Tala Private Game Reserve is a wildlife conservancy hidden in the hills of a quiet farming community not far from Durban in KwaZulu-Natal. Tala’s mix of acacia thornveld, open grassland and sensitive wetland provides exceptional game watching and birding.
We have a number of superb venues and a service team committed to providing you with a unique experience. Tala is ideally located for conferences, weddings, celebrations or simply a couple of night’s getaway to rejuvenate and relax. Tala allows you to get closer to nature, to really interact with the environment and animals, and to experience the sights, sounds and smells of the African bush. AccommodationLeadwood Cottages
* 6 Luxury open plan cottages with 4-poster double beds, indoor and outdoor showers, large bath with a view, lounge, mini bar and pantry, flowing outdoor decks, imported bathroom accessories & a large screen TV.
* Main House with expansive outdoor living areas, bar and billiards room, library, indoor and outdoor lounges, outdoor tea area and heated infinity pool Figtree
Figtree is a fully serviced and catered lodge for groups of up to ten. Complete with a dedicated attendant, the lodge has an old-world farmstead atmosphere that is carried through to the individual service and wholesome food.
With verandas around three sides of the house overlooking a waterhole, the lodge has instant appeal and is completely relaxing. All five rooms have an en-suite bathroom, congregating around a central open plan lounge with a stocked bar and dining area. Figtree provides the perfect setting for small conferences and tranquil getaways with family and friendsPaperbark Lodge
Paperbark Lodge centres on a former farmhouse on the Tala Private Game Reserve, with its large fireplace, mahogany floors and polished verandas restored. The lodge combines a number of ideas and influences, reflected in the décor that merges dramatic wildlife paintings and highback chairs with shale walls and ethnic statuettes.
The lodge extends around an attractive garden lined with gravel pathways and a cascading water-feature. Paperbark has a total of 17 rooms, with a romantic rondavel overlooking the rock-pool for honeymooners. The rooms offer indoor showers (some include outdoor showers), verandas, air-conditioning and tea and coffee making facilities
The sumptuous premier suite features a sitting room, spacious bathroom with ball-and-claw tub and four-poster bed. Paperbark’s facilities include two sitting rooms, a dining room, conference facilities, air-conditioning and a short drive to the expansive rock pools. Game Viewing
Spanning nearly 3000 hectares and incorporating a many diverse natural environments, the reserve features well over 300 bird species, with big game that includes buffalo, rhino, kudu, hippo, giraffe and the rare sable antelope.
Several distinctive and remarkable plant species are found on Tala. The fiery aloe in full bloom, the imposing euphorbia and the smell of the fragrant wild sage on a dewy morning make every stay at the reserve unique and memorable.
There are a number of ways to experience the outdoors at Tala. Game drives are held throughout the day with an experienced guide and tracker. Guided horseback rides along the water’s edge gives a close proximity to the creatures, and walks along the many trails are an exciting way to explore the reserve.
Stayed 1 night in Mahogany Cottage and it was fantastic... Food in the restaurant great and all the staff very helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. Saw lots of animals. Thank you,