Thula Thula, privately-owned and operated, is situated in the heart of Zululand, 1 hour from Richards
Bay, 1.5 hours from Hluhluwe Game Reserve/St Lucia and less than 2 hours drive from Durban.
This 4500 ha, malaria free game reserve was established in 1911 and has been operational as Thula Thula
Private Game Reserve for the last 16 years (2000). It is home to a wide variety of game as elephant,
buffalo, rhino, leopard, giraffe and many more as well as birds, reptiles and insects.
Thula Thula, with its centuries of cultural and wildlife heritage takes pride in tracing back its
origin to the private hunting grounds of King Shaka, founder of the Zulu Empire. The first historic
meeting between Shaka and his father (Senzangakhona), which set the stage for the creation of the Zulu
nation, took place at the Nseleni River at Thula Thula.The Zulu name Thula Thula literally means peace
Thula Thula was also the home of late bestselling author and conservationist Lawrence Anthony, who
passed away on March 2012. His second book, The Elephant Whisperer relates the story of he rescued the
Thula Thula elephants, and the special relationship he created with the herd.
Thula Thula is now run by his widow, Francoise Malby Anthony, who carries on Lawrence’s legacy i.r.o.
his conservation projects and the running of the two lodges.
Luxury Safari Lodge
Exclusive bush experience and absolute luxury.
With only 8 thatched chalets decorated in flavours of ethnic and colonial elegance, the Elephant Safari
Lodge offers superb accommodation with as much privacy and comfort as you could wish for.
The Suite Royale, our honeymoon suite, or the Suite Imperiale, provide for those special occasions.
Candle lit dinners are served either in the dining room around the pool on the veranda, looking at
wildlife coming to the waterhole, or in the Boma around a fire under the stars.
Luxury Tented Camps
Rediscover nature in great style - true to the African safari camp of a past era - at the Thula Thula
luxury tented camp, where the peaceful essence of the African bush can be heard and felt.
Exclusivity is assured with only 8 luxury tents, all with private viewing decks, fans, mosquito nets
and luxurious en suite bathroom with Victorian bath and outside shower.
View wildlife, while sipping a cocktail from the swimming pool bar or relax in your hammock overlooking
the Enseleni River.
Children all ages welcome.
- 8 luxury thatched chalets decorated in flavours of ethnic and colonial elegance.
- The Suite Royale - for the most tranquil and romantic safari indulgence.
- The Suite Imperiale - for ultimate luxury, space and comfort
- Central living area
- Boma, viewing deck
- Wine cellar
- Swimming pool
- The Marula Bar
- Conference centre
- Private lounge with bar and library.
- 8 luxury tents
- 6 standard luxury tents Inc: 2 3/4 beds, ensuite bathroom with Victorian bath and outside shower, mosquito net, tea and coffee, fan, private veranda.
- 2 family tents Inc: 2 3/4 beds for parents and 2 single beds, mosquito nets, teas and coffee, en suite bathroom with Victorian bath and shower, fan.
- All beds equipped with electric blankets.
- Central living area with bar
- Dining room
- Airconditioned lounge with TV/DSTV
- Outside thatched bar
- Swimming pool.
- Open vehicle game drives, bush walks.
- Optional extras:
- Sangoma encounter in the rural Zulu Village,
- Excursion to Hluluwe/Umfolozi Game Reserve
- Whale watching (June to October),
- St Lucia boat cruise
- Therapeutic massages,
- Picnic champagne lunch in the bush.
- A morning bush walk
- An afternoon game drive.
Game drives and bush walks are conducted on the Thula Thula private game reserve by our professional rangers and trackers. Game viewing includes elephant, rhino, buffalo, leopard, giraffe, crocodile, hyena, wildebeest, kudu, nyala, zebra and many more, including exceptional birdlife.
Optional extras: Sangoma expeditions in the rural Zulu Village, Game drives in Hluluwe/Umfolozi Game Reserve, Whale watching (June to October), Ste Lucia cruises, Therapeutic spa massages, mountain biking, picnic champagne lunch in the bush,
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