Timbavati launches unique Field Camp

Written by Rangerboy on Friday, 04 April 2014. Posted in Featured Diary

Tanda Tula Field Camp

Timbavati launches unique Field Camp

The field camp has evolved to meet the growing requirement in the market for privacy and exclusivity, in one of the few remaining private wilderness areas forming part of the Greater Kruger National Park. Tanda Tula Field Camp is a unique safari experience unlike any other. Consisting of four custom designed tents, with en-suite open air bush bathrooms and a communal mess tent, Tanda Tula Field Camp draws on the traditions of the classic East African safari with detailed campaign style furniture and soft furnishings from the Cape, North Africa, and Zanzibar. The field camp is set up and taken down for each safari, making it the ultimate eco-friendly camp, designed for minimum energy consumption and ground impact.


The camp caters for between 2 and 8 guests on an exclusive-use basis only. Guests are hosted by some of the industry’s leading iconic guides who accompany them on an extraordinary journey of exploration and adventure. Nina Scott, who owns Tanda Tula with her husband Don says, ‘’The emphasis is on walking safaris and tracking big game on foot. This experience is all about you, your guide and tracker, and the incredible wilderness that we are so privileged to share with our guests”. The field guides are accompanied by a small convoy of camp staff, including a chef and barman, as well as all equipment necessary for a self contained camp in the bush. Don Scott adds, “Having personally experienced our own field camp recently, what struck me most was the sense of being immersed in another time and getting back to the kind of safari experienced by our fore-fathers many years ago.

I found this was fashioned by everything, from the white cotton canvas tents, to the comfort and elegance of the mess tent, to being on foot for 3 days amongst the most extraordinary wildlife”. Tanda Tula Field Camp operates from 01 March to 31 October each year. Locations vary in accordance with the natural environment, vegetation, game movements and weather patterns. Tanda Tula is recognised as one of South Africa’s top tented safari camp operations, and was recently awarded the National Lilizela Tourism Award for Service Excellence. Tanda Tula is not only about the incredible game viewing, superb food and beautiful tented accommodation, it’s so much more about their people, their passion and their longstanding loyalty which makes the Tanda Tula Camps an unforgettable experience. Camp Details › The field camp is available on an exclusive-use basis only.


It can accommodate a maximum of 8 guests and a minimum of 2 › A minimum stay of 3 nights is required for all bookings › The field camp operates from the 1st of March to the 31st Of October annually › There is no electricity. The camp features oil and solar lanterns › The camp is ideal for families and friends travelling together who prefer exclusivity › Guests should be adventurous and enjoy walking and tracking big game on foot › Guests must be walking fit and should be able to manage a 10 mile walk › Children from the age 12 are welcome (full rates will apply) A Typical day at Tanda Tula Field Camp will consist of the following: Early Morning Routine & Game Walk : Just after sunrise – morning wake up. You will meet in the mess tent for coffee, tea, rusks and hot porridge. You will then depart with your field guide and tracker for a 3 to 4 hour bush walk where you will track game, and learn the art of tracking, birding and tree and plant identification. Tracking and finding rhino or elephant on foot is not an uncommon occurrence! You will then return to camp midmorning where you will be welcomed with a hot water bush shower, followed by a sumptuous brunch. Siesta Time: After brunch, you can relax under the trees, have a siesta in your tent, or take it easy in the mess tent area where a selection of books and games will be available.


This is a great time to do a bit of bird watching or tree identification with your field guide. The Field Camps are completely unfenced and animals are able to move freely through the camp during the day and night. Late Afternoon Routine & Game walk: Afternoon tea and coffee and a selection of savoury and sweet snacks will be served, before the group departs on a short afternoon bush walk lead by your experienced guide and tracker. Following your afternoon walk, sundowners will be served before going on a short game drive that will end back at camp. Dinner: Upon arrival back in camp, aperitifs will be served around the fire followed by the chef’s very special bush 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.

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