Region: KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Physical Address: R603 Umbumbulu Road, Pietermaritzburg, 3202
Built by a team of artisans with locally sourced shale, Leadwood Lodge combines exceptional architecture, towering thatch and resplendent finishes against a backdrop of breathtaking natural beauty. Leadwood is the residence and dream home of the reserve’s owner. 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 result is a masterpiece of earth, water, glass and hardwoods. Leadwood Lodge is a place to be indulged, pampered by perceptive service and saturated by the magnificent view.
The six spacious luxury cottages are appointed with the finest hardwood furniture and fine linen, romantically tucked away in the bush in complete privacy.
Situated adjacent to the TALA Restaurant and being a central lodge you have all the main activities at your doorstep.
Aloe Lodge enjoys an elevated view of the reserve that spans out over the grasslands, a favourite grazing area of the reserve’s antelope, giraffe and hippo.
Ten comfortably furnished rooms with en-suite bathrooms are positioned around the lodge’s natural gardens, which are kept trim by the resident family of warthogs.
Aloe Lodge also has a conference venue which makes it perfect for those long meetings. A boma area to relax in and enjoy a braai or social get together with friends, family or colleagues around a bon fire.
Figtree is a fully serviced lodge for groups of up to ten. The lodge has an old-world farmstead atmosphere. With verandas around three sides of the house overlooking a waterhole and a boma braai area, the lodge has instant appeal and is completely relaxing.
All five rooms have an en-suite bathroom, congregating around a central open plan lounge and dining area.
Being only a walking distance from the Figtree Barn and Figtree Auditorium it is a perfect place to rest after a long days conferencing or even a night after a wedding.
Because of its location Figtree Lodge can also be used as a bridal prep area making it more convenient for the blissful Bride or Groom.
Figtree provides the perfect setting for small conferences and tranquil getaways with family and friends.
Paperbark Lodge centres on a former farmhouse on the TALA Private Game Reserve. Its large fireplace and polished verandas have been beautifully restored.
The lodge combines a number of ideas and influences, reflected in the décor, merging dramatic wildlife paintings and wooden chairs with shale walls and ethnic statuettes. The lodge extends around an attractive garden lined with gravel pathways and a cascading water-feature,which flows through to a conference centre.
There are a total of 12 rooms, and a rock-pool for the warmer summer days.
The sumptuous premier suite features a sitting room, spacious bathroom with ball-and-claw tub and four-poster bed.
Mahogany Lodge is situated within walking distance from Paperbark Lodge.
Originally an old farmhouse Mahogany has recently been renovated into a beautiful lodge with 6 en-suite bathrooms all leading off the central communal lounge area. Adjacent to Mahogany Lodge is Mahogany Rondavel.
This free standing room with its wooden floors and quaint balcony that overlooks the nearby pool is perfect for honeymooners or for couples looking to relax and spend some quality time together.
Our 2 gas operated self-catering rondavels situated in front of a private watering hole are perfectly placed in a remote area of the reserve. Each has an en-suite bathroom and separate braai facilities with a central boma.
Both rondavels have recently been refurbished and, even though they are listed as one of our Rustic Lodges, their stylish décor and soft furnishings add a touch of home comfort to your bush holiday.
This self-catering, stand-alone house surrounded by beautifully manicured gardens is easily visible as you drive onto the reserve. Each unit comfortably sleeps up to two people sharing.
Each has its own concealed boma area where you can enjoy a braai or a relaxing occasion around the fire.
Fishermans Cottage is a serene retreat where you can unwind with the splendid view of Fishermans Dam, listen to the calls of African Fish Eagles while watching the wildlife grazing, from the comfort of your veranda.
Each one of the 5 stand alone rooms is fitted with twin beds and has its own braai area. They all share a communal kitchen, ablution facilities and boma area and are situated a stones throw away from TALA’s beautiful rock pools – the perfect place to relax with your family, around a braai on a lazy summer afternoon.