Tanda Tula Safari Camp offers bygone-era luxury in 12 East African-style tents. Situated in lush riverine surrounds, Tanda Tula overlooks the Nharalumi river bed in the Timbavati Game Reserve, which shares unfenced borders with the famous Kruger National Park. It's a game-rich area famous for the White Lions of the Timbavati.

  • In the Timbavati Game Reserve
  • Part of the Kruger National Park
  • Exclusive tented accommodation
  • 5 Star luxury
  • Private timber deck
  • Standing fans and mosquito netting
  • Swimming Pool
  • Big 5 game viewing
  • Daily guided walking safaris
  • Twice daily game drives in open 4x4 vehicles
  • Ideal for a unique honeymoon getaway

Tanda Tula Safari Camp in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is the oldest and arguably one of the most luxurious tented safari camps in southern Africa, set amongst indigenous riverine bush, overlooking a river. Re-opened in June 2023, the modern African design offers a more ecologically sensitive camp with a lighter footprint.

Deluxe safari accommodation

The East-African style tents were refurbished in 2023 and offer a new design which embodies the spirit of Tanda Tula. Each tent has a lounge area, outdoor seating area with a plunge pool and an en-suite bathroom with an inside and outside shower. The tents are spacious and comfortable, keeping you safe and dry while being able to hear the rustling of wildlife close by (the camp is unfenced). If you'd prefer a more rustic experience, ‘sleep-outs' are arranged at the hide overlooking the water hole.

Prime game viewing

This area is well known for its frequent sightings of elephant, lion and leopard. Whether you prefer to watch wildlife from the privacy of your own wooden deck, from the open-sided bar overlooking the watering hole, or on a guided game drive or walk, you are sure to experience up-close wildlife encounters.

At leisure

In between game viewing activities, you can relax at the infinity pool (often visited by elephant and buffalo), or you could allow yourself to be pampered at the private, open-air therapy hide situated on the edge of the watering hole.

Excellent cuisine

Choose whether you'd prefer to enjoy international cuisine under thatch or shady trees, next to the pool or around a crackling fire in the boma (traditional African reed enclosure). Breakfasts are served on a river bed after your morning game drive.

Exceptional service

Tanda Tula is owner-run. The Rangers, hosts and staff make each guest feel special and welcome whilst respecting their need for privacy. Tanda Tula means ‘love of the quiet' and this is what visitors to this camp will be ensured of - in spades.

Getting there

By air - Two flights daily from Johannesburg connect to Hoedspruit's East Gate airport, which is a 45-minute road transfer from Tanda Tula.

By road - It's approximately a 5½ hour journey from Johannesburg. Charter flights and road transfers can easily be arranged.

Our take on Tanda Tula

For an unforgettable safari experience, with excellent service and hospitality, in one of the best game-viewing areas, you won't find better than Tanda Tula. It's a favourite honeymoon destination, too.

  • Luxury tented accommodation
  • Laundry
  • All meals
  • Soft drinks, local beers & spirits, house wines
  • Daily walking safaris
  • Twice daily game drives
  • VAT
  • Transport to the lodge
  • Landing fees where applicable
  • Timbavati entrance fee (on self-drive) and Conservation levy
  • Personal expenses and gratuities (optional)
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