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PO Box 87 | Heatonville, 3881, South Africa
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Thula Thula Exclusive Private Game Reserve and Safari Lodge
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

My husband and I spent a wonderful 3 days at Thula Thula Game Reserve in May 2012. The accommodation was lovely and the French/African cuisine a culinary delight. The Rangers and Trackers are extremely knowledgeable about the bush and the animals. With two game drives each day we got to see a lot of game including the late Lawrence Anthony's... More 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

If you have read the book, The Elephant Whisperer, you really should try and get to Thula Thula. If you have not read this book please read it and be inspired. If you are lucky enough to get this reserve you will simply be inspired. Its a tranquil reserve with a relaxed atmosphere where the staff , after a day,... More 

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Baltimore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2012

My sister and I stayed at Thula Thula for three nights: two nights at the tented camp and then one night at the lodge. Before that, we had stayed two nights at a much bigger reserve which had the Big 5 etc. But what Thula Thula lacks in size, it makes up for in spirit. I actually had never heard... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2012

I cannot believe I finished up at Thula Thula during my trip to visit my sister for my 50th Birthday. After being handed a copy of 'The Elephant Whisper' when I landed and then to finish up visiting for 3 days was a dream come true. If you are looking for a relaxing, friendly, luxurious stay with wonderful French cuisine... More 

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Durban, South Africa
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2012

Wonderful experience, Our second trip here, the first was in November of 2011 and we couldn't wait to get back., we were not disappointed. As always the staff from kitchen to barman and game rangers were wonderful, very friendly and accommodating. The owners, Lawrence & Francios are also perfect hosts, making your get away break all that more special. I'm... More 

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Fairford, Glos
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2012 via mobile

Stayed at safari lodge for 3 nights. If your primary reason for visiting is that you have read the book, want to meet Lawrence Anthony (who was around every evening and happy to talk to all the guests at length), and see the elephants then you will have a great time. If however you are comparing Thula Thula to other... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

If you dream of an African safari adventure, but the idea of roughing it seems a bit daunting, Thula Thula Exclusive Private Game Reserve and Safari Lodge offers the best of both worlds for people who crave nature but want to be nurtured. Located on a malaria-free reservation in Zululand forty-five minutes from Richards Bay Airport and two hours from... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2011

We stayed 1 night in the tented camp and 2 nights in a suite in the Lodge as part of our honeymoon. The tented camp is really good, and extremely comfortable, our tent included everything we'd need and was very luxurious for a mere 'tent' including outdoor shower, big bath and large bed to name a few. The Lodge itself... More 

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Salem, Oregon
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2011

Beautiful lodge, wonderful and caring staff. After reading the Elephant Whisperer, a group of 5 of us booked a day safari and lunch at Thula Thula. When we arrived, I was skeptical because the old farm house/office was in a state of disarray (boxes of receipts piled up, bathroom needing some TLC). This, however, was only where we were met... More 

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Cape Town
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82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2011

This is a restful, beautiful game reserve and we were privileged to meet and observe the now famous herd of elephant at Thula Thula. They are majestic and remarkable to watch. Our guide was also warm, informed and engaging at all times. The land, the landscape the natural beauty are unparalleled, and a true highlight is the daily bush walk... More 

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Address: PO Box 87 | Heatonville, 3881, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
Thula Thula Exclusive Private Game Reserve And Safari Hotel Kwazulu-Natal
Thula Thula Exclusive Private Game Reserve And Safari Lodge South Africa/KwaZulu-Natal

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