Our Next Eco Safari Adventure date is:

June 30th to July 11th, 2019

Call Rochell Goodrich immediately

for more information and to book your Eco Safari!

Phone: (818) 330-9528

Email: Ro@TheEarthOrganization.org

Eco Safari Info Request

The Lawrence Anthony Earth Organization (LAEO) is an international, non-profit dedicated to raising awareness of the vital partnership we all have with the natural world. LAEO’s many activities include providing outstanding educational Eco Safaris to South Africa. No need to fuss with creating your own itinerary!  Braided into the adventure is education from environmental experts on such issues as endangered species, wildlife conservation, effective anti-poaching programs, etc.  A highlight of the trip is 4 nights at the exclusive private game preserve called Thula Thula (pronounced Toola Toola) – a World Luxury Hotel Awards Finalist – a project created by our founder for the benefit of the local wildlife and indigenous tribes. Review the Eco Safari Itinerary below for more info.

Each trip is unique, but the following list contains usual activities included:

  • 12 nights in South Africa
  • 4 nights at the exclusive, private wildlife preserve Thula Thula,
  • Fly into Port Elizabeth and travel west through a  variety of interesting and educational wildlife reserves, geological sites, expansive vistas of stunning beauty, wine tasting, interesting foods while you travel by comfortable, air-conditioned van through the Garden Route of South Africa
  • 3 meals per day at the reserves
  • Breakfast and lunch each day (except arrival day in Port Elizabeth)
  • Ground transport
  • 2 wildlife viewing drives and/or bush walks per day while at Thula Thula
  • Tour guide and professional game rangers to ensure safety and comfort Scheduled side trips to points of interest
  • One day of “voluntourism”, helping us improve the quality of life and environment for the children of a local Zulu village
  • A portion of your trip is tax deductible as a donation to support our non-profit wildlife conservation work.
  • Does NOT include international air fare to and from South Africa

Call or email us for any questions!

PRICE:  $4,800

       Space is very limited. Our safaris book up quickly.

We recommend you do not wait until the last minute to reserve your space.

SEE ATTENDEE REVIEWS & BOOK YOUR ECO SAFARI NOW

SAMPLE ECO SAFARI ITINERARY

History of Thula Thula

Inside-Cabin-Camp-lodge1-e1437521653268Thula Thula is situated on the historic, former private hunting grounds of King Shaka, the legendary warrior who created the Zulu empire and famously defeated the British. The first historic meeting between Shaka and his father, which set the stage for the creation of the Zulu nation, took place at a bend in the Nseleni River at Thula Thula.

During apartheid the property was owned and operated as a hunting lodge by a Dutch family, who eventually hunted out all of the elephant in the area and decimated the wildlife and ecosystem.

In 1998, Lawrence Anthony and his wife, Francoise, purchased the property with the intent of helping the local Zulus learn how to utilize, support and protect the natural resources of the area through eco-tourism.  He reintroduced elephant to the area and, as a result of his conservation activities, Thula Thula has seen a tremendous resurgence of the indigenous flora and fauna.

Thula Thula is now a unique safari destination and wildlife sanctuary. Home to the “Big Four” (Elephant, Rhino, Cape Buffalo, and Leopard), it also has an abundance of other wildlife: giraffe, zebra, crocodile, nyala, kudu, springbok, jackals, monkeys, baboons, bushbuk, warthogs, and much more, with over 600 species of birds identified.

Daily game drives and/or bush walks are part of your Eco-Safari package, providing amazing opportunities to photograph the extraordinary wildlife around you.

The local Zulu culture will enchant you. The staff are warm, friendly, and attentive to your comfort and safety, as you are pampered in the 4-star luxury lodge and cabins, and the 4-star luxury tented camp.  Enjoy the captivating music of a Zulu choir during dinner, or the thunderous drums accompanying dramatic warrior dancers around the campfire.

ACCOMODATIONS:

Luxury cabin with GiraffeThula Thula has 2 separate lodge areas situated on the preserve, each protected by an electric fence to keep out the larger game.

There are eight, 4-star luxury cabins, with beautifully appointed rooms and bathrooms, and decks and windows overlooking the African bush. At the end of each wonderful day, sink into a comfy four-poster bed with luxurious sheets, a down comforter, and mosquito netting. (Thula Thula is in a malaria-free area, so there is no need for shots or vaccinations unless you intend to travel to other destinations where they would be required. However, it is completely up to you and your own personal physician as to whether you choose to be vaccinated prior to your trip.)

The eight, 4-star luxury tents are built as permanent structures on solid foundations a few feet above the ground.  Each tent has its own private viewing deck, fans, mosquito nets, and luxurious en-suite bathrooms with a Victorian bath and outside shower.

Relax with a swim in the pool, or a good book and a snooze in a comfortable hammock.

AMENITIES:

Thula Thula’s amenities include:

  • 9 luxury, 4-star cabins
  • 8 luxury, 4-star tents
  • two swimming pools
  • two lodges
  • outdoor and indoor dining areas
  • gourmet meals prepared by a Cordon Bleu chef
  • a library
  • a gift shop
  • indoor and outdoor bars
  • a distinguished wine cellar with local and international wines
  • a professional masseuse is available upon request
  • game rangers accompany you on game drives and bush walks, dedicated to your comfort, safety, and education
  • a beautiful conference facility for up to 30 people for meetings, seminars, and events
  • A local Zulu village to explore and interact with the natives.  If you wish, you can get your future told by the local Sangoma (witchdoctor)

In the late morning, you’ll see meandering Kudu or dashing monkeys and babboons on the grass while you gain a greater understanding about what is happening environmentally on our planet. Short mid-morning seminars are made available by the Lawrence Anthony Earth Organization with experts in their fields, for those who are interested, who provide factual information about environmental problems and their solutions.

This information will raise your awareness about endangered species and conservation issues, and will help you to become part of the solution in the choices you make in your daily life.

DINING:

18-Dinner-under-the-StarsEach meal prepared for you at Cabin Camp by Cordon Bleu chef, Francoise Anthony, and her staff is a culinary delight.  Their cuisine is their pride: a fusion of the most delicate fare combined with exotic flavors, created with passion and imagination. Tented camp is traditional South African fare with  Candlelit dinners are served beneath the stars, by the pool, or by the bonfire, for a true African experience.

Sample Eco Safari Itinerary

JUNE 30th  – ARRIVE CAPE TOWN: Your adventure begins! Your host will meet you at the Cape Town International Airport and escort you to the charming Cape Town Hollow Boutique Hotel. After time to relax and settle in, we’ll get a taste of some of the local culture at the Gold Restaurant, featuring opulent African cuisine and traditional South African music and dance.

    

 

JULY 1ST – CAPE TOWN: Today, our guide will take us to the top of Cape Town’s most famous landmark, Table Mountain. With sweeping views of this beautiful seaport from the spectacular cable car ride, and its one-of-a-kind ecosystem, unique in all the world, this historic site is a must-see for our travelers.  

After descending, we’ll tour some of the highlights of the city and make our way, by short boat ride, to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years. Today, it is a World Heritage Site and museum – a poignant reminder to the newly democratic South Africa of the extraordinary man who lead them out of the Apartheid era.

                                                                                       For dinner, we’ll enjoy one of the city’s best restaurant destinations, the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.

JULY 2ND – CAPE OF GOOD HOPE: Today, we’ll drive East, by comfortable van or bus, along the coast. Located at the southern-most tip of the African continent, this is one of the most scenically spectacular parks in the whole of South Africa. We’ll visit Hout Bay where we often see wild ostriches and Cape Point. One of the highlights of the day is Boulders Beach, which is the only place in the world where you can get close to African penguins.

The elevated wooden boardwalks above the sand prevent their habitat from being spoiled or disturbed, but allows our travelers to view them remarkably close up.

JULY 3rd – GARDEN ROUTE:  Today we’ll begin our travels on the Garden Route with a tour through the charming Stellenbosch region, redolent of South Africa’s Dutch colonial history and unique architecture. The area is known for its superb wineries and we’ll enjoy a bit of wine tasting on our way to the seaside town of Hermanus for some whale watching (weather permitting).

We’ll tuck in for the night in the beautiful little town of Swellendam at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains in the quaint Gaikou Resort Lodge. 

 

 

JULY 4th – GARDEN ROUTE: After breakfast, we’ll continue on the scenic Garden Route, first heading to Dias Museum. Named for 15th-century Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias, the museum contains the “post office tree” where sailors left messages for each other beginning in 1786.

Continuing on, we’ll take a tour of the Point of Human Origins, which is the archeological site of the earliest known artifacts of modern human beings, and spend the night in picturesque Mossel Bay.

 

JULY 5th – GARDEN ROUTE: As we continue on, we’ll drop our bags at our hotel, the stunning Knysna Log Inn before heading out to the renowned Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary.  The lions, tigers, and other large carnivores living here were rescued from illegal or abusive situations.  The sanctuary’s elevated walkway is more than 1.5 miles long and spans numerous natural habitat, making it possible to view many of the rescued animals up close.

We’ll watch the sunset from the East Head, a stunning natural site that rises on both sides of an inlet like sentries to guard the inner lagoons, while dramatic ocean waves crash against the rocks.   

JULY 6th – TSITSIKAMMA NATIONAL PARK: This beautiful park is our destination today – a stunning region that encompasses a marine reserve, deep gorges and unique local vegetation such as the Big Tree, a towering yellowwood. The area is home to a wide variety of small mammals such as bush pigs, as well as a spectacular suspension bridge.

Tonight we’ll stay at the luxurious Tsitsikamma Lodge & Spa.  

 

 

JULY 7TH –  UMHLANGA ROCKS: Today we’ll continue on to Port Elizabeth where we’ll board our fight to the seaport town of Durban and then drive a few minutes to our hotel.  Umhlanga Rocks is a lovely beach town just north of Durban with the ocean in easy walking distance from our accommodations.  The area has numerous great restaurants and some interesting stores to explore for African artifacts.

We highly recommend you make reservations for dinner at the famous, 5-star hotel called  The Oyster Box. It’s restaurant will charm you with Colonial elegance and a meal you’re not likely to forget!

 

JULY 8th – MAYIBUYE GAME RESERVE:  After breakfast, we’ll drive to Mayibuye, a game preserve we created 6 years ago in partnership with a local Zulu tribe to help them obtain a better life, economically and educationally, and to move them away from an “industry” of poaching to an industry of eco tourism.  David Bozas, LAEO’s Mayibuye Director, will personally brief us about this unique collaboration, which was recently named a “Model Program for Wildlife Conservation and Economic Empowerment” by the President’s Cabinet of South Africa. While there, our group will participate in an afternoon of “voluntourism” for the Zulu children  – bringing clothes and supplies that will help to enhance their lives. 

In the afternoon, we’ll enjoy a South African “Braai” (barbecue) with David and our International Executive Director, Yvette Taylor, as well as some of the Zulu officials who are working with us to bring a better life to their people. Yvette will brief us on some of LAEO’s other exciting projects in Africa and around the world, with examples of how our Cooperative Ecology™ concept underlies all we do and is the basis of our success.

JULY 9th – THULA THULA WILDLIFE RESERVE: Today, we’ll head up the Dolphin Coast to Thula Thula, the wildlife preserve created by Lawrence and Francoise Anthony and settle into our luxury tents. This afternoon, we’ll take our first game viewing drive into the reserve with our expert game rangers, dedicated to our safety, comfort and education.

Teeming with wildlife, Thula Thula’s land was the private hunting grounds of King Shaka.  An historic meeting was held on a river bank there that is credited with the start of the Zulu nation. And we’ll see the famous elephant herd Lawrence befriended that has flourished there in peace and tranquility.

We’ll meet at the Marula Bar for cocktails and enjoy a welcome celebration dinner with our game rangers.                                                                                                    Snuggle into your delightful tent in a four-poster bed with a down comforter and the sounds of wildlife at                                                                                         night in the African bush.

JULY 10TH – THULA THULA WILDLIFE RESERVE: We’ll be up early this morning for a bush walk with our ranger guide to follow the open trails and learn about local flora and fauna on the reserve. We’ll encounter animals on foot and learn how to track spoor.

Breakfast in the beautiful, open-air lodge. You never know what wildlife will wander by – elephant, kudu, giraffe, zebra, bushbuck, rhino, and baboon are  just a few of the possible sightings.

 

After breakfast, we’ll take a trip to the nearby Zulu village to meet the resident Inyanga (herbal medicine healer and diviner) to learn about their medicines and get your future told. You may be surprised at just how accurate their divination of you is!

In the late afternoon, we’ll head out for another game-viewing drive to a different area of the reserve, with a break for “sundowners” – drinks and snacks atop a hilly vista to enjoy the beautiful sunsets of the area. Make sure your phones are charged so that you can capture all the extraordinary wildlife sightings!

A campfire dinner with your new friends will complete another extraordinary day of your African adventure.

JULY 11TH – THULA THULA: Hold tight to your breakfast muffins! A troop of mischievous monkeys comes through regularly, looking to steal your food.

Mid-morning, LAEO’s reptile and amphibian expert, Nick Evans, with some of his rescued animals in hand, will brief us on his important work. Nick is called from all over South Africa to rescue reptiles and amphibians from places where they would otherwise be killed, and he releases them back into the wild. 

 

As unbelievable as it may seem to some, it is likely that you’ll experience an increase in your own care for, or at least tolerance of these often maligned but extremely important-to-the-eco-system animals after experiencing his enthusiastic, entertaining and knowledgeable presentation. His care for these animals is truly infectious!

After a relaxed lunch on the verandah overlooking the glistening pool and surrounding bush, we will convene in the convention center to wrap up our Cooperative Ecology discussion, share new-found knowledge, and discuss future applications of this principle in your life back at home.

 

Late afternoon, we’ll head out to find Lawrence Anthony’s legendary herd of wild elephants with whom he had such a remarkable relationship. After rescuing this troubled herd from certain death, they befriended him, accepted Thula Thula as their new home, and returned to his house on the anniversary of his death each year for 4 years. The herd has flourished there and it is not uncommon that the game rangers are able to get quite close to them.

This evening, we’ll meet at the Elephant Bar for cocktails before heading to the campfire to enjoy our final night around the bonfire. Share your magnificent wildlife sightings and adventures of the day with fellow travelers as we celebrate newfound friends on a continent like no other.

JULY 12th – TRAVEL DAY: Undoubtedly you will have been awakened by the “bush chorus alarm clock” of birds, monkeys and other animals welcoming the new day. After one last morning drive, our game rangers will collect your bags during breakfast in preparation for our departure.

We’ll transport you back to King Shaka International Airport in Durban, for your flight home or on to other destinations, with memories to treasure and share for a lifetime!

As of next year, our Eco Safari price is going up dramatically,   (from $4,800 to $7,600!).

2019’s safari  is already more than half booked; but, with a deposit to hold your place, it is still possible to get 2018’s price for our 2019 trip, if you contact us by October 31st.

Don’t miss out on this amazing price and opportunity
to enjoy a magnificent journey
that will change your life!

CONTACT US NOW!
(818) 330-9528
info@TheEarthOrganization.org

WILDLIFE PRESERVE

Thula Thula’s abundant wildlife and vegetation are stunning.

Experienced rangers will guide you on exciting safaris in open Land Rovers through the unique diversity of this ancestral land to encounter buffalo, elephant, rhino, leopard, giraffe, hyena, crocodile, zebra, wildebeest, kudu, nyala and a spectacular variety of other indigenous species, great and small.

Bird life is prolific with over 400 identified species, including raptors.

Walk in the footsteps of Lawrence Anthony and see the famous herd of wild elephants that befriended him.

After each extraordinary day, sit around the bonfire with a glass of wine and share stories of the day’s adventures.

Our game rangers will regale you with stories of this legendary man, and their experiences with animals in the bush.

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