Tanda Tula Field Camp is an intimate semi-permanent bush camp in the Timbavati Private Game Reserve, Greater Kruger National Park. The camp is set up exclusively for each group of guests and taken down when they leave, and manned by a full complement of staff to provide for their every need. The focus at Field Camp is to provide that explorer feeling – a shift away from the permanence of a classic safari lodge. Read this travel diary of an amazing safari at Field Camp by our Photographer of the Year 2018 winners.
The camp includes a canvas communal area consisting of a comfortable lounge with a variety of chairs and couches, a small library and a self-service bar. This tented area leads to an outdoor fire area for kicking back and sharing your adventures of the day with your favourite beverage in hand. Every meal is set up in a different location – in the general camp area, or in the sandy river bed that runs behind camp.
The number of guest tents depends on the size of the party, and each tent is discretely and privately positioned under shady trees. The tents each have an en-suite bathroom area, with a safari shower (canvas bucket with a tap) which is filled on request with warm water heated over coals. The en-suite toilets are ‘long-drops’, which are composted after every safari. Nothing is left behind once camp is broken, except for footprints.
The camp is located in a remote area near the unfenced border of the Kruger National Park, and wild animals often walk through camp.
The emphasis at Field Camp is on walking safaris with extremely experienced and knowledgable guides. There is also a dedicated large open-air 4×4 vehicle for both morning and evening game drives. Added activities include stargazing, birdwatching and bush picnics. Timbavati is in a Big 5 area – with regular sightings of lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos, buffaloes and many other species.