This camp was recommended by my travel agent. I am SAfrican living in UK but prior to moving to UK have stayed at many luxurious camps in SA (Londolozi, Phinda, Ngala). Whilst Londolozi has been a favourite, Tangala is simply fabulous and I will definitely be returning again and again. I wanted to spend some time back in the bush and was nervous to book unknown lodges as I have been horribly disappointed with camps charging similar prices. But Tangala offers the same great game viewing and comfortable (not luxurious) accommodation as the top 4&5 star camps. This is a good find.
Everyone goes out of their way to make your stay comfortable and a memorable experience. From the time you arrive you are greeted by Liezel who is warm and friendly. Richard the chef has a delightful persona and turns out plenty of tasty, excellent quality food. All the staff are very happy and helpful. Jimmy the guide was the best I have ever encountered as he is so full of passion for the wildlife - it was truly inspiring and touching. Bennett the tracker is very experienced and first class. We saw so much in 4 days - 20 ft python, lion at a kill, lion whilst walking, lion from 2 prides, leopard, rhino and baby, hyena - in fact we were getting ready at 6.15 a.m. to go and have tea before our morning drive and I heard galloping outside and went on to the verandah only to find a young kudu bull running past our room, around the pool and around the rest of the camp, and in hot pursuit was a hyena, who eventually came face to face with a guest! Plenty of elephant, warthogs, giraffe, waterbuck, impala, nyala, kudu etc... only things we didnt see were cheetah and wild dog.
The rooms are 'rustic' with very comfortable beds with necessary mosquito net. They are decorated with interesting memorabilia, with a shower and separate loo. The rooms are not as luxurious as the top expensive camps - no roll top baths overlooking panoramic views, with a splash pool and outside shower, but for my money this was a fabulous experience at an affordable price. There is no electricity which makes it so romantic with kerosene lamps at night and the water is heated by a donkey boiler. Absolutely Brilliant - this is Africa. (They do have a generator so they can re-charge batteries)
I can honestly say this experience was one of my best.. There are other luxurious camps on the Thornybush Reserve, but why pay more when you see the same game?
There is a boma but I think it would be nicer if it was away from the main building and in a traditional boma design - i.e. full circle of wood or reeded walling with a fire in the middle and completely open to the African sky - this one is next to the main building in a semi-circle with a partial canopy (good idea for the wet season) - so you dont feel you are dining in the bush. They could also lose the plastic plants - but these are minor details.
The outlook from the main building is across the bushveld with a backdrop of the Drakensberg mountains - simply stunning and highly recommended.
- 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