- Stunning game drives
- Elephant and rhino's
- Birding is really good
- The focus on conservation
- All meals :)
- The "peace and tranquillity"
- Lodge type Safari Lodge
- Location; Zululand
- Lodge size; 8 chalets
- Recommended stay; 2-5 nights
Thula Thula Safari Lodge is a 5-star safari experience in KwaZulu-Natal's oldest private game reserve offering guests that authentic African safari in the heart of Zululand.
Excellent wildlife and birdlife, award-winning bush cuisine and luxurious accommodation all within an easy two-hour drive from Durban.
Out of pure interest in Zulu "Thula Thula" means "peace and tranquillity."
Thula Thula, family owned and operated since 1999 offers visitors an exclusive safari experience in two superb lodges all within a 4500 ha and Malaria Free Game Reserve.
Thula Thula was also the home of late bestselling author and conservationist: Lawrence Anthony, who passed away on the 2nd of March 2012. His second book, The Elephant Whisperer relates the story of the rescue of the Thula Thula elephants and the special relationship he has created with the herd.
Thula Thula is run by his wife, Francoise Malby Anthony, who carries on the legacy of Lawrence with his conservation projects and running of the two lodges.
Wildlife including elephant, buffalo, rhinoceros, leopard, giraffe, zebra, nyala, hyenas, crocodile, kudu, wildebeest can be sighted. 370 species of bird including raptors have been recorded, a birders delight.
The reserve is 45 minutes from Richards Bay and less than 2 hours drive from Durban, there is a 700m airstrip on the property should you wish to fly-in.
Safari Lodge features eight luxurious thatched cottages each decorated in an ethnic and colonial style while all offer air-conditioning and private viewing decks.
En-suite bathrooms are large and feature showers and large bathtubs.
Types of suites available;
- Suite Royale (1x)
- Deluxe Suites (6x)
- Luxury Safari Suite (1x)
All meals are served either in the dining room, viewing deck, around the swimming pool or in a cable lit boma at night.
Thula Thula Safari Lodge, one of the better gourmet destinations found in Kwazulu Natal, one will certainly not be disappointed when staying here.
A bar with a great wine list, cocktails menu and of course cold beers is a great place to spend one's time chatting with staff and guides.
The central guest area at Safari Lodge offers visitors a large wooden viewing deck, wine cellar, curio shop, small library, bar and lounge areas. Outdoors, a swimming pool, large grass area and a boma await.
A small conference centre is available for groups out on business.
When staying at Thula Thula Safari Lodge, daily morning and afternoon game drives and a bush walk is included in one's stay.
Optional activities include the following;
- Champagne picnic lunch
- Gourmet French cuisine cooking classes
- Rural Zulu village excursion
- Game drives in Hluhluwe/Umfolozi Game Reserve
- A round of golf
- Whale watching (June to October)
Children over the age of 8 years old are most welcome at Thula Thula Safari Lodge.
A relaxing therapeutic massage is an option in the comfort of your own suite by professionally trained therapists.
Rates from R4 120.00 pp
- All meals
- 2 game drives per day
- A bush walk
- All teas and coffees
- Luxury accommodation
- Tourism Levy
- Bar Expenses
- Per person per night sharing (pp)
- Rates are in South African Rands
- *Rates may vary according to season