Special Times at Tanda Tula Safari Camp

Tanda Tula Safari Camp is one of South Africa’s premier luxury tented safari camps. The bushfeld lodge and tented camp is situated in the Timbavati Private Game Reserve on the border of the Kurger National Park. Home to Africa’s big five, a true African safari adventure.

By Dale Jackson

It’s been an exciting few days in our area of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve.

I managed to get a wonderful sequence of shots last week of Rockfig Jnr and her sub-adult cub having a rough and tumble in the late afternoon.

These big five animals can be very playful at times, providing much entertainment to visitors of our safari camp.

The young male cub is now larger than his mother and should be self sufficient very soon and it was fascinating to watch the interaction between mother and son. 

Her tolerance of him grows shorter by the day, and after an initial friendly greeting tempers started to flair as he started throwing his superior weight around. Still, she put him in his place very quickly with a swift paw to the head!

He immediately took on a very subdued approach and as Mom calmed down he slowly tried to cosy on up to her again.

I am sure she will be coming into oestrus again very soon and will be covered by the large territorial male in the area. So time is ticking on the young male’s presence in his mother’s territory, as he will soon have to go out and fend for himself completely alone.

Interesting times await and we will keep you up to date on his progress.

There are many other special animals in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve and you can read more about them here:


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