Thanda Safari

“The Thanda Safari story is a love affair with Africa…”

Situated in the heart of Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal, Thanda Safari is a private game reserve offering an authentically South African wildlife experience with close-up encounters of the Big Five and excellent game viewing all year round. 

Aside from the standard safari activities of game drives, bird watching and river cruises, Thanda additionally offers a variety of fully tailor-made excursions which showcase their commitment to Zulu culture, the local community and wildlife conservation. Guests can embark on a visit to local Zulu communities to learn more about their culture and tribal history or spend a day with the Thanda Wildlife Conservation Team.

Thanda Safari has three types of accommodation offerings, each with its own style, atmosphere and appeal:

  • Thanda Safari Lodge, luxury bush suites in the style of traditional Zulu homesteads
  • Villa iZulu, an exclusive-use villa for complete privacy and indulgence
  • Thanda Tented Camp, a relaxed and authentic experience in a more rustic setting

Thanda Safari is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World and rated as one of the top luxury game reserves in South Africa.

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Thanda Safari Lodge

  • 9 suites each with plunge pool, outdoor game-viewing deck and private boma
  • Communal facilities include lounge & cigar bar, library overlooking waterhole, private business area, boma and wine cellar
  • On-site spa facilities
  • Children of all ages are welcome

Villa iZulu

  • For exclusive use
  • Accommodates 10 guests in 5 suites (3 queen and 2 twin beds)
  • Facilities include private boma, library, wine cellar, business room, games room, heated swimming pool & jacuzzi, viewing deck overlooking waterhole and helicopter pad

Thanda Tented Camp

  • 15 tents each with a private viewing deck and en-suite canvas bathroom
  • Communal facilities include bar and lounge areas, dining tent, large rim-flow pool, viewing deck, boma and spa tent
  • Children aged 6 and older are welcome

Activities on Site

  • Two daily game drives (early morning and late afternoon)
  • Guided bush walks
  • Photographic safaris with professional guides
  • Bird watching
  • Hippo & croc cruise (5-hour excursion, minimum 2 pax)
  • Rhino tracking (3- to 4-hour activity, maximum 4 pax)
  • Junior Rangers Course (for children) – learn about different mammals, birds, trees, spoors and stars

Activities Nearby

  • In the Footsteps of the Zulus (fully tailor-made excursion – visit a local Zulu community to learn more about their culture and tribal history)
  • In the Path of Wildlife (fully tailor-made activity – spend a day with the Thanda Wildlife Conservation Team)
  • Zulu Blessing (a traditional blessing beneath the romantic marula tree – includes a half-day private vehicle)

By Air

The closest airports are Richards Bay (1 1⁄2-hour drive) and King Shaka International (3-hour drive).

Daily flights to neighbouring Phinda Private Game Reserve from Johannesburg with Federal Airlines.

By Road

By road the reserve is easily accessible from the N2, 23 km north of Hluhluwe and approximately 220 km north of Durban.

CONTACT US

+27 (0)32 586 0149
reservations@thanda.co.za
D242 Rd, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

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