Timbavati, Greater Kruger

Tanda Tula Plains Camp


Conserving wild spaces and strengething communities

Meaning to love the quiet, Tanda Tula’s Plains Camp can be found overlooking wide open grassland in the wildlife-rich Timbavati Reserve.

Tanda Tula is a real favourite of Niarra’s for its relaxed hosting and convivial atmosphere, as well as its immersive safari experience.

Plains Camp is a spacious and welcoming timber-framed homestead complemented by light-filled interiors and views in all directions. There are six luxury and two family suites, each with its own plunge pool, found on either side of the main lodge. Here you’ll find the bar, dining room and swimming pool overlooking a waterhole. While the communal dining and sundowners after safari are part of the fun, we can also arrange private experiences for those after something special.


At a glance

  • Six luxury and two family suites

  • Private plunge pools

  • Main lodge with bar, lounge and dining room

  • Swimming pool

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    Game Drives

    Head out on 4 x 4 ‘s in the private Timabavati concession with your guide and tracker. Six people to a vehicle, but private vehicles are available. Fabulous game viewing here, away from the crowds. Aswell as home to the Big Five, Tanda Tula is home to the rare white lion.

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    Bush Walks

    Walk through the 12000 hectares of the wilderness and undisturbed biodiversity with your guide - you will find many wonderful small creatures and beautiful plants.

Community & Culture

By staying at Tanda Tula, you support the Tanda Tula Education Foundation, which focus on an adult literacy program and a scholarship program. In 2012 when the literacy program was established, 12 out of 20 students were illiterate, now everyone can read and write.

The scholarship program currently provides full scholarships to six children of staff members to attend Southern Cross Schools (SCS), a private IEB school based in Hoedspruit. Here, children from kindergarten to Grade 12 are educated at the highest academic levels, coupled with a parallel education in conservation, sustainability, environment and community development. In addition, the program has two University students on full scholarships.


Tanda Tula passionately supports and contribute to various important projects in the Timbavati and Greater Kruger National Park with the support of you, their guests. By visiting regions like this you are investing in the future of Africa and ensuring that it will thrive. Tanda Tula is involved in Rhino Protection, Hornbill, Vulture and Leopard research.

What makes us different

Why Niarra

Niarra Travel is a forward-thinking travel company headquartered in London born out of a passion to do things differently.

In Swahili, a Bantu language spoken by millions in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, the name Niara means "with utmost purpose" and our team are united by a passion for exploration and a belief that the right kind of travel can make the world a better place.

Our Travel Researchers are here to create incredible trips with a positive impact for you.

  • Unforgettable experiences

    Creating your trip is entirely collaborative and our Travel Researchers are here for every step.

  • Positive impact

    Curated sustainable experiences and accommodation that maximize the benefits to local people and place.

  • Fairness and transparency

    An open, competitive pricing structure that ensures more money goes to where it's needed in the destination.

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