Overview of Thula Thula Game Lodge

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2 outdoor pools
1 bedroom, desk, WiFi
1 bedroom, desk, WiFi
1 bedroom, desk, WiFi
1 bedroom, desk, WiFi

4.3/5 Excellent

Guests rated this property 4.4/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Pool
  • Breakfast included
  • Parking included
  • Air Conditioning
  • Spa
  • Restaurant

Explore the area

    Popular LocationTusk Umfolozi Casino48 min drive
    Popular LocationEnseleni Nature Reserve55 min drive
    Popular LocationBoardwalk Mall61 min drive
    AirportRichards Bay (RCB)68 min drive

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  • Suite Imperiale

    Room amenities

    • Sleeps 4
    • 2 Double Beds
    More detailsSuite Imperiale
  • Luxury Safari Suites 6 (Queen Size Bed )

    Room amenities

    • Sleeps 2
    • 1 Queen Bed
    More detailsLuxury Safari Suites 6 (Queen Size Bed )
  • Family Tent

    Room amenities

    • Sleeps 4
    • 3 Twin Beds
    More detailsFamily Tent
  • Honeymoon Suite

    Room amenities

    • Water view
    • Sleeps 2
    • 1 King Bed
    More detailsHoneymoon Suite
  • Luxury Safari

    Room amenities

    • Sleeps 2
    • 2 Twin Beds
    More detailsLuxury Safari
  • Deluxe Room

    Room amenities

    • Sleeps 1
    • 1 Queen Bed
    More detailsDeluxe Room
  • Tented Camps

    Room amenities

    • Sleeps 2
    • 2 Twin Beds
    More detailsTented Camps

About this area


Located in Ntambanana, Thula Thula Game Lodge is in a rural area. Local points of interest include Hluhluwe–Imfolozi Park and Tusk Umfolozi Casino.
Visit our Ntambanana travel guide
Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Tusk Umfolozi Casino - 48 min drive
  • Enseleni Nature Reserve - 55 min drive
  • Boardwalk Mall - 61 min drive
  • Mtunzini Country Club - 71 min drive
  • Ophathe Game Reserve - 73 min drive

Getting around

  • AirportRichards Bay (RCB) - 68 min drive


  • 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
This lodge features 2 outdoor pools, a restaurant, and an outdoor pool. Free full breakfast and free self parking are also provided. Other amenities include a bar/lounge, a poolside bar, and WiFi in public areas. 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 accommodations with coffee/tea makers. Rooms open to balconies or patios. Accommodations offer separate sitting areas and include desks. In-room wireless Internet access is available for a surcharge. Bathrooms include separate bathtubs and showers. Housekeeping is provided daily.
Guests can experience the thrill of a safari, and take advantage of an outdoor pool. 2 outdoor swimming pools are on site.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

Guests can pamper themselves by indulging in the onsite spa services. Services include deep-tissue massages and massages. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy and reflexology.

Property amenities


  • 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 on site
  • 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


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


  • Aromatherapy
  • Massage - deep-tissue
  • Reflexology


  • If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • In-room accessibility

Room amenities


  • Air conditioning (climate-controlled)


  • Separate bathtub and shower

Food and drink

  • Coffee/tea maker

Outdoor space

  • Balcony or patio


  • Desk
  • Separate sitting area



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


Check-out before 11 AM

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
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

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

Property payment types

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 may be 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
This property accepts credit cards

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

National rating

Quality Graded by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA) – South Africa's official quality assurance organization.

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

Frequently asked questions

Does Thula Thula Game Lodge have a pool?
Yes, this property has an outdoor pool.
Is Thula Thula Game Lodge pet-friendly?
No, pets are not allowed at this property.
How much is parking at Thula Thula Game Lodge?
Self parking is free at this property.
What time is check-in at Thula Thula Game Lodge?
Check-in is from 1 PM - 6 PM.
What time is check-out at Thula Thula Game Lodge?
Check-out is at 11 AM.
Does Thula Thula Game Lodge provide a shuttle to the airport?
Yes, there's an airport shuttle.
Where is Thula Thula Game Lodge located?
Situated in a rural location, this lodge is 12.4 mi (20 km) from Hluhluwe–Imfolozi Park and within 32 mi (52 km) of Tusk Umfolozi Casino and Enseleni Nature Reserve. Ophathe Game Reserve and Boardwalk Mall are also within 32 mi (52 km).
5 - Excellent
4 - Good
3 - Okay
2 - Poor
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Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

5/5 Excellent

Traveled with partner
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Amazing. Got to meet elephants and baby rhinos. Beautiful place. Wonderful staff. Trip of a lifetime.
Stayed 1 night in Sep 2018

5/5 Excellent

Traveled with group
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Thula Thula was an incredibly unique experience. Our inspiration were the books written by Lawrence Anthony who is Francoise's husband. Please read The Elephant Whisperer prior to arrival. The guide, Muzi, was very knowledgeable about the environment and appeared to have a personal relationship with the elephants and rhinos. It was clear that he truly enjoyed and respected them. Incredible experience. The proximity to the animals added to our experience. Kruger was okay. Thula Thula was fantastic. Exceeded our expectations.
Stayed 2 nights in Jan 2020

2/5 Poor

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Sad face IconDisliked: 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

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We stayed in the tented camp which was very quiet and peaceful.
Stayed 2 nights in Nov 2018

5/5 Excellent

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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.

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