Tydon Bush Camp does not disappoint. Owners Vangie and Gavin run the show and accommodated my last minute booking seamlessly. The Bush camp is small and intimate, with only three "tents". Debbie is a great camp manager/ranger and the two ladies that assist Debbie do an amazing job with the food and keeping everything top notch cleaned and organised. The highlights were sitting around the fire with drink and food and having Debbie translate all the animals sounds for us.
The game viewing was very good with plenty of up close sighting of elephants, zebras, buffalo, and giraffe. Unfortunately, we did not see any cats in our 4 days...but still had a great time in a beautiful area.
If your priority is seeing the cats, I might recommend going with a bigger more commercial operation that has a larger land lease and therefore more trackers and vehicles traversing. Several times we heard of animals in the area but couldn't follow because they were "outside the boundary". The property is beautiful, but smaller than most in Sabi Sands. After Tydon I went to bigger (more expensive) operation nearby in the Sabi Sands where there were multiple leopard and lion sightings daily (due to 26 safari vehicles on the property) but I traded off the good food and personal attention...
Debbie only had a tracker (in the front seat) for 1 of the 5 game drives. Not the ideal set up, especially on night drives when Debbie had to drive and operate the spotlight. I found out later from a guide at the other Tydon camp that when it is very busy there is not always a tracker available for each vehicle on game drives. Before you book you should confirm with Gavin and Vangie that a tracker would be provided...a huge advantage when trying to track/spot a Leopard.
Overall, I think is is an incredible value for a slice of the Sabi Sands and highly recommend the people!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tydon Bush Camp in Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Tucked away in the southern part of the world-renowned Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve is our exclusive Tydon Bush Camp. The intimate Tydon Bush Camp is located inside Sabi Sand, which shares unfenced borders with the world-famous Kruger National Park in South Africa. This tranquil tented safari camp is ideally situated within one of the best game viewing areas of the prestigious Sabi Sand Reserve. Set within the Greater Kruger Park, our easily accessible, yet private bush camp awaits you. Accommodation at Tydon Bush Camp is in four comfortable tented-rooms with en-suite bathrooms. These semi-luxury permanent tents provide an authentic African bush experience in understated, traditional safari style. Each canvas tent is tucked away in the bush on a raised wooden platform, offering guests privacy. Every tented-room has its own little deck area, featuring a camping table and chairs for relaxing in nature. Guests can choose between tents with double beds or twin beds, all with en-suite bathrooms fitted with a basin, toilet and shower. These air-conditioned tents are equipped with side tables, bedside lamps, hairdryers and tea and coffee making stations. This completely private bush camp features an outdoor dining boma set around a campfire, for lantern-lit evenings under the stars. There is also a thatch-roofed dining lapa for serving meals indoors. The dining lapa is a combination of brick, canvas and thatch, and includes a comfortable lounge area.Guests can relax and enjoy the peaceful natural setting from the viewing deck, nestled in the indigenous vegetation at camp. At Tydon in Sabi Sand we ensure that you enjoy a safe and undisturbed safari experience, by only allowing children over the age of 16 to stay at the camp. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tydon Bush Camp South Africa/Sabi Sand Game Reserve