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 an eclectic merging of antique and organic Africa. The lodge was designed on an ethic of ‘nothing straight, nothing painted’; the building is a masterpiece of earth, water, glass and wood.
AttractionsTala is a wildlife sanctuary. Spanning nearly 3000 hectares and incorporating a many diverse natural environments, the reserve features well over 300 bird species, with big game that includes buffalo, rhino, kudu, hippo, giraffe and the rare sable antelope. Several distinctive and remarkable plant species are found on Tala. The fiery aloe in full bloom, the imposing euphorbia and the smell of the fragrant wild sage on a dewy morning make every stay at the reserve unique and memorable.
There are a number of ways to experience the outdoors at Tala. Game drives are held throughout the day with an experienced guide and tracker. Guided horseback rides along the water’s edge gives a close proximity to the creatures, and walks along the many trails are an exciting way to explore the reserve.
DirectionsFrom Durban N3 to Pietermaritzburg take the Camperdown/Umbumbulu turnoff 3kmís further at T-junction turn left towards Umbumbulu on the R603 after 10kmís you cross the Mlazi River bridge, ignore the Tala Valley sign and continue 3kmís until you see the Tala Private Game Reserve sign and thatched entrance on the left. From Pietermaritzburg N3 to Durban take Richmond/Umbumbulu/Umlaas Rd R603 turnoff follow road back over the freeway and continue straight through junction pass Shell garage on the left after 10kmís you cross the Mlazi River bridge ignore Tala Valley sign and continue 3kmís until you see the Tala Private Game Reserve sign and thatched entrance on the left.