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Thula Thula Exclusive Private Game Reserve and Safari Lodge

PO Box 87 | Heatonville, 3881, South Africa
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Grimsby, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my second time at Thula Thula, and I already feel like one of the family. I stayed 2 nights at tented camp and 3 at the lodge. For both my mornings at Tented camp I would have been the only guest so I got the choice of a walk or a drive with the guests from the lodge.... More

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Lisburn, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

Having spent 5 incredible days at Thula Thula it is with a sense of profound gratitude that I am writing this review to unreservedly recommend and encourage people to visit this truly amazing place. We stayed room no. 6 in the Safari Lodge complex and can highly recommend for all needs including a little extra privacy by virtue of being... More

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Bangor, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

My wife has a love of elephants and our annual pilgrimage to Umhlanga Rocks called for a visit to Thula Thula. Madness reins in Umhlanga over the New Year so what better time to leave and see some ellies. After a pleasant 2 hour drive we arrived, we were met at the gates my a ranger that took us to... More

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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132 reviews 132 reviews
68 hotel reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

After reading all Lawrence Anthony's books it was quite incredible to finally arrive at this long awaited destination - and reading at least "The Elephant Whisperer" before arrival I would suggest is a must. We were a group of six friends, driving the easy enough 2.5 hour drive from Durban and we very much enjoyed our three-night visit. On our... More

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Mol, Belgium
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

We spent a total of 6 nights at the Thula Thula Safari Lodge. We had a great room with a view on a variety of wildlife, including the two rhinos that wondered about, the inevitable cheeky vervet monkeys, kudu and lots of birds. The Thula Thula elephants, Lawrence Anthony's legacy, are a perfectly good reason to visit the reserve and... More

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derbyshire
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41 reviews 41 reviews
26 hotel reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013 via mobile

Having read Lawrence's books we could not wait to visit Thula Thula, we were not disappointed. All of the team at the reserve continue the ethos created by Lawrence. On our various game drives we met all of the elephants mentioned in his book together with new arrivals, they all felt part of a very happy family. The rangers not... More

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

I have been privileged to have stayed in both the Safari Lodge and the Luxury Tented camp and have to say that everything at Thula Thula was superb! Right from the welcome, to the exceptional accommodation, the informative game drives with highly knowledgeable rangers and great game - then to top it all, who would imagine been served French cuisine... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

This was my first trip to a game reserve and overall I really enjoyed it. It took about an hour and a half from Durban by car. Be prepared for some very poor roads as you get close to the game reserve. Unfortunately it rained quite heavily on my first morning so the safari drive was not very eventful as... More

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Toulouse, France
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 hotel reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013 via mobile

I was at Thula Thula at the same time as reviewer "tom r". Boy did it rain. Friends remarked about the greenery in my photographs. My Garmin GPS took us there in two hours from Durban North. The directions given on Thula Thula's website were absolutely perfect. We stayed firstly at the lodge and, for the the last night, at... More

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Overland Park, Kansas
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

We just got back and I was mostly disappointed with the whole experience. If you read the book, your experience might be better. I have significant experience in the bush having been to Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, and South Africa. This was my 5th trip to South Africa. My experiences span over 20 years. There were no directions to... More

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Also Known As:
Thula Thula Exclusive Private Game Reserve And Safari Hotel Kwazulu-Natal
Thula Thula Exclusive Private Game Reserve And Safari Hotel
Thula Thula Exclusive Private Game Reserve And Safari Lodge South Africa/KwaZulu-Natal
Address: PO Box 87 | Heatonville, 3881, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #57 of 469 Specialty lodging in KwaZulu-Natal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Thula Thula private game reserve is a unique safari destination and home to elephant, rhino, buffalo, leopard and superb bird life, in Kwazulu Natal, in a malaria free area. With its unique atmosphere, stylish decor and superb cuisine, Thula Thula offers you the choice of exclusive accommodation between the luxurious Safari lodge, renowned gourmet destination, and the 4 star Luxury tented camp, offering an authentic bush experience in great style. Special packages, spa massages, Zulu culture tours. ... more   less 

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