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Thula Thula

Thula Thula, family owned and operated, is situated in the heart of Zululand, 40 minutes from Richards Bay, 45 minutes from Umfolosi Game Reserve and less than 2 hours drive from Durban. This 1500 ha, soon 4500 ha, malaria free game reserve was established in 1911 and has been operational as Thula Thula for the last 12 years. It is home to a wide variety of game as elephant, buffalo, rhino, leopard, giraffe and many more as well as birds, reptiles and insects.

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 tranquillity.

Thula Thula is also the home of bestselling author Lawrence Anthony. His second book,
The Elephant Whisperer relates the story of the rescue of the Thula Thula elephant, and the special relationship he has created with the herd.


Experienced rangers will guide you on exciting safaris in open Land rovers through the unique diversity of this ancestral land to encounter elephant, buffalo, rhino, leopard, giraffe, hyena, crocodile, zebra, wildebeest, kudu, nyala and a spectacular variety of other indigenous species, great and small. Birdlife is prolific with over 350 identified species, including raptors.


With its Unique atmosphere, stylish decor and superb cuisine, Thula Thula offers you the choice of exclusive accommodation between the 5 star Elephant safari lodge, renowned gourmet destination, and the 4 star Luxury tented camp, offering an authentic African bush experience in the heart of Zululand.
Both offer a very unique and different experience.



Exclusive bush experience and absolute luxury, with only 8 thatched chalets decorated in flavours of ethnic and colonial elegance, the Elephant Safari Lodge offers superb accommodation with as much privacy and comfort you could wish for.... and the "Suite Royale, our honeymoon suite, or the Suite Imperiale, for those special occasions. Candle lit dinners are served either in the dining room around the pool on the veranda, looking at wildlife coming to the waterhole, or in the Boma around a fire under the stars.



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 bathroom 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.

Extra activities

  • Therapeutic massages

  • Visit to the local rural Zulu village, authentic experience with an encounter with the Inyanga, the Zulu Doctor who will display for you the traditional Zulu medicine

  • Visit of Umfolosi-Hluhluwe Game Reserve

  • Cruise on the St Lucia Estuary to view hippos and crocodiles.

  • Yoga bush retreat or yoga classes

  • French cuisine cooking classes