We visited Tala Private Game Reserve (about an hour from Durban) on our honeymoon – the accommodation there is wonderful. There are several accommodation lodges within the park, the most expensive and highest quality is Leadwood Lodge where the park owners live, which is truly stunning (and I have exceedingly high standards). Everything to do with the accommodation, the food, the infinity pool, the views, the service was perfection.
Within a package you would have your food and 1 game drive a day included (drinks are extra). You could choose the time of your game drive so you didn't have to get up at 5am like other places.
Tala is a private reserve so there is a controlled animal population which is easily visible - we saw loads of zebras, giraffes, buffalo, and springbok to name just a few. They didn't have the cats though. Our guide was exceptional. A really nice guy who also educated us about the animals and the plants in the area. Overall it was an outstanding experience. 2 game drives over 2 days was enough, but I still wish we had stayed longer than 2 nights - just to enjoy the food and the surroundings. I really didn't want to leave.
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