I spent three days at Tydon Safari Camp and had a wonderful experience, far beyond what I could have imagined. Traveling solo after being in Cape Town for a week of business related activity, I had some trepidation, but was immediately put at ease by Gavin, Vangie and their staff. Their safari camp is relatively small, and the overall atmosphere is that of being in an adventurous family and not part of a tour business. First, the accomodations were excellent. Iwas in a large platform tent, fully equipped with a porch, twin beds, full screens, a separate area with a sink, toilet and shower, electric lighting and outlets, a fan and even air conditioning (which I only needed for a brief time on the first day). It was immaculately clean, comfortable, spacious and well decorated. There were perhaps 6 or so such tents in the compound, as well as a swimming pool and a very attractive house where we could relax, read, drink, converse and have our breakfasts. I felt that I made good friends with the other guests immediately, and part of the fun was just being with interesting people from all over the globe. In the short time I was there I went on safari in Kruger with Debbie, and went on early morning and late evening safaris in Sabi Sands with Lyam. Their ability to find wildlife and to describe what we were seeing was uncanny. A highlight for me was an early morning trip into Sabi Sands where I was able to sit in the tracker's seat of a Land Rover, with literally nothing between me and the wildlife. Lyam was able to drive off road, and I now have a new appreciation of these vehicles capabilities! I saw so many animals, including all of the big 5 and many many more animals which were equally beautiful and interesting. Particularly memorable were the elephants (babies, toddlers, Moms and bulls) which at times surrounded us on all sides and a young male leopard (image attached), who came within a foot of me as I sat in the tracker's chair. Still can't believe that! Back in camp, Vangie and Gavin treated us to hearty authentic outdoor South African meals, nicely complemented by ample suppiles of wine and beer, with delightful conversations. This ranks as one of my favorite trips ever, and I am enthusiastically recommending Tydon Safaris to any of my friends who are even thinking of going to South Africa.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestling in the shade of indigenous trees, this visual oasis of inspirational elements combines to culminate in this magnificent Tented Safari Camp. Intimate and comfortable, yet simplistic combined with excellent service, the Camp creates a traditional African Safari feel to your journey, and you can be forgiven for thinking you were transported back in time to an unspoilt and unexplored Africa. Sharing its borders with the world renowned Sabi Sand Game Reserve which forms part of the Greater Kruger region due to having unfenced borders with the Kruger Park, Tydon Safari Camp offers guests a unique opportunity of staying in permanent semi luxury tented rooms and experiencing wildlife game drives and bush walks in the Sabi Sand as well as the Kruger National Park. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tydon Safari Camp South Africa/Sabi Sand Game Reserve