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“Excellent!”

Tala Private Game Reserve
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Owner description: Nearly 3,000 hectares of pristine natural plains and grasslands, this Kwazulu-Natal reserve has abundant bird species as well as big game.
Wolverhampton, England, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Excellent!”
Reviewed August 12, 2014

Very well organised and you can drive round without a guide, a big plus for us.
Has a great bird population too with some small lakes. A great day out.

Visited October 2013
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Thank Dave H
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TalaGameReserve, General Manager at Tala Private Game Reserve, responded to this review, September 2, 2014
Dear Dave,
Good afternoon, I trust this finds you well
Thank you for taking the time in forwarding your compliments
I am pleased you in enjoyed your time at Tala and look forward to to welcoming you back
Regards
Derek Grose
General Manager
Tala Private Game Reserve
Email gm@tala.co.za
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South Africa
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Poor quality hotel rooms”
Reviewed August 6, 2014

The heaters in the bedrooms did not work. The fireplace also ran out of gas. The bathroom drain was blocked. Very limited menu for dinner, especially if you are vegetarian. Definitely hotel accommodation is not recommended. Day trips will be really good. The setting is beautiful.

Visited July 2014
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4 Thank Pat N
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TalaGameReserve, General Manager at Tala Private Game Reserve, responded to this review, August 12, 2014
Dear Pat N
Good afternoon, I trust this finds you well
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the new General Manager of Tala having recently joined. Thank you for taking the time in forwarding your email, constructive criticism is always most welcomed and gratefully accepted
Your concerns have been noted, addressed with the relevant parties and preventative measures put in place. We are currently redoing our Menus to offer a wide variety to all and it is with great excitement that I inform you of our plans for a refurbishment and upgrade of all facilities on Tala Private Game Reserve scheduled to commence the latter part of the year which would include the accommodation I do applogies for any misunderstanding that resulted in your inconvenience.
Please feel free to contract myself directly if I could be of further assistance
Regards
Derek Grose
General Manager
Tala Private Game Reserve
Email gm@tala.co.za
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Rocky Mount, Nc
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Great experience”
Reviewed July 29, 2014 via mobile

My son and I loved every second that we were here. It was crazy trying to look at everything and take pictures of everything. We rode in one of the trucks with a guide who kept us entertained as well as knowing where to find all of the animals.

Visited June 2014
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Thank Tldaniels
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TalaGameReserve, General Manager at Tala Private Game Reserve, responded to this review, August 5, 2014
Dear Daniels
Good afternoon, I trust this finds you well
Thank you for taking the time in forwarding your email, feedback is always most welcomed and gratefully accepted, I am pleased you had a pleasurable experience and shall pass on your compliments to the Ranger Department
Please feel free to contract myself directly if I could be of further assistance
Regards
Derek Grose
General Manager
Tala Private Game Reserve
Email gm@tala.co.za
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
85 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Good.....but could be great”
Reviewed July 20, 2014

This private game reserve is a little gem that is 1 hour from King Shaka Airport. I was pleasantly surprised at the size of the property and the abundance of game - unfortunately we could not track down the rhino, but thoroughly enjoyed our interaction with plenty of wildebeest giraffe, nyala, kudu, impala, warthogs, black backed jackal and a vast abundance of birds.
We stayed for one night, Leadwood Cottage #4. These units are beautiful and very private. However, don't be fooled by their website photos, unit 1 is the only one that looks onto the water, units 2 - 6 run along the river (which in winter is bone dry).
I had mixed feelings about the unit we stayed in - they really are beautiful, but they lack attention to detail with regards to maintenance. And it's not a costly affair - a massive stain running down the wall by the gas fireplace which was very difficult to lite, blocked sink drain, decking in need of repair, and no deck loungers. They could turn this from good to great with little effort.
The Leadwood Cottages are a fair distance from the restaurant and includes a reasonably steep dirt road to get there.
The restaurant was good enough, no fireworks but good tasty food.
The reserve has a really nice picnic site with swimming pool that overlooks Hippo Pools, however, I'm not certain there are any hippos in the pools.
I'd still go back so I guess that is a good indication that the pro's outweighed the con's

Visited July 2014
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2 Thank Dave W
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TalaGameReserve, General Manager at Tala Private Game Reserve, responded to this review, July 25, 2014
Dear Dave,
Good afternoon, I trust this finds you well
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the new General Manager of Tala having recently joined. Thank you for taking the time in forwarding your email, constructive criticism is always most welcomed and gratefully accepted and a great measuring tool for our business Your concerns have been noted, addressed with measures put in place
I would like to inform you of our plans for a refurbishment and upgrade of all facilities on Tala scheduled to commence the latter part of the year
Please feel free to contract myself directly if I could be of further assistance
Regards
Derek Grose
General Manager
Tala Private Game Reserve
Email gm@tala.co.za
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Durban, South Africa
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“It is worth the visit”
Reviewed July 12, 2014

Enjoyed a lovely day with Family at game reserve. It was a lovely sunny day, peaceful setting and great place to take the family. Keep to the main trails as it costed a flat tyre for one of the visitors on that day and it is not easy to get assistance from staff because of the open field. It is worth the visit!

Visited February 2014
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Thank MrJ0hnB
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TalaGameReserve, General Manager at Tala Private Game Reserve, responded to this review, July 14, 2014
Dear Mr John B
Good morning, I trust this finds you well
Thank you for taking the time to review Three Cities Tala Private Game Reserve
We always welcome feedback glad to hear from our guests and their valid options
As the newly appointed GM, I look forward to meeting you and your family on your return to Tala
Regards
Derek Grose
gm@tala.co.za
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