Tala Private Game Reserve Pietermaritzburg Hotel Accommodation, KwaZulu-Natal
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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.

Accommodation

Leadwood Lodge:
The six spacious luxury cottages are appointed with the finest hardwood furniture and fine linen, romantically tucked away in the bush in complete privacy. Built by a team of artisans with locally sourced shale, Leadwood Lodge combines exceptional architecture, towering thatch and resplendent finishes against a backdrop of breath taking natural beauty. Leadwood Lodge is only available for groups of 6 to 12 people.

Aloe Lodge:
Aloe Lodge enjoys an elevated view of the reserve that spans out over the grasslands, a favourite grazing area of the reserves antelope, giraffe and hippo. Eight comfortable furnished rooms with bathroom en-suite are positioned around the lodge’s natural and lovely Aloe gardens.

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. All five rooms have an en-suite bathroom, 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.

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. In addition, dinners are also served under the stars in the unique Paperbark Boma. There are a total of 12 rooms with simple, yet dramatic décor, including wildlife paintings, shale walls and the clever use of wood. 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.

Mahogany Lodge:
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. The Rock Pool is just a step away and the Paperbark Restaurant is conveniently located around the corner.

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.

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.

Aloe Lodge

Aloe Lodge is the main hub of Tala, with all the activities on your doorstep. The Tala Restaurant, The Tala Boma and iDube Conference Room are all located here making it the ideal venue for day conferences, special occasions and tour groups. Aloe Lodge enjoys an elevated view of the reserve that spans out over the grasslands, a favourite grazing area of the reserves antelope, giraffe and hippo. Seven comfortable furnished rooms with bathroom en-suite are positioned around the lodge’s natural gardens which are kept trim by the resident family of warthogs.

Qty: 7
Sleeps: 2 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: are allowed in this room type

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. The Rock Pool and the Mahogany Spa are just a step away and the Paperbark Restaurant is conveniently located around the corner.

Qty: 7
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. 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.

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. All five rooms have an en-suite bathroom, 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.

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

Leadwood Room

Built by a team of artisans with locally sourced shale, Leadwood Lodge combines exceptional architecture, towering thatch and resplendent finishes against a backdrop of breath taking natural beauty. Leadwood Lodge is a place of relaxation and tranquillity. Leadwood Lodge is only available for groups of 6 to 12 people.

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, 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.

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

Leadwood Presidential

Built by a team of artisans with locally sourced shale, Leadwood Lodge combines exceptional architecture, towering thatch and resplendent finishes against a backdrop of breath taking natural beauty. Leadwood Lodge is a place of relaxation and tranquillity. Leadwood Lodge is only available for groups of 6 to 12 people.

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

Leadwood Manor Room

Built by a team of artisans with locally sourced shale, Leadwood Lodge combines exceptional architecture, towering thatch and resplendent finishes against a backdrop of breath taking natural beauty. Leadwood Lodge is a place of relaxation and tranquillity. Leadwood Lodge is only available for groups of 6 to 12 people.

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

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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