Discover serenity at Tala Private Game Reserve in Pietermaritzburg

Tala Private Game Reserve, Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal

Tala Private Game Reserve, Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal

Situated in the heart of Pietermaritzburg, the Tala Private Game Reserve has a long-standing legacy of providing their guests with an authentic African wilderness experience while making sure they feel comfortable and have anything they could possibly need for a luxury stay.

Tala Game Reserve is open to day visitors and overnight guests, following a successful business rescue from Dream Hotels & Resorts Located in Camperdown, a 50-minute drive from Durban central, Tala has welcomed its first local and international visitors for 2019 after a soft reopening last year.

“While Tala has been given a new lease on life, we have been careful to ensure that it has retained an authentic wilderness character,” adds Sharmila Ragunanan, Dream Hotels & Resorts Marketing Manager. “It is a place that is close to our hearts, and we are proud to continue its long-standing legacy.”

The reserve spans a 3000-hectare malaria-free area and features a mix of accommodation, wedding and conferencing options catering to different markets, budgets and group sizes.

Across the open grasslands, you will find more than 380 bird species as well as several species of wildlife such as kudu, hippo, buffalo, giraffe, wildebeest and eland.

Accommodation at Tala Private Game Reserve

There are seven different accommodation offerings in Tala Private Game Reserve, each one offers something unique and special that you can enjoy every time you visit. Options are available for those, who prefer either a self-catering or catered stay in the Game Reserve.

All offerings have their own luxury facilities and amenities to make sure that you have the most tranquil and comfortable experience during your stay. The accommodation available on the reserve is also suited for larger groups so you can bring the whole family or a large group of friends along to enjoy the visit together.

Leadwood Lodge features six luxury stand-alone cottages, and recently launched four Luxury rooms at the newly renovated Manor house, while Aloe Lodge has seven comfortable rooms. There are 12 Deluxe Rooms at Tala’s Paperbark Lodge, six en-suite rooms at Mahogany House, and a seventh unique private rondavel, which opens onto the swimming pool.

Overnight guests also have the option to self-cater at the Fisherman’s Cottage located near one of the reserve’s dams or enjoy a family getaway in the five-bedroom Figtree house – a beautifully-restored farmhouse set under beautiful fig trees with serene vistas.

Facilities & dining at Tala Private Game Reserve

The La Tala Restaurant in the Game Reserve offers guests and day visitors a chance to enjoy an incredible dining experience under a thatched roof. The menu has been expertly crafted by their chef and offers a delicious balance of fusion flavours to enjoy.

“Day visitors are welcome at Tala, and there are picnic & Braai areas surrounding the impressive Rockpools swimming area,” says Ragunanan. “Meals are served at La Tala Restaurant, which has stunning views on both sides, a cosy fireplace and is regularly visited by both giraffe and nyala.”

There are three different Conferencing Facilities to choose from at Tala Private Game Reserve to suit your corporate event. From meetings to conferences, they can change the style of the rooms to suit whatever you might need and provide the necessary equipment you might require.

When it comes to weddings you can rest assured that the team at Tala will go above and beyond to make sure your special day goes off without a hitch and you leave with wonderful memories.

Tala has been hosting school groups for the last 10 years, with kids from all over coming to enjoy nature, animals and the outdoors.

Says Ragunanan: “Outdoor education is extremely important for any child at school – this builds leadership qualities and creates an opportunity to learn about nature and all its creatures.”

As well as Game Viewing, there are many activities to enjoy at Tala Private Game Reserve, such as 4×4 Tours, Adventure Biking, Mountain Biking, Paintball and Archery.

Tala Private Game Reserve

From being greeted by warthogs as you arrive at the reception area to having zebras and giraffes visit you in the early morning, Tala Game Reserve offers a memorable stay for all types of travellers.

Posted by Tala Collection Private Game Reserve on Thursday, December 13, 2018

What do people say about Tala Private Game Reserve

“Beautiful place, stunning service and warm hospitality. Milton’s game drive was fun and informative, the food was yummy and the view from the deck was breath-taking. Thank you to everyone at Tala for making it a magical experience.” – Stenette TripAdvisor.

“We stayed for 2 nights. Staff were most friendly and accommodating. Good food. We didn’t do the game drive but drove around in our car and were blessed to see lots of animals. Peaceful and tranquil. If you visiting Tala I would suggest taking a short driving to a place called Mountain View entertainment centre. Good facilities for the Kids (pools, Putt-Putt, archery, quads) at the most reasonable prices.” – Candice TripAdvisor.

“A small, fenced conservancy area offers up-close encounters with rhino, giraffe, ostrich, zebra, and more! Situated between Pietermaritzburg and Durban, it is a convenient stop and offers a good restaurant for lunch.” – Caytown TripAdvisor.

Top reasons for staying at Tala Private Game Reserve:

  1. There are seven different accommodation offerings available to choose from.
  2. Many different activities are available to enjoy during your stay.
  3. The staff are helpful and friendly.
  4. You can enjoy a great meal in the La Tala Restaurant.
  5. Day visitors are more than welcome to enjoy what the reserve has to offer.

To find out more about Tala Game Reserve, give them a call on 031 781 8000 or email Visit their website at Find them on Google Maps.

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