Tydon Bush Camp

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Directions from Johannesburg/Pretoria

+/500 km from Johannesburg, an easy five-hour drive on National Roads.

From Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport take the R21 in the direction of Boksburg / East Rand. Then take the N12 towards Witbank (now called Emalahleni). This road becomes the N4 toll road to Nelspruit (now called Mbombela).

Just after Machadodorp Toll take the N4 turn off left to Nelspruit/ Mbombela via Schoemanskloof. After about 70km you will get to a T-junction; here you turn left to Nelspruit/Mbombela.  Continue with this road into Nelspruit/Mbombela until the traffic lights to turn left onto the R40 to White River.

Once in White River turn left at the traffic lights at NTT Toyota (this is Danie Joubert Street), and then first traffic light right into Tom Lawrence Street. Continue on to the second traffic light where you will turn left onto the R40 to Hazyview.

After approximately 45km you will reach a T-junction. Turn left into Hazyview. After several stop sign intersections and at the second traffic light (just after an overhead pedestrian bridge) turn right onto Portia Shabangu Drive (R536) towards Kruger National Park.

***At this point ignore your GPS instructions***

Continue on this road for approximately 37km to the turnoff for SHAWS GATE. (You will go past a Sabi Sand Newington Gate turn off – DO NOT GO TO NEWINGTON GATE!) Continue on +/- 4km till you see the SHAWS GATE turnoff. Turn left onto the gravel road and continue for +/- 4km to a T-junction and turn right. Continue along this road for about 3,5km until reach SHAWS GATE to enter Sabi Sand Game Reserve to Tydon Bush Camp.

Please note that there is a vehicle entry fee payable at Shaws Gate into the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Entry fees are payable by credit card or in cash. Please retain your receipt of proof of entrance which has to be stamped at your destination which you will require when you depart the reserve which serves as your EXIT permit. Enquire about the gate fees when making your reservation as these fees are reviewed and changed annually by Sabi sand Game Reserve.

Directions from Shaws Gate to Tydon Bush Camp

Once you arrive at Shaws Gate, Sabi Sand Game Reserve, sign in at the gate for TYDON SAFARIS/INGWE LODGE.  At the gate, there is a signboard in front of you indicating to go straight on to INGWE/UMKUMBE LODGE.  At about 5km, you get to a 4 way intersection where the signboard shows you to go left to UMKUMBE LODGE for +/- 5km. At about 5km, you get a sign on the right UMKUMBE; turn right here, follow the road to UMKUMBE and just before UMKUMBE (keeping left), you see the TYDON BUSH CAMP board/entrance on the left.

Driving rules within Sabi Sands Game Reserve

  • Travel directly to you Tydon Bush Camp and do not deviate from the route. You are not permitted to “game drive” in your private vehicle during your stay
  • Do not leave the roads
  • Do not leave your vehicle, remain in your vehicle at all times
  • Remain at a respectable distance from wild animals
  • Remember that all wild animals are dangerous
  • Do not exceed the speed limit of 40 km / hour
  • Do not feed the animals in the Sabi Sand Reserve
  • Retain your entrance receipt and have it stamped at your destination
  • Do not litter in the reserve
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Directions from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport

Turn right out of the airport onto the R538 and follow the signs to White River (Witrivier). Continue for approximately 12 km until you reach the first set of traffic lights in White River, with the mosque on your left. Turn right here, and continue on this route R40 to Hazyview.

After approximately 45km you will reach a T-junction. Turn left into Hazyview. After several stop sign intersections and at the second traffic light (just after an overhead pedestrian bridge) turn right onto Portia Shabangu Drive (R536) towards Kruger National Park.

***At this point ignore your GPS instructions***

Continue on this road for approximately 37km to the turnoff for SHAWS GATE. (You will go past a Sabi Sand Newington Gate turn off – DO NOT GO TO NEWINGTON GATE!) Continue on +/- 4km  until you see the SHAWS GATE turnoff. Turn left onto the gravel road and continue for +/- 4km to a T-junction and turn right. Continue along this road for about 3,5km until reach SHAWS GATE to enter Sabi Sand Game Reserve to Tydon Bush Camp.

Please note that there is a vehicle entry fee payable at Shaws Gate into the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Entry fees are payable by credit card or in cash. Please retain your receipt of proof of entrance which has to be stamped at your destination which you will require when you depart the reserve which serves as your EXIT permit. Enquire about the gate fees when making your reservation as these fees are reviewed and changed annually by Sabi sand Game Reserve.

Directions from Shaws Gate to Tydon Bush Camp

Once you arrive at Shaws Gate, Sabi Sand Game Reserve, sign in at the gate for TYDON SAFARIS/INGWE LODGE.  At the gate, there is a signboard in front of you indicating to go straight on to INGWE/UMKUMBE LODGE.  At about 5km, you get to a 4 way intersection where the signboard shows you to go left to UMKUMBE LODGE for +/- 5km. At about 5km, you get a sign on the right UMKUMBE; turn right here, follow the road to UMKUMBE and just before UMKUMBE (keeping left), you see the TYDON BUSH CAMP board/entrance on the left.

Driving rules within Sabi Sands Game Reserve

  • Travel directly to you Tydon Bush Camp and do not deviate from the route. You are not permitted to “game drive” in your private vehicle during your stay
  • Do not leave the roads
  • Do not leave your vehicle, remain in your vehicle at all times
  • Remain at a respectable distance from wild animals
  • Remember that all wild animals are dangerous
  • Do not exceed the speed limit of 40 km / hour
  • Do not feed the animals in the Sabi Sand Reserve
  • Retain your entrance receipt and have it stamped at your destination
  • Do not litter in the reserve

We wish you a safe journey and we look forward to welcoming you to Tydon African Safaris.

Tydon Safari Camp

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Directions from Johannesburg/Pretoria

+/500 km from Johannesburg, an easy five-hour drive on National Roads.

From Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport take the R21 in the direction of Boksburg / East Rand. Then take the N12 towards Witbank (now called Emalahleni). This road becomes the N4 toll road to Nelspruit (now called Mbombela).

Just after Machadodorp Toll take the N4 turn off left to Nelspruit/ Mbombela via Schoemanskloof. After about 70km you will get to a T-junction; here you turn left to Nelspruit/Mbombela.  Continue with this road into Nelspruit/Mbombela until the traffic lights to turn left onto the R40 to White River.

Once in White River turn left at the traffic lights at NTT Toyota (this is Danie Joubert Street), and then first traffic light right into Tom Lawrence Street. Continue on to the second traffic light where you will turn left onto the R40 to Hazyview.

After approximately 45km you will reach a T-junction. Turn left into Hazyview. After several stop sign intersections and at the second traffic light (just after an overhead pedestrian bridge) turn right onto Portia Shabangu Drive (R536) towards Kruger National Park.

***At this point ignore your GPS instructions***

Continue on this road for approximately 37km to the turnoff for SHAWS GATE. (You will go past a Sabi Sand Newington Gate turn off – DO NOT GO TO NEWINGTON GATE!) Continue on +/- 4km til you see the SHAWS GATE turnoff. Turn left onto the gravel road and continue for +/- 4km to a T-junction and turn right. Continue along this road for about 3km to Tydon Safari Camp gate on your left. Follow the signs inside the camp to the lodge.

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Directions from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport

Turn right out of the airport onto the R538 and follow the signs to White River (Witrivier). Continue for approximately 12 km until you reach the first set of traffic lights in White River, with the mosque on your left. Turn right here, and continue on this route R40 to Hazyview.

After approximately 45km you will reach a T-junction. Turn left into Hazyview. After several stop sign intersections and at the second traffic light (just after an overhead pedestrian bridge) turn right onto Portia Shabangu Drive (R536) towards Kruger National Park.

***At this point ignore your GPS instructions***

Continue on this road for approximately 37km to the turnoff for SHAWS GATE. (You will go past a Sabi Sand Newington Gate turn off – DO NOT GO TO NEWINGTON GATE!) Continue on +/- 4km  until you see the SHAWS GATE turnoff. Turn left onto the gravel road and continue for +/- 4km to a T-junction and turn right. Continue along this road for about 3km to Tydon Safari Camp gate on your left. Follow the signs inside the camp to the lodge.


We wish you a safe journey and we look forward to welcoming you to Tydon African Safaris.

Absolutely! Some people are concerned about safety due to negative media reports, which may give potential visitors the wrong impression. By and large, South Africa is calm and peaceful and we continue to welcome millions of tourists a year to our beautiful country.

The Kruger National Park is huge (over 220 miles from North to South) and it is impossible to see it all in one trip. To the West of the Kruger Park are a number of large private game reserves that share an unfenced border with the Kruger Park. Together the whole reserve is called the Greater Kruger National Park and it spans more than 2.2 million hectares of pristine wilderness.

For our Kruger Park safaris, we focus on the game-rich Southern half of the Kruger National Park, which has the richest diversity of habitats and animal life.

Tydon African Safaris falls into a low risk malaria area. Please consult your doctor or pharmacist for further information on prophylaxis. In addition to taking anti-malaria medication we recommend the following precautionary measures: cover your arms, feet and legs during the early mornings and evenings by wearing long sleeve clothing, apply a good quality mosquito repellent and sleep under a mosquito net. Each tent is equipped with mosquito and insect repellent as well as mosquito nets around the beds and on the windows and doors. Do not let the risk of malaria stop you from enjoying your safari!  Over a million visitors come to the Kruger National Park every year, and very few cases of malaria are reported.

Well, simply to experience something that no other continent can offer you, a chance to experience Wildlife animals and birds in their natural habitat interacting with other animals and birds. Apart from that a safari experience is essentially relaxing, a chance to get out of the city, come to the bush and relax, watch the sun set and rise and enjoy the endless stars in the night skies.

Priding ourselves on personal service excellence and understanding our clients’ needs is one of our top priorities. This ensures that our clients have a rewarding and memorable safari tour, which meets with all their expatiations.

With extensive knowledge of Southern Africa, our staff and Management are able to assist clients with accurate information to plan their dream safari.

Yes. Tydon African Safaris is a fully licensed and insured tour operator with extensive public liability insurance. However, our terms and conditions require that you also take out your own comprehensive travel insurance against personal accidents, cancellations, loss of baggage, theft or any other eventuality. As a member of SATSA, we are also covered by bonding insurance, which ensures that you will never lose any money paid up front.

Yes. For families who wish to bring their children on a wildlife safari, we can accommodate you in Tydon Safari Camp. Tydon Bush Camp children must be 16 years and older.

At the Safari Camp we will charge a single rate for the adult and a child rate for the child. At the Bush Camp adult rates will apply.

A two-night minimum stay at both the Safari Camp and Bush Camp.

Yes, we can accommodate your request if you book a 5 to 7 day Kruger Park and Sabi Sand Safari package with us, subject to availability and only on confirmation thereof by Gavin.

Not by guests; it can be changed due to circumstances as we see fit. Please see our T&C’s.

Walks are offered on the 5 to 7 day packages. Walks on other packages are possible at an extra cost and subject to availability. Walks are done in the early morning in place of your morning game drive. Walks cannot be done between game drives as this is when we give the animals a break and it is too hot.

If you have not been to Kruger then the mixed package is advisable. The 4 to 7 day packages are the best as they give visitors enough time to see both parks.

These packages not only give you enough time to see, but also to experience the wild. Because we alternate both the Sabi Sand and Kruger Park which are totally different, you do not get too much of one.

Bookings can be made directly with our reservations contact from our website. A 50 % deposit is required to secure your booking. Final payment is due 30 days prior to your arrival date.

On receipt of your deposit you will receive an email from our admin team confirming your booking.

Tydon African Safaris accepts the following payment methods:

Online with our safe to use payment gateway facility

Direct Bank Transfers

Manual payments can be made by filling out our credit card details form and returning the form to us by e-mail, in order for us to manually debit your account.

Accepted credit cards

Tydon has 8 transfer vehicles. We have two Hyundai H1 (8 passengers), two Toyota Quantum (13 passengers), two Toyota Etios (2 passengers), Toyota Land Cruiser (4 passengers). Toyota Fortuner (4 passengers).

All transfers are done by our own staff (drivers and rangers) so the trip is informative and we get to know the clients before they arrive.

From Johannesburg, it is 420km to the lodge which is a 5-hour drive without stops.

Yes, we do stop once for a bathroom break and once for a lunch break.

Yes, we stop at the viewing points on the Panorama Route and we do stop for curios in Graskop. We then stop for lunch at one of the towns en route.

When Africans talk of “game” in the context of a safari or tour we are talking about wild animals in general. For example, a game drive refers to a drive in a vehicle searching for wild animals.

It depends on the time of year but between 5 and 6 am. We wake our guests so they do not need an alarm clock.

Of course, as this is one of the best times in the bush as all the animals are smiling.

Yes, the Sabi Sand vehicles are open 4 x 4 Land Rovers and the Kruger Park vehicles are open Toyota Hilux with the specified frame.

Yes, in Sabi Sand we can go off road but in Kruger Park this is not allowed.

Yes, the Kruger Park is extremely efficient and well run and all major camps have shops where essential items and even gifts, books and videos can be purchased.

No, we would recommend bringing a pair of binoculars as sometimes there is a great sighting deeper into the bush or up a tree. Sometimes the animals are close to or on the road but it is never a guarantee.

The Big 5 is actually a hunting term, used to describe Africa’s 5 most dangerous animals to hunt on foot in the bush. These animals are lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino. Photographic safari companies have adopted the phrase to include in their marketing strategies, as it is a huge draw card for visitors visiting our country and its national parks.

African wildlife are unpredictable, however on the private game lodge safaris you are very likely to see most or all of the big 5 up close. In the Kruger National Park, spotting all of the big 5 in one or two days is very possible but cannot be guaranteed. Due to the vastness of Kruger, it is impossible to predict in advance what animals you will find on your safari. This is part of the excitement and adventure of looking for wildlife in their natural environment. Also, in your quest to view the big 5, be sure not to miss out on the many other interesting animals, birds, plants, insects and reptiles to be found.

No, we do not. Wilderness areas are becoming one of the rare places on earth where one can escape the world of technology and constant communication. Out of respect for those guests who have chosen to visit Tydon African Safaris for that reason, we ask that you kindly refrain from using cell phones and laptop computers in the main Lapa area. There is cellphone signal and most people can receive emails. We recommend you purchase a sim card from the Vodacom service provider.

No there is no shop at any of our camps. We do supply fresh fruit, biscuits, tea and coffee for no charge all day.

No; we have a liquor licence. We have a cash bar at the camps that offer beers, wine, spirits, ciders, soft drinks and bottled water

Yes, you can at a fee.

Yes, the air conditioning can be set on cold or warm.

All linen, towels, hair dryer, tea and coffee facility, insect repellent, soaps, shower cap, tissues, shampoo and shower gel.

Yes, there is electricity in the tents. We use type M 3 pin round plugs, 220V, 15amp. Please consult your local travel shop for advice on travel adaptors.

Yes, they are large heavy-duty safari tents bolted down to wooden decks.

The tents are sealed and offer a very safe and almost insect free environment.

Yes, both camps are accessible with a smaller car. If there is heavy rain guests can stop at the Safari Camp before going into the Sabi Sand to the Bush Camp. We will transfer guests into the reserve if the roads are very wet.

Yes, we can lock them up in our safe.

We do not do any activities between drives as the days are long and it is advisable to spend this time relaxing so that you can be fresh for your early mornings and late nights.

Yes, both lodges have an open lapa area where we have books and games available for guests.

We can accommodate most dietary requirements. We offer good home style cooking and dinners are around the fire at night in the boma area (weather permitting). We have real home-style favourites: potjie, bobotie, braais, plenty of vegetables and salads and traditional South African desserts.

kosher and vegan (We do cater for vegetarians). We can cater for gluten free and lactose intolerant in a minimal context.

Yes, Master and Visa card payments can be done at Safari Camp. Bush Camp guests can pay at Safari Camp on the way out.

There are ATM’s where you can draw South African Rands available at our stops en route to the camp.

Yes, we do take American Dollars or Euro as well as South African Rands.

Our rates do not include gratuities. Any gratuities you wish to leave for the staff will be GREATLY appreciated. These can be paid in CASH directly to the member of staff at your discretion, or by CREDIT CARD along with your beverages account on the morning of your departure.

Very little cash is needed for your stay at Tydon African Safaris. You can bring a small amount of South African Rands for small purchases e.g. curios, lunch on route to and from the camp.

No, we do not have any curios at the camps but we do make stops en route to and from the camp where you can buy curios.