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Greater Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 26 June 2016

The destination is close to Richards Bay it's set in the Empangeni mountains with lush vegetation. Animals are personal since ranges know them by name and one can see their interaction, the food is very good and staff friendly, worth a visit if you enjoy nature and beautiful views.

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FrancoiseDurban, Owner at Thula Thula Exclusive Private Game Reserve and Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to review your visit to Thula Thula - we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit so much and hope to be able to welcome you back one day!

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 26 June 2016

The game drives were fantastic with knowledgeable and friendly Rangers added to which the food was well presented and delicious. The overall appearance and feel to the lodge was one of quiet and tranquility.

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FrancoiseDurban, Owner at Thula Thula Exclusive Private Game Reserve and Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to review your visit to Thula Thula, as well as your special commendation on our Rangers. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit and hope to be able to welcome you back one day!

Reviewed 10 June 2016

A few weeks ago, I stayed for the second time at Thula Thula Private Game Reserve and it was again a warm welcome. The staff is really looking after you, the dinners are superb and the lodges are very comfortable. Two Game Drives a day and a Bush Walk in the morning give you the right sense of being in...

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Thank you so much for taking the time to review your visit to Thula Thula and absolutely delighted to hear that (once again!) you thoroughly enjoyed your stay with us, as much as we enjoyed looking after you. Thank you too for your commendation on our Rangers, as well as the success of the photo workshop arranged for you! Looking...

Karlstein am Main, Germany
Reviewed 5 June 2016

We and our 17 year old daughter really had a ball! Wonderful and highly entertaining game drives with very experienced trackers and rangers, enjoyed close encounters with elephants, rhinos, and giraffes, saw a great variety of bird life, visited the hippo family and much more. The daily bush walks (we learned a lot!) were very interesting - attention was drawn...

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FrancoiseDurban, Owner at Thula Thula Exclusive Private Game Reserve and Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your wonderful review ...... delightful to know that you enjoyed staying here, as much as we enjoyed looking after you. We'll ensure that everyone concerned receives a copy of your review! Take care and best wishes

Toms River, New Jersey
Reviewed 31 May 2016

There really aren't enough descriptive words that can accurately specify what this experience has meant to us. Having read The Elephant Whisperer (and L. Anthony's 2 other books), we knew we had to visit. We also knew this visit was going to be transcendent and emotional for us. We split our visit between the lodge and the tented camps. The...

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FrancoiseDurban, Owner at Thula Thula Exclusive Private Game Reserve and Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your awesome review - so absolutely delighted to know that you enjoyed your stay with us, as much as we enjoyed looking after you. We'll make sure that everyone mentioned in your review receives your encouraging words and in the meantime - here's to hoping we'll be able to welcome you again (once the memory...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 26 May 2016

For those of you who have read 'The Elephant Whisperer' a visit to Thula Thula is an absolute must. Even if you haven't read it a fantastic safari experience awaits, especially with the elephants and rhinos on the game reserve - you will NOT get closer to these wonderful animals anywhere else!. Bird life is prolific and also very interesting....

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Thank you so much for your delightful review ..... heart-warming to know that you enjoyed staying with us, as much as we enjoyed looking after you! Take care and best wishes

Bedfordview, South Africa
Reviewed 23 May 2016

From the minute we arrived at Thula Thula to the minute we left, we were treated like royalty at Thula Thula. What an absolutely amazing stay for our 15 year wedding anniversary. The accommodation, the food, the staff, the facilities - absolutely everything was just phenomenal. If you have read The Elephant Whisperer, Thula Thula is just an absolute must!

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FrancoiseDurban, Owner at Thula Thula Exclusive Private Game Reserve and Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your wonderful review - so delighted to hear that your "special" stay with us met with your expectations and that you enjoyed your stay with us as much as we enjoyed looking after you! Take care and best wishes

Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 18 May 2016

Incredible up- close and personal elephant and rhino experiences! While the work Thula does in protecting the animals is very important, they are almost too comfortable with humans close by. And while the work is important, it was somewhat off-putting that all the reading material in the lodge, and in the rooms, focuses on soliciting money. The cost is by...

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Thank you for submitting your review – we are delighted to read how much you enjoyed your encounters with the animals and have noted your other comments, for which we thank you as this gives us an honest guest viewpoint .... which is something that we value, in order to see where improvements need to be made. Thank you

Cape Town
Reviewed 16 May 2016

Thula Thula is a magical place and well lived up to our expectations. After reading Lawrence Anthony's books it was very special to be there and see the elephants and the whole legacy that he has left and that his charming wife now oversees.

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Thank you so much for your wonderful review - absolutely delighted to know that you enjoyed your stay with us, as much as we enjoyed having you share our little piece of Paradise!

Reviewed 13 May 2016

I hate writing a bad review. It's so awkward, especially when the staff were sweet and obliging. However I just have to be honest. I have been on a few Safari holidays and stayed at a few Safari lodges, and my general take home message of this place was how incredibly over priced it was. The overall experience was highly...

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Thank you for your review – in much the same way as you “do not like to write bad reviews”, we certainly do not like to respond on a harsh note. However, in this case, you do not appear to have left us with a fair choice, as much that you have written is simply not completely correct. 1. The...

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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 

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Address: PO Box 87, Ntambana 3881, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Ntambana
Price Range: $506 - $652 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Thula Thula Exclusive Private Game Reserve and Safari Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 16
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