Magic, friendship, true awesomeness...
In mid-April, my daughter (aged 23), my good friend, and I experienced Tydon Safari Camp for 4 too-short days. Anticipating a rustic camping experience, we were very pleasantly surprised to arrive at a very lovely and comfortable small camp site with well appointed tents (complete with air conditioning and private bathrooms), a small but serviceable and very pleasant pool (the human watering hole), and charming open air lodge where guests dine and relax and visit. Driven from Johannesburg to Tydon by owner Gavin, we got to experience his wry sense of humor as well as his knowledge and love of that region of South Africa. A warm greeting by Vangie, Tyron and Donovan (Gavin's family), the guides and staff were just the beginning to the wonderful hospitality, magnificent bush experience, and warm friendship we were to receive the rest of our stay.
Our morning drives began with warm blankets (provided in the vehicle for each guest), beautiful sunrises, lovely aromas and sounds from the bush, and many sightings of beautiful animals and birds. Our evening drives provided more animal sightings, 'sundowners' complete with a cold refreshment, and the most beautiful star filled skies. Jared, our driver, was extremely knowledgeable and dedicated to making sure our international group not only saw the Big Five, but that we had every possible photo op, questions answered, and needs met with extreme patience and enthusiasm.
I speak for our whole group when I express the bittersweet joy and sadness we felt on our last evening drive as we sat under the gorgeous night sky staring at the Southern Cross and Milky Way while surrounded by the Charleston Trio lion pride. We had all fallen in love with the South African bush and were not ready to leave.
The Tydon Family Staff is top-notch, the food delicious (they do make a heroic effort to try and satisfy non-traditional diets i.e vegan), the sleep accommodations extremely comfortable, and the 'down time' between drives and evening campfires quite special.
It is important to know that much of the 'success' of a safari stay is due not only to an amazing staff and accommodation like Tydon, but also to the collegiality of one's safari group. We were very privileged to experience the whole package.
- 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