Tranquillity in company of elephants

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iol travel april 22 ss nu thula . Elephants at Thula Thula Reserve

Durban - A two-hour drive from Durban and 45 minutes from Richards Bay, Thula Thula is the ultimate destination in which to experience a true taste of Africa.

Deriving its name from the Zulu word for “peace and tranquillity”, this private game reserve is home to the Elephant Safari Lodge and a luxurious, Bedouin-style tented camp, bordering the Enseleni River.

Once the hunting grounds of King Shaka, Thula Thula is steeped in history. Framed by a majestic landscape, the reserve is abundant with wildlife, including the breeding herd of elephant, of Lawrence Anthony’s The Elephant Whisperer fame.

The tastefully appointed suites of the Elephant Safari Lodge are decorated in an Afro-Colonial style, while the romantic Tented Camp is reminiscent of a safari camp of a past era.

Each tent boasts a private viewing deck and a luxurious en-suite bathroom complete with a Victorian bath. Thula Thula is situated in a malaria-free area. The Elephant Whisperer, along with Lawrence’s other books Babylon’s Ark and The Last Rhino, are available at all major retailers.

l Contact Thula Thula Private Game Reserve on 082 259 9732 or visit

Members get a 20 percent discount off standard rates (not including long weekends and school holidays) valid until the end of September. - Saturday Star

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