Game Report: Tanda Tula

February 20, 2013  By: Gretchen

We loved our recent stay at Tanda Tula Safari Camp in South Africa’s Timbavati Game Reserve.  It’s been about eight weeks since our visit, so we thought we’d check in to see what is going on around camp and it has been quite busy!  We saw loads of big cats when we were there and sure enough, this week’s guests are having the same great luck!

Tanda Tula cheetah

We were extremely lucky late last week when we were graced with a rare sighting of a female cheetah and her cub.

We noticed some white backed vultures on top of a tree in the distance while out on afternoon game drive, and decided to follow up to see if there was any action. When we arrived we noticed a lot more vultures on the ground, and as we entered the sighting we saw two cheetahs walking just 20 meters from us! They seemed a little nervous at first but then settled down and relaxed.

We believe that the vultures stole the kill from the cheetahs, and it appeared that all the cats wanted to do was make a swift getaway before the birds attracted more attention from other predators. Cheetahs are not built for strength but rather speed and agility, so often when they make a kill they need to start feeding quickly before drawing attention to themselves. Their kills are often stolen from hyena, lions, leopards and of course the vultures.

Tanda Tula lions

We have also been lucky to enjoy fantastic lion sightings over the last two weeks. The nomadic male lions have been mating with two different lionesses, one female who we believe is from the neighboring pride called the Ross pride, and one of our local  females from the Machaton pride.

They were all seen together on Friday which is a good sign for us here at Tanda Tula as the nomadic males seem to be forming a new pride right on our doorstep! We have seen them mating with other females in the past so we are all holding thumbs that the new pride will grow in numbers and strength.

We have lots of safari specials right now for Tanda Tula:

Stay 3 nights at Tanda Tula in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve and get 2 nights free at the Peech Hotel in Johannesburg.

Or stay 4 nights at Tanda Tula Safari Camp and get 2 free nights at Majeka House in the scenic vineyards of Stellenbosch.

Stay for 4 nights and only pay for 3 at Tanda Tula.

All are valid for travel through Apr. 30, 2013.  Call us to book your visit!