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Thula Thula Exclusive Private Game Reserve and Safari Lodge

Certificate of Excellence
PO Box 87 | Heatonville, 3881, South Africa
Thula Thula Exclusive Private Game Reserve and Safari Lodge
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I just wanted to say thank you to the entire staff for an amazing visit to Thula Thula. The setting and the food was out of this world. Special thanks to Peter and Kaya for all you did for us. Good luck in the future and we hope to be back again soon!

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Belsele
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96 reviews 96 reviews
23 hotel reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were there 2 years ago and we never can get enough of the place. We keep on going back. Read the Elephant whisperer and all you wanna do is jump in your car or on a plane to Thula Thula. If the staff was amazing 2 years ago, then they were even more amazing this time.This place is heaven... More 

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Englewood, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

After reading the books by Lawrence Anthony had to visit here to see the elephants for myself. Smaller than other Game parks but guides helpful and knowledgeable about the animals, here it really is all about this amazing family of elephants and the two Rhino. There are other animals, giraffes and zebras etc but no big 5 so don't go... More 

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Amanzimtoti, South Africa
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Wow, wow what an amazing experience to be at Thula Thula. From the moment we arrived we were made to feel welcome. On arrival we received a welcoming drink and were shown to our chalet. We were very lucky to be upgraded :) Our accommodation was absolutely superb. So spacious, the decor was beautiful and everything smelt so lovely. Lunch... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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91 reviews 91 reviews
85 hotel reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

This is a safari destination with a big history especially in respect to its work with elephant and rhino consevation. Beautifully located in the green hills of Zululand. The owner is French and this is reflected in the excellent cuisine. Rooms are authentically safari but comofrtable and large enough. Tented camp is recommended for families. Staff very friendly and helpful.... More 

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

We visited for 3 nights in early December and will definitely plan a return trip. Of course we were very interested in seeing the elephant herd which has now grown to 26 from "Elephant Whisperer" days but there is plenty other wildlife and abundant bird life to get your attention and all set in a pristine bush environment. It is... More 

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FrancoiseDurban, Owner at Thula Thula Exclusive Private Game Reserve and Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your beautiful comments. We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to welcoming you back soon. More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

We Stayed at Thula for 5 nights in October this year. After my husband bought me the Elephant Whisperer for xmas we really wanted to visit this wonderful mans dream and experience the place and the animals we felt we came to know through the book. We were not disappointed, from the first email contact they could not have been... More 

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FrancoiseDurban, Owner at Thula Thula Exclusive Private Game Reserve and Safari Lodge, responded to this review

We are so glad that you had such a good time with us. One simply can not come to visit us and want to watch their figures - it is indeed a time to feast and totally relax. We look forward to welcoming you back in the very near future. Nana and the herd will be waiting. More 

Staffordshire
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112 reviews 112 reviews
57 hotel reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 via mobile

We first visited in 2009 and were so happy to return. It was great to see Francoise, Promise our Ranger and Faith again. Our main reason for returning was to Thabo the rhino as he was just a baby last time. It was great to see him and his mate Ntombi. It was great to be able to see the... More 

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FrancoiseDurban, Owner at Thula Thula Exclusive Private Game Reserve and Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for coming back to visit us and we are so glad that you once again had a lovely time. Please come back soon so you can continue to see how Thabo and Ntombi are growing. More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014 via mobile

We stayed 3 nights and absolutely felt like stars staying here at thula thula. They treated us to the best food, snacks and drinks better than anywhere else in South Africa. The rooms were so comfortable. Nd our Rangers kaiya and passion were the best; so dedicated to this land and to the conservation of African wildlife. They are full... More 

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FrancoiseDurban, Owner at Thula Thula Exclusive Private Game Reserve and Safari Lodge, responded to this review

We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay. Yes, our rangers are very devoted and love to share their knowledge of our beautiful reserve. We hope to welcome you back soon. Warmest regards from Thula Thula. Debbie (PA to Francoise). More 

Mooloolaba, Australia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We visted here after reading about Lawrence in The Elephant Whisperer. I just had to see these elephants. And we weren't disappointed. We saw the elephants on both game drives as well as the giraffe, zebre, wildebeast. The two rhinos - Thabo & Ntombi were beautiful to watch The conservation and work this park is doing with the surrounding villages... More 

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