Tala Private Game Reserve Pietermaritzburg Hotel Accommodation, KwaZulu-Natal
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  • Rooms/Units33

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Tala Private Game Reserve is a KwaZulu Natal game lodge providing a wildlife experience for tourists visiting Valley of 1000 Hills.

About Tala Private Game Reserve

Tala Private Game Reserve is a wildlife conservancy hidden in the hills of a quiet farming community not far from Durban in KwaZulu Natal. We are ever aware that as guardians of this precious piece of Africa we have a responsibility to pass this sanctuary on to future generations. Tala’s mix of acacia thornveld, open grassland and sensitive wetland provides exceptional game watching and birding, setting the stage for that perfect photograph.

At a Glance

  • Malaria-free area
  • Safari / bush walks by arrangement
  • Game drives by arrangement


Tala is the proud home to 5 uniquely diverse holiday stays; from fully-fledged lodges to self-catering fishing retreats, there’s something for everyone.

See individual unit descriptions and photographs below to assist you with your choice.

The Game Reserve

Tala allows you to get closer to nature, to really interact with the environment and animals and to experience the sights, sounds and smells of the African bush. Tala is a wildlife sanctuary spanning over 3000 hectares and incorporating many diverse natural environments, the reserve features over 380 bird species, with big game that includes kudu, hippo, giraffe and eland.

Several distinctive and remarkable plant species are also to be found on Tala. The fiery aloe in full bloom, the imposing euphoria and the smell of the fragrant wild sage on a dewy morning make every stay at the reserve unique and memorable.

Activities Available

• Game Drives
• Mountain Bike Trails (bike rental available)
• Bass Fishing - catch and release
• Paint ball and target shooting
• Archery

Features you'll appreciate

providedonly in some rooms

In Room / Unit

  • Bathroom (en-suite)
  • Bathroom (shared)
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Bed linen supplied

On Site

  • Child friendly (all ages)
  • Parking (off street)
  • Swimming pool

Food & Drink

  • Restaurant / dining room

Rooms & Rates

Select your check-in and check-out dates to view availability and the rates applicable.

Mahogany House

Mahogany House is situated adjacent to Paperbark Lodge. The original old farmhouse has been carefully restored to maintain the essence of a bygone era. Six bedrooms with bathrooms en-suite lead on to a central lounge area and out onto a typical farmhouse veranda which looks onto the surrounding garden. There are 5 twin rooms with a bath and shower and one double with a shower only. The Rock Pool and the Mahogany Spa are just a step away and the Paperbark Restaurant is conveniently located around the corner.

  • Bathroom towels supplied  
  • Bed linen supplied

Qty: 6
Sleeps: 2 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: are allowed in this room type

Paperbark Lodge

Paperbark Lodge centres on the 'Old Farm Barn' with the original door still in place. Beautifully restored, with a large fireplace, polished floors and fold back windows that allow for natural light and ventilation, this is the venue for all the lodge's meals. The room's décor is simple, yet dramatic, including wildlife paintings, shale walls and the clever use of wood. There are five double rooms and 7 twin rooms all with an en-suite bathroom with a bath. The lodge surrounds an open grass area with spectacular views to the west of the open plains of the reserve. The rock pool is within easy walking distance for a refreshing dip on a hot summer’s day. The Mahogany Spa, next to the rock pool, is also conveniently located. The sumptuous premier suite features a spacious bathroom with ball-and-claw tub and four poster bed.

  • Bathroom towels supplied  
  • Bed linen supplied

Qty: 12
Sleeps: 2 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: are allowed in this room type

Figtree House

Figtree House is a fully serviced house for groups of up to ten. The homestead has an old-world farm house atmosphere and each room has direct access to the surrounding garden. A veranda off the main lounge overlooks the boma braai area with the rolling hills of Tala in the background. There are four twin rooms and one double room. All five rooms have an en-suite bathroom with a bath and shower, opening up to a communal open plan lounge with a bar. The large dining room tables are ideal for breakfast or dinner in the privacy of your own house.

  • Bathroom towels supplied  
  • Bed linen supplied

Qty: 5
Sleeps: 2 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: are allowed in this room type

Leadwood Room

Leadwood Lodge is truly something special. There are six cottages in total, situated adjacent to the grand. Leadwood Manor House. The cottages are identical inside and are ideally used as honeymoon suites and make for special romantic getaways. Each cottage has a double bed and a bathroom with a bath and shower as well as its own private deck. The one cottage is situated near a dam. The rest of the cottages are surrounded by green bush. The cottages were built by a team of artisans with locally sourced shale. Leadwood Lodge combines exceptional architecture, towering thatch and resplendent finishes against a backdrop of breathtaking natural beauty. The décor is an eclectic merging of antique and organic Africa with one of a kind artistic elements. The final results of this lodge are a masterpiece of earth, water, glass and hardwoods. Please note that this is not self-catering accommodation, however, mini fridges are available in the rooms.

  • Bathroom towels supplied  
  • Bed linen supplied

Qty: 6
Sleeps: 2 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: are allowed in this room type

Fishermans Cottage

This self-catering, stand-alone house with a splendid view of the riverine bush and surrounded by open plains is easily visible as you drive onto the reserve. Comfortably accommodating two people in double or twin beds, each cottage has a private concealed Boma area that is ideal for a relaxing braai under the stars or just to sit around the fire. Fisherman's Cottage is a serene retreat where you can unwind while looking out over the Fisherman's Dam, listen to the calls of African Fish Eagles and watch the wildlife grazing, from the comfort of your veranda. The Cottages are self-catering; however, if you would prefer to dine at the Tala Restaurant for any meals, please can you book in advance. All meals and drinks are to be settled at the reception at the end for your stay.

  • Bathroom towels supplied  
  • Bed linen supplied

Qty: 2
Sleeps: 2 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: not allowed in this room type

Leadwood Presidential

Presidential Suite ha a King-size bed and a bathroom with a bath and shower. There is a dressing room, lounge and private deck area. The Presidential Suite is a special space created to rejuvenate the mind, body and soul. This is not self-catering accommodation and there are no fridges available in the rooms. The Presidential Suite does have a TV with selected DSTV channels.

  • Bathroom towels supplied  
  • Bed linen supplied

Qty: 1
Sleeps: 2 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: not allowed in this room type

Leadwood Manor Room

Leadwood Manor Rooms are double rooms. Two rooms have a bath and a shower and there is one room with a shower only. These rooms offer a special space created to rejuvenate the mind, body and soul. This is not self-catering accommodation and there are no fridges available in the rooms.

  • Bathroom towels supplied  
  • Bed linen supplied

Qty: 3
Sleeps: 2 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: not allowed in this room type

Breakfast in some units only.

Game drives
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Meals and Beverages

Guest Reviews

2 Reviews from SA-Venues.com travellers. All reviews are verified.

Verified reviewvery good

We had a very comfortable room and the meals were well catered. there's an abundance of wild life to see. We really enjoyed waking up to seeing giraffes outside our room.

January 2020

Sarita R. (Durban)

Verified reviewfair

I booked online and paid deposit on 30 August. I called and queried if payment was needed prior to check in - at which point i requested an invoice with banking details and paid on the 16th of September. also on the 16th of Sept i booked for game drives and archery and paintball by calling Tala, at which point i spoke to the lady at Tala requesting 1 room with a double bed seeting and the other for my two sons sharing - two single beds. upon arrival on the 21st, they couldnt locate payment so i showed them the payment and emailed them the proof. i then went of on the game drive only to get back and be told that there was still a problem with my booking. embarrassing. They then moved us to a different residence Leadwood instead of Mohagany, my sons were placed in a room that was never used before and had open access to the electrical for that house and to top off had a musty dusty smell that left my sons with nasal blockages the next morning. we had to request for a kettle and tea facilities that could be accessed - none was available in the room or in the open area. further to this we had no choice but to drive out a few kms to the restaurant for dinner and lunch yet the venue i had booked had those facilities available as well as a pool. the Leadwood had a non functioning pool. ....we did check out on Sunday after lunch and they used our meal and activity bill to set of the refund for the 2nd night. i did look at mohogany before leaving and it also looks nothing like the website pictures. not even close. the activities are far away and if someone else chooses these, they need to be aware that they need a 4 x 4 or SUV that can handle those roads. the driver/guide was ok/not great and lacked enthusiasm in talking us through the game drive. Richelle after asking me to sort out my refund with SA-Venues and not picking up my payment on the Saturday and having to talk to her manager, she did try to help and eventually things smoothed out. Tala is not a venue i will ever recommend to anyone. The facility and convenience and just overall appearance and presentation with reference to there website needs to seriously be assessed. We had no choice but to spend all R3700 (on food and activities) which was meant to be credited. Thanks for requesting the feedback. we have traveled to many places locally and internationally and this was by far the worst experience.

September 2019

Manju M. (Durban)

Need to Know

Response timeTala Private Game Reserve typically responds to requests in 5-10 minutes.

Child policyChildren of all ages are welcome.

Closest airport(s)Oribi Airport - 35km

Check-in/-out timesCheck-in from 14h00
Check-out by 10h00

Payment methods accepted by the propertyEFT or secure online payment via SA-Venues.com

Listed on SA-Venues.com since February 2015

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