Author Tony Park visits Tanda Tula and donates to our adult literacy programme


Tony Park, Australian author of nine highly acclaimed novels, all set in Africa, arrived in South Africa recently to promote his latest book ‘’Dark Heart’’ and to spend a little time soaking up the African bush. Tony and his wife, Nicola, visited Tanda Tula last week and spent a few days relaxing and enjoying the Timbavati bushveld. Don and Nina Scott, owners of Tanda Tula, met their friends Tony and Nicola several years ago and were delighted to welcome them back to the Timbavati.

Tony has been involved with various community and responsible tourism projects over recent years, so when he was in camp and Don and Nina told him all about the Tanda Tula Adult Literacy Programme, he jumped at the chance to offer his help. The classes, which focus on reading, writing, comprehension, conversation and general knowledge in the English language, make use of a small library which consists of a wide range of books, from entry level material to more advanced novels.

Tony kindly offered to donate a selection of his novels to the programme’s library which will be used in the advanced class as setworks for reading appreciation. “This will be the first time that we are able to focus on novels and reading for appreciation, so we are eagerly looking forward to the response from our staff ” said Nina.

In the image above you can see Tony Park with Thabo (Duty Manager) and Civilised (Ranger).

Tony’s books are filled with adventure, romance, action and suspense, but they also shed light on political and conservation issues, primarily poaching throughout Southern Africa. Added Nina, “Tony’s books make for thrilling, informative and fun reading and we are certain that his novels will spark a new found interest in reading as a hobby for many of our staff”.

We are delighted with Tony’s contribution to the programme and we will keep everyone updated with the progress.

Read more about the Tanda Tula adult literacy programme by CLICKING HERE

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About Tony Park 

Tony Park has written nine novels, all set in Africa. He was born and raised in Australia and prior to being a novelist, worked as a newspaper reporter in Australia and England, a government press secretary, a public relations consultant, and later a freelance writer. 

He is also a major in the Australian Army Reserve and served six months in Afghanistan in 2002 as the public affairs officer for the Australian ground forces. He and his wife, Nicola, are extremely passionate about the African bush, dividing their time between their home in Sydney, and their second home situated on the border of the Kruger National Park. 

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