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A letter from your Tanda Tula family

Shara Burger | Our Family

Things are a little slower than expected around Tanda Tula Safari Camp.As the world comes together, but stays a safe distance apart, we find ourselves asking so many questions, trying to breath in the quiet from the wild spaces around us, and yet at the same time, we are incredibly saddened with the reality of what is happening in our beautiful country and all around the globe.

We miss our busy camp, seeing the familiar faces of return guests while enjoying the smiles and laughter of new ones, and we know how hard it must be for those of you who have had to delay your safari getaways. So, we want you to know that we are going to do our best to bring the Tanda Tula experiences to you in your homes, wherever you are, through our various social media platforms.

We will keep you updated on what is happening in the Timbavati-the animals in our wilderness continue to go about their lives and hopefully this can bring some joy to those of us whose lives have been paused in many ways. Our blogs are produced by a number of talented in house contributors, they tell us funny stories and dazzle us with incredibly beautiful images, most of you know and love Chad and Luke. Britt will continue to create her amazing videos delivering a virtual safari experience to you through the web, and our Instagram page will be updated daily to keep you in touch and make sure your passion for Africa stays ignited.

Through these turbulent times we want you to know that our focus remains on our team who make up the Tanda Tula Family,and the conservation of our wildlife and preservation of our environment. This is the essence of what we do, it is why we are in the safari business and it is the reason we will all get thorough this. Our love and passion will drive us all to come out the other side.

We have actioned many precautions within camp for those of you who are already travelling in South Africa and who cannot change your travel plans. We have also adjusted our terms and conditions for guests who need to defer their bookings, and we have some incredible specials running, so keep your eye on our website.

In the meantime, try to be still and mindful, enjoy the small things, appreciate the slowness that time can offer and take this opportunity to reconnect with yourself and your loved ones. We will do the same in camp, and promise to stay connected, but we cannot wait to embrace you physically once again.

Your Tanda Tula Family



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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.