Spent 5 wonderful days at Tangala in September. It is an amazing place. on the drive in, via shuttle, saw my first couple of giraffe's! Couldn't believe how tall and beautiful they are! then arrived and Louw welcomedus with a drink, news that we'd soon have high tea and to our chalets. I had #4.
They are large and lovely. The mosquito netting gives a beautiful presentation. Had a very nice bathroom. lovely deck on the chalet facing a meadow, or what in bush language, with wildlife, antelope family, eating and resting.
so reported to the main area. It's a wonderful large open living room, just as you'd see in the movies Louw was taking drink orders for the sundowner on the evening run and Margaret had cooked up sumptuous trats for us and we could have tea or coffee or a drink as the bar was right there.
the bar prices were like $2 US. great drinksand sodas, water.
so we had our high tea and then awaiting us was this beautiful green land rover with elevated rows of seats. met the amazing Phillip our tracker who rides on a seat on the hood of the land rover and he and Louw track.
so we set off across the beautiful field, is it veld, sunny, blue sky. first met the Thornybushes and they are thorny Tangala goes off the road and that is a wild adventure. on our first run we came first upon the elephants. I was in love. They are magnificent, sweet, wise, huge, amazing and they were eating branches as it was early spring and the trees and shrubs had not blossomed into green food. Then rhinos, a buffalo, and then LIONS, wow!! couldn't believe their beauty. also a leopard, which is a hugely special sighting.
We turned 8ish to the camp and Alex awaited us with hot towels and brandy. at the drum we came for dinner. what an event that is. we are all seated around a huge fire. first alex delivers Margaret's home made bread and asks if we'd like some--of course!! and then Margaret addresses the group with the evening's menu: a butternut soup, a main course, steak, or chops or pot roast with vegetables, something special for the one vegetarian, (me) and then some fabulous dessert. After that, it's sleep time.
Morning comes and Alex knocks at 5:30 am and we find a fabulous fire going and can have coffee, tea, I had rooibus and love it, and some biscotti like south African biscuits. then we are off for the morning run.
the trees are silver now as they are dormant and the african sky in early morning is the most wonderful blue, not turquoise, but a blue that is warm but so goes with silver and the tan of the ground. We soon find elephants, a cheeta, lions and they are are stunning. we even saw a honey badger.
My friend Lisa counted 35 animals.
Tangala has a large amount of land and 5 chalets. There is comfortable lodge with sofa, an open deck, a bar, inside and outside eating areas, the dinner, morning coffee fire pt and then the icing on the cake is the large water hole in front looking forward from the deck. We were thinking of reading or napping but it was wonderful watching animals walking by, in the distance but were visible--baboons, wildebeest, giraffes, all kinds of antelope, special birds, those darling warthogs.
oh we'd have one of Margaret's wonderful breakfasts after the morning run, high tea and then the game run. on the morning run we'd stop for coffee, tea and the biscotti treat and then had the Sundowner in the evening. There is nothing quite like a drink and snacks with new friends as the sun sets in the bush. Then we'd be off to find a lipid or a cheetah.
I was in awe of the animals my entire time. I couldn't believe how wonderful they were. I must return to see them. I missed Tangala so terribly on my return. It is a magic place. They are so attuned to visitors, so attentive, so well run--definitely 5 star.
Thanks to Louw, Chanel, Margaret, Phillip, Alex and Karin for all you did to make my trip so wonderful. And thank you as stewards of this special amazing piece of the African bush for all you do to maintain and care for it and the people who live there.
On last thing. I loved also our fellow travelers, Maria,Luis, Nico, Julie and Gary and the rest. we were such a fun group.
I am so grateful for having had the opportunity to visit Tangala. Karin P. was so helpful in trip preparation as I wanted to study a lot about South Africa before going there. still have more to do.
Oh and my friends love the animal pictures and are amazed at what you took us to see. Not off in the distance but right there, a lion maybe passing by at 6 feet, the huge herd of elephants maybe the closest 10 feet. and those crazy driver through the thornybushs--perfect excitement with the reward of a cheetah, lipid (leopard) sighting or whichever beautiful animal.
thanks so much!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An intimate and personal experience awaits you at Tangala Safari Camp which is located in the heart of the world renowned Thornybush big 5 Game Reserve bordering the Greater Kruger. The camp boasts sweeping views overlooking an expansive and active waterhole, with the majestic Drakensberg Mountain Range forming an impressive backdrop. With our eco-friendly camp, great hosting, comfortable accommodation and thrilling game drives, guests are assured an unforgettable experience. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tangala Safari Camp Thornybush Private Game Reserve, South Africa