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Thula Thula Exclusive Private Game Reserve and Safari Lodge

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PO Box 87 | Heatonville, 3881, South Africa
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

After reading the book Elephant whisperer so many years ago we finally made it to SA and added it on to our trip. We loved every minute of the stay. The guides were fantastic as well as the absolutely delicious food .Thank you for a memorable stay. We hope to come back again.

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Salamander Bay, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We have read all three Lawrence Anthony books but the first, The Elephant Whisperer, really affected us - and all our friends after we recommended it to them.! After deciding that we must visit Thula Thula on our next trip to South Africa we made it with a two night stay. The elephants were elusive on our first drive with,... More 

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Hluhluwe, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We spent a wonderful two nights at the Tented camp. The staff was friendly and accommodating. We had a really magical elephant sighting that topped off the game viewing. A lovely camp, a lovely place, and truly lovely staff. A couple tips: get an in-room massage-you won't regret it!, and try and go in the low season-the camp was so... More 

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Durban, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Thula Thula is well-known as a result of its founder the inimitable Lawrence Anthony, humanitarian, conservationist and author of 'The Elephant Whisperer'. This was partially why I chose to spend a rare weekend away with my family at Thula Thula. I had read and loved the book. In addition, I didn't want to travel too far from Durban - it... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Thula Thula and would recommend this delightful game reserve to anyone who wants to learn about the magnificent wildlife of the African bush. The rangers were so knowledgable and the key concept of conservation was clearly of paramount importance. The icing on the cake was having several close encounters with the elephant herd! Not... More 

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Durban, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A last minute decision to go away for a long weekend with family. We we got accommodation at short notice in the tented camp. Fantastic game drives (seeing the elephant and rhino) and bush walks with great guides. Staff were fantastic to the young children with us, with one of the guides taking them on their own bush walk around... More 

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Cape Town, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were very unlucky with the weather, but in spite of this, we were treated to exceptional hospitality, divine food, beautifully composed luxury tents, wonderfully warm and friendly staff, and guides that were fun, interactive and extremely knowledgeable. Not to mention, getting to see the famous elephants was an absolute privilege! Thula Thula really makes you feel like you are... More 

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Port louis Mauritius
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A super tent experience ! All the modern conveniences but with all the natural beauty and splendour of the African Bush! Our two children 10 & 5 were extremely excited and touched from experiencing the few days here. Having communal dinners around the fireside in the Boma and out on a game drive each day were highlights not to be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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