Thula Thula Private Game Reserve

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

NOT JUST A DESTINATION… A MAGICAL WORLD OF ITS OWN IN THE HEART OF ZULULAND FOR ANIMAL AND NATURE LOVERS!

Thula Thula, which literally means peace and tranquillity in Zulu, is the oldest private wildlife reserve in KwaZulu-Natal. This former hunting ground of legendary Zulu King Shaka boasts a unique diversity of landscapes, from riverine bush, savanna and forest. Thula Thula private game Reserve is a 4500 ha (soon to be 5500ha) Wildlife Sanctuary dedicated to the conservation, protection and survival of endangered species. Situated in Zululand, only 2 hours from Durban, and one hour from Richards Bay, Thula Thula is a luxury safari destination where our experienced game rangers will share their incredible knowledge of the bush during exciting game drives while you observe elephant, rhino, buffalo, hippo, hyena, leopard and so much more, including over 350 bird species.

Thula Thula was also home of the late bestselling author and conservationist Lawrence Anthony, who passed away on March 2012. His second book, the international best seller THE ELEPHANT WHISPERER (2009) relates the story of the rescue of a herd of seven elephants, and the special relationship he created with the herd. His widow, Francoise Malby Anthony, carries on his conservation projects and the running of the two lodges. Her two books, AN ELEPHANT IN MY KITCHEN (2018) and THE ELEPHANTS OF THULA THULA (2022) both inspirational and compelling reads, tell the story of Thula Thula since its humble beginnings in 1998. A roller coaster of emotions with the joys and challenges of a life dedicated to conservation which place the readers in the middle of the action.

Thula Thula offers exclusive accommodation with the stylish ELEPHANT SAFARI LODGE, renowned gourmet destination, and the LUXURY TENTED CAMP, for an authentic African bush experience in a relaxed atmosphere where children are welcome.

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Luxury Accommodation

With its unique atmosphere, stylish décor and superb cuisine, the 4500 ha Thula Thula private game reserve offers you the choice of exclusive accommodation between the Elephant Safari Lodge, a renowned gourmet destination, and the Luxury Tented Camp, offering an authentic African bush experience in the heart of Zululand, each offering a very unique experience.

Elephant Safari Lodge

An exclusive bush experience in absolute luxury, with only 8 thatched chalets decorated in flavors of ethnic and colonial elegance, the Elephant Safari Lodge offers superb accommodation with as much privacy and comfort you could wish for. Children 12+ years welcome.

Luxury Tented Camp

Rediscover nature in great style and true to the African safari camp of a past era at the Thula Thula luxury tented camp, where the quiet and peaceful essence of the African bush can be heard and felt. Children welcome – all ages.

Conservation

Thula Thula is dedicated to the conservation and protection of our endangered wildlife

Volunteer
Academy

Wildlife Protection
& Anti-Poaching

Elephant Land
Expansion

Elephant Adoption
Program

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Rhino Adoption
Program

Thula Thula En Francais

Thula Thula est une reserve animaliere de 5000 ha dédié à la conservation, la protection et la survie des espèces en péril. Situé dans le Zululand, seulement 2 heures de Durban et une heure de Richards Bay, Thula Thula est une destination de safari de luxe où les rangers partageront leurs connaissances de la brousse lors de safaris passionnants tandis que vous observez, rhino, hippo, éléphant, léopard, buffle et beaucoup plus, y compris plus de 350 espèces d’oiseaux. Thula Thula est également la ou reside notre troupeau d’éléphants, rendu célèbre dans le livre Best-seller « The Elephant Whisperer » ( L’homme qui murmurait a l’oreille des elephants) par Lawrence Anthony, et “Un Elephant Dans Ma Cuisine” par Francoise Malby Anthony. Avec son atmosphère unique, un décor élégant et une superbe cuisine, Thula Thula vous propose un choix d’hébergement exclusif entre l’ELEPHANT SAFARI LODGE, destination gastronomique renommée et le CAMP DE TENTES, offrant une expérience de brousse africaine authentique dans une ambiance décontractée où les enfants sont bienvenus. Nous proposons des activites, en plus des safaris inclus dans le sejour tout compris, tels que visite du village Zoulou, dejeuner au Champagne dans la brousse, ou visite du centre de rehabilitation d’animaux. Sejours tout compris de 6 et 8 nuits, avec transfers et excursions.

“Avec mon épouse, nous avons passé 2 semaines à Thula-Thula et nous en gardons un excellent souvenir. En recherche d’authenticité, nous avons préféré les tentes nous ne l’avons pas regretté. Entendre les animaux la nuit et se réveiller le matin avec des antilopes près des ouvertures est quelque chose de passionnant. Ce fut un voyage inoubliable, nous n’étions qu’une dizaine de vacanciers, loin des grands centres où il y a trop de touristes, et avons pu ainsi profiter au maximum.” Simon Cussonnet

” Bonjour Françoise, nous étions à Thula Thula au mois de mars et avons emporté en Suisse un souvenir sublime. Soyez assurée que nous allons revenir avec notre famille, en plus ayant lu le livre “the éléphant-whisperer”. Malheureusement pas avant notre visite. Avec impatience nous attendons votre livre ” Un Elephant dans ma Cuisine” au mois de Juin.” Edith and Fritz Sigg

 

Pour information ou reservation contactez Francoise : francoise@thulathula.com

Special Events

For all your wedding and conference needs

Conferences

The fully air-conditioned conference room is private with great bush views, seats 32 delegates cinema style (approx 6m x 12m) and has a separate air-conditioned breakaway lounge with bar, library and TV / DVD.

Weddings

Thula Thula, the oldest Private Game Reserve in Zululand, is filled with Adventure, Zulu History, Style and gourmet cuisine. The unique atmosphere, stylish décor and superb service will make your wedding and honeymoon at Thula Thula memorable.

Enquiries

Please contact us if you have an enquiry or a suggestion. One of our consultants will be happy to assist you.