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Thanda Safari Lodge

Thanda Private Game Reserve
Fully hosted and catered lodge

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Thanda Safari Lodge


Thanda Private Game Reserve embraces the Zulu people and their rich culture. This reserve is situated 23km north of Hluhluwe village in northern Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal. There are three camps within the reserve - Villa iZulu, Thanda Safari Lodge and Thanda Tented Camp.


At Thanda guests have the opportunity to learn more about Zulu history and traditions. In many ways, the people living in the adjacent tribal land benefit from the creation of Thanda Private Game Reserve. It's the magic and romance of Zulu culture that makes the Thanda wildlife safari experience unforgettable.

The philosophy "For the love of nature, wildlife and dear ones" embraces Thanda's vision of creating harmony between man and nature.

"Thanda" means love in Zulu - and Thanda is truly a game reserve centred around love.

Originally degraded cattle farms heavily infested with alien invasive plant species, the land is being restored to re-establish the natural indigenous biomes. The full suite of animal species, including the Big Five, which historically roamed the area in the past, has been reintroduced onto the reserve, with current management intervention that works in conjunction with natural processes.

Thanda Safari Lodge is a luxurious 5-star lodge in a Big 5 reserve where sightings of these high profile animals are regularly enjoyed.

Thanda Safari Lodge at a Glance

  • 9 Bush Villas
  • Large suites, 220sq meters in size
  • Lounge
  • Private heated plunge pool
  • Private Gazebo
  • Luxurious bathrooms with large egg-shaped baths
  • Indoor and outdoor showers
  • Deck
  • Mini Bar
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Boma with fireplace

The accommodation in the nine luxury bush villas offers guests pure indulgence. Each spacious bush villa has a private heated plunge pool, the view deck extends to a Sala (gazebo).

Indoors, there is a lounge, fireplace and a full bathroom with inside as well as outside showers. The villa's private boma offers absolute privacy should that be your choice of an alfresco dinner venue.

Thanda invites guests to experience ultimate luxury and worldclass service. The public areas of the main lodge has a:

  • Lounge
  • Library
  • Dining room
  • Boma
  • Dining deck
  • Wine cellar
  • Cigar bar
  • Fully equipped business centre

The various viewing decks overlook tranquil water features and the bushveld beyond. Artefacts made by local artists can be found in the curio shop located adjacent to the business centre.

The wellness centre offers a variety of beauty treatments and therapies, to ease the effects of life's daily stresses on one's body and mind.

Qualified health and skin care therapists will ensure that your soothing full body aromatherapy massage or healing reflexology will help you relax in these beautiful surroundings.

Guided game drives in open viewing vehicles are enjoyed early mornings and late afternoons into the evenings.

The experienced rangers add value to these outings, imparting their wealth of knowledge with respect to the animals, the environment with anecdotes and explanations.

The photographic opportunities are enhanced in that the rangers are able to drive off road if necessary in order to secure close clear sightings.


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