- Stunning game drives and with professional game rangers
- Photographing the Elephants and rhinos up close
- Birding is excellent in this region of KwaZulu Natal
- Visiting the Thula Thula Private Game Reserve
- The focus on elephant and rhino conservation projects
- The "peace and tranquillity" of Zululand
- Lawrence Anthony and hismust read "The Elephant Whisperer"
- Lodge Type: Safari Lodge
- Location; Zululand, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
- Lodge Size: 8 Safari Chalets
- Recommended Stay: 2-5 nights
Experience An Authentic Zululand Safari Experience Like Never Before At Thula Thula Safari Lodge
Thula Thula Safari Lodge is a remarkable 5-star South Africa safari experience nestled within the breathtaking landscapes of KwaZulu-Natal's oldest private game reserve. Here, guests can indulge in an authentic African safari that immerses them in the heart of Zululand, a land rich in cultural heritage and natural wonders.
Immerse yourself in the wonders of the wild as you embark on thrilling game drives, encountering the most incredible wildlife and birdlife that call this reserve their home. Marvel at the majestic elephants roaming freely, the graceful giraffes gracefully grazing, and the elusive big cats prowling through the untamed bush.
But it's not just the wildlife that makes Thula Thula Safari Lodge a truly exceptional destination. Prepare to awaken your taste buds with award-winning bush cuisine, crafted with the finest local ingredients and inspired by the vibrant flavours of the region. Indulge in culinary delights that perfectly complement the untamed beauty of the surroundings.
And when it comes to accommodation, prepare to be enveloped in pure luxury. From elegant suites to charming lodges, each abode is thoughtfully designed to provide the utmost comfort and tranquillity. Unwind on your private terrace, sipping a refreshing drink as the African sun dips below the horizon, painting the sky with hues of gold and crimson.
Located just a scenic two-hour drive from Durban, Thula Thula Safari Lodge offers a convenient escape into a world of peace and tranquillity. Soak in the serenity of this enchanting destination, where the meaning of "Thula Thula" resonates deeply – a place where you can find solace and harmony amidst the wonders of the African wilderness.
Thula Thula Private Game Reserve, in KwaZulu Natal, a family-owned and operated reserve since 1999, offers visitors an exceptional safari experience in two magnificent lodges, all within a sprawling 4500-hectare, malaria-free game reserve.
Notably, Thula Thula Private Game Reserve was the cherished home of the late bestselling author and conservationist Lawrence Anthony. On the 2nd of March 2012, he bid farewell to this world. In his remarkable book, "The Elephant Whisperer," he recounts the inspiring tale of rescuing the Thula Thula elephants and the extraordinary bond he formed with the herd.
Continuing Lawrence's legacy, Thula Thula Private Game Reserve is now managed by his wife, Francoise Malby Anthony. She passionately upholds his conservation projects and oversees the operation of the two lodges.
An array of wildlife awaits within the reserve - from majestic elephants, buffaloes, and rhinoceroses to elusive leopards, graceful giraffes, and zebras. Other remarkable sightings include nyala, hyenas, crocodiles, kudus, and wildebeests. Bird enthusiasts will delight in the recorded sightings of 370 bird species, including impressive raptors.
Conveniently located just 45 minutes from Richards Bay and less than a 2-hour drive from Durban, Thula Thula is easily accessible. For those seeking a swift arrival, the property boasts a 700-meter airstrip.
Experience the magic of this amazing wildlife sanctuary, where wildlife thrives, and nature's wonders unfold.
Rooms And Suites
Thula Thula Safari Lodge boasts eight exquisite thatched cottages, each adorned in an elegant fusion of ethnic and colonial styles.
Every cottage offers air-conditioning and private viewing decks, ensuring a truly luxurious experience. The en-suite bathrooms are spacious, featuring both showers and indulgent large bathtubs.
Thula Safari Lodge offers a range of meticulously designed suites, including the regal "Suite Royale", 6x "Deluxe Suites", and the opulent "Luxury Safari Suite".
Cuisine And Wine
Indulge in exquisite dining experiences at Thula Thula Safari Lodge. Whether you prefer the elegant dining room, the scenic viewing deck, the refreshing swimming pool area, or the enchanting boma illuminated by cable lights at night, every meal is a delight.
As one of Kwazulu Natal's premier gourmet destinations, Thula Thula Safari Lodge never fails to impress. Immerse yourself in the charming ambience while enjoying a well-curated wine list, tantalising cocktails, and, of course, refreshing cold beers.
Engage in lively conversations with knowledgeable staff, guides and trackers, making your time here truly memorable.
Thula Thula Safari Lodge features a spacious central guest area, complete with a wooden viewing deck, wine cellar, curio shop, small library, and inviting bar and lounge areas. Outside, guests can enjoy a refreshing swimming pool, a vast grassy expanse, and a traditional boma.
Additionally, there is a small conference centre available for business groups.
Early morning and afternoon game drive adventures in the Thula Thula Private Game Reserve give you a front-row seat to the majestic African wildlife, with expert guides and trackers making the experience educational and thrilling.
For those looking for a more intimate encounter, an optional bush walk offers an exhilarating way to connect with nature.
Delight in a champagne picnic lunch amidst the beauty of the African savannah (this is a must-do), or join one of the gourmet French cuisine cooking classes.
A rural Zulu village excursion provides a cultural immersion, allowing you to experience the vibrant Zulu heritage firsthand.
Optional game drives to the Hluhluwe/Umfolozi Game Reserve or a round of golf set against the stunning backdrop of the wild.
Safari Lodge offers family-friendly accommodation options designed with comfort and luxury in mind. Families can relax in spacious, well-appointed suites providing stunning views over the Thula Thula Reserve.
Thula Thula Safari Lodge is dedicated to providing a safe, engaging and educational experience for children over the age of eight. Kids will be thrilled by specially tailored safari activities, including guided bush walks and exciting game drives. They will be able to spot various African wildlife, such as elephants, zebras, and giraffes, in their natural habitat.
This immersive safari experience fosters a deep love and respect for nature amongst younger guests, making Thula Thula the perfect destination for families seeking an unforgettable Zululand safari adventure.
Spa And Wellness
Spa treatments are designed to rejuvenate your senses, harmonise your body and mind, and transport you to a state of ultimate relaxation. Enjoy the indulgent luxury of a therapeutic massage tailored to your specific needs, delivered by highly trained therapists in the comfort of one's safari suite.
This is more than just a spa massage; it's an integral part of your Thula Thula Safari Lodge journey, enhancing your connection with nature and leaving you refreshed and revitalised.
When you arrive at Thula Thula Safari Lodge, you are promised an unforgettable journey that goes beyond typical safari expectations.
Whether it's the thrill of spotting the Big Five, relishing the exquisite cuisine, soaking in the panoramic views from your private suite, immersing in the rich Zulu culture of KwaZulu Natal or finding serenity in the Thula Thula Private Game Reserve, every aspect of your stay is designed to leave a lasting impression.
Rates from R5 150.00 per person
- Thula Thula Safari Lodge Rates
- Per person per night sharing (pp)
- Rates are in South African Rands
- *Rates may vary according to season
- All meals
- 2 game drives per day
- A bush walk
- All teas and coffees
- Luxury accommodation
- Tourism Levy
- Bar Expenses