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Overview of Thula Thula Game Lodge

Thula Thula Game Lodge

4-star property
4-star lodge in Ntambanana with 2 outdoor pools and safari

8,2/10 Very good

8 verified guest reviews

Popular amenities

  • Free breakfast
  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Internet access
  • Airport transfer
  • Air conditioning
The price is R9 360
Price available on 2023/01/31
D 312 Buchanana Main Road, Ntambanana, KwaZulu-Natal, 3880

Room options

About this area

Getting around

  • Richards Bay (RCB) - 71 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)

About this property

Thula Thula Game Lodge

A great choice for a stay in Ntambanana, Thula Thula Game Lodge offers an airport shuttle (available on request). Guests can grab a bite to eat at the restaurant, or indulge in deep-tissue massages, aromatherapy, or reflexology. Other highlights at this upscale lodge include 2 outdoor pools, a poolside bar, and a terrace.


English, French

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter
Follows industry cleaning and disinfection practices of COVID-19 Guidelines (WHO) and COVID-19 Guidelines (CDC)

Social distancing

Contactless check-in and check-out
Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Guest rooms kept vacant for 24 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Masks available
Masks are required at the property
Hand sanitizer provided
Reservations are required for the use of certain onsite facilities
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 8 rooms


  • Check-in time from 1 PM - 6 PM
  • Minimum check-in age - 18
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • 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
  • The front desk is open daily from 8 AM - 5 PM
  • Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions; front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property ahead of time using the information on the booking confirmation
  • If you are planning to arrive after 5 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • WiFi in public areas*
  • WiFi in rooms*


  • Free onsite self parking


  • Airport shuttle on request (during limited hours)*

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free full breakfast each morning 7 AM–10 AM
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Poolside bar
  • Barbecue grills

What to do

  • Safari

Working away

  • Meeting room


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Concierge services
  • Dry cleaning/laundry services


  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • 2 outdoor pools
  • Spa services


  • In-room accessibility (select rooms)


  • English
  • French

Room amenities

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning (climate-controlled)
  • Coffee/tea maker

What to enjoy

  • Balcony or patio
  • Separate sitting area

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Separate bathtub and shower

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • WiFi (surcharge)


  • Daily housekeeping

Special features


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.


Onsite venue - This restaurant specializes in local cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • WiFi is available in guestrooms for ZAR 50 per day (rates may vary)
  • WiFi is available in public areas for ZAR 20.00 per hour (rates may vary)
  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Personal protective equipment, including masks, will be available to guests.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions; masks are required in public areas; reservations are required for some onsite facilities.

Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings.

This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of COVID-19 Guidelines (WHO) and COVID-19 Guidelines (CDC).


This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession

Guests can rest easy knowing there's a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system, and a first aid kit on site.

This property accepts credit cards.

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

What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Thula Thula Game Lodge?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
How much does it cost to stay at Thula Thula Game Lodge?
As of 30 January 2023, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Thula Thula Game Lodge on 31 January 2023 start from R9 360, including taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
Is there a pool at Thula Thula Game Lodge?
Yes, there are 2 outdoor pools.
Are pets allowed at Thula Thula Game Lodge?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at Thula Thula Game Lodge?
Yes, there's free self parking.
Is airport shuttle service offered by Thula Thula Game Lodge?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Thula Thula Game Lodge?
You can check in from 1 PM - 6 PM. Check-out time is 11 AM. Contactless check-in and check-out are available.
What is there to do at Thula Thula Game Lodge and nearby?
Onsite recreation at Thula Thula Game Lodge includes game viewing, a wildlife and game drive, and a safari. Enjoy a swim in one of the 2 outdoor swimming pools or use the lodge's other amenities, which include spa services and a picnic area. Thula Thula Game Lodge also has a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near Thula Thula Game Lodge?
Yes, there's an onsite restaurant that offers local cuisine.
Does Thula Thula Game Lodge have any outdoor private spaces?
Yes, every room features a balcony or patio.



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10/10 Exceptional

Amazing. Got to meet elephants and baby rhinos. Beautiful place. Wonderful staff. Trip of a lifetime.
1-night romance trip
Verified Travelocity guest review

10/10 Exceptional

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.
Donna, 2-night trip with friends
Verified Expedia guest review

4/10 Fair

Very disappointing. Meals very ordinary. General appearance tatty. False advertising.
1-night trip
Verified Wotif guest review

8/10 Very good

We stayed in the tented camp which was very quiet and peaceful.
Glenda, 2-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

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.
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

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 :-)
Verified guest review

8/10 Very good

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.
Verified guest review

6/10 Good

Christophe, 2-night trip
Verified guest review