Overview

  • 19 Luxury Suites and 1 Villa
  • Hluhluwe Game Reserve
  • True african big five safari
  • Award winning & excellent rated

Winner of Africa’s Leading Luxury Lodge at the 2013 World Travel Awards, Thanda Safari brings man and nature together on a 14 000 hectare access-controlled private game reserve.

Situated in northern Zululand, Thanda Safari is home to amazing wildlife and over 400 different bird species. Find your balance at one of South Africa’s most exquisite bush spas or witness a hundred-year-old ritual performed by Zulu warriors.

Thanda means love in Zulu, signifying the deep connection the game reserve has with Zulu culture and native flora and fauna. Experience the ultimate in luxury in one of the bush suites or embrace nature at the authentic safari-style tented camp. Thanda’s public areas include a library, business centre, wine cellar and spa area, ensuring you hours of entertainment and pleasure.

Culinary masterpieces, prepared by the dedicated kitchen team, can be sampled at several venues, including your private boma. Safaris in open game viewing vehicles are conducted exclusively for Thanda guests on the low risk malaria reserve.

This property also has one of the best-rated locations in Hluhluwe! Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Low risk malaria reserve;
  • Luxury spa wellness centre;
  • Fascinating glimpse into the Zulu culture;
  • 2013 World Travel Awards Winner Lodge;
  • 14,000 hectare access-controlled private game reserve;
  • Sole traversing rights and resident photographic expert.

INCLUDED IN THE RATES

The all­-inclusive rate per person per night includes:

  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Two game drives daily
  • Teas and coffees
  • 14% VAT
  • Laundry
  • Wi-Fi
  • Soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers

Facilities

General

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Meals on request
  • Lounge
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • View deck
  • Library
  • Internet Access
  • Mobile Connectivity
  • Kiddies Club
  • Malaria Free
  • Laundry Service
  • Secure Parking

Rooms

Lodge Suite

Available: 9 suites Unit Sleeps: 2 adults
  • CHECK-IN: From 2:00 PM
  • CHECK-OUT: To 11:00 AM

Thanda Safari Lodge is known for its 9 beautiful bush suites – each self-contained for absolute privacy. Shaped like a traditional Zulu homestead, the 220m² suites have panoramic views of the surrounding game reserve. Each suite is a tribute to abundance, Africa-style – with a spacious lounge and majestic master bedroom and double-sided fireplace. The bathroom has a vanity, his-and-hers basins, egg-shaped bath, enclosed toilet as well as indoor and outdoor showers. Thanda Safari Lodge’s public areas are colourful and drenched in light, with touches of beading, welcoming leather and authentic wood. They include an inviting library overlooking a waterhole that is favoured by elephant and other game, a private business centre, a cigar bar and an impressively stocked wine cellar.Step out onto your wooden deck. Take a dip in your plunge pool. Enjoy dinner served in your own private boma. Or admire the African sunset from the circular daybed atop your thatched outdoor sala.

Thanda Safari Lodge 

Suite features

  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Minibar
  • Tea and coffee
  • Fridge
  • Lounge Area
  • Fireplace
  • Pool
  • Balcony / Deck
  • En-Suite
  • Shower / Outside Shower
  • Mosquito Nets
  • Safe
  • Electrical outlets

Luxury Tent

Available: 14 tents Unit Sleeps: 2 adults
  • CHECK-IN: From 2:00 PM
  • CHECK-OUT: To 11:00 AM

The tented camp at the Thanda Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, provides an authentic African bush experience in accommodation which is reminiscent of a bygone era. The accommodation packages at the Thanda Tented Camp includes all meals, game activities and selected local beverages.

The tented camp at the Thanda Private Game Reserve was constructed in a unique colonial safari-style. This type of accommodation at Thanda in South Africa is suitable for guests who appreciated a genuine safari experience. The 14 tents offer viewing decks and en-suite canvas bathrooms. The public facilities at Thanda’s tented camp are the attractive reception area, a curio shop, a relaxing lounge area, an enhanced dining tent, a 10×5 metre rim-flow swimming pool and a boma. Soothing spa treatments by Africology are available in the privacy of the tents.

Thanda’s tented camp is equipped with a generator which provides electricity to the tents for a few hours every day to enable guests to charge cameras and phones. Even when the generators are running, the lighting is minimal. The natural atmosphere of the tented camp at the Thanda Private Game Reserve is enhanced through paraffin lanterns and boma fires.

The Thanda Tented Camp can accommodate children from 6-years of age to stay making for an unforgettable family safari getaway. Thanda’s unique tented camp is about 15-minutes away from the main lodge in an open Land Rover.

Thanda Safari Lodge 

Suite features

  • Ceiling fan
  • Tea & coffee
  • Lounge
  • View deck
  • En-suite
  • Bath
  • Shower / Outside Shower
  • Mosquito Nets
  • Safe

Jabula Tent

Available: 1 tent Unit Sleeps: 2 adults
  • CHECK-IN: From 2:00 PM
  • CHECK-OUT: To 11:00 AM

The honeymoon tent at the Thanda Private Game Reserve, South Africa, provides a luxurious combination of privacy, romance and refined comfort within the African bush. Thanda’s honeymoon tent offers a king-sized bed in a spacious bedroom as well as a separate lounge area which invites for relaxation.

A highlight of this honeymoon tent is the outdoor shower and the plunge pool from where magnificent views of the 14000-hectare reserve can be admired. The tented camp at the Thanda Game Lodge is powered for a few hours each morning and each evening by a generator which allows guests to charge essentials (cameras and mobile phones). Thanda’s tented camp is located about a 15-minute drive from the main lodge.

Thanda Safari Lodge 

Suite features

  • Ceiling fan
  • Tea & coffee
  • Lounge
  • Pool
  • View deck
  • Verandah
  • En-suite
  • Bath
  • Shower / Outside shower
  • Mosquito Nets
  • Safe

Villa Izulu

Available: 1 villa Unit Sleeps: 10 adults
  • CHECK-IN: From 2:00 PM
  • CHECK-OUT: To 11:00 AM

There is little wonder that Villa iZulu was voted ‘Africa’s Leading Luxury Villa’ and ‘South Africa’s Leading Luxury Villa’ at the World Travel Awards. After all, this magnificent homestead is an outstanding safari hideaway for international celebrities, families, wedding parties and holidaymakers in need of privacy.

Protected from wild animals by a fence, the Villa features separate accommodation for child-minders and/or VIP security officers, as well as a private helicopter landing pad.

Situated amidst lush green lawns and surrounded by expanses of wild African bush, Villa iZulu can accommodate 10 guests in 5 suites – each with its own private viewing deck and luxurious bathroom. The master bedroom features an outdoor Jacuzzi overlooking the Villa’s private waterhole.

The shared main areas include a magnificent Afro-chic inspired dining room and spacious lounge, a state-of-the-art kitchen, a traditional Villa boma and bonfire area, verandas and terraces, many beautiful entertainment areas, including a games room, a private business area, an outdoor gym, a heated swimming pool (with kiddie pool), a wine cellar and a vast viewing deck overlooking the waterhole.

Thanda Safari Lodge 

Suite features

  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Kitchenette
  • Fridge
  • Minibar
  • Tea & coffee
  • Lounge
  • Fireplace
  • TV Room
  • Pool
  • View deck
  • Verandah
  • En-suite
  • Shower / Outside shower
  • Private Safari Vehicle
  • Safe
  • Electrical outlets
  • Elegant decor

Activities

A truly African experience goes beyond the five senses. It’s felt. An early morning or late afternoon safari is the best way to absorb the sights, smells and sounds of Africa. Encounter the Big Five (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo): the animals that inspire a long-lasting connection with the continent. And, once you’ve found them, go looking for Africa’s other famous five – the Little Five (elephant shrew, rhino beetle, leopard tortoise, ant lion and buffalo weaver).

Our guides and trackers are experts in the circle of life, and how it spins both slowly and frenetically in the African bush. They will offer you wildlife lessons from their own cultures and knowledge. They will tell stories and share anecdotes. They will explain, inform, educate and then sit back and let you fall in love with the wild in your own way.

With 14 000 hectares to explore, you’ll see diverse wildlife including cheetah, hyena, warthog and the occasional wild dog, as well as abundant bird and plant life.

What is more, it’s all exclusively yours. Thanda is a private game reserve and our dedicated staff members are the only people you’ll encounter on the roads while you’re here.

  • Game Drives
  • Walking Safaris
  • Swimming
  • Game Viewing
  • Boma Dinners
  • Bird Watching
  • Photographic safaris
  • Rhino Tracking

Rates

Low Season

Dates Room Type Board Basis Rate
01 JAN - 31 DEC 2018 Lodge Suite Per person per night sharing From $609
01 JAN - 31 DEC 2018 Luxury Tent Per person per night sharing From $319
01 JAN - 31 DEC 2018 Jabula Tent Per person per night sharing From $391
01 JAN - 31 DEC 2018 Villa Izulu Per unit per night sharing From $3545

High Season

Dates Room Type Board Basis Rate
01 JAN - 31 DEC 2018 Lodge Suite Per person per night sharing From $609
01 JAN - 31 DEC 2018 Luxury Tent Per person per night sharing From $319
01 JAN - 31 DEC 2018 Jabula Tent Per person per night sharing From $391
01 JAN - 31 DEC 2018 Villa Izulu Per unit per night sharing From $3545

INCLUDED IN THE RATES

The all­-inclusive rate per person per night includes:

  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Two game drives daily
  • Teas and coffees
  • 14% VAT
  • Laundry
  • Wi-Fi
  • Soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers

Reviews

Based on 459 Reviews

Kruger National Park

“Great experience”

We were there for four nights two in the Tented Complex and then two in the Safari Lodge. Both very different but very enjoyable. The tent was wonderful with a very comfy bed, great game drives with a super team of Kyle and Mr X, lots of lovely stories when we not spotting game. After two days we moved up to the safari lodge to be greeted by the truly wonderful happy Promise who could not do enough (as all the staff did) to make our stay special. The Lodge was perfect and several times we had Nyala outside our front door, it was a real pleasure to be that close. We were also very lucky to have the herd of elephants come right to the front of the lodge and drink from the waterhole, not too sure the fish appreciated it! Would I recommend it YES YES YES.

~ aljan1986 ~ Steyning, United Kingdom
Kruger National Park

“Back to nature”

We stayed at Thanda tented camp for 3 nights in early August. It completely surpassed our expectations for amenities, service and food. The tents are luxurious, with indoor ensuite facilities and very comfortable beds – we stayed in #1 & 2, close to the main areas, but still quiet enough to wake up to a nyala grazing amongst the bushes outside! Our game drives were led by Arlw (guide) and Beki (tracker), who were excellent – we spotted 4 of the Big 5. Arlw was particularly knowledgeable about the flora and fauna of the 14,000-hectare reserve, keeping us totally fascinated during our drives. Would recommend enjoying a spa treatment if you have time – my head massage was AMAZING.

~ PhillyF ~ England, United Kingdom
Kruger National Park

“Awesome!”

From the minute we booked we were met with professionalism and helpful advice. Thank you to Lara Soldat for organising fantastic accommodation and arranging our unforgettable time with Christian Sperka and Bheki. Christian brought photography to life and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience on the “Green Mamba”, an ingeniously modified game vehicle – a photographer’s dream. When we weren’t in our element taking photos with Christian, we had the privilege of being taken on game drives by Buselaphi and Winneth. Each drive was full of fantastic game viewing, but what made it memorable was the knowledge, fun and humour shared by our ranger and tracker. Each person we interacted with made us feel welcome and at home. The food was delicious and the entire experience will be relived whenever we look through our photos. Thank you to everyone at Thanda for making every moment with you special.

~ KeriThomson ~ Durban
Kruger National Park

“Memorable and Truly Superb”

The highlight of our two weeks in South Africa. OMG, what a place and what an experience. Just wonderful, from the start to the finish and only wished we could have stayed longer, but loved it. The staff were so attentive and nothing was trouble and the warmth and smiles from all just added to the feeling you were somewhere special.
So from arriving and feeling wowed by the tented camp and all that went with that, the professionalism shown by Tembe, our personal safari guide was just second to none.
He went out of his way to make sure that we saw all we wanted, but so close up as well, and cannot believe I will ever experience anything as good as this.
It was fantastic……

~ EJMurphy ~ Basildon

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