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Thula Thula Exclusive Private Game Reserve and Safari Lodge

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PO Box 87 | Heatonville, 3881, South Africa
Thula Thula Exclusive Private Game Reserve and Safari Lodge
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Jhb
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A magical experience with the elephants. The tents were exquisite. The staff absolutely amazing. Our guides Siya and Shando can be rivalled by no other and the food glorious! A little piece of heaven....

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We spent six days here and with the extra activities the time went super quick , really needed a few extra days to relax :). Had the best time and game drives, all the staff were extremely friendly, helpful and informative. Would definitely recommend

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Bedfordview, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

beautiful lodge and the accommodation we had was great, we had wonderful very knowledgeable game rangers, Shabu and Chia( hope the spelling is ok),the meals were very special and versatile,a suggestion to improve the snacks at teatime,morning and afternoon (not only biscuits), as you are going on a game drive and back late for breakfast/dinner.

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Forster, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Thula Thula is a very special place. Lawrence Anthony knew this when he established the game reserve. I cannot speak highly enough of the staff (more like family) or the quality of the accommodation. There is an intimate quality to this game reserve that is very special that allows you to both relax and get into the bush to see... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We stayed a night each in the (very) luxurious Tented accommodation - South African-style foods a speciality there - and then the second night in the very luxurious Lodge - fusion between French and South African cuisine provided there. Whatever you do, do not be deterred by the word "tent". "Glamping" doesn't come anywhere near this outstanding quality accommodation and... More 

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Jos, Nigeria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Like many visitors I first learned of Thula Thula from the Elephant Whisperer book and took my family hoping to see the elephants up close. We couldn't have had a better time. The Lodge is luxurious yet comfortable, the food delicious, the staff friendly and accommodating. Our ranger guides, Chad and Moisi, were knowledgeable, good humoured and kept us feeling... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

My husband and I have both read Lawrence Anthony's books. We loved the Elephant Whisperer and found ourselves longing to visit Thula Thula to meet Frankie and the rest of the elephant heard ourselves. Following the untimely death of Mr Anthony, we decided we just had to visit Thula Thula and we spent two days there at the end of... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Our experience at Thula Thula was absolutely wonderful. Stayed four nights at the lodge. Accommodation, service and meals were exceptional. The guides were very informative, friendly and we felt safe at all times. Just to be in the bush and seeing animals in their habitat was the best thing. We would like to visit again but it is a long... More 

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Umdloti, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

We booked Thula Tented Camp on a last minute special for a quick weekend away with my elderly parents. We booked one family tent and one two sleeper tent. My special requests were promptly complied with and the pre-arrival communication was very good. The road there from Empangeni is a bit of a shocker...very bad dirt road though manageable without... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Ever since reading the works of Lawrence Anthony and in particular ‘The Elephant Whisperer’, I have had a desire to visit Thula Thula and experience for myself all the wonderful sights and sounds he so vividly brought to life on the pages of his books. Despite being regular visitors to SA we had never ventured to KZN and in fact... More 

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