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Tangala Safari Camp
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Reviewed 8 February 2014

We stayed two nights in January at Tangala Lodge which were probably the best two nights I have spent anywhere. Loved the simplicity of it all - the fact that there were so few guests and no electricity (but still managed to have a very nice glass of cold white wine). We were looked after so well. Excellent home cooked food by Goodness. The drives with Floiris and Philip were so exciting. Thanks to them, with their energy and passion, we saw so much. Obviously the animals were amazing but so was the driving and where Floris took us in that Jeep! I did not think we would be that close to a lion or an elephant. Although not so good to look at, the sight of a lion eating a giraffe was unbelievable! The sundowners in the Park were a real treat and entering the candlelit Lodge from a late afternoon drive, being met with a hot towel and a glass of sherry are such lovely memories for us. We highly recommend Tangala. Not pretentious in the least and very good value for money.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with friends
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Karin P, Guest Relations Manager at Tangala Safari Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 10 February 2014

Hello Sharon
Never, ever, ever confuse a Jeep with a Land Rover in Africa, if you want to have a happy trip....LOL.
Thanks so much for writing the review and we are really pleased that Floris and his team made the trip such an adventure for you. Our camp staff are warm and hospitable and really represent the essence of Africa. We will pass on your compliments.

Hope to see you back again soon. Safe travels.

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Reviewed 7 February 2014

Louw is a larger than life Afrikaans host who is passionate about wildlife and boy did we see some wildlife! Elephants mating,baby elephants playing in a pool, lions mating, lion males scrapping and following two female lions (with three cubs) hunting were just some of the amazing sightings. The reserve is the best in South Africa for seeing the Big Five, including a wonderful sighting of a leopard.
As avid wildlife devotees in both India and SA, we were bowled over by the traditional camp. Our room was beautiful, complete with mosquito net, but as Louw agreed the bathroom was more 20s than 21st century! He will be doing it up soon but we sincerely hope it will not be too modern. More Out of Africa please! This camp, together with Black Leopard Camp at Thaba Tholo show how safari cmaps should be traditional, welcoming, with friendly staff, experienced guides and a desire, on the part of the guests, to return soon.

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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Karin P, Owner at Tangala Safari Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 24 February 2014

We are so pleased that the simplicity of Tangala captured your heart. It is often tempting for us to want to move away from our natural lighting and intimate nature but it seems to be what captures the soul of all our special guests.

The fact that you not only shared our special part of Africa for a couple of days, but appreciated all its nuances, makes our work even more worthwhile. Please do visit again and keep in touch with us on Facebook - we'd love to share some of your moments and pics.

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Reviewed 15 December 2013

We stayed one night with Louw at Tangala lodge in November, as we wanted to see some of the Big 5 in their natural environment. We arrived to high tea about 2 o’clock and after that we had our first drive.
We were the only guests at the lodge so we had the land rover for ourselves and could decide what to do. We had Philip as at spotter and Louw as the driver and the two of them did whatever they could to find the animals. After a couple of hours driving and a sundowner in the bush, we returned to the lodge for a wash and dinner. There is no electricity at the lodge, so dinner was prepared at a braai and light was from oil lamps. Special experience.
Next morning at 5 we had our early morning tea and then of again for another drive. Back at 9:30 for egg and bacon and a cup of tea.
We managed to see the Big 5, and we had a lovely stay at the lodge. It was an experience for a lifetime. Louw was very helpful and managed to fix our car, so we could drive back to Joburg next day without a noise from the wheel.
Only problem was a misunderstanding about the payment due to shift in staff, but that was fixed and we will surely recommend the lodge

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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Karin P, Owner at Tangala Safari Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 17 December 2013

Thanks for letting us know about your great experience - glad that you appreciate the down to earth nature of our lodge. And next time you get to South Africa, we hope to see you at Tangala for a longer time! Best wishes for the Festive Season to you and yours.

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Reviewed 5 December 2013

10 friends from Australia and New Zealand had the amazing experience of staying for 3 days at Tangala. Loved the ambience, boma dinner, wonderful high tea, rusks and coffee and the anticipation of game drives. Louw very friendly and informative, Flouris our amazing guide/driver and Frank the tracker, took us right into the thick of things and we saw game up close and personal. Elephants that walked up to the jeep, giraffe, rhino and more up close. the highlight was finding a cheetah a couple of minutes after a kill. We saw first hand the vultures arriving in their droves while she had her fill, and the second she turned away, there was a mass scramble for the remains by hundreds of vultures. Beyond belief.
The camp is comfortable and rooms tho having no electricity were lovely and welcoming by lamplight.
the meals fabulous, the staff beyond helpful, friendly and warm.
Truly an awesome three days. Memorable. Unforgettable.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Sharon H
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Karin P, Owner at Tangala Safari Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 7 December 2013

Ah - Tangala is just the perfect space for a bunch of friends, isn't it? Like having your own, private lodge. Yay, again, to our brilliant team for finding the bush's special creatures for you and really pleased that you enjoyed the experience. Keep up with us on Facebook and come back soon!

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Reviewed 30 October 2013

We did a 24 hour stay at Tangala. We drove there and from 12 noon to about 3 had a chance to relax by the pool, unpack our overnight bag and socialise with 8 other people also from the UK..
The hospitality was second to none. tea and coffee and water was on tap and it was lovely to sit and chat until high tea which was cooked at the camp and was very delicious.
We then went with the guide/driver called Flores who was very knowledgeable and made a huge effort to make the experience memorable.
we were lucky to see everything we could wish for.
We were greeted back with freshening hot napkins and sherry, followed by a 3 course dinner.
Flores and Louw sat and had dinner with us and told us amazing stories.
Our en suite room was really nice with mosquito nets. There was no electricity but there were lamps around the room.
We had a early morning ride followed by a lovely brunch.
The whole experience was the best experience ever and the hospitality was second to none.
We had a lovely stay/safari and would highly recommend anybody who wants something different to try this place. It was also good value for money.

Thank you all the staff for a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Karin P, Owner at Tangala Safari Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2013

Ah - glad that you enjoyed your very short stay. Next time, plan for a couple of days so that you can really feel the African bush soak into your soul.
Good having you and hope that the rest of your trip through SA was as enjoyable.

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Reviewed 26 October 2013

Intense experience in the middle of the bush. Awesome view over the waterhole. The camp is not fenced, and you be so lucky that a lion or an elephant pas through the camp.
The game drives are excellent and professional.
The food are good - even they have no electricity in the camp.

Stayed: April 2013, travelled with friends
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Karin P, Guest Relations Manager at Tangala Safari Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2013

Thank you for your contribution and we hope to see you back again with all your family and friends.

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Reviewed 10 October 2013

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!
Joan xo

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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Karin P, Owner at Tangala Safari Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 13 October 2013

Ah, Joan, we are so delighted that Tangala - and Africa - lived up to your expectations. We know how much planning and research went into your trip.
We know you will be back: once Africa has spoken to your soul in such a profound way, she never leaves you. Fond regards to you from all at the camp.

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Address: Thornybush reserve | Hoedspruit, Kruger National Park 1240, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Thornybush Private Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #9 of 12 Speciality Lodging in Thornybush Private Game Reserve
Price Range: £164 - £1,489 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Tangala Safari Camp 3*
Number of rooms: 5
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 
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