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About Tshulu Wilderness Camp

Tshulu Wilderness Camp is situated on the banks of the Mutale River in Hamakuya in the far north east of South Africa. Located near to rural villages, the camp is in a pristine natural area, surrounded by lebombo ironwood groves, baobabs and mopane woodlands. The camp is located outside North Kruger Park, only an hour's drive from both the Pafuri and Punda Maria gates and 40 minutes from Makuya Provincial Park.

Accommodation is in spacious 'meru-style' tents on raised platforms with en-suite outdoor type bathroom with shower. Self catering can be done in the communal kitchen with a gas stove, fridge and large freezer; basic crockery and cutlery is provided. The kitchen opens out onto a spacious central area for eating and relaxing. Solar power is available to charge cell phones, cameras and laptops, and provides light in the central area and tents. There is no mains electricity.

Tshulu Wilderness Camp is a wonderful place to rest and recuperate, and the birding is excellent. There are also several short walking trails from the camp, including a tree walk, and guides are available if you would like to venture further afield. Several kilometres from the nearest village, the soundscape is dominated by cowbells, baboon calls and the rush of rapids as the river spills out of the deep pools that mark the end of a dramatic gorge.

The camp is managed and run by the local community through Tshulu Trust. Homestays in a Venda village household can be arranged through Tshulu Trust in advance. Homestays give visitors an experience of Venda traditional cultural practices and are an important form of income for families in HaMakuya.

Safari: Tshulu Camp is ideal for venturing into the Northern Kruger Park (Pafuri gate is 45 minutes' drive away) or Makuya Park. Several hiking trails lead from the camp with diverse flora and fauna. Bird watching is outstanding with several specials.

  • Response Rate: 97%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 3 hours
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Self-catering
  • Sleeps: 34
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 4 Reviews


  • Braai/Barbecue
  • No Credit Card Facilities
  • Pet Friendly*
  • Parking on Premises
  • Check in from 10:00
  • Fridge
  • Patio
  • Shower
  • Year of construction after 2000

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Zulu (isiZulu)
  • Afrikaans
  • Sotho (Sesotho)
  • Tsonga (Xitsonga)
  • Venda (Tshivenda)
* Please enquire for further details.


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  • Rammed Earth Eco House Sleeps 4 Includes: Self-catering Our eco house is simple and rustic, set apart from the 5 tents but close to the central catering and boma area. It has... see more Features:  Double beds, Shower only, Balcony/patio, Self-catering, Single beds, Outdoor shower see more Double beds, Shower only, Balcony/patio, Self-catering, Single beds, Outdoor shower, No Smoking in Rooms, River views
    from R500 For 2 guests
    • Adults
      • En-suite Tents Sleeps 6 Includes: Self-catering Rooms / Units: 5 Each spacious Meru-style tent is on stilts and has a balcony overlooking the Mutale river. Each tent has an en-suite,... see more Features:  En-suite, Shower only, Balcony/patio, Self-catering, Single beds, Outdoor shower see more En-suite, Shower only, Balcony/patio, Self-catering, Single beds, Outdoor shower, No Smoking in Rooms, River views
        from R600 For 2 guests
        • Rooms Adults

          Reviews for Tshulu Wilderness Camp

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          Tom Eden
          24 August 2018

          Tshulu deserves many more visitors for it's remote, rural, scenic setting and it's cheap good value and attentive, caring staff

          Thuli Kunene, South Africa
          04 January 2017

          We truly enjoyed our stay at Tshulu Camp. Wish we were better prepared for a true camp but none-the-less we had a really great time.

          Wendy Adamson, South Africa
          23 May 2015

          The member of staff on duty was surprised to see us and clearly wasn't expecting us. The tent had been prepared and was clean and comfortable. Chairs could have been provided on the deck, luckily we had brought our own camp chairs. There were no routes marked for walks or mention of a visit to the village by the staff. Clearly some training needs to be given in the tourism industry.The member of staff on duty had to be asked to clean the braai area and we had to work around his dirty dishes in the kitchen, having said that he did entertain us with his musical talents.
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          RICHARD KEVIN, France
          15 November 2014

          This is a little piece of paradise on earth, very relaxing, beautiful landscape and wonderful people! Be careful, you need a 4x4 to go there.

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          Tshulu Wilderness Camp is 31.3km from the centre of North Kruger Park , the nearest airport 215.5km (Eastgate Airport).
          *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling