Tanda Tula Safari Camp is getting off the grid!


In today’s world, we all know that the long term solution to our global energy situation lies not only in the increase of energy supply, but more importantly and more urgently, in the reduction of our energy demands.

Whilst continual efforts are made to seek alternative energy sources, and to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, it is still clear that we will struggle to keep up unless we all make a contribution to reducing the global demand for energy.

Operating a safari camp in the remote wilderness of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve (part of Greater Kruger National Park), as we do at Tanda Tula Safari Camp, makes one ever more aware of the energy we consume.

As part of our ongoing efforts to reduce our reliance on the electrical power supply to our safari camp, at Tanda Tula we have recently implemented our first changeover of light bulbs from incandescent to LED lighting.

Old Incandescent Light Bulb

New LED Light Bulb

What is the advantage of this changeover? To put it into perspective, each incandescent light bulb consumes around 40W of electrical power, whilst the new LED bulbs consume only 5W of power for the same amount of light. Thus, our electrical energy consumption related to each light bulb has now dropped by some 80% with this changeover.

Furthermore, the LED light bulbs are extremely reliable and long lasting, with no need to change bulbs for many years, thus saving further energy in reducing our reliance on the waste / recycling chain. As the photos with this article show, the new light bulbs still have the warm glow of the incandescent bulbs, thus not detracting from the warm evening atmosphere in our safari camp.

Tanda Tula’s ongoing efforts to reduce our energy consumption through the replacement of light bulbs from incandescent to LED, is supported by Eco-Steps.

Tanda Tula is committed to responsible tourism. Read more about our various initiatives, sponsorships and partnerships on the responsible tourism pages on this website.

Our lounge area. The warm glow of the lights add to the African romance.

Text by Don Scott.