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A Tanda Tula celebration

Shara Burger | Our Camps

The festive season is always crazy busy at Tanda Tula Safari Camp.We were so deeply entrenched in merry lodge activities that we didn’t get an opportunity to have our own Christmas party. This is why we closed the lodge in the first week of January for one night so that the entire Tanda Tula familycould come together and have a good old party of our own… and boy, what a night we had!

We kicked off in the afternoon with drinks and snacks and it was such a sweltering hot day that most of us were enjoying the pool (others had already started breaking out with their dance moves). Everyone had dressed up to the max and looked incredible – from more traditional attire to high street fashion. Chefs Ryan and Chris over saw the succulent lambs on the spit and BBQ chickens while Bishop helped with the salads and other delicious accompaniments. The meal was a real feast! Everyone sat at long tables on the lawn in the late afternoon light and got to enjoy the food in true guest- style.

Don Scott, Dale Jackson and Formen Mathebula all made speeches in both Shangaan and English, thanking everyone for their contribution and commitment during a fantastic 2018. They also reflected on how the team has grown, welcoming new members to the Tanda Tula family and acknowledging those that have retired recently. They spoke about the exciting year ahead and some of the amazing things that will be taking place – watch this space!

Despite the unforgiving heat, we all partied the night away with loud music and dancing under the stars. Everyone had a really well deserved and happy celebration, but then it was back to work (even for those with slightly sore heads).



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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.