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Thornybush reserve | Hoedspruit, Kruger National Park, South Africa
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Tangala Private Camp
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Benoni, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

I shoud have written this review long ago. If you like the bush then this place is tops. Spent 2 nights (May 2013) at this bush camp and WOW was it great! So rustic, no electricity, no fenced camp, paraffin lamps and hot water by gas geyser to shower. You want to get close to big game then this is... More

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Grimsby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

I enjoyed my 3 night stay at Tangala. Comfy tent, with large beds. Huge shower. Food was excellent and great to be able to sit looking at the animals at the water hole just in front, and sitting out by the pool when a Nyala came for a drink. The game drives are great. Not rushing to see the big... More

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Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

We all know that bigger isn't always better, but, in the case of Tangala, it's true. Since our last visit there 2 years ago, a few of the fences have been taken down, now enlarging the reserve considerably to include a much more interesting and varied terrain/landscape. This has resulted in game viewing opportunities being better than ever - though... More

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Karin P, Guest Relations Manager at Tangala Private Camp, responded to this review

Yay - you love your visits to Tangala as much as we love having you. We hope to see you again and again - and we'll always keep some of that bush magic bottled away just for you. Please keep in touch on our Facebook page and share your pictures and stories with us. More

Antwerp, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

Our 3 night stay in Tangala was more then magical. At first we where a little bit unsure about the comfort as there was no electricity in de rooms available to charge our batteries of our camera, ... . But that all did not matter. Batteries could be given to the staf to charge without any problem. The rooms where... More

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Karin P, Guest Relations Manager at Tangala Private Camp, responded to this review

We are so pleased that you are now part of the Tangala family and that Tangala will always have a little place in your heart. Hope you'll visit again! More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

My wife, two friends and myself were treated to some extraordinary wildlife experiences at Tangala camp near Kruger National Park, South Africa. The camp glistens in oil lamps, views rolling up to the Highveld and regular sightings at the adjacent waterhole. Louw Booysen, Hanri and Phillip have a great passion for the bush. We had 'Once in a Lifetime'' sightings... More

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Karin P, Kind Person who runs Trip Advisor for Tangala at Tangala Private Camp, responded to this review

Tangala is always so grateful when visitors take the time to write reviews and we welcome them all. The team at the camp really is dedicated to what they do and THEIR day is made when they are privileged enough to spend time with enthusiastic guests. We look forward to welcoming you back again. More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

We took an 1 day overnight package that included high tea, afternoon/evening game drive, dinner and 1 night accommodation. Next day an early morning game drive and breakfast on return was also included. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and saw lots of animals. It is a true safari experience travelling over rough roads by Land Rover and staying in... More

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Karin P, Social Media owner at Tangala Private Camp, responded to this review

So pleased that you enjoyed the visit - what a pity it was so short. Thanks for the compliments and for relaxing enough to enjoy the South African authenticity. It's what sets Tangala apart. More

KENT
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

Would highly recommend this simple but wonderful camp if you want to experience a truly authentic safari. The camp only sleeps ten people so it is a very intimate experience. There is no electricity, but all lodges have hot water and showers. When you arrive back at camp from your evening safari the camp is lit by oil lamps. It... More

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Karin P, Owner at Tangala Private Camp, responded to this review

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... More

London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 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... More

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Karin P, Guest Relations Manager at Tangala Private Camp, responded to this review

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... More

Sissinghurst,
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 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... More

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Karin P, Owner at Tangala Private Camp, responded to this review

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... More

Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 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... More

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Karin P, Owner at Tangala Private Camp, responded to this review

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. More

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Address: Thornybush reserve | Hoedspruit, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Thornybush Private Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Also Known As:
Tangala Private Camp South Africa/Thornybush Private Game Reserve

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Tangala private camp is an owner managed, intimate game lodge in the renowned Thornybush reserve in Limpopo province, South Africa, close to Kruger park.Tangala private camp is unfenced, has no electricity and our guests love the relaxation of campfires, paraffin lamps and no cell phones ringing. All meals are provided, as are the guided game drives in our open vehicles. Guided bush walks are an added feature and add a new dimension to exploring the bounteous wildlife.Wildlife is prolific in this reserve and our very relaxed game means almost guaranteed spotting of a couple of the big 5 on every trip. Birding enthusiasts will find a haven here, too. It is one of the ultimate spot for raptor viewing. Accommodating only 10 guests at any time, Tangala has a homely atmosphere and is themed as 'great grandfather's weekend hunting lodge', back in 1944(which is when it was established). Meals are traditionally South African, as is the warm hospitality. ... more   less 
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