Starry, starry night

Sleeping high up over the wild spaces of the Timbavati under a blanket of stars is such a magical experience that it is almost impossible to describe. The Tanda Tula Star Bed experience allows guests the opportunity to live this dream, awakening their senses in a completely new and different way.

Our wooden deck tucked secretly under a magnificent Leadwood tree boasts a four posted bed, keeping visitors warm and safe with feather duvets and mosquito nets. After an evening safari you will be dropped off at this secluded location, a steep ladder leads you to this cosy and comfortable platform. The Tanda Tula kitchen would have packed a picnic with the most tantalising tapas-style dinner, as well as your favourite drinks. All of this can all be relished with only the sounds of the wilderness for company and the incredible Milky Way watching over you. Being alone so high above the world gives one a sense of freedom and yet gently reminds us of our small existence in this greater galaxy.

As the birds start their morning song and gentle light beckons you awake, slowly open your eyes. There before you lies the Greater Kruger in all its glory. The soft sky and sunlight touches the landscape around you as each moment passes, once again giving you a sense of being present, alive in this unbelievable environment. The stars may be gone, but they have been replaced with a whole new beauty – equally magnificent and almost as untouchable.

“I like the stars. It’s the illusion of permanence, I think. I mean, they’re always flaring up and caving in and going out. But from here, I can pretend…I can pretend that things last. I can pretend that lives last longer than moments. Gods come, and gods go. Mortals flicker and flash and fade. Worlds don’t last; and stars and galaxies are transient, fleeting things that twinkle like fireflies and vanish into cold and dust. But I can pretend…” ― Neil Gaiman, Brief Lives