An intimate and personal experience awaits you at Tangala Safari Camp which is located in the heart of the world-renowned Thornybush big 5 Game Reserve bordering the Greater Kruger. The camp boasts sweeping views overlooking an expansive and active waterhole, with the majestic Drakensberg Mountain Range forming an impressive backdrop. With our eco-friendly camp, great hosting, comfortable accommodation and thrilling game drives, guests are assured an unforgettable experience.

Accommodation comprises 4 chalets and 6 luxury tents, complete with covered patios, twin beds under mosquito nets and en-suite bathrooms which include his and her basins, shower and toilet. Tangala retains its authenticity and closeness to nature and runs “off the grid”, boasting solar power and natural gas to fuel the camp.

The camp itself is rustic and authentic with an informal and relaxed atmosphere, perfect to unwind and to get back in touch with nature. Public areas include an open plan lounge and dining room, open air deck, swimming pool and viewing lounge – all overlooking the waterhole which is located in front of the camp where the game viewing within the confines of the lodge is prolific. Our cuisine has been specially created to reflect Africa and all her moods. Meals are social occasions and a time to listen to and share fascinating tales of the bush or to sit back and reflect on the day passed.

The camp offers early morning and evening safaris and our guides and expert trackers are there to show you nature at its best, in their natural environment and without interference. The reserve borders the Greater Kruger National Park and the game viewing and birdlife are abundant with regular big game sightings. Our trained rangers will take you out to explore the beautiful Thornybush Game Reserve in custom built vehicles which are open and comfortable, giving you a panoramic view throughout your safari.

Tangala is a mere 5 hours’ drive from Johannesburg. Alternately guests can fly to the nearby Hoedspruit Airport which is a short 30 minutes’ drive from the camp. There are flights directly to Hoedspruit Airport from both Johannesburg and Cape Town, and guests are transferred to the lodge from the airport making use of the local transfer companies in Hoedspruit.

Guests staying at Tangala are assured of a welcoming and warm experience, arriving as visitors and leaving as friends.


  • Rooms – 4 chalets and 6 luxury tents
  • Child Policy – No children under 12
  • Malaria Area – Low Risk
  • Conference – No
  • Big 5 Area – Yes
  • Location – Thornybush Big 5 Game Reserve near Hoedspruit and adjacent to the Greater Kruger National Park
  • Drive Time – 5.5 hour drive from Johannesburg, alternately daily flights from Cape Town International Airport and OR Tambo International Airport directly to Eastgate (HDS) Airport


Dining & Bar venue

The camp boasts sweeping views overlooking an expansive and active waterhole, with the majestic Drakensberg Mountain Range forming an impressive backdrop. Enjoy our African bush views while having deliciously prepared brunch, high tea and dinner at our dining and outdoor patio area and the perfect spot for a drink from the bar to catch up on all the game viewing moments of the day.