Set in the heart of South Africa’s Zululand, on the scenic Elephant Coast, Thanda Safari Private Game Reserve is known for its conservation efforts and excellent safari experiences offering exclusive close encounters with Africa’s infamous Big Five. This reserve stretches over an impressive 14000 hectares boasting one of the world’s top luxury hotels. Visitors can jump on a day or night safari to spot abundant wildlife, visit a local village to learn about Zulu culture and enjoy a leisurely hippo and crocodile cruise. Commonly spotted species include: hyena, cheetah, warthog and wild dog. Visitors can enjoy excellent game viewing, luxury spa treatments, stargazing, and rhino tracking and this piece of paradise.
The Thanda Safari Private Game Reserve is in the heart of KwaZulu-Natal. Not only do they offer a truly exclusive safari experience with the fact that they are a private reserve, but as part of the Zulu community they also offer a range of Zulu cultural and community experiences in their neighbouring villages. Most of our team members are Zulu and therefore they are able to offer you a special introduction to the Zulu people in their community who generously share their living culture, ancient traditions and stories of their founding monarch, the legendary King Shaka Zulu. You can also experience a traditional Zulu homestead, visit a traditional Zulu healer or Sangoma, and experience spellbinding Zulu singing and war dancing. A visit here is truly remarkable and one you won’t forget in a hurry!
There are three accommodations here at Thanda Safari Private Game Reserve. Thanda Safari Lodge has nine bush suites, personifying luxurious exclusivity and African abundance. It also has including an inviting lounge, expansive deck and library overlooking a waterhole, cigar bar, stunning wine cellar and the Thanda Safari Spa. Villa iZulu offers complete privacy, elegance and indulgence with its five beautiful suites, a heated swimming pool, wine cellar, library, games room and a spacious viewing deck overlooking a water hole. It also has its own helicopter pad and separate accommodation for childminders and VIP security officers. Thanda Tented Camp, with its 15 luxury safari tents, offers an evocative into Africa experience. This is bush living as nature intended, giving you the opportunity to truly experience its sights, smells and sounds. The main area a large rim-flow pool, a spa tent, atmospheric Hemingway-style lounge and dining area featuring authentic African artworks.
If there is one thing you can guarantee on safari, it’s being fed and watered to the max! We can’t remember the last time we were on a safari and felt hungry… and Thanda is no exception. The team here can cater to any diet, and will spoil you rotten with the most delicious local wines and spirits. You’ll be able to enjoy delicious bush breakfasts (sizzling bacon and eggs, pancakes, muesli, muffins, fruits, cheeses, meats, coffees, teas… you name it), exquisite lunches on the gorgeous lodge decking and if that isn’t enough, we cannot more highly rate their campfire bush dinners! At Thanda they will take you out to one of their traditional African bomas and set up the most remarkable dinner all under the South Africa stars – true magic. If you’re here to celebrate a romantic occasion, we can organise for the chefs to put together a special menu and private dining setting in the bush, where you’ll eat under the African night sky, surrounded by the sights, sounds and sensations of the wild. AND – during those all-important game drives, you’ll be able to enjoy the sunrise and sunset refreshment stops at breath-taking locations overlooking the reserve - whether it’s sunrise coffee and rusks or sunset drinks and snacks, you’ll be reluctant to leave.
Thanda Safari Private Game Reserve is located in northern KwaZulu-Natal, some 260km north of Durban. Here at Tailormade Africa, we will help you with a private transfer from the airport to Thanda which will take approximately 3 hours by road. The airport has multiple flights coming in daily from all over the country so you don’t have to worry, and we can help link up your safari portion with the rest of your South African itinerary so it’s completely hassle free! You could also fly into Richard’s Bay airport which is around 1.5 hours away, and again we will help you with the journey. If you’re travelling to Thanda as part of a wider self-drive itinerary around KZN you’ll be given directions which you can follow to guide you the park. Simples.
Thanda Safari borders on a low-risk malaria area, and therefore it is recommended that you check in with your travel doctor before travelling to this region. We also recommend you bring mosquito repellent with you to apply on exposed skin – just as a precaution.
Thanda Safari is a world of wilderness and wildlife, matched with a deep commitment to Zulu culture and environmental conservation. Thanda means ‘Love’ in the language of the Zulu people, and Thanda Safari lives this ethos in the management of its 14 000-hectare reserve, its three unique properties, and its community partnerships... Learn more