An outstanding property, the recipient of excellent feedback, Tanda Tula Safari Camp is located in Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, adjacent to the north-west borders of the Kruger National Park.
Situated in amongst a mixed grove of jackalberry, knobthorn and leadwood trees, overlooking a waterhole and within easy reach of its own tarmac airstrip, Tanda Tula is a tented camp consisting of a mess area and 12 sleeping tents.
The shared areas include a bar, lounge, dining area, a pool, verandah and spa. The thatched lounge and bar, much like the Swahili gathering buildings of coastal East Africa, possesses a cavernous ceiling, which helps funnel cool air down into the space during the day, while the room itself is characterised by slumber seating, an open log fire, low tables, hand-woven rugs, storm lanterns, coffee tables and polished floors.
With awards for the standard of its food, the cuisine is exquisite, served inside or out in the boma, and the service fantastic. Returning travellers consistently draw attention to the level of care afforded guests. Escorted to and from their rooms, provided coffee or tea in the morning, waited upon discreetly, expertly, and provided with just the right level of knowledge, experience and activity driven skills, there is in their feedback a sense of having undergone something fulfilling, something different, which is why Tanda Tula has so quickly gained a reputation in the industry for being the real deal.
The tents are equally fine. Raised, thatched and suitably safari-stressed, their exteriors contrast fantastically with the interiors, which are airy, well maintained and restrained. Each tent includes a wrought iron double bed, polished concrete flooring, writing desk, seating, space in which to change, a verandah and en-suite bathroom. The bathroom – cast iron Victoriana bath, sink, shower and flush loo – is a delight, and leads to an outdoor showering facility.
Activities at Tanda Tula include game drives, guided walks, stargazing, sleeps-outs and sundowners. Specialised itineraries are available on request.