Thanda Safari Private Game Reserve
An early morning or late afternoon safari is the best way to absorb the sights, smells & sounds of Africa. 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).
Thanda Safari Private Game Reserve
Thanda Safari offers an authentically South African wildlife experience. Matched with sincere commitment to the Zulu culture as well as passionate conservation of the environment. Thanda means ‘love’ in isiZulu. Thanda is a proud member of The Leading Hotels of the World and is also multiple winner of World’s Leading Luxury Lodge. It is known for meaningful safari experiences, as well as exclusive, close-up encounters with Africa’s magnificent Big Five.
Thanda Safari consists of their main lodge suites, villa izulu as well as their luxury tented camp.
Thanda Safari Lodge is known for its 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. The Africa-style – with a spacious lounge as well as a majestic master bedroom and double-sided fireplace. The bathroom has a vanity, his-and-hers basins, egg-shaped bath, closed off toilet as well as indoor and outdoor showers.
Use your suite as a secret hideaway for relaxation, romance or reflection. Or use it as the base from which you head out to enjoy one of our many magnificent experiences. 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.
Within Thanda Tented Camp, you will encounter minimal lighting as well as no artifice. With beautiful nature, as well as jaw-dropping scenery, enhanced by flickering firelight from the boma and also warm paraffin lanterns to guide your feet along the walkway.
This is the bush as nature intended: open, inviting, unconstrained. So if you’re the kind of traveller who values the genuine over the glorified; reality over richness, this is where you want to be. You will encounter unparalleled closeness to the bush, its sounds; unspoilt views of the night’s millions of stars; as well as absolute authenticity. Thanda Tented Camp offers a relaxed, 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 also those seeking extra beautiful accommodation, for special occasions. To add to the genuine bush atmosphere, the camp is non-electrified.
Thanda Tented Camp, does have limited solar as well as 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.
The shared areas, include a reception area, a curio shop, a recently refurbished Hemingway-style lounge area. As well as a dining area, featuring authentic African curios, a large rim-flow pool surrounded by loungers and umbrellas.
An additional bed can be added, for one child only, at Thanda Tented Camp. Thanda Tented Camp does not admit children under 8 years old.
Thanda Lodge’s central lounge, epitomises African hospitality – and this is our guests’ starting point for the game drives. You receive a welcome with steaming coffee, biscuits, as well as a delectable high tea that ushers in every game drive. Featuring African art, huge windows, fascinating books on African legends, plush sofas as well as dark wooden accents – brightened by rich hues.
A variety of other activities are also available.