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K is in the Kitchen! 

Shara Burger | Our Family

When Kgaugelo arrived in the Tanda Tula kitchen 2 years ago, Chef Ryan had a really hard time pronouncing her name, quickly he renamed her K. This beautiful young woman has now become a permanent member of our team, she is constantly growing and learning and we love having her smiling face around camp and look forward to seeing what she produces in the kitchen as time goes on. 

  • Where are you from? 

I grew up outside Polokwane, then moved closer to the big city in 2016. I did my post-graduate studies near Pretoria at Chef’s Training & Innovation Academy. After completing the 2-year course I was placed at Tanda Tula for a 3-month internship in 2019. Then came back last year in March as a freelance chef and have now been offered a permanent position in the kitchen.  

  • How did you know you wanted to work in the kitchen? 

I started cooking at a very young age, about 10 years old. I was left with some cousins who were living with us, they were both disabled and unable to make food for themselves. None of my parents were home so I realized I had to make them some food and that is how it started. When I got to High School I chose Consumer Studies as one of my subjects, in this we had lessons on how to cook, but my parents were not happy with me. They did not believe I could make a career out of this cooking that I loved so much. But, I went on to study food and catering further and now here I am with a wonderful job at Tanda Tula.  

  • What part of cooking in the Tanda Tula kitchen do you love the most? 

I have studied pastry and culinary arts, but since being at Tanda Tula I have fallen in love with the hot kitchen. I love to work with dishes including meat, it allows me to try new things and experiment 

  • What is one thing Chef Ryan has taught you? 

I am who I am because of Chef Ryan. He kept persisting and calling me to come back. At first, it was not easy working with Chef Ryan, but now we know each other and work well together, he has taught me so much and his ongoing belief in me gives me the strength to be where I am today.  

  • What is your biggest challenge? 

Working here in the bush is always interesting and different and I am so far from my family. However, I also realize that my life is here now and the Tanda Tula team has become my family. 



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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.