Thanda Safari Private Game Reserve
In the heart of sub-tropical KwaZulu-Natal, Thanda is an exclusive private game reserve. An area acclaimed for its impressive wildlife and resident bird species, this is the perfect place to visit for an intimate safari experience. During your stay, you’ll explore this diverse region on morning and afternoon open-top game drives. A great way to appreciate the wild surroundings, you’ll be accompanied by expert trackers to discover Africa’s iconic Big Five and an abundance of other wildlife including the cheetah and spotted hyena.
Thanda means ‘love’ in isiZulu, and this philosophy is evident in the reserve‘s commitment to the region’s wildlife. Thanda actively supports endangered species in a range of programs, a number of which you are invited to help out with. During your stay, venture into the bush on a guided walking safari, or join the rhino tracking expedition, a unique experience where you’ll learn how to trace the endangered black rhino. The iSimangaliso Wetland Park is just an hour and a half’s drive away, where you can enjoy a boat trip in the St. Lucia Estuary and see the resident hippos and crocodile of this UNESCO-listed site.
Thanda is renowned for its luxury accommodation. Thanda Safari Lodge is an intimate nine-suite hillside haven offering indulgent comfort and uninterrupted, tranquil privacy. For a more authentic safari stay – and a digital detox – Thanda’s Tented Camp is a non-electrified and ruggedly refined camp that boasts an unparalleled closeness to the views and sounds of the surrounding bushveld.
Thanda Safari Lodge – Five Star
Reminiscent of a traditional Zulu homestead, Thanda Safari Lodge is a cluster of luxury hillside villas, accessed only by a series of wooden walkways. The exclusivity of these self-contained suites will make it very difficult for you to leave, as the emphasis here is intensely focused on privacy, relaxation, and the beautiful bushveld surrounds. The private plunge pool and romantic circular sala are a delightful addition to each villa, but our highlight has to be the private open-air boma, which is an unparalleled setting for a romantic and intimate dinner. 9 luxury villas.
Thanda Tented Camp – Five Star
This tented safari camp is the perfect location for an authentic but comfortable safari experience. You’ll discover a rustic colonial luxury inside the canvased exteriors, with each featuring a four-poster bed, generous en-suite, and a private decking area with spectacular views. For authenticity, the camp is non-electrified, but for a few hours each day, a backup generator will allow you to charge any electrical essentials. Shared areas include the bar and open-air boma, but we really love the large outdoor pool, which overlooks a stunning view of the surrounding reserve. 15 tents.