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Thula Thula Exclusive Private Game Reserve and Safari Lodge

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PO Box 87, Ntambana 3881, South Africa
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Howick, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

Such a joy to return to Thula Thula where on our first visit in 2014 we were privileged to have Thabo the Rhino step on to our Patio to satisfy his curiosity - a close up and personal experience we shall remember always! This 2015 visit was equally satisfying as it was thrilling to be surrounded by Lawrence Anthony's elephants... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

For those that have read Anthony Lawrence's "Elephant Whisperer" a visit to Thula Thula is a must. It is not a large reserve in a "Big Five" area but a safari here is a different experience. The famous elephants seem to have a unique personality and the young rhinos are amazingly inquisitive. We stayed in the Elephant Safari Lodge in... More 

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

Thank you so much for your wonderful and encouraging review, we are so delighted to know that you enjoyed yourselves here as much as we enjoyed hosting and looking after you! Looking forward to your return visit! More 

Ballito, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For those who have read the writings of Anthony Lawrence a visit to Thula Thula is a must. So great to see the elephants and the rhino who featured in two of his books. Talking with the staff who knew him was really special. We stayed in the Lodge which is beautifully laid out, spacious and restful. The optional morning... More 

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

Thank you so much for your wonderful and encouraging review, it is so encouraging for us to have feedback on how our guests have enjoyed themselves. Thank you also for pointing out your appreciation of the bush walks, which gives us a welcome insight. More 

Sussex
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What can I say about this place – impossible to criticise. From the moment we arrived to our reluctant goodbye, everyone involved in both the Lodge and Camp were enthusiastic and passionate. We had two nights in each. The Camp was a real contrast to the Lodge but equally enjoyable. The food at the Lodge was exceptional. The tents were... More 

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

Thank you so much for your wonderful review and for letting us know how much you enjoyed your visit to Thula Thula - both encouraging and heartwarming! Take care and once again - thank you! More 

Mauritius
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Brilliant....guides, staff, accommodation, food, animals...all first class. My third visit. For anyone of all ages, can't speak highly enough and best of all contributing immensely to the existence of wildlife.

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

Thank you so much for letting us know how much you enjoyed your visit to Thula Thula - encouraging and heartwarming when guests return again and again! Thank you! More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A very good place to rest and relax. And to be spoilt. Thula Thula is definitely unique, interesting and educational. The care and the attention to detail are great; and the general energy at the place makes it well worth a visit.

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

Thank you so much for your wonderful review .... it is so heart-warming to hear that you enjoyed being here as much as we enjoyed looking after you! More 

keswick
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We had an amazing week at Thula over Christmas. We had a thoroughly marvellous time and it did nto disappoint in any way. The staff were so kind, friendly and attentive in The Lodge itself. The girls were unfailingly helpful and always obliging. The rangers and trackers were full of so much information, knowledge and skill. Each drive was a... More 

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

Thank you so much for your wonderful and encouraging review ... we are seriously delighted to know that you thoroughly enjoyed your experience with us. Your (personal!) comments i.r.o. the amount of food resp. portions, has been noted - also the wish to sometimes have been just the 2 of you. These are important points for us to know, so... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

We stayed at the Luxury Safari Tented Camp for one night in December 2015. We received a warm welcome from the rangers and all the other staff on arrival and were well looked after throughout our stay. The game drive was fantastic and our knowledgeable rangers took the time to point out and give explanations as to even the smallest... More 

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

Thank you so much for your wonderful review .... we are seriously delighted to know you had such a memorable time at Thula Thula and were happy with your experience. Take care and best wishes More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

My partner and I shared 2 nights with the wonderful guides and staff. Food was amazing, our guides were most knowledgable, the staff could not do enough for us. We had an extremely wonderful time and would love to come back some day

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

Thank you for your wonderful review - we are so delighted to know that you enjoyed yourselves, were well looked after and we greatly look forward to being able to welcome and host you again in the future! More 

Brisbane, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

Had a wonderful stay at the lodge . Everything we expected . The only down side was our stay was to short as we had limited time due to other commitments. Loved the personal interaction with staff . Loved it

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

Thank you very much for your wonderful review .... so absolutely delighted you enjoyed yourselves as much as we enjoyed hosting you and we look forward to being able to welcome you back - at some future date! More 

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