Tala Collection

Aloe Lodge

  • 4 x twin bedded rooms with a bath and shower
  • 3 x double bedded room with a bath and shower
  • 1 x double bedded room with a shower Aloe

#2 has an inter-leading door to Aloe #1, A twin bedded room that can be used for a family room. Aloe Lodge enjoys an elevated view of the reserve that spans out over the grasslands, a favourite grazing area of the reserves antelope, giraffe and hippo. Seven comfortable furnished rooms with bathroom ensuite are positioned around the lodge’s natural gardens which are kept trim by the resident family of warthogs. Aloe Lodge is the main hub of Tala, with all the activities on your doorstep. The Tala Restaurant, The Tala Boma and iDube Conference Room are all located here making it the ideal venue for day conferences, special occasions and tour groups.

Mahogany House & Rondavel

  • 5 x twin bedded rooms with a bath and shower
  • 1 x double bedded rooms with either a bath and shower

Mahogany House is situated adjacent to Paperbark Lodge. The original old farmhouse has been carefully restored to maintain the essence of a bygone era. The six bedrooms with bathrooms ensuite lead on to a central lounge area and out onto a typical farmhouse veranda which looks onto the surrounding garden.

The Mahogany rondavel and Rock Pool are just a step away. The Paperbark Restaurant is conveniently located around the corner. The Rondavel is perfect for a bridal prep room or just an exclusive get away.

Paperbark Lodge

  • 5 x double bedded rooms with a bath
  • 7 x twin bedded rooms with a bath (Some rooms have a bath & shower –please request)

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 the lodge’s restaurant. The room décor is simple, yet dramatic, including wildlife painting, 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. Paperbark Room 9 Is normally our Bridal prep room perfect for groom or bride the night before the wedding. When booking your Paperbark room be sure to ask about the outside showers.

Leadwood Cottages

  • 6 x double bedded cottages with a bath and shower

Our Leadwood cottages are very exclusive, there are 6 units in total situated adjacent to the Leadwood Manor House. The cottages are normally booked for the honeymoon suite, very special romantic getaways. Each cottage has its own private deck, with a bath and shower. 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 Manor House

  • 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.

Leadwood Manor House is an exclusive 4 bedroomed lodge which is our newest addition to Tala, and can be found a short distance from the 6 Leadwood Cottages. The Manor House has an exclusive restaurant overlooking a lap pool and the beautiful African bush. Enjoy the tranquil surrounds as you laze at the poolside basking in the sun, or ask your lodge manager about our Tala activities on the reserve. Leadwood Manor House is ideal for romantic getaways, group bookings or small and intimate weddings. The Presidential Suite and the 3 rooms in the Manor House is a special space created to rejuvenate the mind, body and soul. Although we cherish children at Tala, this lodge is suited for adults only.

Fisherman’s Cottage

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. Fisherman’s Cottage is a serene retreat where you can unwind while looking out over the Fisherman’s Dam, listen to the calls of African Fish Eagles and watch the wildlife grazing from the comfort of your veranda. 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

Self Catering Checklist

We Provide:

Braai Facilities & Electricity

Bring your own – Charcoal, Matches, Firelighters / Firewood (Available to Purchase) and a Torch.


Double bed / 2 Single beds (Depending on unit), Cupboard, Dressing table & stool, Dinner table and 2 Chairs. Bring your own – Blankets (Extra) in Winter

Cutlery, Crockery and Utensils

Champagne Glasses, Red wine glass, Beer glass, Tea cups & saucers, Dinner plates, Breakfast bowls, Tea spoons, Soup spoons, Forks, Steak knives, knives, Bread knife, Wooden spoons, Serving spoon, Tongs, Ladle, Pasta spoon, Spachelor, Cheese grater, Whisk, Bottle Opener, Can Opener, Potato peeler, Cutting Board, Small / Medium / Large Pot and Frying Pan. Bring your own – Dish Cloths

Electrical Appliances

Kettle, Toaster, Microwave, Two plate oven and Bar Fridge, Heater.


Bedding, Bath & Hand Towels and Bins provided. Bring your own – Swimming towels

Figtree House

  • 4 x twin bedded rooms with a bath and shower
  • 1 x double bedded room with a bath and shower Figtree House is self catering accommodation

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

Being only a walking distance from the Figtree Barn and the Figtree Auditorium, makes Figtree House the perfect place to rest after a long days conferencing or even a night after a wedding. Because of its convenient location next to the Fig Tree Barn, Figtree House is ideal as a wedding party preparation area. Figtree House has instant appeal and provides the perfect setting for small conferences and tranquil getaways with family and friends. All meals are served at the Tala Restaurant, if you would like to join us for dinner please can you book in advance, all meals and drinks are to be settled at the reception at the end for your stay.

Figtree Tent

The tented camp are situated across the Figtee House & Figtree barn. We have 12 beautiful canvas tents sleeping 2 adults each. The tents include beds, linen, towels, electricity, ablution facilities. A minimum of 6 tents must be booked per booking. The rate for the tents are excluding breakfast – breakfast is always available at Aloe Lodge. The tents have no catering facilities but for group bookings this can be arranged. Please inquire upon booking.