THULA THULA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

THULA THULA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

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  • Thula Thula Private Game Reserve

    ELEPHANT SAFARI LODGE and LUXURY TENTED CAMP

    Thula Thula, the oldest Private Game Reserve in Zululand, is filled with Adventure, Zulu History, Style and gourmet cuisine. The unique atmosphere, stylish décor and superb service will make your wedding and honeymoon at Thula Thula memorable.

     

    Thula Thula private Game Reserve is a 4500 ha Malaria free game reserve and Wildlife Sanctuary dedicated to the conservation, protection and survival of endangered species.  Thula Thula is privately owned and operated and is situated in Zululand, province of Kwazulu Natal in South Africa, only 2 hours from Durban, and one hour from Richards Bay, as well as 1.5 hours from Hluhluwe Game Reserve and St Lucia.

     

    Thula Thula, with its centuries of cultural and wildlife heritage takes pride in tracing back its origin to the private hunting grounds of King Shaka, founder of the Zulu Empire. The first historic meeting between Shaka and his father (Senzangakhona), which set the stage for the creation of the Zulu nation, took place at the Nseleni River at Thula Thula. The Zulu name Thula Thula literally means peace and tranquillity.

     

    Conservationist  The late Lawrence Anthony

    The late bestselling author and conservationist Lawrence Anthony, who passed away on March 2012 also called Thula Thula home.  His second book, The Elephant Whisperer relates the story of he rescued the Thula Thula elephants, and the special relationship he created with the herd.  The lodge is now run by his widow, Francoise Malby Anthony, who carries on Lawrence’s legacy i.r.o. his conservation projects and the running of the two lodges

     

    Thula Thula in Zululand offers 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 where children are welcome.

     

    LUXURY TENTED CAMP

     

    Rediscover nature in great style – 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. View wildlife, while sipping a cocktail from the swimming pool bar or relax in your hammock overlooking the Enseleni River. Children all ages welcome.

    LUXURY SAFARI LODGE ****

    Exclusive bush experience and absolute luxury. With only 8 thatched chalets decorated in flavours of ethnic and colonial elegance, the Elephant Safari Lodge offers superb accommodation with as much privacy and comfort as you could wish for. The Suite Royale, our honeymoon suite, or the Suite Imperiale, provide for those special occasions. Candle lit dinners are served either in the dining room around the pool on the veranda, looking at wildlife coming to the waterhole, or in the Boma around a fire under the stars.

     

    Thula Thula is also the home of our matriarch Nana and the special herd of elephants made famous in the best-selling book ” The Elephant Whisperer”.

     

    Conference at Thula Thula

     

    Thula Thula CONFERENCE CENTER, with its elegantly decorated boardroom and lounge, can welcome up to 32 delegates.

     

    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.

     

    An example of a 24 hour Thula Thula conference package.

    Applicable to groups with a minimum of 10 delegates or more residing at THULA THULA.

    Package Inclusive of:

    Accommodation
    Breakfast
    Dinner ( 3-course dinner or buffet, boma dinner)
    Tea and coffee breaks
    Luncheon (3 course lunch or buffet)
    Standard conference equipment
    Conference venue applicable to your group size
    Standard Equipment includes:

    Water and mints
    Pad and pens
    Screen
    Flip chart and pens
    Package exclusive of bar expenses, curios, game drive, day excursions, tourism levy

    ACTIVITIES AT THULA THULA

     

    Game drives and bush walks are conducted on the Thula Thula private game reserve by our professional rangers and trackers by open game drive vehicles through the unique diversity of this ancestral land to encounter wildlife.   Game viewing includes elephant, rhino, buffalo, leopard, giraffe, crocodile, hyena, wildebeest, kudu, nyala, zebra and many more, including exceptional birdlife.

    ·         Game drives and bush walks are included in your accommodation packages

    ·         At the tented camp, one morning bush walk and one afternoon game drive daily

    ·         At the Elephant safari Lodge, one morning and one-afternoon game drive, and a bush walk daily

     

    Thula  Thula Optional extras:

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

    Extra activities

    –          Therapeutic massages

    –          Visit the local rural Zulu village – authentic experience to meet with the Sangoma

    –          Visit Umfolosi-Hluhluwe Game Reserve

    –          Cruise on the St Lucia Estuary to view hippos and crocodiles.

    –          French cuisine cooking classes

    –          Champagne picnic lunch in the bush

     

    COOKING CLASSES

    These Culinary Courses have been designed by French owner and trained chef, Francoise Malby-Anthony.  The chefs of Thula Thula ensure the Safari lodge is remembered as much for its food as it is for the peace and tranquillity that surround it.

     

    THULA THULA WILDLIFE REHABILITATION CENTRE for the rescue and care of orphaned and wounded animals.

    Extra activities include massage therapy, visit an authentic Zulu village, champagne picnic in the bush. French cuisine cooking lessons with Francoise. Day visitors welcome for game drive and lunch.
    Fully inclusive Safari packages, special last minute bookings and senior citizen rates.

     

    OUR CUISINE IS OUR PRIDE

    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.

     

    Our superb menus offer a great selection of seafood, venison and the best vegetarian dishes.From our Seafood Bouillabaisse Creole to our famous Oxtail Bourguignon with garlic crushed potato, our Three cheese and Pesto feuilleté on tomato compote, the Venison terrine with Marula jelly and our renowned fillet of Impala served on sweet potato cake with a red wine and bacon sauce, the dining experience at Thula Thula is a moment to remember.

     

    Delightful desserts include our legendary Nougat Glacé with strawberry sauce, the Sublime dark chocolate with orange coulis and the unforgettable Cappuccino ice cream with hot chocolate sauce or the Chantilly home made ice cream with caramelised redberries.

     

    On the lighter side, exotic fruit and vegetable salad with Biltong and sweet chilli dressing, chicken with lemon and honey served with curried fruit and vegetable, grilled calamari peri peri on olive polenta, chicken and mango on pumpkin cake with chocolate and chilli sauce…and the selection of sorbet granité made with fresh mango, pineapple, red berries, banana, kiwi and paw paw with granadilla pulp is just perfect to end a light meal…

     

    Our 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. Followed by our sublime dessert menu.

     

    A GOURMET PARADISE IN AN OASIS OF PEACE & RELAXATION CLIMATE

     

    SEASONS AT THULA THULA

    Summer (September – March).
    Hot days, warm nights.
    Temperatures 25 – 35 degrees centigrade.

    Winter (April – August).
    Dry season: generally warm days, cool nights.
    Temperatures 10 – 25 degrees centigrade.

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  • Special packages proposed as "Best of both Worlds" for 2 nights at Safari Lodge and 2 nights at the Luxury tented camp.

    BEST OF BOTH WORLDS SPECIAL PACKAGES

    Fully inclusive of all meals, game activities and luxury accommodation in a luxury double tent or a luxury safari suite

    Valid from 1st April 2017 to 30th September 2017:

    4 NIGHTS PACKAGES: 2 nights safari lodge (LUXURY SAFARI SUITE) and 2 nights standard double tent : R 10,560 per person

    Valid from 1st of October 2017 to 30th of Sept 2018:

    4 NIGHTS PACKAGE: 2 nights safari lodge (LUXURY SAFARI SUITE) and 2 nights double standard tent : R 10,912 per person

    Valid from 1st of October 2018 to 31st of March 2019:

    4 NIGHTS PACKAGE: 2 nights safari lodge ( luxury safari suite) and 2 nights standard tent : R 11,790 per person.

    Rates are per person sharing.
    Single supplement 30%.
    Game activities included:

    Tented Camp : one morning bush walk and one afternoon game drive.
    Safari Lodge : one morning and one afternoon game drive plus late morning bush walk.

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  • Address: Thula Thula Game Reserve
    Durban
    KwaZulu-Natal
    3893
    South Africa
  • Facilities:

    Elephant Safari Lodge Facilities:
    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.

    Swimming Pool:
    The swimming pool is adjacent to the Marula Bar and waiter service is available. The freshwater pool is approximately 2.5m x 4.5m with gradual steps in one corner. Sun-loungers, tables, chairs and 2 Hammocks are located around the pool area.

    Curio Shop:
    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.

    Conference Room:
    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.

    Thula Luxury Tented Camp Facilities:
    Bar:
    The tented camp has two bars; one is in the thatched lapa and the other is in a boma on the deck overlooking the river. Beers, wines, cocktails and spirits are available and will be charged to the room account for settlement on departure.

    Swimming Pool:
    The pool is situated in front of the bar area surrounded by lawns and bushveld. Sun-loungers and hammocks are available around the pool area.

    Lapa:
    Teas and Coffees are available throughout the day in the lapa area. A selection of books and field guides are available for guests’ enjoyment and reference.

    The 24-hour Package Rates at Thula Luxury Tented Camp include accommodation, morning bush walk, breakfast, lunch, afternoon game drive, dinner as well as tea & coffee throughout the day.

  • Child Policy:

    Children at Elephant 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

    Children at 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.
    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:

    ELEPHANT SAFARI LODGE: ****
    The unique atmosphere, stylish décor and an exclusive and personalised service make Thula Thula’s Elephant Safari Lodge a “five stars” bush experience. Luxury, privacy, exceptional service, attention to detail and a gourmet menu are the main focus of the Elephant Safari Lodge. Each unit is constructed of stone and thatch with verandas overlooking the reserve.

    All rooms in the Elephant Lodge are equipped with the following;
    Air-conditioning, tea & coffee making facilities, filter coffee plunger with locally ground coffees, two pin adapters, extra blankets, electric blankets, mosquito nets, ample cupboard space, toiletries, towels and robes, dressing table & mirror, hairdryer, local art.

     Deluxe Rooms (qty 2)
    The deluxe rooms are approximately 25 sqm, with a queen sized four-poster bed, en-suite bathroom with single basin and shower, as well as a veranda overlooking the bush.
    The deluxe rooms are ideal for single occupancy.

     Luxury Chalets (qty 4)
    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 overlooking 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 honeymooning couples. With a large king size four-poster bed, the Suite Royale is approximately 75 sqm, has a separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with large walk in shower, bath with a bush view and twin basins. Slippers are also provided and Suite Royale has superb bush views from a veranda which overlooks the watering hole.

     Suite Imperiale (qty 1)
    The Suite Imperiale is approximately 80 sqm; with two double beds (four-poster), lounge area with chaise-longue, 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.

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

    The Elephant Lodge is graded as ‘luxury’ in the portfolio collection.

    The 24-hour Package Rate at the Elephant Safari Lodge include: accommodation, all meals, 2 game drives per day, bush walk, picnic lunch in the bush (on request), tea and coffee throughout the day.

    THULA LUXURY TENTED CAMP: ****
    The Thula Thula Luxury Tented Camp is approximately 2km from the Elephant Safari Lodge on the banks of the Ensleni River. Nestled in the bushveld, the tented camp is a great opportunity to rediscover nature in an exclusive and private environment.
    Each tent has a viewing veranda with views of the bush and river.

    All tents are equipped with the following;
    Tea & coffee making facilities, filter coffee plunger with locally ground coffees, two pin adaptors, extra blankets, electric blankets, fans, mosquito nets, toiletries, towels, dressing table & mirror, hairdryer.

     Luxury tent (qty 6)
    The luxury tents are spacious and luxurious, each tent has two x ¾ beds, 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 x ¾ beds, 2 single beds (separated from ¾ beds using a panel room divider), en-suite bathroom with twin basins, Victorian bath and large head shower.

    Children over 3 years old are welcome in the tented camp. Children between 3 and 12 years old pay 50% of the adult rate.

  • Terms:

    Deposit:

    All bookings will be considered to be provisional bookings. In order to confirm a booking,a deposit of 50% and the full amount prior one week to arrival will be required.
    The deposit may be paid either by advising us of credit card details, or by payment into our bank account.
    In the event of non-payment of a deposit, the lodge reserves the right to cancel any bookings without notice or liability to the client.

    Cancellations:
    In case of Cancellation, Thula Thula reserves the right to retain the deposit received.
    The general rule for cancellations prior to arrival is:
    Less than 7 days, forfeit the full deposit;
    From 7 – 14 days, forfeit 75% of the deposit;
    From 14 – 21 days, forfeit 50% of the deposit;
    From 21 – 28 days, forfeit 25% of the deposit.
    From 28 days – 20 % admin and bank charges cancellation fees will apply.

    Early departure – no refund.

    Note: Group bookings of 6 rooms or more in either Safari Lodge or Tented Camp, will forfeit the entire deposit if cancellation is not done 60 days or prior to arrival.

  • High Season Dates: from 1st of October 2017 to 31st March 2018
  • High Season Rates:

    ELEPHANT SAFARI LODGE Rates valid from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018
    de Luxe Room: x 2 (single room) = R 3000 pn single R 3000 pn single
    Luxury Safari Suite: x 4 = R 3200 pp pn sharing R 4160 pp pn single
    Suite Royale: x 1 = R 3500 pp pn sharing R 4550 pp pn single
    Suite Impériale: x 1 = R 3500 pp pn sharing R 4550 pp pn single

  • Normal Rates:

    THULA THULA LUXURY TENTED CAMP RATES
    01 April 2017 – 30 Sept 2017 Sharing Single Supplement 30%
    Luxury Standard Tent x 6 = R 2800 pp pn sharing No single / 3 p minimum
    Luxury Family Tent: x 2 (N.B.: Luxury Family Tent is Sold on a 3-Beds Basis: 2 Adults & 1 Child under 12)
    Family Tent (minimum 3 guests) = R 3000 pp pn sharing
    3rd, 4th & 5th Adult in Family Tent = R 2800 pp pn sharing
    Child Under 12 Years in Family Tent = R 1500 pp pn sharing

    01 October 2017 - 31 March 2018 Sharing Single Supplement 30%
    Luxury Standard Tent x 6 = R 3000 pp pn sharing No single / 3 p minimum
    Luxury Family Tent: x 2 (N.B.: Luxury Family Tent is Sold on a 3-Beds Basis: 2 Adults & 1 Child under 12)
    Family Tent (minimum 3 guests) = R 3500pp pn sharing
    3rd, 4th & 5th Adult in Family Tent = R 3000 pp pn sharing
    Child Under 12 Years in Family Tent = R 1750 pp pn sharing