° C 168 mm
December 86° F 63° F 4.09 in
30° C 17° C 104 mm

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Photo: Conservation


Tanda Tula Safari Camp has been one of the key benefactors of Save the Elephants-South Africa, since the camp was built in 2003. This non-profit organization was established in Kenya in 1976 by world-renowned researcher, Dr. Iain Douglas Hamilton. The South Africa branch is headed by Dr. Michele Henley, who has focused her research program on elephant migration patterns through the Greater Kruger National Park, Zimbabwe and Mozambique for nearly a decade. Her research has influenced management policies and decisions made with regards to elephants in the Kruger and elsewhere in South Africa. They are also highly involved in the community, and one of many projects is the Friends of Tintswalo Hospital project. They are helping this government hospital with expanding their foreign doctors and volunteer program, as they currently serve a community of 600,000 with only 15 doctors.

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