King Shaka International Airport, Durban
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 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 bathrooms 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 of all ages welcome.
The Luxury Tents are perfect for those seeking a rustic yet intimate and romantic safari. Take a moment and enjoy a beautiful candle-lit dinner on your private deck while viewing the African night sky.
The Family Suites luxurious and built in the old colonial style. Guests are ensured exclusivity and privacy in any of the luxurious suites at this stunning camp.
Dining at Thula Thula is always a joyous occasion. Enjoy a buffet lunch served around the outside thatched bar or by the swimming pool. Dine under the stars in the boma for a traditional South African braai or a where you will share stories of the day’s game viewing or the legends of the bush with your hosts, our dedicated rangers, and trackers.
Each and every guest, young or old is catered for at Thula Thula Tented Camp. Facilities such as an air-conditioned lounge, TV-DSTV, and game room for children as well as a swimming pool bar. The lounge is also an art gallery of paintings from local artists who donated their artwork for the Thula Thula Rhino Fund.
Activities at Thula Thula Tented Camp are designed to ensure that all guests can experience the full offering of the reserve.
Enjoy morning and an afternoon game drive which are conducted on the Thula Thula private game reserve by professional rangers. Game viewing includes elephant, rhino, buffalo, leopard, hippo, giraffe, crocodile, hyena, wildebeest, kudu, nyala, zebra, and many more, including exceptional birdlife.
Additional activities include visits to the rural Zulu village, St Lucia Cruises, spa massages, mountain biking, and much more!
Thula Thula Private Game Reserve is situated in the heart of Zululand, in the province of Kwa-Zulu Natal. This 4500 hectare, malaria-free wildlife reserve was established in 1911 and has been operational as Thula Thula since 1998. It is home to a wide variety of game such as elephant, buffalo, rhino, leopard, hippo, giraffe, birds, and many more.
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 and tranquility.
Thula Thula was also the home of late bestselling author and conservationist Lawrence Anthony, who passed away on the 2nd of March 2012. His second book, “The Elephant Whisperer” relates the story of the rescue of the Thula Thula elephants and the special relationship he has created with the herd.
Thula Thula is run by his wife, Francoise Malby Anthony, who carries on the legacy of Lawrence with the conservation projects and running of the two lodges.
Francoise wrote the sequel of the Elephant Whisperer, “An Elephant In My Kitchen”, which was released in July 2018, the true story and numerous adventures of the reality of running Thula Thula after Lawrence passed away.
6 Luxury Tents
2 Luxury Family Tents
Thula Thula, Buchanana Main Rd, Empangeni, South Africa