The Thula Thula Game Reserve is a 1,500-hectare gaming reserve located in the malaria-free zone of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. Just two hours from Durban, the luxurious accommodations are a favorite among tourists looking for adventure and a change of safari.
The reserve is home to all of the Big 4, alongside a wealth of kudu, wildebeest, crocodile, hyenas, giraffe and more. There are even more than 350 species of bird living on the reserve. While it is a popular place for legal hunting, it also offers safaris and numerous activities that highlight traditional African culture. The reserve offers opportunities to learn Zulu dancing at a barbeque feast, take cooking classes to learn local cuisine, or engage in a Champagne picnic in the wild. Guests have the option of staying in a luxury, tented camp or at the elephant lodge.
While I’m not a hunter, I did find the safaris offered through Thula Thula are a fantastic way to see the local wildlife. There are also numerous ways to volunteer and learn all about the conservation efforts the reserve participates in. The staff is professional and friendly, and the accommodations are top-notch. They also offer a range of options for those looking for short or longer stays.
While the prices are kind of high, Thula Thula does provide an incredible experience all around. I would love to return some day and highly recommend it to anyone looking to explore an African safari in a ritzy setting.
Thula Thula Game Reserve
D312 Buchanana Main Rd
Empangeni, 3880, South Africa
27 87 945 5352
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