8.3

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Highly rated by guests – 91% would recommend
Highly rated by guests – 91% would recommend
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8.4

Excellent

Location rating score

Excellent location
Parking
FREE
Nearby landmarks
Tala Private Game Reserve 10 m
Pietermaritzburg Airport 24.5 km
The Golden Horse Casino Hotel 27.3 km
Butterflies For Africa 28.7 km
Macrorie House Museum 28.8 km
Police station 29.0 km
Natal Museum 29.0 km
St Anne's Hospital 29.0 km
Pietermaritzburg Railway Station 29.1 km
ABSA 29.1 km
Tala Private Game Reserve Resort

"Accommodation very comfortable, food good and staff excellent."

Mary - May 7, 2018
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Tala Private Game Reserve Resort

R603 Umbumbulu Road Eston, Camperdown, PMB, KZN, Greater Midlands Meander, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, 3740 - See map
  • Airport transfer

  • Air conditioning

  • Daily housekeeping

  • Bar

  • Garden

Value for money7.8
Distance to city center5.0 Km
Location rating8.4

Rooms available at Tala Private Game Reserve Resort

Classic Room - Paperbark House
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  • Room size: 18 m²/194 ft²
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Paperbark Room
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  • Room size: 25 m²/269 ft²
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Five-Bedroom House - Figtree House
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  • Room size: 18 m²/194 ft²
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Luxury Suite - Leadwood Manor
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  • Room size: 48 m²/517 ft²
  • Balcony/terrace
  • 1 king bed
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Presidential Suite - Leadwood Manor
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  • Room size: 104 m²/1119 ft²
  • Balcony/terrace
  • 1 king bed
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Figtree Room
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  • Room size: 150 m²/1615 ft²
  • Country/region view
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Luxury Cottage - Leadwood Cottage
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  • Room size: 55 m²/592 ft²
  • Balcony/terrace
  • 1 king bed
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DOUBLE KING SUPERIOR- LEADWOOD MANOR PRESIDENT ROOM
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    Cottage Room
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    • Room size: 14 m²/151 ft²
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    DOUBLE SUPERIOR- LEADWOOD MANOR ROOM
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      Frequently asked questions

      What time is check-in and check-out at Tala Private Game Reserve Resort?

      Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee.

      How do I get to Tala Private Game Reserve Resort?

      Tala Private Game Reserve Resort is easy to access from the airport. In fact, you can even book your airport transfer in advance for greater peace of mind. Just use the "Let us know what you need" section of the booking page to let the hotel know you want to book a ride, and they will contact you via the Agoda messaging service. For those who wish to drive their own cars, Tala Private Game Reserve Resort has a car park available for guests. Parking is free for guests. Self-parking is conveniently available at the hotel.

      Is breakfast offered at Tala Private Game Reserve Resort?

      Start your mornings right, with the continental and buffet breakfast options offered at Tala Private Game Reserve Resort. Adults can enjoy breakfast offered with an additional charge of 119 ZAR if not included in the room rate. You may save on breakfast costs with Agoda by booking a room with breakfast, which is often included for less than buying it at the hotel.

      What are my dining options at Tala Private Game Reserve Resort?

      Tala Private Game Reserve Resort features an on-site restaurant for your dining convenience.

      What is the smoking policy at Tala Private Game Reserve Resort?

      Tala Private Game Reserve Resort does not permit smoking in any of its rooms, but allows smoking in designated areas.

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      What people love about Tala Private Game Reserve Resort

      • 10.0

        Exceptional
        Location

        "So great to have a game reserve so close to home"

        Howard

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        April 4, 2019

      • 9.6

        Exceptional
        Staff 

        "The staff are extra friendly and very obliging."

        Ishani

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        December 30, 2020

      • 10.0

        Exceptional
        Spaciousness

        "The room was large and very comfortable."

        Antony

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        August 22, 2019

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      Room comfort score
      7.1/10
      Room size
      56 sqm.
      Location score
      8.3/10
      Service score
      8.2/10
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      Overall rating:

      8.3

      Excellent
      673 reviews
      Cleanliness
      7.9
      Facilities
      7.6
      Location
      8.4
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      What travelers say they love:
      Was a good comfortable well equipped , Hugh rooms .
      Charmaine from Australia
      Family with older children
      More about Tala Private Game Reserve Resort

      More about Tala Private Game Reserve Resort

      Situated in Greater Midlands Meander, Tala Private Game Reserve Resort is the perfect place to experience Pietermaritzburg and its surroundings. The hotel is not too far from the city center: just 5.0 Km away, and it normally takes about 70 minutes to reach the airport. No less exceptional is the hotel's easy access to the city's myriad attractions and landmarks, such as Tala Private Game Reserve.

      Tala Private Game Reserve Resort also offers many facilities to enrich your stay in Pietermaritzburg. While lodging at this wonderful property, guests can enjoy 24-hour front desk, express check-in/check-out, Wi-Fi in public areas, car park, room service.

      Guests can choose from 49 rooms, all of which exude an atmosphere of total peace and harmony. Besides, the hotel's host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay. Whatever your reason for visiting Pietermaritzburg, the Tala Private Game Reserve Resort is the perfect venue for an exhilarating and exciting break away.

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      What they offer

      9.6

      Exceptional

      "Absolutely loved our stay at Tala Game reserve."

      Ishani

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      December 30, 2020

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      Food and dining

      Breakfast options

      Full English/Irish

      Restaurants on site

      Restaurant
      Menu:Buffet, A-la-carte

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      Reviews of Tala Private Game Reserve Resort from real guests

      Provided by verified guests of Agoda
      8.0
      /
      10
      Cleanliness7.9
      Facilities7.6
      Location8.4
      Room comfort and quality7.1
      Service8.4
      Value for money7.8
      High score for Pietermaritzburg
      Rating
      9+ Exceptional (12)
      8-9 Excellent (6)
      7-8 Very Good (6)
      6-7 Good (2)
      <6 Below Expectation (8)
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      Mar - May (5)
      Jun - Aug (11)
      Sep - Nov (7)
      Dec - Feb (11)
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      9.6
      Exceptional
      Ishani from South Africa
      Couple
      Luxury Suite - Leadwood Manor
      Stayed 1 night in December 2020

      Exceptional”

      Absolutely loved our stay at Tala Game reserve. We stayed at the Leadwood Manor House at the presidential suite and it was undoubtedly an amazing experience. It was quiet, clean and serene. The staff are extra friendly and very obliging. Breakfast was not to our liking as it was not buffet but nonetheless, it was good. For dinner we had fish and chips and steak, egg and chips which was very tasty. Thoroughly enjoyed the views from the room, the drive to the room and the amenities at the house we stayed in.

      Reviewed December 30, 2020

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      9.6
      Exceptional
      Tegan from South Africa
      Couple
      Stayed 2 nights in January 2021

      Couple retreat”

      leadgewood manor, very romantic and private part of Talas Game Reserve. Staff were great and friendly. Very neat and well presented . Beautiful rooms and views.

      Reviewed January 11, 2021

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      9.2
      Exceptional
      Andrea from South Africa
      Couple
      Stayed 2 nights in January 2021

      Exceptional”

      One of the most magnificent experiences, views are breathtaking, walking into the room was like opening a present, one surprise after another, the game drive was one of my highlights, saw many different animals and the game driver had a great sense of humor. If you looking for a peaceful get away that allows time to stand still for a complete sense of euphoria this is the place for you. The one thing I would like to add is that the vehicle you use for your trip shouldn't be too sensitive to gravel/dirt roads as this is the case at Tala but other than that I'd visit again as soon as I get a chance to! Satisfied customer!

      Reviewed January 18, 2021

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      10.0
      Exceptional
      juene from South Africa
      Couple
      Classic Room - Paperbark House
      Stayed 1 night in June 2018

      amazing”

      we got a really good deal on agoda and the accomodation was amazing. Agoda booked us the wrong room and we were so lucky tala game reserve made a plan to accomodate us where we were meant to be.

      Reviewed June 25, 2018

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      Dear Juene Thank you for staying with us in June this year, We would like to wish you blessing for 2019 and hope to see you soon! Warm regards Tala Team

      Responded November 01, 2018
      Tala Private Game Reserve Resort
      10.0
      Exceptional
      Howard from South Africa
      Couple
      Stayed 1 night in March 2019

      Stunning Game reserve close to home”

      the staff were great, beautiful chalet that we stayed in and a delicious dinner. so great to have a game reserve so close to home

      Reviewed April 04, 2019

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      10.0
      Exceptional
      Sarah from South Africa
      Couple
      Classic Room - Paperbark House
      Stayed 1 night in September 2018

      Excellent Service”

      I wouldn't book through Agoda again. I would rather book through Tala directly bu the stay and Service at Tala is Top class.

      Reviewed September 03, 2018

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      Hi Sarah Thank you for your review, and staying with us during September this year. We wish you blessings for 2019 and hope to see you soon! Kind regards Tala Team

      Responded November 01, 2018
      Tala Private Game Reserve Resort
      4.8
      Nicole from South Africa
      Family with young children
      Paperbark Room
      Stayed 1 night in August 2020

      Disappointing Stay”

      COVID-19 protocols on entry into the Game Reserve are very poor which left us feeling very nervous about using any of the public facilities. We have a 2 year old child so we were very reliant on being able to use facilities to enjoy our weekend. The room was extremely basic and the bed very hard and uncomfortable. Not what we expected for that kind of price at Tala which has reputation of being fairly “fancy”. One would really like a facility to sit around a fire in the evening. There just seemed to be no ambience. The staff were pleasant enough and the food was acceptable, not fabulous but acceptable.

      Reviewed August 24, 2020

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      8.7
      Excellent
      Erich from South Africa
      Couple
      Stayed 1 night in May 2014

      Wildlife Paradise”

      Game Drive outstanding

      Unrivaled wildlife experience close to Durban. The game drive took us to also most touching distance of a rhinoceros.

      Reviewed May 19, 2014

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      6.7
      Good
      Nathan from Australia
      Couple
      Stayed 3 nights in December 2013

      Booking problems”

      Wildlife, quite and private, close to Durban

      When we arrived for check in the staff couldn't find our booking because the superior we booked and payed for already had people staying in it for the night. We had booked through agoda the rooms were available, when we hot to the hotel , the room was not. We ended up sleeping in their budget accommodation which was tiny, had no view, did not have the decor and set up we wanted and payed . We were tired from a long day and drive and our first night was quite disappointing and frustrating, we also woke up to the neighbours conversation on the phone, needless to say the walls were very thin. On our second day we moved into the room we had payed for and started our holiday a day late. That part was disappointing , had we known we would have stayed home an extra day . Our intended room was splendid, just as we imagined. It was private, spacious, comfortable, peaceful and very tastefully done up. Just was we needed. We would go and stay there again. But unfortunately this time I think we will call the hotel directly to book in order to make sure the available accommodation is actually available.

      Reviewed January 11, 2014

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      7.2
      Very good
      Christopher from South Africa
      Couple
      Stayed 1 night in June 2019

      Tala Game Reserve”

      Accomodation adequate. Aircon remote would not show temp so very difficult to regulate. Little or no wifi signal wich was a bit inconvenient but not atlogether unexpected given the location. Roads a bit rough for game viewing in a small car.

      Reviewed June 09, 2019

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      6.0
      Nicholas from South Africa
      Business traveler
      Stayed 1 night in September 2013

      Guest could not go anymore”

      Would still love to find out

      Guest hurt his back and had to cancel his international flight to RSA and therefore we had to cancel his stay at Tala. To be honest I am still waiting for the lady to phone me back after I told her the story and what is the best to do and she said she will phone me back - needless to say nothing happened they just took the full amount from the card. Not sure if I will use them for our international guests again.

      Reviewed September 12, 2013

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      8.7
      Excellent
      Kesegan from South Africa
      Couple
      Stayed 1 night in July 2013

      It was quiet and collect”

      Views, Culture, serenity

      It was an amazing experience, wished there was a TV in the room though.. but since it was a 1 night stay it was amazing.. staff are very friendly and are ever willing to help... the ladies at the help desk are amazing... beautiful experience and I would do this again..

      Reviewed July 31, 2013

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      10.0
      Exceptional
      Antony from South Africa
      Couple
      Paperbark Room
      Stayed 1 night in August 2019

      Big Beautiful Rooms ”

      We really enjoyed our stay! The room was large and very comfortable. The staff were friendly, courteous, and accommodating.

      Reviewed August 22, 2019

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      8.8
      Excellent
      Lynnette from South Africa
      Family with teens
      Stayed 1 night in December 2018

      Very comfortable and ideal stopover for wedding in the area”

      One bathroom (no6 mahogany) there was no water in the shower and the toilet ran all night but apart from that the room was lovely.

      Reviewed December 17, 2018

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      9.6
      Exceptional
      Tracy from Australia
      Solo traveler
      Stayed 2 nights in May 2019

      Exceptional”

      only down fall was there is no tv if you cant sleep at night

      Reviewed May 28, 2019

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      10.0
      Exceptional
      Charmaine from Australia
      Family with teens
      Stayed 2 nights in June 2018

      Baker family”

      Was a good comfortable well equipped , Hugh rooms . Food was also very good.

      Reviewed July 08, 2018

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      Dear Charmaine Thank you for staying with us in June this year - We wish you all the blessings for 2019 and hope to see you again! Warm regards Tala Team

      Responded November 01, 2018
      Tala Private Game Reserve Resort
      9.6
      Exceptional
      kevin
      Couple
      Stayed 2 nights in October 2020

      Exceptional”

      Great getaway destination, surprisingly so close to home (Durban). Wildlife and scenery adds to a perfect place to unwind from a busy lifestyle. Staff are of the best manner and service, the food is also good.

      Reviewed October 05, 2020

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      4.8
      Steven from South Africa
      Solo traveler
      Stayed 1 night in June 2017

      Bedding and the bedroom smells carpets ”

      The outside game range is ok but they didn't even have proper sheets and the bathroom not neat I took pictures

      Reviewed June 06, 2017

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      10.0
      Exceptional
      Ntokozo
      Couple
      Luxury Cottage - Leadwood Cottage
      Stayed 2 nights in December 2018

      Leadwood cottage ”

      Leadwood 1 is the best cottage ever. My partner and I had a great time. The staff is very friendly . Big S/O to Nomfunfo in reception :your work ethic is phenomenal

      Reviewed January 01, 2019

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      Dear Ntokozo Thank you for your review, we are very glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Tala. We hope to see you again. All the best Tala Team

      Responded February 01, 2019
      Tala Private Game Reserve Resort
      5.7
      Julie from South Africa
      Family with young children
      Figtree Room
      Stayed 2 nights in March 2014

      It was not we expected.”

      The fire place n game drive

      The Resort is not well established and the meals are terrible including breakfast.

      Reviewed August 12, 2014

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