Thanda Safari - Kwazulu Natal, South Africa

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Situated in northern Zululand, Thanda Private Game Reserve is a celebration of the Zulu people and their rich culture.

Thanda Private Game Reserve is a Luxury Safari Camp and a member of the Leading Small Hotels of the World with 9 Villas & 4 Luxury Tents. Not only will guests have the opportunity to learn more about their history and traditions, the people from the adjacent tribal land benefit in many ways from the creation of Thanda Private Game Reserve. A tribute to the harmony of man and nature, this exclusive hideaway offers guests unparalleled opportunities for sighting big game – elephants, lions, rhinos, buffalo and leopards, in a beautiful and natural setting. It is the magic of romance and Zulu culture that makes Thanda unforgettable. Thanda Private Game Reserve offers a select few luxurious escape into nature. The tented camp offers the guest an opportunity to get closer to nature in style.


Leading Small Hotels of the World

Accolades & Articles

World Travel Awards - Africa's Leading Luxury Villa - 2010 Winner of 'Africa's Leading Luxury Lodge' and 'South Africa's Leading Safari Lodge' 2006-2009 - World Travel Awards


World Travel Awards

Trip Type

Romantic Getaway

Wow Factors

• Big five: elephants, lions, rhinos, buffalo and leopards. • Oustanding location on the Elephant Coast. • Each spacious and luxurious bush villa has a lounge, library, dining room, boma, dining deck, wine cellar, cigar bar and viewing decks overlooking tranquil water features. • Indulge in signature treatments at Thanda Wellness Centre.


9 Luxury Bush Villas - Private splash pool, indoor and outdoor showers, a thatched sala and a private boma for romantic meals under the stars. Villas also have a separate lounge area with a fireplace and mini bar. 4 Luxury Tents - in another valley, allowing guests to get a more up close and personal bush experience without compromising luxury or attention to detail. The deck and splash pool are built under a thatched sala (on stilts) with panoramic views across the valley, all in the comfort of several oversized sofas. Guests occupying tents have access to a communal lounge, dining room & kitchen. Tents are electricity-free accommodations.


Take heed of your body and mind's desire for inner peace and close your eyes whilst life's daily stresses vanish beneath skillful hands in the Jacuzzi at Thanda Wellness Centre. Indulge in signature treatments. Free your adventurous spirit with the exhilaration of diving with dolphins, or the wonder of whale-watching from the sun-drenched beaches; or restore your sole with a leisurely cruise through tropical estuaries.


Located on the Elephant Coast, 23 km north of Hluhluwe in northern Zululand, Thanda Private Game Reserve is regally situated on 5,300 hectares of land, a truly diverse landscape of rolling hills, valleys, aloe forests and giant fever trees, with a majestic mountain range as the backdrop. Open your mind to a spiritual culture of rhythmic dances, colorful beadwork and intricate reed creations as King Shaka's descendants share their ancient tales of the powerful Zulu people. Vula Zula is a cultural experience educating guests on the Zulu culture. Up to 100 traditional Zulu warriors perform age-old dancing rites, as was done pre and post battle.

Getting There

International flight to Johannesburg (JNB), then domestic flight to Richards Bay Airport - 90 minutes. Thanda staff will meet you at Richards Bay Airport and you will be transferred to the lodge.