We are very excited to welcome Nanette Raath to our Tanda Tula team. Nanette has a deep love of the bush and has worked in the safari industry for almost twenty years. Her relationship with the trade and our direct guests is going to be instrumental as we embark on an exciting new adventure. She will be working closely with our reservations team and overseeing all digital sales and online platforms.
- What is your role at Tanda Tula and what does this involve?
My role is all about nurturing and growing relationships, these includes our valuable trade partners and direct guests but also making sure our digital platform and on-line channels are up to date and communicating effectively with our partners in this everchanging world.
- This is not your first rodeo! How else have you been involved in the safari industry?
My career in the safari industry started in 2004 when I got offered a Reservation Manager position for another camp in the Timbavati. In total I worked for this camp for 6 years and my responsibilities ranged from Reservations, Sales and Marketing to Operations. These years fuelled my love for the safari industry, tourism and conservation, something that I will treasure forever.
- You have a deep love for the Timbavati and the bush in general, how did this passion start?
Having two parents that loved the bush is how it all started, some of my best memories as a child is jumping in our Yellow VW Combi in the middle of the night so that we could be at one of the Kruger gates by the time it opens at first light. My parents especially had a love for the Northern Kruger region which made me understand the magic of just being in the African bush, taking in the sounds and smells and not always focussing on the game viewing.
- What is the most exciting part for you of joining the Tanda Tula team?
I have worked with Don and Nina and some of the other Tanda Tula team before. So, the most exciting part is joining a team that I know and respect for numerous reasons, but mostly because of their commitment to uplifting the community they operate in and conserving wild spaces.
- If you could compile your dream holiday where would it be and what would you do?
Driving through Africa and all it’s wonderful spaces in a 4×4 with a roof tent. A few years ago I did a Drifters Tour through Kenya and Tanzania for 2 weeks and this still stands out as one of my highlights. I love the idea of getting back to basics and exploring the wild and vast spaces of our continent.