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Two Uniquely Enriching Safaris Merge

Shara Burger | Community

The Greater Kruger Region is an area as vast, as it is spectacular, abundant as any preserved wilderness space in Africa, if not more so. Just under 4 million hectares of integrated protected areas, make the Greater Kruger Region twice the size of the Maasi Mara and Serengeti Reserves combined; and more than one and half times that of the Okavango Delta. So, it goes without saying that the variety of wildlife, fauna, flora and topography is quite extraordinary from one end of this region to the other.

Having had the privilege to experience this unbelievable biodiversity ourselves, we want to share the opportunity with anyone visiting Tanda Tula, located in the Timbavati in the Central Greater Kruger area, to also be able to understand the magic of the Pafuri in the Northern Greater Kruger.

Tanda Tula and Pafuri Access Map


The Differences

It is with the extraordinary biodiversity, as well as vast experiential differences, in mind that we have created an incredible combination special between ourselves and Return Africa, based up in the Pafuri Region, the most Northern section of the Greater Kruger National Park. The two areas are so incredibly different, each offering unique and inspiring experiences, that by visiting them both you gain a true understanding of the magnificence of this part of South Africa and all the magic that it holds.

Experience a Tanda Tula Big 5 Safari

Tanda Tula is a safari company that has been around for 44 years. Our highly experienced and committed team operate in the heart of Big 5 country and here is the perfect place to start your combined safari experience. The Timbavati is well known for its high density of big cats, both large prides of lions and relaxed leopards, we are also fortunate enough to boast regular sightings of endangered Wild Dogs and Cheetah.

Tanda Tula lies in the Mixed Broadleaf Woodland Biome of the Greater Kruger, a landscape which is almost guaranteed to showcase the celebrated “Big 5”, as well as a wonderful array of other smaller species, a huge variety of birds and insects on the backdrop of spectacular savanna landscapes interlaced with large dry river systems.

Explore Scenically Beautiful Pafuri

Pafuri offers the rich ancestral heritage of the Makuleke Contractual National Park, this is an area of deep history and immense biodiversity. The region offers remarkable geological and natural heritage, which can be found in rock formations that are over 250 million years old. There is evidence of human history dating back to the Stone Age, and landmark archaeological sites from early civilisations.

Over and above this, there are natural wonders of immense flood plains, wildlife rich pans, extraordinary trees and forests, together with the apex predators of hyena and crocodiles, large herds of elephants and buffalo. The Sandveld Biome is also world renown as a bird watching paradise.

Pafuri Tented Camp - RETURN Africa

Pafuri Sundowners - Northern Kruger - RETURN Africa

The Similarities

Both Tanda Tula and Return Africa focus a huge amount of energy on community empowerment. The two impressively different safaris are also very similar in that they both celebrate Africa, offering journeys of discovery and transformation. Although so different, there are many parallels and in both destinations you will find yourself taking cognisance of the beauty and importance of these wild spaces in this huge Greater Kruger region.

The opportunity to experience and explore these two incredible safari destinations is truly a dream, as avid lovers of Africa and all her magical places we cannot recommend the combination of a Tanda Tula and Pafuri safari highly enough.



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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.
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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.
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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.

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