Mobile walking camp
Tanda Tula Field Camp is a mobile safari operation accommodating no more than 8 people in four explorer tents. Operating between March and the end of October, the camp is set up in a new location for each safari within its exclusive concession. This consists of 6,500 hectare of prime eastern Timbavati land next to the unfenced Kruger border.
Big game on foot
This “glamorous camping” experience does require some effort. The focus is on walking and tracking big game on foot – particularly lion, elephant and rhino but also other species. A reasonable level of fitness is required with guests walking 15km or more in the morning session.
Tracking and identification
Walking with the Big Five is a thrilling and life-changing safari experience. As well as insight into the art of tracking, you will also learn to identify the smaller things: some birds, trees and plants. A vehicle is available for drives as desired and to extend your walking range.
With a private guide, chef, camp host and dedicated camp staff, activities can be arranged on a whim, and game walks and drives may be as long or as short as you choose.
The atmosphere of the camp is that of a bygone era, with philosophy and practices similar to those of the early explorer camps of Africa. Each tent has its own outdoor bathroom with hot water bucket-shower, eco loo and amenities. The camp is completely unfenced and animals move freely through it during day and night.
Elegant campaign-style set-up
An elegant mess tent has a full field bar and campaign-style furnishings. Breakfast is coffee, tea, rusks and hot porridge. Brunch is after your first 3-4 hour walk of the day, when water is heated for a bush shower. There is a chance for a siesta in the heat of the day, or you may do some tree and plant identification from the books provided or with your guide.
Relaxed afternoon agenda
Afternoon tea and coffee and a selection of savory and sweet snacks are served before you set out on a short afternoon walk. Sundowners will be served before going on a short game drive that ends back at camp.
Dinner round the fire
Aperitifs are around the fire followed by dinner prepared over the coals. Listen to the nocturnal sounds and learn a little about African history and folklore, before getting comfortable in your tent and falling asleep to the sounds of nature.
There is no electricity. The camp features oil and solar lanterns. A minimum stay of 3 nights is required for all bookings. Children 14 years and older are welcome.