Elephant Safari Lodge

The unique atmosphere, stylish décor and an exclusive and personalised service makes the Elephant Safari Lodge a “five star” bush experience, offering luxury and privacy in individual chalets, decorated in ethnic and colonial style. Exceptional service, attention to detail and a gourmet menu are the reasons why so many wish to return to the Elephant Safari Lodge. From your private veranda, you can observe superb birdlife and wildlife roaming free in the 4500 hectare conservancy.

The 24-hour Package Rate at the Elephant Safari Lodge includes accommodation, all gourmet meals, two game drives per day, tea and coffee throughout the day.

I had an amazing 3 days at the Lodge. I really feel blessed by the experience and the passion of everybody who works at Thula Thula. I will be back! ” Rouxle Marais from Cape Town

” Thank you for the heaven that you have up there. It was the best vacation of my life. Keep up the good job Iulia Bucsa

Safari Lodge Pool Area
View of Suite Royale Accommodation with Luxury Bed and African Style Lounge Area

Suite Royale

The Suite Royale is perfect for honeymooning couples or for a special occasion. With a large king size four-poster bed, the Suite Royale is approximately 75 sqm, has a separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with large walk-in shower, bath with bush view and twin basins. Slippers are also provided and the Suite Royale has superb bush views from a veranda which overlooks the watering hole.

  • king size four poster bed
  • large ensuite bathroom with double basin, shower and bath
  • air con
  • private veranda
  • lounge area
  • electric blankets


The deluxe rooms are approximately 25 sqm, with a queen sized four-poster bed, en-suite bathroom with single basin and shower, as well as a veranda overlooking the bush.

The deluxe rooms are ideal for single occupancy.

  • queen size bed
  • ensuite with shower
  • mosquito net
  • tea and coffee
  • aircon
  • private veranda
  • no children
  • electric blankets


The luxury rooms are approximately 35 sqm. Three of the luxury chalets have 2 x ¾ four- poster beds and 1 of the chalets has a queen size four-poster bed. The ensuite bathrooms have twin basins, bath and shower. Each luxury chalet has a veranda overlooking the bush. Additional single beds for children can be put into the luxury rooms on request.

  • 2 x 3/4 beds
  • ensuite with bath and shower
  • mosquito net
  • tea and coffee
  • aircon
  • private veranda
  • bathroom amenities with robe
  • electric blankets


The Suite Imperiale, for a journey into the past, exclusively decorated to celebrate nature, offering the very best in elegance and luxury.

  • 2 x 4 poster double beds
  • lounge
  • mosquito net
  • tea and coffee
  • aircon
  • large full bathroom
  • full viewing deck
  • electric blankets


The Elephant Safari Lodge famously combines a fusion of the most delicious fare combined with exotic flavours and enhanced with the finest South African wines, makes Thula Thula one of the most renowned gourmet destinations in KwaZulu-Natal.

Our superb menus offer a great selection of seafood, venison and the best vegetarian dishes. From our Seafood Bouillabaisse Creole to our famous Oxtail Bourguignon with garlic crushed potato, our Three Cheese and Pesto Feuilleté on tomato compote, the Venison Terrine with Marula jelly and our renowned Fillet of Impala served on sweet potato cake with a red wine and bacon sauce, the dining experience at Thula Thula is memorable.

Delightful desserts include our legendary Nougat Glacé with strawberry sauce, the Sublime Dark Chocolate with orange coulis and the unforgettable Cappuccino Ice Cream with hot chocolate sauce or the Chantilly Home Made Ice Cream with caramelised red berries.

On the lighter side, exotic fruit and vegetable salad with Biltong and sweet chilli dressing, chicken with lemon and honey served with curried fruit and vegetables, grilled calamari peri peri on olive polenta, chicken and mango on pumpkin cake with chocolate and chilli sauce… and the selection of sorbet granité made with fresh mango, pineapple, red berries, banana, kiwi and paw paw with granadilla pulp are just perfect to end a light meal…

Our Zulu dinner and venison braai (barbecue) around the fire in the Boma includes a vast selection of delicious traditional Zulu dishes cooked on the fire in cast iron pots, accompanied by slow roasted leg of venison served with red wine sauce and marinated whole fillet cooked on the barbecue with a choice of vegetables cooked in the fire, followed by our sublime dessert menu.



The Elephant Safari Lodge Marula Bar is in a thatched lapa which overlooks the waterhole; great game viewing and magnificent birdlife can be enjoyed with a refreshing beer, exotic cocktail or fine wine. Drinks at the bar will be charged to the guest’s room account for settlement on departure.


The swimming pool is adjacent to the Marula Bar and waiter service is available. The freshwater pool is approximately 2.5m x 4.5m with gradual steps in one corner. Sun-loungers, tables, chairs and 2 hammocks are located around the pool area.


The Elephant Safari Lodge curio shop stocks art sketches by Francoise Malby-Anthony, hand-made bracelets, elephant & rhino pooh soap, t-shirts and caps, as well as copies of Lawrence’s 3 books: Babylon’s Ark, the book about how he rescued the animals in the Baghdad Zoo; The Elephant Whisperer, which recounts the beginning of Thula Thula as well as the arrival of Nana and the so-called “rogue” herd; and The Last Rhinos – Lawrence’s attempt to save the last of the Northern White Rhinos. Signed copies of the book are available on request.


Children over 8 years old are welcome in the Elephant Safari Lodge and pay 50% of the adult rate.  Children under 8 are welcome by prior arrangement.


Summer (September – March).
Hot days, warm nights.
Temperatures 25 – 35 degrees centigrade.

Winter (April – August).
Dry season: generally warm days, cool nights.
Temperatures 10 – 25 degrees centigrade.


The air-conditioned conference room is approximately 150m from the main lapa.  The conference room is private with great bush views, seats 32 delegates cinema style (approx 6m x 12m) and has a separate air-conditioned breakaway lounge with bar, library and TV / DVD.

A private garden with tables and chairs offers bush views with an adjacent tea & coffee station for breaks.  The conference area has its own separate toilets. The conference room is equipped with a pull-down screen for overhead projection.  All AV equipment can be sourced locally on request or brought in by the delegates.

Group lunches can be served on the terrace of the lapa and group dinners in the boma. Suggested team building activities include bush walks and interactive game drives.

Maximum Conference Capacity: 32 Delegates