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Get to know Given Mathebula

Shara Burger | Our Family

While on a safari with us, you may have had the privilege of being on a game drive with Given seated in the tracker’s spot up front. This quietly spoken, gentle human has a wealth of knowledge that he has gained from a collection of his mentors with whom he works alongside.

Eleven years ago, Given joined the Tanda Tula family, starting as a gardener, he had high aspirations and was determined to combine his love of nature into his daily work.

Slowly, on his leave and after hours, Given started to sit with the guides and trackers, asking them questions, borrowing their books, and picking their brains. Before long he became a qualified tracker and so got to do what he loves every day, as he says himself: “I love this environment and to follow the animals in the bush and to learn about their behavior – it is like doing research.”

Given’s family had been part of Tanda Tula for almost 30 years when he initially joined us with his mother having worked from 1977-2007. They overlapped for only one year before his mother retired and handed the post down to the next generation.

Given is a proud member of our team and has acquired phenomenal tracking skills from his peers, he has also developed a real passion for birding over the past few years.

He has not stopped here though, and his next goal is to become part of the Tanda Tula guiding team. He knows that being out in the bush every day means no two safaris in the Timbavati are ever the same, every day offers an opportunity to grow and learn. It is with this knowledge and opportunity that he has set his goal in sight, we will be alongside him every step of the way as he navigates the road towards his new achievement, lending a hand whenever we can. Given, we look forward to watching you develop and grow even further.



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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.