Local Excursions

Outside the gates of Thula Thula, experience the beauty and surrounding areas of the North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal, affectionately known by the locals as the ‘Dolphin Coast’.

St. Lucia Estuary

Boat Cruises

Experience the beauty of the iSimangaliso – Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park on a relaxing two-hour boat cruise (three different daily departure times) along the St. Lucia Estuary. Learn about the magnificent birdlife, hippos & crocs to be sighted with educational talks. The boats offer ample space to walk around in & comfortable seats from which to study the beautiful scenery, and are custom built to venture into shallow waters. Excellent photographic opportunities are a given.

“Simply out of this world. We have had the most amazing journey here with all that Thula Thula offers. We will spread the word and be back for sure. Very sad to leave and thank you.”

Whale Watching

St. Lucia Waters

If you want to go whale watching in St. Lucia, this tour is for you. Cut across the tranquil turquoise blue as your whale & dolphin spotting tour leaves from the North Island. As you cruise the beautiful calm of St. Lucia’s waters, your captain will direct you to the best spots for viewing a host of whales & dolphins. See sperm whales, pilot whales, spinner dolphins, bottlenose dolphins & more! Snap photos of St. Lucia’s tropical coastline, fishing villages & deserted coves. This St. Lucia whale watching excursion makes for a highly memorable day – be sure to bring your sunscreen & your camera!


Game Reserve

This beautiful game reserve was created in 1895 (the oldest park in Africa) and is home to the big five & rich in wildlife & conservation efforts. The park is the only state-run park in KwaZulu-Natal where you can find the Big Five (elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard). The park now has the largest population of white rhino in the world. Throughout the park, there are many signs of Stone Age settlements. The area was originally a royal hunting ground for the Zulu kingdom but was established as a park in 1895. The Umfolozi & Hluhluwe reserves were established primarily to protect the white rhinoceros, then on the endangered species list.

Like so many we were drawn here after reading the The Elephant Whisperer What a magical experience! To see the ele’s at dusk, was to understand why they are known as the “Grey Ghosts”. Then we were treated to a mock charge from Shaka, to let us know he was there. Twice we followed the herd and our finale was to walk to the croc pools and watch Nana’s group drink at dusk. Thank you all at Thula Thula”


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