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

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

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

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...

Heikendorf
Reviewed 9 May 2016

We decided to stay 3 nights. This was perfect to get the right feeling for the work,, which ins done at Thula Thula to offer a good life to the animals. The Zulu-Rangers, which took us for the game drives are very experienced. We felt safe. they drove carefully. They recognized the animals "becaue they are there". It took us...

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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 - it delights and encourages us no end, when we hear back from our guests that they so enjoyed their whole experience at Thula Thula. Take care and best wishes

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 9 May 2016

We are passionate wildlife lovers with a firm belief that the only way wildlife should be is alive. I can only say that this experience has changed us forever. The history of Thula Thula and then seeing those beloved elephants, well, I actually don't have words which does not happen often. Thabo & Ntombi left us breathless. Lawrence's philosophy and...

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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 write such a comprehensive review. It really is wonderfully encouraging to know that you enjoyed your stay with us at Thula Thula and could also see - first-hand - how threatened our wildlife has become. Thank you, take care and best possible wishes

Toronto, Canada
Reviewed 2 May 2016

We stayed all day and had lunch at the lodge, driving around in an open jeep, the game park was spectacular with its majestic giraffes, white rhino's and Hippos - a real African adventure. Our guides provide in-depth information, knowing and naming most of the animals and relayed their history at the park.

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Thank you so much for letting us know how much you enjoyed your visit to Thula Thula - we greatly appreciate it and are delighted to know that your day with us was such a success.

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 27 April 2016

Made it to Thula Thula at last, this after reading "The Elephant Whisperer" I was not disappointed and charged up with the experience. I wish them every success in enlarging and fencing off the new piece of ground. Get there if you can!

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Thank you so much for your wonderful review and your good wishes for our expansion! So delighted for the feedback that you enjoyed your visit here, as much as we enjoyed hosting and caring for you.

Reviewed 25 April 2016 via mobile

Despite very enthusiastic and knowledgable Rangers (who took us on amazing walks), the food was the culinary equivalent of being struck on the forehead with a wooden tap dancing shoe. Not to mention the constant stench of stale smoke in the lounge/dining area. Stay was at the tented camp.

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Thank you for your review - delighted to know that you found our Rangers enthusiastic and knowledgeable and that you obviously enjoyed your bush walks. Your further comments have been noted and will be dealt with. Thank you for your feedback.

Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 25 April 2016

Pity about the electrical pylons + surrounding townships on reserve borders ( eyesore ) otherwise authentic bush/landscape - guaranteed viewing of Rhino / Giraffe / Elephant / buck / zebra etc - pity the elusive Leopard not sighted

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Thank you very much for your review and delighted to know that you enjoyed our bush experience - although difficult to respond to your remark i.r.o. the surrounding township, as it is thanks to these communities that we have the land on which Thula Thula stands

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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: €369 - €473 (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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