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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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Vientiane, Laos
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162 reviews 162 reviews
70 hotel reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

After reading the books, we booked in for a couple of nights in the tent and a few nights at the lodge. I recommend staying for at least a few nights as its so special to see the elephants and how they interact; each trip you see them, they're doing something different! It's a different experience to other parks where... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Like most visitors, we went to Thula Thula to see the legendary herd of elephants immortalised in the book "The Elephant Whisper". The Michelin standard food and deluxe accommodation was a bonus. Putting this all into one package, our three day stay was heaven. In this part of South Africa there is a choice of quality game reserves, but Thula... More 

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Bermatingen
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you can only do one safari, then do this one. Thula thula is small but has everything you need. Luxury accommodation, fantastic food, friendly and helpful staff, and lots of amazing wildlife. Go for a Landrover drive, take a guided walk, or just sit by the pool and watch the monkeys.

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Half Moon Bay, California
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

It's hard for us to imagine having a better experience on a game reserve than at Thula Thula. The entire team was so knowledgable, warm, and gracious. Our accommodations were over the top gorgeous, clean and so comfortable. It's hard to convey how amazing our experiences were with the range of game we saw, every day(!), but our daily exposure... More 

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

Thank you for your wonderful review. It was lovely to have you at Thula Thula. You were indeed lucky to see the elephants up close every day. We hope to welcome you back soon. More 

McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

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

We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay and hope to welcome you back soon. More 

Belsele
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108 reviews 108 reviews
25 hotel reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

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

So glad that you are still loving Thula Thula, come back and visit again soon. More 

Englewood, Florida
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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FrancoiseDurban, Manager at Thula Thula Exclusive Private Game Reserve and Safari Lodge, responded to this review

We are glad to hear you had a good stay. Our apologies again about the water problems. Nana and the herd just love to dig up and play with our water pipes. More 

Amanzimtoti, South Africa
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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FrancoiseDurban, Manager at Thula Thula Exclusive Private Game Reserve and Safari Lodge, responded to this review

We are so happy to hear that you had such an enjoyable stay. You are right, 1 night is not enough. We hope you can come back for a visit soon. More 

London, United Kingdom
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91 reviews 91 reviews
85 hotel reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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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FrancoiseDurban, Manager at Thula Thula Exclusive Private Game Reserve and Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words. We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay. More 

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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