< Back to all

Did somebody order a baby? 

Shara Burger | Conservation

Legend has it that newborn babies are delivered by a rather sharp beaked, long-legged bird, better known as a stork. We have become so used to this odd portrayal that we don’t actually question why storks and babies are associated with one another. 

Although there are many myths about the stork and the baby which have origins across the globe, it is most likely to have originated during Pagan times in Northern Europe. During this era couples married in the summer, a season associated with fertility. This was the same time of year that the storks would start their annual migration to Africa returning exactly nine months later. The birds return coincided exactly with many babies being born and so, they became the proclaimers of new life and spurred on the mythical idea of the stork delivering babies. 

Babies or not, the White Stork is a long-distant migratory bird that cleverly manages to avoid the bitter European winters. Setting out in Europe at the end of summer they follow the straits of Gibraltar souring with the heavy thermal systems over the Sahara Dessert, then south along the Nile and finally settling in an African country, anywhere from Sudan to South Africa.  

This journey is often over 20 000 kms which takes approximately 50 days, on this journey they use the thermals so efficiently that they actually manage to conserve energy. Incredibly, these flocks can number up to as many as 11 000 birds, that’s a lot of babies!

If this myth did hold any truth to it then we are all in for a big surprise in the Timbavati as currently the many open areas of the reserve are filled with flocks of these elegant White Storks. But, luckily, so far, no babies have been spotted dangling from their beaks! 

Categories

Authors

View rates & promotions >

Find Us

We’d love to have you join the family.

Sign up for exclusive access to early bird promotions and other exciting offers, news and updates.




Booking Terms & Conditions

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

PROVISIONAL:

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.

CONFIRMED:

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.

CANCELLED

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.

PANDEMIC DISCLAIMER

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.