Thula Thula Private Game Reserve & Safari Lodge

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  • Bedroom
  • Lounge
  • Our cuisine is our pride.
  • The luxury safari
  • Thula Thula elephants
  • The suite Royale
  • Dinner in the Boma
  • Safari on Thula Thula private game reserve
  • 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. 
Stylish décor and superb cuisine in the unique atmosphere of the Elephant Safari Lodge make Thula Thula one of the most renowned gourmet destinations of Kwazulu Natal.
  • Picnic
  • Bar
  • The Suite Imperiale
  • Description
  • Facilities
  • Important Information
Only 2 hours North from Durban, and 45 minutes from Richards Bay, in a malaria free area,

Thula Thula, the oldest private game reserve in Kwazulu Natal, once part of the private hunting grounds of legendary Zulu King Shaka, founder of the Zulu Empire, is today home to the Big 4 with buffalo, elephant, rhino, leopard, giraffe, hyenas, crocodile, nyala, kudu, wildebeest, zebra and many more, as well as 370 species of birds ,including raptors .

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 you could wish for.... and the "Suite Royale, our honeymoon suite, or the Suite Imperiale, for those special occasions. Air conditioning is available in all rooms.

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.

Stylish décor and superb cuisine in the unique atmosphere of the Elephant Safari Lodge make Thula Thula one of the most renowned gourmet destinations of Kwazulu Natal.

Enjoy exotic cocktails at the "Marula Bar" or just relax in the lounge in the open thatched lapa while viewing game at the waterhole and magnificent birdlife.

Absolute luxury and privacy in the 8 airconditioned individual chalets of the Elephant Safari Lodge, elegantly decorated in ethnic and colonial style with private verandah.

Experience exciting safaris in open Landrovers with our professional rangers through the unique diversity of this ancestral land to encounter big game and superb birdlife.

Thula Thula has re-introduced a breeding herd of elephant in August 1999 marking the historic return of these majestic creatures to the area in nearly 100 years and specialises in elephant rehabilitation, lead by the renowned conservationist Lawrence Anthony, who also initiated the rescue of the Baghdad Zoo in April 2003.

Children + 8 years welcome.

We propose as extra activities :

- Massage therapy :
We propose to our guests a relaxing massage in the comfort of their room with Carlize, our professional massage therapist and reflexologist.
- Full aromatherapy body massage
- Indian head massage
-Reflexology:
- Back and neck massage

Visit of a Zulu village : an authentic experience of Zulu rural culture and traditions, with an encounter with the Inyanga, the 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 birdlife (1 hour from Thula Thula).

Whale watching (From June to October) in St Lucia (1 hour from Thula Thula).

18 Hole Golf Course in Empangeni, Richardsbay or Zimbali.

Anglo-Zulu Battlefields : Isandlwana, Rorkes Drift (2.30 hours from Thula Thula).

Children policy:
Children 12 years and above pay full adult rate.
Children 8 - 12 pay 50% of adult rate if sharing with parents or adults.

Rates include: Luxury accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, all teas/coffees, two open Land Rover safaris a day with professional rangers and trackers, bush walk with experienced trackers. Our game activities include elephant and rhino tracking in open Land Rovers, leopard tracking during bush walks in the riverbed, night drives with hyena call out and great bird watching (370 species including raptors) from your private verandah.

Rates exclude: personal bar account, curio shop account, transfers, or day excursions and gratuity.

Specials: we offer seasonal specials packages for 3,4 and 5 night stays - Conditions apply - Please enquire for more information.
  • Type: Safari Lodge
  • Sleeps: 16
  • Check-in: 12:00 PM
    Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Reviews: 14
  • Internet Access
  • Babysitting Services
  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Swimming Pool

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Zulu (isiZulu)
  • Xhosa (isiXhosa)
  • Afrikaans
  • French

Grading

  • Portfolio Collection
  • 4 Stars - Tourism Grading Council of South Africa
* Please enquire for further details.


Terms and Conditions for Bookings.

All rates are subject to change without notice. All rates are per person per night and include 14% VAT.

Booking Procedure:
Reservations all require a 50% non-refundable deposit. Final confirmation of booking is only made on receipt of above-mentioned payment.

Full payment 14 days prior to arrival. Should deposit not be received as requested, the lodge reserves the right to cancel the booking.

14 Reviews on Thula Thula Private Game Reserve & Safari Lodge

My wife and I had two days at Thula Thula, they were truly remarkable. Everything was wonderful and the staff were tremendous, especially our guide Siswe. Thanks to all for a memorable visit!


25 January 2012

What a wonderful experience, we were a group of 11 and nothing was too much to change for us. The food was superb and the friendliness of the staff was wonderful. You were all were great, keep up the good work.


30 September 2010

Me and my parents loved staying in Thula Thula! The staff are so nice and always available for you whatever you need. The game ride was cold but rewarding and the animals are just beautiful. All the information given by the guides is so interesting. The rooms are beautiful, clean and in general the place is amazing. What can I say about the food? It is delicious, a truly culinary experience. I would definetly love to come back.


24 June 2010

Very kind members of staff, beautiful place. Pool was not cleaned of leaves.


30 October 2008

This was an amazing experience of customer service and luxury chill out. The staff were amazing especially Promise and Johnny T and Candis...the food was excellent and we were made to feel very special..we will be going back soon.


27 August 2008
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Price & Availability

ON REQUEST
Thursday 11th September
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  • Per Person:
  • R600
  • Per Unit:
  • R1350
  • Minimum Stay:
  • 2 Nights
 
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Includes: All Meals & Activities
Individual thatched chalets with private veranda, elegantly decorated in flavours of ethnic and colonial style. Spacious room with 2 double beds, mosquito net, tea and coffee, full bathroom en suite, private veranda, air conditioning, fan. Central safe at the disposal of guests. Beautiful view over the African bush from each private veranda.
 
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Suite RoyaleX 1
Includes: All Meals & Activities
Individual thatched chalets with private veranda, elegantly decorated in flavours of ethnic and colonial style. Large suite with four poster king size bed,tea and coffee, mosquito net, fan, airconditioning, lounge corner, very large full bathroom en suite and veranda overlooking the waterhole. Central safe at the disposal of guests.
 
Suite Royale
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De Luxe SuiteX 2
Includes: All Meals & Activities
Individual thatched chalets with private veranda, elegantly decorated in flavours of ethnic and colonial style. Queen size bed, mosquito net, tea and coffee, shower en suite, private veranda, air conditioning, fan. Tea and coffee, biscuit trays. Central safe at the disposal of guests. Beautiful view over the African bush from each private veranda
 
De Luxe Suite
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Suite ImperialeX 1
Includes: All Meals & Activities
Magnificent suite offering the ultimate in space, comfort and luxury. Two double four poster beds, lounge, superb verandah overlooking the bush and generous bathroom with bath and shower.
 
Suite Imperiale
Sleeps 2 Price:
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* This data is a guide and is subject to change. Please confirm rates and availability by requesting a quote.

De Luxe Suite x 2

Includes: All Meals and Activities

Individual thatched chalets with private veranda, elegantly decorated in flavours of ethnic and colonial style. Queen size bed, mosquito net, tea and coffee, shower en suite, private veranda, air conditioning, fan. Tea and coffee, biscuit trays. Central safe at the disposal of guests. Beautiful view over the African bush from each private veranda

Luxury Safari Suite x 4

Includes: All Meals and Activities

Individual thatched chalets with private veranda, elegantly decorated in flavours of ethnic and colonial style. Spacious room with 2 double beds, mosquito net, tea and coffee, full bathroom en suite, private veranda, air conditioning, fan. Central safe at the disposal of guests. Beautiful view over the African bush from each private veranda.

Suite Imperiale x 1

Includes: All Meals and Activities

Magnificent suite offering the ultimate in space, comfort and luxury. Two double four poster beds, lounge, superb verandah overlooking the bush and generous bathroom with bath and shower.

Suite Royale x 1

Includes: All Meals and Activities

Individual thatched chalets with private veranda, elegantly decorated in flavours of ethnic and colonial style. Large suite with four poster king size bed,tea and coffee, mosquito net, fan, airconditioning, lounge corner, very large full bathroom en suite and veranda overlooking the waterhole. Central safe at the disposal of guests.

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