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Thula Thula Game Lodge

Star Rating
4 out of 5

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Reviews

4.2 / 5Very Good
6 reviews

Amenities

  • Pool
  • Breakfast included
  • Free Parking
  • Air Conditioning

Map

What's nearby

  • Popular Location
    Tusk Umfolozi Casino
    32 min drive
  • Popular Location
    Enseleni Nature Reserve
    40 min drive
  • Popular Location
    Boardwalk Mall
    42 min drive
  • Airport
    Richards Bay (RCB)
    48 min drive

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Book online or call:

1-800-238-0767
  • Tented Camps

    Room Amenities

    • Sleeps 2
    • 2 Twin Beds
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  • Family Tent

    Room Amenities

    • Sleeps 4
    • 3 Twin Beds
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  • Suite Imperiale

    Room Amenities

    • Sleeps 4
    • 2 Double Beds
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  • Luxury Safari

    Room Amenities

    • Sleeps 2
    • 2 Twin Beds
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  • Luxury Safari Suites 6 (Queen Size Bed )

    Room Amenities

    • Sleeps 2
    • 1 Queen Bed
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  • Honeymoon Suite

    Room Amenities

    • Water view
    • Sleeps 2
    • 1 King Bed
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  • Deluxe Room

    Room Amenities

    • Sleeps 1
    • 1 Queen Bed
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About this area

Ntambanana

Located in Ntambanana, Thula Thula Game Lodge is in a rural location. Local points of interest include Tusk Umfolozi Casino.

What's nearby

  • Popular Location
    Tusk Umfolozi Casino - 32 min drive
  • Popular Location
    Enseleni Nature Reserve - 40 min drive
  • Popular Location
    Boardwalk Mall - 42 min drive
  • Popular Location
    Ophathe Game Reserve - 54 min drive
  • Popular Location
    Shakaland - 58 min drive

Getting around

  • Richards Bay (RCB) - 61 min drive

Restaurants

  • Onsite dining venue – Restaurant offering local cuisine. Serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily.

About this property

Thula Thula Game Lodge

4-star lodge with 2 outdoor pools and free breakfast
Along with 2 outdoor pools, this lodge has a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Free full breakfast and free self parking are also provided. Other amenities include a poolside bar, WiFi in public areas, and spa services. All 8 rooms provide conveniences like sitting areas and coffee makers, plus WiFi and balconies or patios. Separate bathtubs and showers and desks are among the other amenities available to guests.
Thula Thula Game Lodge offers 8 air-conditioned accommodations with coffee/tea makers. Rooms open to balconies or patios. Accommodations offer separate sitting areas and include desks. This Ntambanana lodge provides wireless Internet access for a surcharge. Bathrooms include separate bathtubs and showers. Housekeeping is provided daily.
Thula Thula Game Lodge features 2 outdoor swimming pools. The lodge offers a restaurant. Guests can unwind with a drink at one of the lodge's bars, which include a poolside bar and a bar/lounge. Guests can enjoy a complimentary breakfast each morning. Public areas are equipped with wireless Internet access (surcharge).
This business-friendly lodge also offers spa services, a terrace, and barbecue grills. For a surcharge, an airport shuttle (available on request) is offered to guests. Complimentary self parking is available on site.
2 outdoor swimming pools are on site.
The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

Policies

Check-in

Check-in between 1 PM - 6 PM
Minimum check-in age - 18

Special check-in instructions

The front desk is open daily from 8 AM - 5 PM.
If you are planning to arrive after 5 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation.
Airport shuttle service is available on request during limited hours. Fees may apply. Contact the property in advance to make arrangements.

Check-out

Check-out before 11 AM

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.

Pets

  • Pets not allowed

Property payment types

Diners Club
Mastercard
American Express
Visa

Important information

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for in-room wireless Internet: ZAR 50 per day (rates may vary)
  • Fee for wireless Internet in public areas: ZAR 20.00 per hour (rates may vary)

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

We should mention

This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply). Guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.

Property is also known as

  • Thula Thula Game Lodge Ntambanana
  • Thula Thula Game Lodge
  • Thula Thula Game Ntambanana
  • Thula Thula Game Lodge Lodge
  • Thula Thula Game Lodge Ntambanana
  • Thula Thula Game Lodge Lodge Ntambanana

Property amenities

Internet

  • Available in all rooms: WiFi (ZAR 50 per day)
  • Available in some public areas: WiFi (ZAR 20.00 per hour)

Parking and transportation

  • Free self parking
  • Roundtrip airport shuttle (surcharge) during limited hours
  • Airport shuttle on request

Food and drink

  • Free full breakfast available daily 7 AM–10 AM
  • 1 restaurant
  • 1 poolside bar and 1 bar

Things to do

  • 2 outdoor pools
  • Game/wildlife drives
  • Game/wildlife viewing
  • Safari
  • Spa services

Family friendly

  • 2 outdoor pools
  • Dry cleaning service
  • Laundry facilities

Guest services

  • Concierge services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Dry cleaning service
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Laundry facilities

Languages spoken

  • English
  • French

Business services

  • 1 meeting room

Outdoors

  • BBQ grill(s)
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace

Spa

  • Aromatherapy
  • Massage - deep-tissue
  • Reflexology

Room amenities

Bedroom

  • Air conditioning

Bathroom

  • Separate bathtub and shower

Food and drink

  • Coffee/tea maker

Outdoor space

  • Balcony or patio

More

  • Desk
  • Separate sitting area

Nearby things to do

Where to eat

  • Onsite dining venue – Restaurant offering local cuisine. Serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily.
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4.3
Cleanliness
4.7
Service and Staff
4.0
Property condition

2/5

  • Liked: Staff & service
  • Disliked: Cleanliness, property conditions & facilities, room comfort

Very disappointing. Meals very ordinary. General appearance tatty. False advertising.

Stayed 1 night in Dec 2018

4/5 Good

  • Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort

We stayed in the tented camp which was very quiet and peaceful.

Stayed 2 nights in Nov 2018

5/5 Excellent

Not only a safari lodge, a safari experience

Those familiar with Lawrence Anthony's humanitarian and conservation work, books, and non-profit programs (Lawrence Anthony Earth Organization) know Thula Thula's reputation as a prime location to see healthy, friendly elephants in Zululand. As Thula Thula is not a "big five" property, the luxury safari experience is geared towards seeing the elephants rescued by the Anthonys as well as orphaned white rhino. The Safari Lodge accommodations are individual cabins with great decor and a view of the wilderness. They offer two game drives per day, as well as an optional game walk in the late morning, and are an excellent value. Food at the Safari Lodge is served family-style (eating separately is an option), giving guests an opportunity to socialize over phenomenal 2-course lunches and full course dinners. The Luxury Tented Camp accommodations have a more qualified game ranger, so guests wanting to see the world famous elephants would do well to spend the extra time and money for accommodations there. Or stay for 3+ nights to have the best odds of seeing them. Intermittent problems with the complimentary WiFi was disappointing. WiFi for the guests at the camp and lodge had been out for 3 days when I arrived and was still out when I departed. However their infrastructure is being upgraded and I was told it would be fixed soon. The housekeeping and hospitality staff are excellent and incredibly focused on providing guests with the best experience possible.

Pros: Great location, stellar food, and an incredible experience.

Location: Off-property activities throughout Zululand include battlefield tours, Hluhluwe-Umfolozi national reserve Big Five tour, and St. Lucia boat cruises.

5/5 Excellent

  • Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort

Outstanding!

My partner and I had am thoroughly enjoyable stay at Thula Thula Safari Lodge. We could not fault it in any way and would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to spoil themselves and enjoy the wonderful wildlife and scenery. The trackers were extremely knowledgeable and humorous and were able to find us lots of animals. I had also read the Elephant Whisperer beforehand so it was very special to meet the elephants by name :-)

4/5 Good

  • Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort

Anthony's Thula Thula

Having read Anthony Lawrence's books, it was a must do. So fabulous to see the elephants and rhino as featured. The park is a beautiful. Having an opportunity to walk through the bush and explore the small animal world and flora was really special. The staff were fabulous and took very good care of us during our stay.

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