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Reviewed 7 September 2017

Soon after we read the book written by Lawrence Anthony, The Elephant Whisperer, my husband started reading the book, over Skype, to our granddaughters, now aged 10 and 8, who live in the UK. They absolutely loved it, with the older one remembering the names of the elephants from chapter to chapter. We decided to surprise them and their mom, our daughter, with a night at Thula Thula. Wow, what an amazing 24 hours! Damien was our game ranger and we saw virtually all the ellies they had read about and were very thrilled - he was wonderful. The tents were divine, with the outdoor shower in ours being a big hit too! The food was very good and the catering staff went out of their way to try various options for a very fussy child!! The morning bush walk with Muzi was also excellent. The staff members were all very friendly and welcoming although we were disappointed not to meet Francoise! A very special time for us all and another tick off my bucket list!

Room tip: Away from the boma as some guests (happens everywhere) forget they are there to enjoy the signs of the wild!!
Date of stay: September 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 September 2017

We arrived in Camp minutes before the evening game drive was about to leave! Bags were taken to our tent and we were put into the Four wheel drive. Minutes later we saw springbok zebra giraffe and later our first elephants. Wow what an introduction Next morning up early for a guided game walk - amazing

Date of stay: December 2016
Thank mooes747
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Reviewed 2 September 2017

I had a memorable time at Thula Thula in an amazing room with spectacular views of the bush especially from the ginormous bath tub. The luxury room is big enough for a small party and lavishly furnished with authentic african designed pieces. The communal dining, bar and pool area is great for relaxing and meeting other guests with views of the bushland including lots of wildlife. The meals were outstanding and with lots of variety. All the staff were friendly and attentive and I enjoyed many conversations with them about their lives and the goings on at Thula Thula. I am looking forward to returning and learning more about their wildlife conservation work and can't wait for the movie of the THula THula story to be released. Great work team !!!

Date of stay: April 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled solo
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Thank Louise B
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Reviewed 23 August 2017

Our family of 3 (myself, husband and 13yr old daughter) had an absolutely fabulous time at Thula Thula in July 2017.
We stayed in the Safari Tent Lodge for 6 nights and had the last night at the lodge. Both accommodation places had wonderful staff that were, friendly and very attentive. The Main lodge room was larger than the family tent (which was not exactly small). Our time at the Tented Camp was very special as we were there for 6 days and got to know the Rangers, staff and other guests well. We felt very at home and nothing was too much trouble.
We are bird watchers, love taking photos and being in the bush so the guided walks were thoroughly enjoyed by us all & not to be missed. The game drives were probably our favourite activity. Each time we went out we would see something different. We were lucky enough to see the elephants each game drive we went on (I am not sure if that’s usual). We never tired of watching them or the other animals as they were always doing something different. Stopping to enjoy the sunset, views and smell of the bush were a wonderful way to end the day.
We chose Thula Thula for a few different reasons. ①My daughter & I had read and loved ‘The Elephant Whisperer’ (about the Thula Thula elephants) and wanted to see the amazing herd, their home and the dedicated people who look after them. ②We loved the respect that Thula Thula owners had for the local people, animals and the environment. ③We only had 15 days in Africa & to experience different things we could easily do day trips arranged by Thula Thula (Wetland cruise, Indian Ocean beach, National Park, Zululand etc).
If you haven’t read the book before you visit you will still have an absolutely wonderful time. We had the most fabulous guides Musi, Shandu and Jenny. They made the drives, walks and chats so much fun. Four weeks later we still miss them. The food was lovely and day trips included a fabulous picnic lunch. All guests we met during our stay loved their time there and everyone was either a return visitor or planning a return trip. We definitely will be back!

Date of stay: July 2017
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Thank Rhonda C
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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

Date of stay: July 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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