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THANDA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

EXCLUSIVE GAME RESERVE WITH LUXURY ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

Thanda offers an authentically South African wildlife experience, matched with sincere commitment to the Zulu culture and passionate conservation of the environment. Meaning ‘love’ in isiZulu, Thanda is a proud member of The Leading Hotels of the World and multiple winner of World’s Leading Luxury Lodge. It is known for meaningful safari experiences and exclusive close-up encounters with Africa’s magnificent Big Five.

Thanda Private Game Reserve is a private property proudly presented and recommended to you on this website by African Safari Group, a reseller of a select group of premium travel experiences. ASG is not affiliated with Thanda Private Game Reserve. Learn more about African Safari Group.

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LODGE

Thanda, with its beautiful accommodation, world-class service and sanctuary for wildlife species including the Big Five, contrasts remarkably with the existential challenges of the rural communities living nearby. Thanda is the proud location of three very different products, each with their own style, atmosphere and appeal. Thanda Lodge, Thanda's flagship product, is known for its 9 bush suites - each the height of luxurious exclusivity and African abundance. Villa iZulu, ideal for celebrities, families and those with a special taste for privacy, is an exclusive bush residence beyond any traditional understanding of extravagance and service.Thanda Tented Camp, with its 14 grand tents and 1 grande deluxe tent, offers a truly relaxed and authentic safari experience.

LUXURY SPACIOUS SUITES, TENTS & VILLA

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. Aside from our big game, Thanda is home to a rich variety of bird and insect life, flora and fauna as well as smaller mammals, and a walk in the bush is the best way to track them. It’s also a special kind of meditation, one that will immerse you in a sensory experience of Africa.

LODGES AMENITIES AND FACILITIES

Restaurant

Traditional boma

THANDA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

Swimming pool

EXCLUSIVE PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

Viewing deck

MAGNIFICENT BIG FIVE VIEWING

Spa & Wellness Centre

AWARD WINNING

& EXCELLENT RATED

Library

Children playground

Lounge

Wine Cellar

Business centre

Curio shop

Tea and coffee making facilities

ACCOMMODATION

Sun deck

Within Thanda Tented Camp you will encounter minimal lighting and no artifice, with beautiful nature and jaw-dropping scenery.

06 JANUARY 2017 - 20 DECEMBER 2017

Thanda Tented Camp offers a relaxed and real safari experience. It comprises 14 spacious tents, each with a private sun deck and en-suite canvas bathroom. In addition the 15th tent, the Jabula Tent, is particularly suited to bridal couples, honeymooners, families and those seeking extra beautiful accommodation for special occasions.


To add to the genuine bush atmosphere, the camp is non-electrified. However, it does have limited solar and battery power with a back-up generator to power the tents for a few hours each day. To deter wild animals, there is a partial electrified fence along the perimeter of Thanda Tented Camp.


Thanda Tented Camp does not admit children under 8 years old.

Safes

THANDA TENTED CAMP - 15 TENTS

Outdoor Shower

Ceiling fans

21 DECEMBER 2017 - 05 JANUARY 2018

En-suite Bath

Mini bar

Hairdryers

Spa

FROM $302 (R4,040) PER PERSON SHARING

Double Vanity

FROM $315 (R4,240) PER PERSON SHARING

THANDA TENTED CAMP

THANDA TENTED CAMP

THANDA TENTED CAMP

THANDA TENTED CAMP

THANDA TENTED CAMP

Safes

06 JANUARY 2017 - 20 DECEMBER 2017

Decorated in sophisticated safari chic, it is ideal for bridal couples, honeymooners, special occasion travellers as well as families wanting to share with each other under one canvas roof.

The Jabula Tent has a king-sized bed and separate lounge, en-suite canvas bathroom with outdoor shower, splash pool and spectacular views of the 14 000ha game reserve. While it nestles off to the side of Thanda Tented Camp, it is both near to and slightly remote from the shared areas, to enable true solitude. The Camp is characterised by minimal artificial lighting and limited electric power, relying instead on firelight from the boma, paraffin lanterns and a back-up generator.

Outdoor Shower

THANDA JABULA TENT

Spa

Private splash pool

Ceiling fans

Tea and coffee making facilities

21 DECEMBER 2017 - 05 JANUARY 2018

En-suite Bath

Within Thanda Tented Camp lies Thanda’s Jabula Tent. Meaning 'happiness' in isiZulu, it is romantic and private, yet beautifully spacious.

Mini bar

Hairdryers

FROM $371 (R4,950) PER PERSON SHARING

Sun deck

FROM $390 (R5,200) PER PERSON SHARING

THANDA JABULA TENT

THANDA JABULA TENT

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 area, a cigar bar and an impressively stocked wine cellar.

06 JANUARY 2017 - 20 DECEMBER 2017

Air Conditioning

En-suite Bath

21 DECEMBER 2017 - 05 JANUARY 2018

THANDA SAFARI LODGE - 9 SUITES

Mini bar

Sun & Viewing deck

Outdoor showers

Hairdryers

Tea and coffee making facilities

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.

Lounge

FROM $576 (R7,700) PER PERSON SHARING

FROM $605 (R8,085) PER PERSON SHARING

Safes

Private plunge pool

THANDA SAFARI LODGE

THANDA SAFARI LODGE

THANDA SAFARI LODGE

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. The art, décor and finishes are beyond compare – achieving that rare marriage between African authenticity and natural style.

VILLA iZULU - 1-6 GUESTS

Tea and coffee making facilities

Air Conditioning

FROM $3,521 (R47,095) EXCLUSIVE USE PER NIGHT

Indoor / Outdoor Shower

En-suite Bath

FROM $3,354 (R44,850) EXCLUSIVE USE PER NIGHT

Mini bar

Villa iZulu magnificent homestead is an outstanding safari hideaway for international celebrities, families, wedding parties and holidaymakers in need of privacy and royal treatment.

Hairdryers

Lounge

Swimming pool and Jacuzzi

06 JANUARY 2017 - 20 DECEMBER 2017

Safes

21 DECEMBER 2017 - 05 JANUARY 2018

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.

Sun & viewing deck

Private Game-viewing Vehicle and Guide

Personal Villa Chef,
Host and Waiter

THANDA VILLA IZULU

THANDA VILLA IZULU

THANDA VILLA IZULU

WHY STAY AT THANDA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

  • Situated in KwaZulu Natal (KZN) - South Africa's most popular holiday destination, with one of the country’s most enviable tropical climates.
  • Thanda Private Game Reserve - 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.
  • 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.
  • Thanda borders on a low-risk malaria area. It is recommended that guests use a mosquito repellent on exposed skin. You’ll find this at Thanda.
  • Thanda's Bucks & Bugs Club ensures that your kids have the time of their lives, while you enjoy the adult activities and services the Reserve offers. From the time they arrive, kids are given all the tools they need to experience Thanda - safely.
  • Thanda is the proud location of three very different products, each with their own style, atmosphere and appeal: Thanda Safari Lodge, with 9 bush suites, Villa iZulu, Thanda Tented Camp, with its 14 grand tents and 1 grande deluxe tent.
  • Our two unique Spas designed to help you to relax, to unwind and be still. Our signature treatments are a combination of western techniques and ancient Zulu holistic practices.
  • Our chefs are dedicated to each guest who dines at Thanda – creating thoughtful dishes that produce perfection for the palate.
  • Have your wedding ceremony in a sheltered bush location under marula trees, with plains game observing curiously from a distance.Whatever your personal style, there is no better place than Thanda Safari in which to celebrate romance and to begin your married lives together.

THE THANDA SPA

THE BUCKS & BUGS KID CLUB

THANDA TENTED CAMP - 15 TENTS

21 DECEMBER 2017 - 05 JANUARY 2018

FROM $315 (R4,240) PER PERSON SHARING

RATES & SPECIALS

21 DECEMBER 2017 - 05 JANUARY 2018

01 JANUARY - 31 DECEMBER 2017

FROM $302 (R4,040) PER PERSON SHARING

THANDA SAFARI LODGE - 9 SUITES

06 JANUARY 2017 - 20 DECEMBER 2017

06 JANUARY 2017 - 20 DECEMBER 2017

FROM $576 (R7,700) PER PERSON SHARING

FROM $3,521 (R47,095) EXCLUSIVE USE PER NIGHT

21 DECEMBER 2017 - 05 JANUARY 2018

06 JANUARY 2017 - 20 DECEMBER 2017

FROM $605 (R8,085) PER PERSON SHARING

21 DECEMBER 2017 - 05 JANUARY 2018

VILLA iZULU - 1-6 GUESTS

THANDA JABULA TENT

06 JANUARY 2017 - 20 DECEMBER 2017

FROM $371 (R4,950) PER PERSON SHARING

FROM $3,354 (R44,850) EXCLUSIVE USE PER NIGHT

FROM $390 (R5,200) PER PERSON SHARING

THE ALL­-INCLUSIVE RATE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDES: 

VAT at 14%

Two safaris daily

Accommodation

Game drive refreshments & snacks

Selection of local beverages

Three meals

THANDA SPA TREATMENT

Thanda is passionate about conservation. Our team of trackers, guides and researchers work tirelessly to ensure that our wildlife is protected and preserved. Guests have the opportunity to work with the conservation team for a day.

ACTIVITIES

WEDDINGS & HONEYMOONS

South Africa is as much about Thanda has committed to retaining and showcasing Zulu traditions. The activities we offer immerse our guests in Zulu culture so that visitors leave Thanda with a complete and real experience. Thanda is passionate about conservation. Our team of trackers, guides and researchers work tirelessly to ensure that our wildlife is protected and preserved. 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.

HIPPO & CROC CRUISE

BIG FIVE SAFARI

As a guest at Thanda, you’ll have the opportunity to see this for yourself during an in-depth cultural experience; a community excursion following in the footsteps of Zulu ancestors. We are able to customise this experience based on your interests.

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.

In our evocative environment, you’ll forget the pressures of daily life. In our therapists’ care, you’ll surrender to our special Spa experience and relinquish all responsibility for a magical while.

WALKING SAFARI

IN THE PATH OF WILDLIFE

Thanda’s guides and trackers are expert companions. With extensive knowledge of flora and fauna, animal spoor and animal tracking they’ll teach you about the smaller, but no less impressive, aspects of the bush and its secrets.

Thanda can organise a two-hour interactive boat trip on the comfortable and secure 15-seater vessel up the St. Lucia Estuary, where guests can spot hippos yawning, view crocs lazing and hear fish eagles calling.

KIDS AT THANDA

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ZULUS

Watching your children experience the bush, discover new places and have new adventures? Priceless. At Thanda we understand that you want to share your African journey with your kids, but also need the space to do your own exploring.

Have your wedding ceremony in a sheltered bush location under marula trees, with plains game observing curiously from a distance. Celebrate your wedding reception safari-style, in a star-lit boma or on a deck overlooking unspoilt African bush.

REAL CLIENT REVIEWS

This was our first safari and was very excited. From the moment we arrived the experience was faultless. We were welcomed with a drink and met the staff. Our bags were taken to our tent and we were escorted to our room. This is 5 star camping - biggest room ever, lovely bathroom and an outdoor shower too! spectacular views from our private lookout. Their aim is to entertain you and make sure you see as many animals as possible - we were not disappointed. I really didn't want to leave.
The food was 5 star, beautiful, always a choice - nothing to fault. Spectacular service - from every aspect. Didn't want to leave -!!

TRIPADVISOR TRAVELER RATING BASED ON 356 TRAVELER REVIEWS

“superb 10/10 a wonderful unforgettable experience”

My Suite was really beautiful and to my delight had a superb view over the valley from every angle. The staff excellent, just the right amount of friendly interaction with guests; food is also excellent and as for the safari drives well it just gets better. The animals are not tracked, unlike at some other lodges, so you never know what you are likely to encounter. I rarely give 10/10 and Thanda is not perfect but little in life is; Thanda comes very close. It was wonderful to see the sky alight with 5,000 stars and planets and hear the impromptu explanation of key formations. I was very disappointed to have not booked to stay longer; I’d recommend a minimum of three and preferably four nights.

SeriousTraveller01
London, UK

I have had the privilege of Visiting Thanda twice, once staying at the Main Villa the other time at the Lodge.
All I can say is WOW. Words simply don't do this place justice. From the most amazing staff, Trackers, chefs etc to the most magnificent wildlife. Having a heard of elephants drink from your pool!? Watching a Lioness protect her cubs, seeing a Rhino at play, and the 2 Cheetahs who are brothers sleeping under a tree.
Truly amazing. This is. It 6 stars resort but a million stars as they all come out at night!
Just breath taking!

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PeteandAly
Orlando, US

“World class safari.”

The most amazing experience ever. Thanda is a 5 star top end Game Reserve where the beauty of South Africa meets exemplary courtesy and service and sumptuous food. I've visited 3 times. It's astoundingly wonderful. I've never been disappointed by the guides and drives, each one has something new to offer. The lodge is an incredible place in the middle of the Wild. Promise is an incredible concierge, ensuring all your needs are looked after. The private dinner, incredible romantic, fire, lanterns, candles, amazingly atmospheric. It's an incredible place.

“An amazing experience!”

James B
Boston, US

JohnB522018
Gold Coast, Australia

“Most amazing experience - a must do!”

WILDLIFE

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). Aside from our big game, Thanda is home to a rich variety of bird and insect life, flora and fauna as well as smaller mammals, and a walk in the bush is the best way to track them. It’s also a special kind of meditation, one that will immerse you in a sensory experience of Africa

OCCASIONAL

OCCASIONAL

ELEPHANT

COMMON

COMMON

VERY RARE

GIRAFFE

RARE

COMMON

COMMON

HIPPO

OCCASIONAL

COMMON

BUFFALO

BLACK RHINO

COMMON

LION

ZEBRA

LEOPARD

COMMON

CHEETAH

WILDEBEEST

HYENA

COMMON

WILD DOG

WHITE RHINO

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