We have always been committed to strengthening communities, empowering individuals and conserving wild spaces. Through responsible business practices and people-facing programs, we enable change immediately and provide growth for years to come.

Doing more at Tanda Tula

Our community development programs are largely associated with education, but also provide support for small business development, the establishment of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and encouraging environmental awareness.

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Tanda Tula Adult Literacy Class

Tanda Tula Adult Literary Class

The Adult Literacy program was established by Nina Scott in 2012. At the time, out of 20 students 12 were completely illiterate, today everyone can read and write in English. Over the past 2 years the program has shifted slightly and now is focusing on a number of on-line programs which we will be offered to team members who want to upskill themselves further or pursue a career within the hospitality environment.

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Tanda Tula Scholarship Program

Tanda Tula (Pty) Ltd is 100% responsible for our scholarship programs, and although we carry the majority of costs, we are also reliant on generous donations. Currently we provide full funding for six children belonging to our staff, they attend Southern Cross Schools (SCS), a private IEB school based in Hoedspruit. At SCS the children are educated at the highest academic levels with a parallel education in conservation and sustainability, as well as environment and community development.

Proudly, our program also has a university student on a full scholarship: Reloef Khoza is studying Aeronautical Engineering at The University of Witwatersrand.

More about Reloef's journey

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Reloef - our Aeronautical Engineering Student with Don

Our African footprint

Responsible tourism is the foundation upon which our conservation efforts, community programs and research projects have been built.

We passionately support and contribute to various important projects in the Timbavati and Greater Kruger National Park with the support of you, our guests. By visiting regions like ours, you are investing in the future of Africa and ensuring that it will thrive. Each guest contributes a daily Conservation Levy which supports the Greater Kruger National Park conservation projects including anti-poaching and security as well as sustainable development for communities.

Timbavati Rhino Protectors

The Timbavati Wildlife Protection Programme initiated an anti-rhino poaching initiative focused on effectively detecting and deterring poaching incursions into our reserve. Trained and dedicated field guides spend their lives patrolling and protecting rhino and other endangered species in the Greater Kruger area where they are under immense threat. We support the Timbavati security efforts with our own “eyes on the ground” and by regular communication with the field ranger team.


Leopard Research

We have two camera traps at Tanda Tula which help track & monitor the leopard population for Panthera, the only organisation in the world devoted solely to wild cat conservation.

Panthera's Leopard Research

Ground-Hornbill Research

We provide a monthly fuel donation & feedback on any endangered ground-hornbill sightings for the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology researchers.

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Giving back with Tanda Tula

With the support of our guests, we are committed to championing projects close to our hearts.

When staying at any of the Tanda Tula camps, you contribute towards the Tanda Tula Education Foundation and the Greater Kruger National Park conservation initiatives in the Timbavati Private Nature reserve. Through ethical business practices and people-facing programs, we enable change immediately and provide growth for years to come. Responsible tourism is the foundation upon which our conservation efforts, community programs and research projects have been built.

Foundation Contribution:

R165 (2022) & R180 (2023) PER PERSON PER STAY

The contribution made by our guests goes a long way and helps us make this scholarship program truly sustainable. Our vision is to assist with educating the next generation, providing them with knowledge in order to build a stronger future.

Conservation Levy:

R460 (2022) & R510 (2023) per person per night

The daily Conservation Levy supports the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve’s conservation projects: anti-poaching & security as well as sustainable development for communities. Over and above the conservation levies Tanda Tula supports two other Conservation Projects.

Projects we support & fund

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“This is not about ‘doing work in the community’, but about ensuring that team members personally receive the resources to change their own lives.” ~ NINA SCOTT

Annual or monthly pledges

Donations can be made to the fund by either providing a monthly or annual contribution to the Foundation. These funds will be allocated to various priority projects and bursaries identified by the governors of the Foundation.

Bursaries & Specific Contributions

These are financial contributions to one or more of the Foundation’s programs. These may include some of the following:

  • Full Primary-School & High School (college) scholarships, grade 1 to 12
  • Uniforms & stationery
  • Transport
  • School outings & sporting activities
  • Extra tuition and tutoring
  • University tuition, housing and living expenses

For more information on donations please contact Shara Burger: [email protected]

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Tanda Tula Kunavelela Community Project


Brothers Harry and Smiling Ubisi, two of the Tanda Tula barmen, created Kunavelela Community Project in 1997. The aim of this non-profit organisation was “to empower individuals and encourage hope” in their own community. These inspirational men continue to do amazing work through various projects. Donations to this project go directly towards meeting their objectives.

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Booking Terms & Conditions

Rates are quoted in South African Rand (ZAR) and include VAT. Rates are reviewed quarterly and are subject to change.


Bookings can be held as provisional for up to 14 days, after which the booking is required to release or confirm. A 20% refundable deposit is required to confirm the booking.


Once confirmed with a 20% deposit, the booking is held on a status of ‘confirmed with refundable deposit’ until any of the following becomes true:

  • The booking is cancelled in writing by the agent.
  • Another request is received with overlapping dates. At such a time, the 20% refundable deposit shall be required to be converted
  • into a 20% non-refundable commitment fee. At this stage, the booking status changes to ‘confirmed with commitment.’ • In such an event, Tanda Tula will contact the client and give them the option to either confirm with the non-refundable
  • commitment fee or reschedule their dates, or, failing that, to release the booking.
  • At 60 days prior to arrival, when the full payment is due, the booking status changes to ‘confirmed with full-payment.’

Final payment is due 60 days prior to arrival. Any outstanding balance on the total reservation value shall be required to be settled at 60 days prior to arrival.

All refundable deposits, commitment fees and full payments are held in a separate call account and do not become part of the operational cash flow until the guest has stayed.

The amount stated on the invoice is what must be received by Tanda Tula nett of bank charges.


Cancellations must be received and acknowledged by Tanda Tula in writing.

‘Confirmed with refundable deposit’: bookings carry no cancellation fees up to 61 days prior to arrival.

‘Confirmed with commitment’ or ‘Confirmed with full-payment’: in the event of any reservation being cancelled after Tanda Tula has issued a confirmation, for any reason other than a WHO-recognised pandemic that impacts the booking, the following cancellation fees will apply:

  • ‘Confirmed with commitment’: if cancelled more than 60 days prior to arrival, the cancellation fee shall be equal to the 20% non- refundable commitment fee.
  • ‘Confirmed with full-payment’: if cancelled between 60 days prior to arrival, the full reservation value is forfeited.

All cancelled bookings that qualify for a refund, will be refunded less a handling fee valued at 5% of the refund amount.


Tanda Tula will allow postponement of a booking for up to 12 months, if travel is cancelled with a commitment fee or 60 days or less prior to arrival due to a WHO-recognised pandemic directly impacting the guests’ ability to travel (e.g. lockdown, no flights, guest not allowed to board a flight, guest falls ill due to a pandemic and unable to travel).

In the event of a WHO-recognised pandemic directly impacting the ability of Tanda Tula to meet its obligations with respect to the booking, all monies received, including the commitment fee, will be fully refunded (e.g. lockdown in RSA, government restrictions on trade).

Any refund is given at the discretion of Tanda Tula management and will be charge a handling fee valued at 5% of the refund amount.

All travellers are advised to take out fully comprehensive travel insurance with ‘cancellation for no reason’. This insurance must be able to fully cover cancellation of travel fewer than 60 days prior to arrival.

The Terms and Conditions are subject to change without notice.