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Family Safari: A Time to Reconnect

Shara Burger | Wildlife

Time spent with the people you love is extremely important, it reminds you of your roots, it helps to give you identity and it shapes children into the adults they will become.

What better way to celebrate the gift of togetherness than by escaping from the hustle and bustle of routine life and taking the whole family on a safari? Time spent in the African bush gives you the chance to unwind and rejuvenate, a holiday that not only allows personal regeneration for individual family members but also this is the ideal place for reconnections amongst the people you care about most. 

One of the most fulfilling and rewarding experiences as a family is to escape into nature, it appeals to all ages on so many levels. By immersing yourself in the wild spaces of the Timbavati, without the stress of city life, you can simplify things. 

On safari, everyone will be forced to disconnect from the usual daily routine and rather participate in activities together. At first, the kids may be a little resistant and the grandparent’s pace can be a challenge. But, nature has a magical quality that soon will capture everyone’s hearts and imaginations, and before you know it even the teenagers will be joining in the safari fun. 

Through laughter, playing board games, looking for animals, and enjoying meals as a family you grow closer. By stepping into nature and out of their comfort zone everyone tends to feel more vulnerable, a little more open to learning new things, and often focusing on old values. By leaving technology behind all family members are taught the importance of being present and living a more meaningful life. Often the real power of a family safari comes in the form of the transformation that occurs between a family while away from technology and the daily routine. 

Safari teaches children important life lessons, enabling them to be kinder, more empathetic, and more understanding of other people and the environment. Traveling with your children allows them to understand new cultures, food, and experiences, opening their minds to the wonders that the natural world has to offer. Teaching the next generation, the importance of our environment is fundamental to our future existence. 

Experiences are far more valuable than belongings. Memories are made by living in the moment with the people you love, observing new activities, and getting involved together. Taking things at a slower pace and allowing you to recharge your batteries, safari encourages families to enjoy each other’s company and reminds them they are all loved and valued. 



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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.