We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Tsakane Safari Camp

Perth, Australia
posts: 1
Tsakane Safari Camp

Has anyone stayed at tsakane before? If so I any keen to find out how you found the accomodation and the activities. I have been looking around on the internet but have not found many reviews on this safari Camp.

We are planning on spending 5 days in September in Kruger/Greater kruger. We really wanted to get in as many walks as possible (i think there is no better way of experiencing the bush then on your own 2 feet). Tsakane appears to be a good option and its reasonable prced. Does anyone else have any suggestions for a walking safari and accomodation. We are looking at a budget of roughly R1000 - R1500 per night.

Many thanks

4 replies to this topic
Port Elizabeth
Destination Expert
for South Africa
posts: 5,084
1. Re: Tsakane Safari Camp

R1000 for accommodation, food and all activities which means a 6-8 hour a day guide (or 2 for walks) is not going to happen in many places.

A combination of walks and drives is the best way to see the bush, if you want to see animals. It is not always possible to see animals on foot, unless they are very habituated.

Cape Town
posts: 8,409
2. Re: Tsakane Safari Camp

A good option would be Shindzela. They do excellent walking safaris on the borders of Timbavati and KNP. You can have one game drive and one walking safari each day or any other combination. Very good non-luxury tented accommodation.

Currently R1,400 pp pd - Rates include accommodation, all meals, teas/coffees and 2 x safari activities per day (game drives, and/or walking activities).

http://www.shindzela.co.za/default.aspx

See also lots of excellent TA reviews -

tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g471860-d156…

South Florida...
posts: 396
reviews: 13
3. Re: Tsakane Safari Camp

Radelleski, I am in the same position as you. My budget is about R1000 pppn, for meals, lodging, and at least one activity, whether it be a drive or a walk.

I can see there are small, comfortable but not luxury places offering winter Specials now (we go in late July) with prices in the R1000 range. They are including bush walks, etc. in the package. I have a list of about 5 or 6 of them thus far and i am continuing to add to it.

PM me if you want to compare. I have pros and cons of each--some places rate highly for food but so-so on lodging, others have great guides but blah food....

For our budgets we can't be too picky, we have to compromise our priorities.

Edited: 11:30 am, June 05, 2011
Palm Springs
posts: 1
reviews: 46
4. Re: Tsakane Safari Camp

I would avoid Tsakane Safari Camp. While the guide was excellent and the accommodations satisfactory, there are safety issues and management issues that are below acceptable standards.

First of all, SAFETY is the number one priority. The vehicle used is old and unreliable and not up to the standards of the vehicles of the other camps. Zero tread on the tire. Further, the owner used the rifle for another event he sponsored, so our group (of 2) went out in an old unreliable vehicle without protection of a rifle... and, we did get stuck in the sand which was attributed to the poor tires.

Food was sub-par. Mostly because it was obvious they wanted to get by as cheaply as possible . We purchased a package that made it sound like a decent resort and it was way exaggerated.

We were supposed to have our "pick up" and return confirmed 48 hours in advance. The owner said he did it, but we have documented evidence he never called. It resulted in out sitting at an outpost several hours because mislead us by estimated the pick-up time.

The trip was booked through Viator and there is an investigation in process.

On the good side there was an excellent guide, and the staff was friendly and responsive.

Reply to: Tsakane Safari Camp
Get notified by e-mail when a reply is posted
Get answers to your questions about Balule Private Game...