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South Africa 2016 Trip – Part 1 – Tydon Safari and Sabi Sands Game Reserve

A few months ago, I was able to take a trip to South Africa.

Going on a safari has always been on my bucket list. And when the opportunity to go came, I took it!

After getting a great deal on airfare, it was time to look for Safari options.

After researching and receiving a few recommendations I decided to go with Tydon Safari Camp.

Not only was Tydon very well priced, but they also pick you up and drop you off at the Johannesburg Airport, or from a hotel in Johannesburg depending on when you arrive (which not a lot of camps offered. And it was a 5 hour drive to the game reserve).

From the moment you arrive at the camp, you don’t have to worry about anything. They feed you all 3 meals – breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They also have light snacks. You go on 2 game drives a day – morning and afternoon/evening.

I had originally wanted to do the 3 day / 2 night camp but they were only offering the 4 day /3 night camp during the dates that I was there. And I am glad to have gotten that extra day! Because you are on a game reserve, the animals you can see could be anywhere, so you aren’t guaranteed to see all the different types of animals! Had I had not gotten that extra day, I wouldn’t have been able to see as many different animals that I did!


Tydon isn’t a Hotel, but you’re on the game reserve. It’s glamping (glamorous camping). So your sleeping accommodations are in a tent. Private bathroom – toilet, sink and shower – all running water – on the backside of the tent. . There was an AC unit and working lights. They have 2 camps – Safari camp and Bush camp. The Safari camp is just outside of the reserve, which has a common room, and a pool and  7 tents. The bush camp is in the reserve, and is more intimate- has 4 tents, and a common area where you eat. Both are priced the same, it just depends on which type of experience you want.

Anyways, time for some photos.


I unfortunately didn’t take a photo of the common area, but you kind of get the picture. One with nature.

After arriving on the camp, we were able to rest and then we went on our first game drive.The guides are very knowledgeable, and can answer most questions you ask about the animals. And will give you tons of information on the animals as well! It was definitely a learning experience!

The photos in this post are from the Sabi Sands Game Reserve.

The first animals that we saw were Rhinos! It was pretty exciting to see one of the Big 5 as the first animal!


Photos are in the order that they were taken! So the same type of animals aren’t posted one after the other, but based on the time they were seen! (I’ll stop typing now so you can just enjoy the photos)












The next post will be from the Kruger Game Reserve!



Chrissy Kim


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