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Shenton Safaris

For the majority of travellers going on an African safari, whether for the first time or the tenth, getting closer to nature is usually the main reason for making such a reservation.

For most, an African Safari is all about replacing the hustle and bustle of daily life with an opportunity to be immersed in the African wilderness where you can relax and unwind.

Watching elephants from a private deck

But how close can you really get to nature?

As with the way in which early explorers experienced Africa, tented camps provide an excellent opportunity to forget the noises of the city, and replace them with the sounds of Africa. With nothing but a canvas between you the wilderness, tented camps across Africa have become increasingly popular safari destinations. They certainly don’t need to be rustic – take a look at Tanda Tula Safari Camp in the Timbavati for example.

The camp, having recently undergone a complete refurb, features modern interiors (without losing the traditional look & feel of East African-styled tents), but still allows you the opportunity to become completely immersed in the Africa wilderness with game often walking right past your tent.

Tanda Tula luxury tented camp Relaxing on the river at Tanda Tula

To add to the experience of getting closer to nature, Tanda Tula recently launched their new star beds experience. On a platform high above the bush, overlooking the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, guests get to sleep out under the stars and wake to an African sunrise, completely alone. With direct radio communication to the camp and a ranger, guests are offered a unique opportunity to experience the Africa bush in complete privacy.

Star bed at Tanda Tula

What makes such an experience so different?

– To sleep under the stars in complete privacy, with nothing but the nocturnal sounds of Africa to keep you company.

– A 360 degree view over the Timbavati and Greater Kruger National Park.

– A feeling of being completely immersed in the bush, with no other lights or noises to distract you.

– To watch the sunrise and to see Africa awaken from high above the bush.

Sleeping under the stars at Tanda Tula
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Tanda Tula

Located in the Timbavati Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park. Tanda Tula Safari Camp features 12 luxury tents nestled in riverine forest overlooking a riverbed while the Tanda Tula Field Camp is an exclusive use 4 tented walking safari camp, modelled on the early explorer camps with modern comfort. The Tanda Tula camps are owner-managed.