Thula Thula Private Game Reserve in South Africa


Thula Thula Private Game Reserve
Typewild
Owner1998-2012: Lawrence Anthony (-2012)
2012-now: Francoise Malby Anthony
Size4500ha
Founded1911
Opened for public1911
AddressD312 Buchanana Main Rd
Zip-code3880
PlaceEmpangeni
ProvinceKwaZulu-Natal province
CountrySouth Africa
Websitehttps://thulathula.com/
Telephone+27 (73) 266-8577

Directors1998-2012: Lawrence Anthony (-2012)
2012-now: Francoise Malby Anthony

VeterinariansMike Toft

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Description

Thula Thula Private Game Reserve, located at D312 Buchanana Main Rd, in Empangeni, in South Africa, was founded in 1911, opened for public in 1911.

At Thula Thula Private Game Reserve lives 4 elephants with records in this database: (detail list)

  1. Marula
  2. ,
  3. Themba born 2016-06-02
  4. ,
  5. Thula born 2004?
  6. ,
  7. Vusi born 2015?
  8. ,


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Thula Thula was once the private hunting grounds of the mighty Zulu Warrior, King Shaka. The first historic meeting between Shaka and his father, Senzangakhona, which set the stage for the creation of the Zulu Nation, took place at the Nseleni River at Thula Thula.

1911: The land became a game reserve in 1911 and is believed to be the oldest private game reserve in KwaZulu-Natal.

1999: In 1999 Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of 'rogue' wild elephants from Mpumalanga onto Thula Thula which were destined to be shot unless alternative arrangements could be made. The herd was housed in a boma on Thula Thula but managed to break free and escape. The elephants were successfully tracked, recovered and transported back to Thula Thula. The story of their rehabilitation and Lawrence's subsequent relationship with the herd is told in his book The Elephant Whisperer.

2018: The elephant herd, including Nana, Frankie and Mabula are still at Thula Thula as of 2018. The herd has grown to 29 elephants as of 2018.

2021: The matriarch Frankie died of a liver failure in January 2021, 28 elephants remain at Thula Thula.


References for records about Thula Thula Private Game Reserve

Recommended Citation

Koehl, Dan (2020). Thula Thula Private Game Reserve, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at https://www.elephant.se/location2.php?location_id=3151. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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