Tanda Tula, which means ‘love of the quiet’, is situated in the heart of Timbavati Game Reserve, and is one of the nicest traditional safari camps in the Greater Kruger Park. Rated as one of South Africa’s most luxurious tented camps, Tanda Tula promises a true wilderness experience. The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is one of South Africa’s prime, undiscovered wilderness jewels, and home to Africa’s Big Five in an area of wide biodiversity ranging from savannah woodlands to grasslands and riverine glades. It forms part of one of the largest game reserves in the world, the Kruger National Park. A unique feature of the Timbavati is the low density of commercialisation. The game lodges are dedicated to preserving the sense of true wilderness. The Timbavati is a leader in conservation initiatives and research and is committed to the upliftment of local communities.
The White Lions of the Timbavati were first discovered by Chris McBride on the Hugo property in the late 1970s. While he was studying the White Lions, Chris and his wife Charlotte helped build and set up Tanda Tula in its initial phase of development. The first pride to produce White Lion cubs was the Machaton Pride, a pride that still exists today and their core territory continues to be based on the Tanda Tula property. White Lions are still being born to various prides throughout the Timabavati. However, due to their conspicuous white colour their survival rate is very low.
Set on the banks of the Nlharalumi riverbed, Tanda Tula is shaded by majestic trees and overlooks a watering hole that attracts wildlife from dawn till dusk. Each of the 12 tents is completely private, surrounded by lush riverine bush with a deck overlooking the riverbed. The magnificent thatched East African Style Tents with their spacious wooden decks are the epitome of luxury and seclusion with romantic Victorian Style Baths and outdoor showers. This intimate camp is renowned for its charming service and passionately well informed staff. Delicious meals are served in a variety of venues from private dinners on your deck to lively evenings in the Boma.
Game Drives are in the land Rover seating only seven people, allowing clear communication with your ranger and trackers. Tanda Tula is a secluded camp, and allows traversing on 20,000 of hectares of pristine African Wilderness. With a handful of visitors and a vehicle density of less than one per square mile, the words ‘private, secluded and tranquil’ best describe a stay at Tanda Tula. Options are endless at Tanda Tula Lodge: walking, driving, game watching from a hide, or even watching dung beetles at work. And when the sun beats down on the open savannah bush, take cover in the cool lounge while keeping a look out for thirsty visitors at the waterhole nearby. Or freshen up in the swimming pool. As the evening sun sets in a blaze of red and the bush comes alive, gather round the crackling boma fire under wide star studded skies and listen to the sounds of the African night, the perfect backdrop for bush stories as old as time itself.
Tanda Tula is offering a Summer Special – Stay for 4 nights and only pay for 3, valid from 1st Oct.’11 till 30th April ‘12. During winter the lodge offers an incredible 4 Night Package that is exceptional value for money. Tanda Tula’s very reasonable rates include accommodation, laundry, game drives and game walks, romantic turndowns and private dinners on request, all teas and coffees, all meals, all local soft drinks, mineral waters, beers, spirits and house wines. Contact Road Travel today to find out more about this wonderful Big Five Safari Package. There’s also their sister property in Cape Town that would be ideal as an add on, with additional discounts if you book both with us.