Our Rating
8.9
Overall

Tanda Tula

South Africa, Greater Kruger, Timbavati

from R 8023 pp/night sharing

*Rates shown apply to South African residents only - discounted rates for overseas residents available on request.

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Our Rating
8.9
Overall

Tanda Tula

South Africa, Greater Kruger, Timbavati

from R 8023 pp/night sharing

*Rates shown apply to South African residents only - discounted rates for overseas residents available on request.

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Our Verdict

Gorgeous lodge of 12 beautiful tents set in a stunning location overlooking the dry Nhlaralumi river bed and an active waterhole!

Our Ratings

8.9
Overall
8.5
Luxury & style
8.5
Setting
8.0
Game Viewing
9.0
Romance

Our Ratings

8.9
Overall
8.5
Luxury & style
8.5
Setting
8.0
Game Viewing
9.0
Romance

What's Hot

  • Lying in your bed (some of the comfiest around btw) at night listening to the sounds of the animals outside – there really is nothing to beat sleeping in a tent for making you feel truly connected to the bush!
  • Excellent game viewing opportunities in the Timbavati – the reserve is famous for huge herds of ellies and buffalo as well as lions (including of course the legendary white lions that you may be lucky enough to see at Tanda Tula!
  • Relax with a drink, a good book or a pair of binoculars on the stunning lounge deck which is perched strikingly above the picturesque Nhlaralumi river bed and drink in the views
  • Take a cooling dip in the swimming pool, warthogs grazing on the lawns alongside, whilst you watch the stream of animals coming to drink at the waterhole mere metres in front of you!
  • For something really different (and if you’re feeling brave enough!) book a star bed experience, where you spend the night ensconced in a comfortable bed under the open skies on a platform in the middle of the bush!
  • The food and friendly staff and service at Tanda Tula get consistent rave reviews from happy guests


What's Not

  • There’s no air-con in the tents, just a fan – in the heat of summer this could be a bit uncomfortable for those people who feel the heat
  • Always having to make sure your tent entrance is zipped up to make sure the mischievous monkeys don’t decide to sneak in
  • Only an outside shower – blissful most of the time, but can be challenging on the few occasions when the weather’s chilly

Tanda Tula

Tanda Tulawe're absolute suckers for tented lodges like Tanda Tula – there’s an inherent romance about sleeping under canvas, not to mention that it exposes you to all the animal sounds outside as you lie in your bed at night; you really do feel more connected to the wilderness outside!

Lodge Profile

Gorgeous lodge of 12 beautiful tents set in a stunning location overlooking the dry Nhlaralumi river bed and an active waterhole!

Quick Overview

Location
Timbavati
Drive Time
7 hours from Johannesburg
Malaria
Yes - low risk area
Setting
Overlooking dry riverbed & waterhole
Rooms
12 luxury tented suits
Aircon
No
Pool
Yes
Spa
No
Camp Fenced
No
Tracker
Yes - tracker & ranger
Off Road
Child Policy
Children of 8 years and older accepted

FEEL CLOSER TO NATURE

At Bushscapes we freely admit to being absolute suckers for tented lodges – there’s an inherent romance about sleeping under canvas, not to mention that it exposes you to all the animal sounds outside as you lie in your bed at night; you really do feel more connected to the wilderness outside! Built and furnished in a warm and inviting East African style, the 12 tented suites at Tanda Tula are a brilliant example of the genre. With their sumptuous décor focusing on typical darker matte colours and softer khaki and whites, all laid under a tented canvas (with a larger thatched roof over it all) the tents at Tanda Tula provide the perfect balance between old fashioned simplicity and modern comfort.

COCOONING COMFORT

You can put away any fears you might have that living in a “tent” will be a hardship – indeed the tents at Tanda Tula are exceptionally comfortable and attractive spaces. Each suite has its own private timber viewing deck that looks out over the river bed and into the bush of the Timbavati beyond. Inside you’ll find some of the comfiest beds paired with luxurious linen you’re likely to encounter anywhere and there’s even a fully stocked minibar where you can pour yourself an ice-cold drink without having to drag yourself off to the bar at the main lodge. The spacious bathroom is also a highlight with twin vanities and a gorgeous Victorian standalone bathtub – not to mention an outdoor shower leading off it that has not only beautifully hot water, but the added bonus that you can wash off the hot day’s dust under magnificent starry skies! Whilst there is a fan to keep things more comfortable in the heat, note that the tents are not equipped with air-conditioning – to chill off in the heat of the day you’re going to have to treat yourself to a cold shower or head for a dip in the lodge swimming pool.

POOL OVERLOOKING THE WATERHOLE

Talking of the pool, one of the nicest features about it is that directly in front of it lies the lodge’s very attractive waterhole – so you can relax chest deep in the cooling water whilst watching the steady stream of animals coming through to slake their thirst just metres away from you! (including herds of elephants and buffalo not to mention a host of different antelope species) Talking of thirst, the bar alongside stocks more spirits and a wider range of drinks than some other lodges – so let one of the friendly bar staff pour you something long, cold and wet before settling down on the gorgeous deck perched above the riverbed and let the animals come to you! The main lodge is a comfy and unpretentious thatched area laced with comfy sofas perfect for slumping into with a good book. Meals are generally taken in communal fashion at a large table along with fellow guests and staff – the perfect chance to exchange bush tales and make new friends.

BREATHTAKING GAME DRIVES – AND MORE

With a prime location in the game rich Timbavati reserve, Tanda Tula pulls no punches with its opportunities for game viewing. Twice-daily game drives will put you out in the wild and close up and personal with the Big Five and with all their smaller brethren. The morning drive sets off at the crack of dawn with your own professional ranger. We know it’s always difficult to tear yourself from such wonderfully warm and comfortable beds, but you can be assured that it is worth the sacrifice! For starters, they bring coffee and morning snacks right to your doorstep. But more importantly, the diversity of wildlife that you’ll see on the drive is astounding: giraffe nibbling from the tallest tips of trees; baby elephants jostling at their mothers’ feet; and perhaps you’ll even be lucky enough to enjoy arguably the rarest sight on any African safari, a glimpse of one of the Timbavati’s legendary white lions.

A WINDOW SEAT FOR ALL

What’s even nicer about the drives at Tanda Tula is that they feel more private and personal: the open-topped 4x4s are limited to just 6 guests so that there’s loads of space and everyone gets to enjoy a window seat – a huge advantage over from the more commercial ventures out there that’ll pack you with strangers like so many sardines!

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL

If you want an unforgettable unique perspective on the bush, then a guided walking safari is really the only way to go. Free from the rumble and growl of a car engine, these bush walks really expand on the possibilities to see the huge diversity of the bush. Led by a combined team of rangers and trackers who’ll spot the tiniest details and things you’d totally miss (like broken twigs or faded pawprints in the sand), these fantastic walks are the ideal way to learn about indigenous vegetation and the habits of all the animals you see. And obviously there is nothing more exciting than being in a small group and coming across big game on foot!

UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCES

One of the things that Tanda Tula really delivers on are those unique experiences that surprise and delight their guests. Imagine coming towards the end of your morning game drive and coming around a corner to find a bush breakfast set up in a dry river bed! Or if you’re brave enough to take on the sounds of the bush at night without the comfort of canvas walls, why not book the star-bed experience, a sleep-out on a private platform out in the savannah!

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Child Policy

  • Children of 8 years and older accepted