Thula Thula Private Game Reserve, KZN

Thula Thula Private Game Reserve, KZN

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Accommodation Category: Conference Venue, Kwa-Zulu Natal, Lodge, Luxury Safari Lodge, Malaria Free, and SpecialsAccommodation Tags: Kwa-Zulu Natal, KZN, Luxury tented Accommodation, Reserve, and ThulaThula

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  • Thula Thula Private Game Reserve

    Thula Thula in Zululand offers the choice of exclusive accommodation between the Elephant Safari Lodge, and the Luxury Tented Camp

    Only 2 hours north of Durban, in Zululand, Thula Thula Private Game Reserve is a 4500 ha wildlife sanctuary and home to big game as buffalo, elephant, leopard, rhino and superb birdlife. Thula Thula offers you the choice of exclusive accommodation between the stylish ELEPHANT SAFARI LODGE, renowned gourmet destination, and the LUXURY TENTED CAMP, offering an authentic African bush experience in a relaxed atmosphere and where children are welcome. Thula Thula CONFERENCE CENTER, and its elegantly decorated boardroom with lounge can welcome up to 32 delegates.



    A morning bush walk, an afternoon game drive.

    Game drives and bush walks are conducted on the Thula Thula private game reserve by our professional rangers and trackers. Game viewing includes elephant, rhino, buffalo, leopard, giraffe, crocodile, hyena, wildebeest, kudu, nyala, zebra and many more, including exceptional birdlife.

    Optional extras:

    Sangoma expeditions in the rural Zulu Village, Game drives in Hluluwe/Umfolozi Game Reserve, Whale watching (June to October), Ste Lucia cruises, Therapeutic spa massages, mountain biking, picnic champagne lunch in the bush

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    Rediscover Nature in great style and true to the African safari camp of a past era at the Thula Thula luxury tented camp, where the peaceful essence of the African bush can be heard and felt. Exclusivity is assured with only 8 luxury tents, all with private viewing decks, fans, mosquito nets and luxurious en suite bathroom with Victorian bath and outside shower.


    Enjoy a private living experience and couple that with the chance to enjoy a private candle-lit dining experience and you have the perfect blend for an intimate romantic safari.   Beds in the luxury safari tents are 2 x ¾ beds and en suite bathroom with victoria bath and outside shower. Each tent also feature a private veranda.


    Luxurious tents decorated and built in the old colonial safari style, exclusivity is guaranteed at Thula Thula Luxury Tented Camp.  Beds consist of 2 x ¾ beds and 2 x single beds. Full bathroom with Victorian bath and separate shower. Private viewing deck


    A buffet lunch is served around the outside thatched bar or by the swimming pool. Dine under the stars in the boma for a traditional South African braai or a potjie (meat with vegetables cooked on the fire in a cast iron pot)

    An air conditioned lounge with TV-DSTV, and game room for children. This lounge is also an art gallery for paintings from local artists who donated their artwork for the Thula Thula Rhino Fund

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    The unique atmosphere, stylish décor with an exclusive and personalised service makes Thula Thula Elephant Safari Lodge a “five star” bush experience.  Luxury and privacy in individual chalets, decorated in ethnic and colonial style, exceptional service, attention to detail and a gourmet menu are the reason why so many wish to return to the Elephant Safari Lodge.


    The Suite Royale is perfect for honeymoon couples or special celebrations. With a large king size four-poster bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with large walk-in shower, bath with bush view and twin basins. Superb bush views from a veranda which overlooks the watering hole.


    The deluxe rooms with a queen sized four-poster bed, en-suite bathroom with single basin and shower, as well as a veranda overlooking the bush.


    The luxury rooms are approximately 35 sqm, three of the luxury chalets have 2 x ¾ four- poster beds and 1 of the chalets has a queen size four-poster bed.  The en-suite bathrooms have twin basins, bath and shower.  Each luxury chalet has a veranda over-looking the bush.  Additional single beds for children can be put into the luxury rooms on request.


    The Suite Imperiale, for a journey into the past, exclusively decorated to celebrate nature, offering the very best in elegance and luxury.  2 x 4 poster double beds, lounge, full viewing deck.



    A fusion of the most delicate fare combined with exotic flavours and enhanced with the finest South African wines make Thula Thula one of the most renowned gourmet destinations in KwaZulu-Natal.  Menus offer a great selection of seafood, venison and the best vegetarian dishes.

    The Zulu dinner and venison braai (barbecue) around the fire in the Boma include a vast selection of delicious traditional Zulu dishes cooked on the fire in cast iron pots, accompanied with slow roasted leg of venison served with red wine sauce and marinated whole fillet cooked on the barbecue with a choice of vegetable cooked in the fire.

    Elephant Safari Lodge Bar

    The Marula Bar is in a thatched lapa which overlooks the waterhole; great game viewing and magnificent birdlife can be enjoyed with a refreshing beer, exotic cocktail or fine wine. Drinks at the bar will be charged to the guest’s room account for settlement on departure.


    The air-conditioned conference room is approximately 150m from the main lapa.  The conference room is private with great bush views, seats 32 delegates cinema style (approx 6m x 12m) and has a separate air-conditioned breakaway lounge with bar, library and TV / DVD.

    A private garden with tables and chairs offers bush views with an adjacent tea & coffee station for breaks.  The conference area has its own separate toilets. The conference room is equipped with a pull-down screen for overhead projection.  All AV equipment can be sourced locally on request or brought in by the delegates.

    Group lunches can be served on the terrace of the lapa and group dinners in the boma. Suggested team building activities include bush walks and interactive game drives.

    Maximum Conference Capacity: 32 Delegates

    CURIO SHOP original art sketches by Francoise Malby Anthony

    The curio shop stocks art sketches by Francoise Malby-Anthony, hand-made bracelets, elephant & rhino pooh soap, t-shirt and caps, as well as copies of Lawrence’s 3 books:  Babylons Ark, the book about how he rescued the animals in the Baghdad Zoo; The Elephant Whisperer, which recounts the beginning of Thula Thula as well as the arrival on Nana and the so-called “rogue” herd, and The Last Rhinos – Lawrence’s attempt to save the last of the Northern White Rhinos.  Signed copies of the book are available on request.



    There is an elephant in my kitchen -francois

    An Elephant in My Kitchen – Francoise Malby-Anthony

    Extraordinary article in the Daily Mail – UK

    How DID the elephants we adopted know my husband had suddenly died?

    To find out more about this bestseller, described by the Daily Mail UK as “the most magical book about life in the African bush since Born Free



     Thula Thula est une reserve animaliere de 4500 ha dédiée à la conservation, la protection et la survie des espèces en péril. Situé dans le Zululand, en Afrique du Sud, seulement 2 heures de Durban et une heure de Richards Bay, Thula Thula est une destination de safari de luxe où les rangers partageront leurs connaissances de la brousse lors de safaris passionnants tandis que vous observez, rhino, hippo, éléphant, léopard, buffle et beaucoup plus, y compris plus de 350 espèces d’oiseaux.  Thula Thula est également la ou reside notre  troupeau d’éléphants, rendu célèbre dans le livre Best-seller « The Elephant Whisperer » ( L’homme qui murmurait a l’oreille des elephants). Avec son atmosphère unique, un décor élégant et une superbe cuisine, Thula Thula vous propose un choix d’hébergement exclusif entre l’ELEPHANT SAFARI LODGE, destination gastronomique renommée et le CAMP DE TENTES, offrant une expérience de brousse africaine authentique dans une ambiance décontractée où les enfants sont bienvenus. Nous proposons des activites, en plus des safaris inclus dans le sejour tout compris, tels que visite du village Zoulou, dejeuner au Champagne dans la brousse, ou visite du centre de rehabilitation d’animaux. Sejours tout compris de 6 et 8 nuits, avec transfers et excursions.


    Mit seiner einzigartigen Atmosphäre, seinem stilvollen Dekor und seiner hervorragenden Küche bietet Ihnen das Thula Thula Private Game Reserve exklusive Unterkünfte zwischen der Elephant Safari Lodge, einem bekannten Gourmet-Reiseziel, und dem luxuriösen Zelt Camp, das ein authentisches afrikanisches Buscherlebnis im Herzen von Zululand bietet . Beide bieten eine sehr einzigartige und unterschiedliche Erfahrung.

    Other Safari Lodges in KZN to consider or combine are:


    Leopard Mountain safari Lodge 

    Mavela Game Lodge 



    special 20% off when booking is made 10 days prior to arrival
    Minimum 2 nights stay
    These specials are valid for certain periods of the year only and specifically for a certain number of days before arrival. Please contact the reservation office for more information.
    FOR OUR SOUTH AFRICAN SENIOR CITIZEN: SPECIAL 20% discount at certain periods of the year and as per availability in certain categories of rooms.

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  • Address: Thula Thula Game Reserve
    South Africa
  • Facilities:

    Activities on the premises
    Airstrip / Helipad
    Bird Watching
    Game Drive
    Game Viewing
    Game Walk
    Swimming Pool
    Mountain biking
    Conference venue Up to 30 people

    In the area
    Big Five
    Game Viewing
    Horse Riding
    Cultural Tours

    Airport Transfers By Arrangement
    Car Hire Arranged
    Guest Lounge
    Laundry Service
    TV Lounge
    WIFI hotspots

  • Child Policy:

    Elephant Lodge: Children over 8 years old are welcome in the Elephant Lodge and pay 50% of the adult rate. Children under 8 are welcome by prior arrangement.

    Tented Camp : Children from 2 to under 12 years old pay 50% off the adult rate when sharing with 2 adults.
    Family tent is sold on a minimum 3 beds basis, 5 maximum.
    Children under 4 are not allowed on game drive or bush walks.
    Special mini bush walks are organised for children during their parent’s activities.
    Baby-sitting can be arranged at R 50 per hour. Malaria free.

  • Rooms:

    Safari Lodge - Deluxe Rooms (qty 2)
    The deluxe rooms are approximately 25 sqm, with a queen sized four post bed, en-suite bathroom with single basin and shower and a veranda which overlooks the bush. The deluxe rooms are ideal for single occupancy.

    Luxury Chalets (qty 4)
    The luxury rooms are approximately 35 sqm, 3 of the luxury chalets have 2¾ four post beds and 1 of the chalets has a queen size four post bed. The en-suite bathroom has twin basins and a bath and shower en-suite.

    Each luxury chalet has a veranda which overlooks the bush. Additional single beds for children can be put into the luxury rooms on request.

    Suite Royale (qty 1)
    The Suite Royale is perfect for honeymoon couples; with a large king size four post bed. The Suite Royale is approximately 75 sqm, has a separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with large walk in shower, bath with bush view and twin basins, slippers are also provided. Suite Royale has superb bush views and a veranda which overlooks the watering hole.

    Suite Imperiale (qty 1)
    The Suite Imperial is approximately 80 sqm; with two double beds (four post), lounge area with chez lounge, en-suite bathroom with large walk in shower, bath with bush view and twin basins, slippers are also provided. Suite Imperiale has superb bush views and a veranda which is ideally situated to watch the sun go down.

    Luxury Tent (qty 6)
    The luxury tents are spacious and luxurious, each tent has two ¾beds, en-suite bathroom with single basin, bath and outside shower.

    Family Tent (qty 2)
    The family tents are furnished in a colonial style with two ¾ beds, 2 single beds (separated from ¾ beds with a panel room divider), en-suite bathroom with twin basins, Victorian bath and large head shower.

  • Terms:
  • High Season Dates:
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  • Normal Rates:

    Rates are per person per night and start at R3000 per person per night sharing to R4550 per person per night
    30% single supplement is applicable for single persons in a single room.

    Luxury Family Tent: x 2 (N.B.: Luxury Family Tent is Sold on a 3-Beds Basis: 2 Adults & 1 Child under 12)

    Safari lodge:
    Children 8 + welcome. Children from 8 to under 12 years old pay 50% off adult rates when sharing with 2 adults. Children under 8 welcome by prior arrangement.
    Rates include all meals (French cuisine), 2 game drives per day, a bush walk, all teas and coffees and luxury air conditioned accommodation in thatched chalet. Bar expenses and 1% tourism levy excluded.

    Tented Camp:
    Rates are all inclusive of all meals (traditional South African cuisine), a morning bush walk and an afternoon game drive.
    Bar expenses and 1% tourism levy not included.

    Rate does not include the 1% Tourism Levy, Bar Expenses, Gratuities or Curios