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We Welcome Tristan to our Guiding Team

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When we first met Tristan, we were struck by his contagious enthusiasm, incredible knowledge of the bush and his deep sense of empathy. Wise beyond his years, with a wicked sense of humor, and helpful by nature we are thrilled to have this young man join the Tanda Tula guiding team. 

 Having grown up in the Kwazulu-Natal bush in the east of South Africa and working up in the Pafuri region for the past 2 years, it was a lifelong dream for Tristan to get the chance to explore the Timbavati. He fell in love with the bush as a young boy travelling with his family and to visiting various wildlife parks in Kwazulu-Natal. This passion soon grew into a career choice when he took his first job as a guide in the Greater Kruger Region. 

Tristan is passionate about walking and has accumulated an incredible 1500 plus hours on foot in the bush. His best thing about being in nature is “simply the feeling you get, the vast openness, the quietness mixed together with the noisiness.” He is also a very keen birder, imparting with his knowledge in such a humble way you almost take it for granted. 

He is extremely excited to be part of the Tanda Tula team and says he loves the fact that there is such a feeling of family amongst his colleagues, there is always banter and time for a catch up. Tristan loves people and is thrilled to be out here meeting guests and getting to know new people, as well as having the opportunity to see the world from different perspectives. 

When he is not on game drive, you will find him playing golf or fishing, he is a self-proclaimed bore! And when asked what his last meal on earth would be, he doesn’t wait a second before replying: “My gran’s scones”. She has been making them for him since he was a kid and now when he visits, she sends him back to the bush with a tub full. All of us at Tanda Tula are extremely excited to try these delicious scones when he returns from his next leave. 

Welcome to the family Tristan, we are thrilled to have you on the team and look forward to your photos and stories, which we will be sharing on our social media platforms, so everyone can get to know you better. 



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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.