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Group size: Min 2
Tour Code : TT01
Single Supplement : Applies, please request more information
Rates: Enquire about price (price based on time of travel)
Safari Vehicle Type: 4×4 Safari vehicle
The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is one of South Africa’s undiscovered wilderness jewels; home to Africa’s big five, in an area renowned for its biodiversity, ranging from savannah woodlands to grasslands and riverine glades. The reserve was established in 1956 by like-minded landowners. Today, 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 rate of commercialisation, with game lodges that are dedicated to preserving the sense of true wilderness. Tented camps such as Tanda Tula Safari Camp are ideal for enjoying the African bush as it should be. The Timbavati is also a leader in conservation initiatives and research, and is committed to the upliftment of local communities. Visit our responsible tourism page to read more about this.
The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park, a vast wilderness of more than 4 million hectares. The Timbavati is known for its abundance and variety of African wildlife, including the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino). With only 9 lodges in more than 50 000 hectares, guests experience the African bush at its most pristine. The lodges have mutual traversing areas and co-operate with each other in animal sightings. The bushveld varies from Acacia thornveld and Marula trees to open savannah grasslands as well as dense riverines with majestic Jackalberry and Fig trees, allowing for superb viewing of zebra, antelope, giraffe and wildebeest. Since the game fences came down between the Kruger National Park and the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve 20 years ago, we have enjoyed large breeding herds of buffalo, up to 1000 strong, as well as large elephant herds.
Over time, predators across the globe have evolved to develop unique displays of camouflage to successfully stalk their prey. Tigers have developed stripes and move with stealth in long grass. Leopards have spots as they hunt in the dappled shadows of leaves. Lions, the majestic Kings of the African bush, are golden and tawny in colour, blending into the dry dusty earth and short grass. Every so often, nature creates something remarkable and completely unique… For centuries there were rumours of white lions, as white as polar bears, appearing naturally in the African bush. This elusive rarity became a documented fact – only a few kilometres from Tanda Tula Safari Camp. The white lions of the Timbavati were first discovered by Chris McBride on the Tanda Tula property in the late 1970s. While he was studying the white lions, Chris and his wife Charlotte helped build and set up Tanda Tula Safari Camp 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 Safari Camp property.
A white lion is a normal healthy lion which displays the effects of a recessive gene known as the chinchilla or color inhibitor. The condition displayed is known as “leucism’ and is distinct from albinism. They are not albinos and have normal eyes. In fact, white lions are born from tawny parents – ‘normal’ lions – who carry the recessive white lion gene. Please note: Although our guests are occasionally fortunate enough to witness white lion sightings, these are extremely rare and we cannot guarantee that you will see white lions during your visit to the Timbavati.
At Tanda Tula Safari Camp we pride ourselves in our fine bush cuisine. With head chef Ryan Mullett at the helm, each dining occasion is more than just a meal, it is a sensory experience. From traditional African dishes, to more modern creations, Ryan creates magic in the kitchen resulting in cuisine guaranteed to excite the taste buds. Comments Ryan, ” When guests visit Tanda Tula Safari Camp, they come for 3 reasons: the wildlife, the relaxation andthe food. Our reputation and guest expectation with regards to dining, gives me the inspiration and motivation to keep raising the bar and to give each and every guest more than what they were expecting.” Guests will start the day with a delicious breakfast at our famous bush breakfast site, nestled under majestic trees alongside the riverbed a few kilometres from camp. During lunch, guests will enjoy a variety of light dishes under the trees within camp, or in our lounge area which boasts views over the Nhlaralumi riverbed and African bush. Afternoon tea will be served before each evening game drive. Dinner in camp is always a special occasion, where our guests discuss their unique sightings of the day and ease back to enjoy the romance of the African night. Many a story has been told during dinner around the fire in our boma, and it is not uncommon to be visited by Hyaena and other game during dinner on the lawn. Private dinners are also offered to those who wish to spend a night in romance, in private on their tent deck. We also offer our guests the option to experience a bush picnic, where they will enjoy a picnic lunch in the riverbed close to camp. At no extra cost, our bush picnics are very popular as they offer our guests a relaxing way to spend the afternoon in complete privacy.
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