Thula Thula Game Reserve, located in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, is a private game reserve steeped in history and luxury. Said to be the oldest reserve in KwaZulu Natal, it is family operated and set in a malaria-free zone on the Elephant Coast, roughly two hours from Durban. The reserve lies in the heart of Zululand, an area that was once a hunting ground for Shaka and his men.
The reserve is particularly significant due to the historic meeting between Shaka and his father that took place on the banks of the Nseleni River in Thula Thula. Guests can expect to see a variety of wildlife, including giraffe, rhino, elephant, buffalo, hyenas, nyala, zebra, and over 370 bird species.
But Thula Thula is more than just a game reserve. It is a sanctuary, a place to escape from the everyday and find peace and tranquility. The colonial and ethnic blend woven into the design and decor of the lodges creates a timeless elegance that brings to mind the effortless grace of films like Out of Africa.
Popular Activities At Thula Thula Game Reserve
Guests can take part in early morning and late afternoon game drives, where they will have the opportunity to see a variety of wildlife such as giraffe, rhino, elephant, buffalo, hyenas, nyala, zebra, and over 370 bird species.
Visitors can take guided walks with experienced rangers, who will lead them through the reserve and provide insight on the area’s flora, fauna, and cultural heritage.
Thula Thula offers cultural tours, which allow visitors to learn about the history and customs of the Zulu people and the local communities.
The reserve offers a range of spa treatments, including massages, facials and body treatments, which can be enjoyed in the secluded spa area or in the comfort of the guest’s suite.
A traditional Zulu blessing ceremony, performed by a local Sangoma, can be arranged for visitors, which is a unique cultural experience.
Yoga & Meditation
Yoga and meditation classes are offered for those looking for a more peaceful and relaxing experience.
Visitors can interact with the reserve’s elephants and learn about their conservation from the reserve’s expert handlers.
All of these activities allow visitors to have a unique and authentic experience of the natural beauty and cultural heritage of the region, while also supporting conservation efforts and local communities.
A short history of Thula Thula Game Reserve
The reserve was founded by the late Lawrence Anthony, an environmentalist, and conservationist. He also won an Earth Day Award in 2004, the first South African to achieve such an award, for his rescue of animals from the Baghdad zoo. He initiated the rehabilitation of these animals, making sure the animals were protected and fed. Today, his wife Francoise Maltby-Anthony, continues his legacy and is involved in many projects including the Royal Zulu Biosphere project and teaching the benefits of conservation to rural communities.
For those looking for a luxurious and serene escape in the heart of South Africa’s natural beauty, Thula Thula Game Reserve is the perfect destination.