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Allied is ready to take on the World!

Shara Burger | Foundation

Allied has always been part of the Tanda Tula family, in fact, his relationship with us started before most. He was born and grew up with his dad, Formen, and Nina and Don at another lodge in the Timbavati. At the age of 5, he left the reserve and went back to his Village so he could start attending school.

Allied in the bush

Then in 2016, he moved back into the bush permanently, joining his dad at Tanda Tula Safari Camp. Through our Education Foundation Allied was able to start going to Southern Cross Schools, a private school based in Hoedspruit. His initial biggest challenge in this new school environment was the workload and time schedules, but he settled down and made friends. He remembers that when he arrived, at the end of the year in Grade 6, he almost immediately had to go on a school trip, this forced him to forge friendships quickly and these young people are still his closest friends today.

Allied in the Timbavati

Allied has just finished his final school year, having completed his last exam a few weeks back. The subjects he chose for finals were English, Afrikaans, Maths, Tourism, Business, LO, and Life Science. Now he must just wait for the results which will come out in January, but this young, enthusiastic man is feeling positive and excited to start a new journey.

If you follow our social media pages, you will know what a keen and talented wildlife photographer Allied is. Having first picked up a camera only a few years ago this hobby quickly took over Allied’s life and has become the driving force behind getting him out of bed every morning. He may not be sure exactly what will happen next for him, now that his school career is finished, but he is certain that it will involve his true passion which is wildlife photography and filmmaking.

He is eager to grow his knowledge of filmmaking, photographic postproduction, and how to take his love of wildlife and photography and extend it to the next level. Allied would love to travel to photograph and film wildlife all over the world, seeing new species and creatures in a wide variety of environments. His next big dream is to go to Kenya and see the black leopard as well as the Pantanal in Brazil to see the jaguar.

However, while he is still on home soil, we are going to be taking full advantage of this young man’s talents. So, keep an eye on our various social media platforms for Allied’s first virtual safari…. Coming soon!

Allied posing with a camera



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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.