Sleeping high up over the wild spaces of the Timbavati under a blanket of stars is such a magical experience that it is almost impossible to describe. The Tanda Tula Star Bed experience allows guests the opportunity to live this dream, awakening their senses in a completely new and different way.
Our wooden deck tucked secretly under a magnificent Leadwood tree boasts a four posted bed, keeping visitors warm and safe with feather duvets and mosquito nets. After an evening safari you will be dropped off at this secluded location, a steep ladder leads you to this cosy and comfortable platform. The Tanda Tula kitchen would have packed a picnic with the most tantalising tapas-style dinner, as well as your favourite drinks. All of this can all be relished with only the sounds of the wilderness for company and the incredible Milky Way watching over you. Being alone so high above the world gives one a sense of freedom and yet gently reminds us of our small existence in this greater galaxy.
As the birds start their morning song and gentle light beckons you awake, slowly open your eyes. There before you lies the Greater Kruger in all its glory. The soft sky and sunlight touches the landscape around you as each moment passes, once again giving you a sense of being present, alive in this unbelievable environment. The stars may be gone, but they have been replaced with a whole new beauty – equally magnificent and almost as untouchable.
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:
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:
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.