R603 Umbumbulu Road, Eston, KwaZulu-Natal, 3720 Silverton, South Africa

Tala Collection Game Reserve

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

One of the most appealing aspects of this KwaZulu-Natal game reserve is its ease of accessibility, coming to or from Durban - although, once here, you’ll feel like you're a million miles away from everything.The game reserve is located 30 km from Pietermaritzberg and 70 km from Durban. Durban’s King Shaka International Airport is 100 km away.

Low-key and off the well-beaten track, Tala spans some 3,000 hectares, encompassing a mix of acacia thornveld, open grassland and a sensitive wetland, which attracts more than 380 bird species, and plenty of big game, including kudu, hippo, giraffe and wildebeest. Being Malaria-free, with no large predators makes Tala a top-notch choice for families, and holidaymakers seeking a no-frills authentic bush break with the freedom to explore on your terms.

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, and our conference rooms make Tala ideal for day conferences, special occasions, weddings and tour groups visiting KwaZulu-Natal.

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.

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  • Perfect for groups
  • Team Building
  • Weddings or conferences
  • Game Drives, fishing, Mountain biking
  • Painball and archery
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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 in our Fisherman’s Cottage near the dam. The African-themed rooms are located at four different lodges within the reserve, and all offer air-conditioning and en suite bathroom.


Rustic self-catering units set to steal your heart with enduring charm rustic simplicity. This self-catering, stand-alone house with a splendid view of the riverine bush and surrounded by open plains is easily visible as you drive onto the reserve. 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.The Cottages are self-catering; however, if you would prefer to dine at the Tala Restaurant for any meals, please can you book in advance. All meals and drinks are to be settled at the reception at the end for your stay.

  • 12 Deluxe rooms
  • Rock-Pool
  • Conference Centre

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 for natural light and ventilation, this is the venue for all the lodge’s meals. In addition, dinners are also served under the stars in the unique Paperbark Boma.

The room’s décor is simple, yet dramatic, including wildlife paintings, shale walls and the clever use of wood. The lodge surrounds an open grass area with spectacular views to the west of the open plains of the reserve. The rock pool is within easy walking distance for a refreshing dip on a hot summer’s day. The sumptuous premier suite features a spacious bathroom with ball-and-claw tub and four poster bed.

  • 6 rooms
  • Communal lounge area
  • Paperbark Rondavel
  • 1 standalone room on the communal pool area.

Adjacent to Paperbark Lodge, Paperbark House is the original old farmhouse, which has been carefully restored to maintain the essence of a bygone era. Paperbark House features six en-suite bedrooms that lead out onto a central lounge area and typical farmhouse-style veranda. The rock pool is a few steps away, and all meals at Paperbark House can be enjoyed at La Tala Restaurant.


Complete with lounge, veranda, boma and bar, this self-catering, fully-serviced homestead welcomes in groups of up to 10.

  • 5 en suite rooms

Figtree House is a fully serviced house for groups of up to ten. The homestead has an old-world farm house 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 rooms have an en-suite bathroom, opening up to a communal open plan lounge with a bar. The large dining room tables are ideal for breakfast or dinner in the privacy of your own house.

  • 6 Luxury cottages

Built by a team of artisans with locally sourced shale, Leadwood Lodge combines exceptional architecture, towering thatch and resplendent finishes against a backdrop of breath taking natural beauty. The décor is an eclectic merging of antique and organic Africa with one- of-a-kind artistic elements. The lodge was designed on an ethic of ‘nothing straight, nothing painted’ and the final results are a masterpiece of earth, water, glass and hardwoods. Leadwood Lodge is a place of relaxation and tranquillity. Leadwood Lodge is only available for groups of 6 to 12 people. Food and Beverage Services and Game Drives are available at Aloe Lodge.

  • 2 x Double bedded rooms with a bath and shower.
  • 1 x Double bedded Presidential suite with a bath and shower, dressing room, lounge and private deck area.
  • The Lodge

Sink back into one of the comfortable couches with a welcome beverage to absorb the ambience while the on-site staff swiftly handles your check-in. With the recent refurbishment, Leadwood Manor House is incredibly easy on the eye.

Traditional tones, brighter spaces and a natural colour palette create a contemporary design, further enhancing that warm and inviting atmosphere that Tala is celebrated for.

The sleek new bar is just the place for guests to top up on sundowners just before the sun slips below the horizon. The main lounge is open-plan, lofty and streamlined, leading into a sophisticated restaurant which doubles up on both indoor and outdoor seating. It’s just the place to host a boutique meeting, or make a celebratory toast under the stars while the Leadwood team preempts your every wish and whim.

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