Tala Collection Game Reserve

Bush Break

Accommodation Overview

Tala Game Reserve offers a selection of bed and breakfast & self-catering options just 1 hour from Durban. Perfect for families! From R1500.00 p/n
Modified: 2020-06-18 14:03:50


Tala Game Reserve offers a selection of bed and breakfast & self-catering options just 1 hour from Durban. Perfect for families! From R1500.00 p/n


Tala Collection Game Reserve is situated just 1 hour from Durban in Pietermaritzburg and offers a memorable stay for bush lovers and Safari goers. Low-key and off the well-beaten track, Tala extends over 3,000 hectares with a mixture of acacia thornveld and open grasslands. 

The reserve attracts more than 380 bird species with plenty of big game, including kudu, hippo, buffalo, giraffe, wildebeest and eland. The reserve is Malaria free with no large predators, making it a safe escape for families and holiday makers looking to explore the area on their own terms. 

A variety on-site activities include game drives, mountain bike trails (ranging from novice 5km trails to intermediate 13kms trails and an advanced 27km trail), bass fishing, target shooting and paint balling. 

Accommodation at Tala is down-to-earth, secluded luxury. Along with a splendid mix of rooms across a collection of lodges and houses, with the option of self-catering. While couples and solo travellers are most welcome, Tala is uniquely suited to larger groups.

Dining options include La Tala Restaurant and traditional outdoor bomas.

There is a fixed daily schedule at Tala, with game drives operating in the morning and afternoon, with coffee and sundowner stops to complete the experience. Spend the remainder of your day on a bush walk, at the pool or just relaxing in the privacy and comfort of your room. Tala's main lodge also features an outdoor viewing deck, an ideal spot for sundowners just before dinner.

Aloe Lodge enjoys an elevated reserve views, there are seven comfortably furnished en-suite bedrooms that are positioned around the lodge’s natural gardens, one should note there are no fridges or TVs available in the rooms. 

Paperbark House is situated at Paperbark Lodge. The original old farmhouse has been carefully restored to maintain the essence of a bygone era. The house comprises six en-suite bedrooms that lead on to a central lounge area and out on to a typical farmhouse veranda, which looks on to the surrounding garden. The Paperbark rondavel and rock pool are just a few steps away. The Paperbark Restaurant is located around the corner for a selection of meals (as one should not the house does not offer self-catering facilities)

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 natural light and ventilation, this is the venue for the lodge’s restaurant. 

Leadwood Lodge comprises six identical cottages, each with their own private deck area., surrounded by green bush and natural beauty. The décor is a mix of antique and organic Africa with one of a kind artistic elements. Mini bar fridges are available in the rooms. 

Leadwood Manor House is an exclusive four bedroom lodge that offers an exclusive restaurant overlooking a lap pool and the beautiful African bush. Kindly note the house does not offer self-catering facilities and is available for adults only.

Fishermans Cottages 1 and 2 are -catering, stand-alone houses that offer splendid views of the riverine bush and surrounding open plains. 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. Guests are required to provide their own charcoal, firewood and swimming towels. 

Figtree House is a fully-serviced 10 sleeper house - The homestead has an old farmhouse 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 bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms, opening up to a communal open-plan lounge area with a bar.

Figtree House is the perfect place to rest after a long day of conferencing or even a night after a wedding. Due to its close proximity to the Fig Tree Barn, Figtree House is also ideal as a wedding party preparation area. Please note that a fridge and coffee and tea facilities are available in the kitchen only. 

Figtree Tented Camp comprises 12 x 2 sleeper canvas tents, situated across from Figtee House and Figtree Barn. The tents include beds, electricity and shared ablution facilities. Basic linen is provided and a minimum of six tents must be booked per stay. Guests have the option of booking for breakfast at Aloe Lodge. The tents have no catering facilities, however this can be arranged for group bookings. 

Tala is ideally located for conferences, weddings, celebrations or simply a couple of nights getaway to rejuvenate and relax. Tala allows one to get closer to nature and really interact with the environment and animals and to experience the sights, sounds and smells of the African bush!


Rates include breakfast

Aloe Lodge 

From R1 500.00 per night (2 guests sharing)


Mahogany House 

From R1 950.00 per night (2 guests sharing)


Paperbark Lodge 

From R1 950.00 per night (2 guests sharing)


Leadwood Cottage

From R3 250.00 per night (2 guests sharing)


Leadwood Manor Room

From R3 250.00 per night (2 guests sharing)


Leadwood Manor Presidential Room

From R3 600.00 per night (2 guests sharing)


Figtree House (10 sleeper self-catering)

From R6 500.00 per night (10 guests sharing)


Figtree Tented Camp (12 x 2 sleeper canvas tents)

Rates on request



Fully Equipped Kitchen (some units)

Secure Parking

Outdoor Furniture (some units)



No smoking indoors 

Specific details

Area Activities: 4x4 Trails, Bar, Bird Watching, Fishing, Game Drives, Hiking Trails, Mountain Biking, Restaurant, Running Trails
Facilities: Air Conditioning, Fans, Conference facilities, DSTV, Fire Place, Television, Wedding Facilities, Housekeeping, Wi-Fi, Restaurant, Bar, Swimming Pool, Braai facilities, Hairdryer, Linen, Towels
Star Grading: Not Rated
Accommodation Type Bed & Breakfast, Boutique Hotel, Chalet, Game Reserve, Guest Lodge, Holiday Resort, Luxury, Self-Catering, Tented, Conference Venue, Wellness Centre/Spa


Pietermaritzburg, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa
R603 Umbumbulu Road, Camperdown, Pietermaritzburg, 3202