Thula Thula Private Game Reserve
is a 4500 ha Wildlife Sanctuary dedicated to the conservation, protection and survival of endangered species.
Situated in Zululand, province of Kwazulu Natal in South Africa, only 2 hours from Durban, and one hour from Richards Bay, Thula Thula is a luxury safari destination where our game rangers will share their incredible knowledge of the bush during exciting game drives while you observe elephant, rhino, buffalo, leopard and much more, including over 350 bird species.
Thula Thula is also the home of our matriarch Nana and the special herd of elephants made famous in the bestselling book The Elephant Whisperer
With its unique atmosphere, stylish décor and superb cuisine, 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 where children are welcome.
Thula Thula Conference Centre - with its elegantly decorated boardroom and lounge can welcome up to 32 delegates.
Thula Thula Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre for the rescue and care of orphaned and wounded animals.
Extra activities include massage therapy, visit to an authentic Zulu village, champagne picnic in the bush. French cuisine cooking lessons with Francoise. Day visitors welcome for game drive and lunch.
Facilities and Services:
- Central living area with bar
- dining room
- outside thatched bar
- swimming pool
Accommodation at Thula Thula Private Game Reserve: 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.
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.
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.
Children over 2 years old are welcome in the tented camp. Children between 2 and 12 years old pay 50% of the adult rate.
Thula Thula Private Game Reserve Activities:
Game activities as game drives, walking safaris, game drives are included in the packages. We also propose to our guests extra activities during their stay.
The following attractions and activities are available on request:
We propose to our guests a relaxing massage in the comfort of their room with our professional massage therapists.
Visit of a Zulu village:
An authentic experience of Zulu rural culture and traditions, with an encounter with the Inyanga, the Zulu medicine man, who will display for you a selection of herbal medicines.
Hluhluwe / Umfolozi Game reserve (Cengeni Gate):
Situated only 45 minutes from Thula Thula, this National game reserve was created in 1895 and is home to the big five.
St. Lucia Estuary boat cruises:
To view hippos, crocodiles and magnificent bird life (1 hour from Thula Thula).
(From June to October)in St. Lucia (1 hour from Thula Thula).
18 Hole Golf Course in Empangeni, Richardsbay or Zimbali.
Isandlwana, Rorkes Drift (2h30 from Thula Thula).
We also propose as extra activities at Thula Thula the following : picnic Champagne lunch in the bush,French cooking classes.
Thula Thula Private Game Reserve Map:
Clothing & Accessories:
Clothing must be comfortable, preferably light cotton in summer. Warm clothing for chilly winter evenings and mornings during safaris.
Health & Climate:
Thula Thula is situated in a malaria free area. Sub tropical climate.
Thula Thula Private Game Reserve Guest Reviews
Average Guest Rating:
out of 5
based on 3
Third visit, remains an amazing place. Must go for everybody who loves elephants and game.
Rating: Reviewed by Hans Dilweg over a year ago
We spent 3 nights at Thula Thula and enjoyed every minute of our stay. Our guides Siya and Shandu were very knowledgeable and informative and made our game drives very enjoyable. The lodge staff were very attentive and friendly and produced some wonderful meals. We met some wonderful people during our stay.
Rating: Reviewed by debbie carse over a year ago
We stay at Elephant Safari Lodge in March and experienced splendid dinner. Of course rino, giraffe, elephant are so cute and more wild than our expected, but romantic dinner under the starlit sky at tha table surrounding open-air fire made us in a dream. If you want to see lion or leopard, it is better to go to Kruger. But if you want to be relaxed, I recommend you to select Thula Thula.
Rating: Reviewed by Yuichi Ono over a year ago