Tanda Tula Safari Camp

Elephant at Tanda Tula Safari Camp

First Meru-style luxury camp

Tanda Tula is family-owned and was the first to import the East African style of luxury tented safaris south of the equator.  The permanent Safari Camp, sleeping up to 24 people on the banks of the Nharalumi river, has been recently renovated. It is seasonally supplemented by the mobile Tanda Tula Field Camp.

Elephant fron the deck at Tanda Tula Safari Camp

Soak up passing game

The focal central area offers a  beautiful view to enjoy with a drink from the bar, or from the infinity pool at the river’s edge.

Lion kill buffalo at Tanda Tula Safari Camp

Camp visitors

Safari Camp’s riverine setting is excellent for passing game – ideal for leopards – and has spectacular weeping sycamore figs, and large jackal- and nyala-berry trees. You may be lucky enough to see the mammals that share these trees’ names amongst the wildlife passing through camp.

Rhino on Tanda Tula drive


Elephants are everywhere in the Timbavati and are a common sight around camp. There is a research centre on the pachyderms here which you can visit. In addition, Timbavati’s open plains are populated by rhino, large groups of buffalo, and naturally occurring white lion.

Lion on Tanda Tula drive

Time for photography

With a limit of six guests per game drive vehicle here, you can luxuriate in unrushed sightings and, if you like, spend time on photography with plenty of space for your lens, bean bags, tripod etc.

Chameleon on Tanda Tula morning walk

Relaxed morning walks

Guided walks, between one and two hours, usually take place after breakfast. Your guide will lead you tracking game on foot and learning about the smaller creatures and flora of the region.

Luxury safari tent at Tanda Tula

Luxury wood framed tents

Each of the twelve tents raised on platforms contains a canvas-walled bedroom in a wooden frame that opens to let in the spectacular view. Fans and fresh air wafting along the riverbank keep the tents cool.

Tanda Tula Safari bathroom

Luxurious en-suites

Each tent has an en-suite bathroom, Victorian bathtub, outdoor shower and a spacious deck overlooking the riverbed and the bush.

Tanda Tula star bed

Star bed

Tanda Tula’s star bed is a must for the adventurous staying for a few nights. Set in remote bush, you are left in total tranquility on a raised platform with only the inhabitants of the bush for company (as well as a picnic supper and something to drink).

Sleeping platform open to the bush skies at Tanda Tula

Star bed sunrise

After witnessing the sights and sounds of the crepuscular and nocturnal animals, you will awake to a spectacular sunrise. You will be retrieved by your Ranger armed with restorative tea, coffee and rusks before returning to the lodge for brunch.

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Spectacular star bed
Bush breakfast is an institution
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