The riveting true story written by Francoise the wife of the “Elephant Whisperer,” Lawrence Anthony, is brought to life to those who travel on Holden Safaris’ unique safari this September.  Far away from her Parisienne upbringing, Francoise and her husband, Lawrence, founded Thula Thula Game Reserve and dedicated their lives to wildlife conservation.  When Lawrence died, Francoise took on the overwhelming responsibility of running Thula Thula on her own.  While building a wildlife rescue center, she found herself caring for a lost baby elephant who turned up at her house, and offering refuge to orphaned rhinos and a hippo who was afraid of water.  Safari participants will meet Francoise and learn her captivating story firsthand while staying at the  exclusive Thula Thula Lodge.  They will spend 2 days with world-renowned wildlife veterinarian, Dr. Johan Marais, founder of “Saving the Survivors.”  In addition to a focus on conservation, the safari includes wildlife activities in Phinda Conservancy and Hluhluwe/uMfolozi, Zulu village and dinner experience, and much more.  Led by Vivienne Holden and Sonia Marsh, this opportunity is limited to just 10 guests and is all taking place in Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa, at Africa’s oldest and longest established Game Reserves – August 31-September 8, 2019.  Contact Sonia (949) 402-7828 or Jim (949) 500-0094 or email: for more details.