Part 4: Tanda Tula Camp, Timbavati

By Bert Duplessis, Fish Eagle Safaris

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From Kings Camp it was just a short drive to nearby Tanda Tula, a really delightful tented camp.  I quickly felt at home with its laid-back relaxed atmosphere.  My room was a comfortable thatched East African style tent with a spacious wooden deck overlooking a dry river bed.  The rooms are quite luxurious with romantic Victorian style baths and outdoor showers.  The  camp itself is renowned for its charming service and well informed staff.  I enjoyed several delicious meals including a splendid dinner with a special vegan dish.  As was the case at the other camps I visited, Tanda Tula handled my vegan dietary preference without any problems at all.

Just like at Kings Camp, the game-viewing at Tanda Tula was phenomenal.  Game drives are conducted in Landrovers seating a maximum of seven people, allowing good communication with your ranger and tracker. If anything, I got even better views of the white lions on a couple of game drives from Tanda Tula.  We also came across several leopards which were quite relaxed and happy to oblige for some close-up photography.  On the last morning our breakfast was served in an outdoors bush venue, with chefs preparing eggs, sausages, bacon, tomato, beans, and toast on the spot.  Together with fresh fruit, tea, coffee and juices, as well as various cereals it was quite a spread and a very nice touch.  Tanda Tula is a secluded camp which allows traversing on 20,000 of hectares of pristine African Wilderness. With just a handful of visitors at any one time and a vehicle density of less than one per square mile, the words ‘ private, secluded and tranquil’ are very apt to describe a stay at Tanda Tula.

I got my best views yet of the white lion cubs on game drives from Tanda Tula:

We had some good leopard sightings as well, including this young male:

Actually there were lots of giraffe, I just did not make many images

The large buffalo herds usually found in the area eluded us but we did come across a few old dagga boys at a waterhole

We also found a nice group of zebra on the same game drive

My tent at Tanda Tula

A view over the lounge area at Tanda Tula

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