Bedrooms are superb at Thula.

Thula Thula derives its name from the Zulu word for “peace and tranquillity”. Steeped in history, this private game reserve is situated on majestic landscape, once the hunting grounds of the mighty King Shaka.

The tastefully appointed suites of the five-star 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 spacious tent boasts a private viewing deck and a luxurious en-suite bathroom, complete with Victorian bath.

The reserve abounds with wildlife including a breeding elephant herd, rhino and leopard. Thula Thula is well revered as one of Zululand’s foremost gourmet destinations and guests are treated to gourmet French cuisine complemented by fine South African wines.

Thula Thula was owned by the late Lawrence Anthony, an ardent conservationist and author.

His herd of elephants, on which his bestselling book The Elephant Whisperer is based, remain on the reserve. Thula Thula is situated in a malaria-free area, two hours from Durban.

For further information contact Thula Thula Private Game Reserve on 035 792 8322 or visit - Saturday Star