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Thula Thula Exclusive Private Game Reserve and Safari Lodge
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Reviewed 19 August 2017

Thula Thula has been on our bucket list of places to visit ever since we read Elephant Whisperer. It was everything we expected and more. We stayed in our very comfortable chalet at the Lodge which was super clean and had everything we needed. We ate in the dining room and were blown away by the wonderful food - delicious and well presented. Compliments to the chef(s). The staff were friendly and went out of their way to make sure our stay was perfect. We met Francoise who is gorgeous and just as we had imagined her from the book. I cannot even describe how wonderful the game drives were. Our rangers - Damien (our driver) and Khaya were amazing - punctual, friendly, charming, unbelievably knowledgeable and we couldn't have asked for better rangers. Our biggest wish was to see Nana and Frankie. Well not only did we see the two majestic ladies, but also Nandi, Shaka, Ilanga, Mandla, Mabula, Suzanna, Victoria and all of their beautiful family walked right passed our open jeep a few times - in fact at arms length away sometimes. Thabo and Ntombi, the rhinos gave us such thrill by coming right up to our jeep to say hello and then both facing up to Shaka, the elephant - playfully trying to show their authority. They pushed Shaka back a few steps and then Shaka would push them back - this went on for about half an hour. It all ended amicably as the twins gave up and went their own way. Later on, our ranger noticed a hyena emerging from the long grass as we were driving slowly along the track. He stopped the jeep and the cute, young hyena couldn't contain his curiosity. He inched closer and closer and then lay down behind some long grass just metres away on the track, thinking we couldn't see him. We always thought hyenas tended to retreat hastily when seen. We enjoyed a gin and tonic while watching a beautiful sunset high up on a ridge, saw so many animals and loved every second of our visit. Thank you everyone at Thula Thula - we can't wait to come back on our next visit from Perth, Australia and would recommend a stay there to anyone. Paul and Linda

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 August 2017

This has been my dream since I was a little girl. OMG it didn't disappoint. We stayed in the tented camp sleeping to the sound of the country. We met the elephants and rhino's up close. Saw lots of other amazing wildlife every day. Brilliant rangers and staff ensured we had the most back to africa experience. We will be going back!

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 August 2017

We spent 9 days at Thula Thula and have enjoyed every minute of it. The wildlife is amazing, the staff very friendly and helpful, and the food is great. We've particularly enjoyed the informal atmosphere at the tented camp and the family-like way the staff interacted among eachother.

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 July 2017

I had such high expectations as I had read so much about Thula Thula but I was some what disappointed. Certainly not 4*. Dinner in the Boma was cold and I had to ask for the plates to be heated, it is winter. Food was not restaurant quality, there is room for much improvement especially as Francoise is a chef. Bath hot water tap did not work, replaced it a day later with shower tap and then we could not shower. No plug for electric blanket on one side of bed or for hairdryer. Had to borrow one from my daughter. Guided walks were not very informative. Game drive, we didn't see Rhino even though they are guarded and whereabouts are known. There are better game lodges catering for South African tourists, Thula Thula is geared for Americans.

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
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FrancoiseDurban, Owner at Thula Thula Exclusive Private Game Reserve and Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 29 July 2017

Good day Noelene, sorry to hear that Thula Thula was not up to your expectations.
Yes indeed we have a lot of guests from overseas, happy guests, but we also have a lot of South African guests who enjoy their time at Thula Thula. They keep coming back which shows that we do things right sometimes ...
For the food, what dish exactly was cold and not to your taste ? As we propose an interesting selection on our menu, surely there must have been one or two who were of "restaurant" quality ?
as for our rhinos, sorry you did not see them. On a 4500 ha game reserve, it can happen. But I am sure you must have seen our very special herd of elephants .
Best regards
Francoise

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Reviewed 25 July 2017

The staff is amazing, kind, giving and loving!!! The accommodations are beautiful and the animals are up close and personal!! We were blessed on this trip and encourage you to visit! We will definitely be back and the staff deserve raises!!!!

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
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FrancoiseDurban, Owner at Thula Thula Exclusive Private Game Reserve and Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 29 July 2017

Thank you so much for this beautiful review and thank you for the great compliments about our staff ! They certainly have the passion and they will be getting a raise !
Warm regards
Francoise

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