This was the highlight our trip to KZN. To meet the author of the Elephant Whisper, Lawrence Anthony was a real pleasure. He was in the bar every evening and was happy to chat to all the guests. He personally signed my copy of his book which made my day.
To be able to meet the elephants I had read about was a fantastic experience, especailly to see Mabula who was a real character and liked to show off to the guests. He took great pleasure in pretending to charge the vehicle showing us who was boss!
Pieter and Promise the two rangers were excellent guides. We had two game drives every day one before breakfast and another in the evening before dinner. The evening drives were best especially when we stopped for sundowners and watched some fantastic sunsets. Another evening there was a terrific thunderstorm and to watch the lightening in the clear skies was amazing.
The Lodge itself was fantastic. The individual lodges were very comfortable and beautifully furnished. The food was of a very high standard, Francoise has trained all the staff. Even breakfast was a three course affair not just bacon and eggs here it was gourmet cooking.
We saw lots of wildlife and even had the Vervet monkeys playing right outside our lodge every morning.
Thabo the orphaned baby white rhino was great fun too. He enjoyed a walk around the grounds and liked to meet everyone. He was just like a big puppy and enjoyed a fuss. It was entertaining watching him trying to join us for breakfast one morning!
A very special place.
- 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
- 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