South African Lodges

Thanda Private Game Reserve

Address
Northern Zululand
KwaZulu Natal
South Africa
Rating
Lodge Type
Spa, Family, Leisure, Game Lodge
R5310.00SINGLE RATE
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The word ' Thanda' means 'Love' in the Zulu language which gives portrays this Lodge perfectly as it includes a magical combination of Zulu culture, romance, wildlife, and exclusivity. The 5* Thanda Game Lodge is one of South Africa's top award-winning safari destinations in the country. It is in the Northern Zululand near the Indian Ocean and guests who stay here will experience the heart of the untamed African bush in luxury and comfort.

South Africa’s best climate and the rehabilitated bushveld in this region made this Reserve home to magnificent wildlife and over four hundred beautiful bird species.

Accommodation

The Reserve, which is a member of 'The Leading Hotels of the World', provides guests with the choice of staying at the luxurious Thanda main lodge or the rugged safari-style Thanda Tented camp. The safari accommodation packages at Thanda's main lodge and tented camp include the meals, and game activities and selected local beverages.

Thanda Main Lodge

The beautiful main lodge offers nine unique bush villas where guests experience the epitome of privacy and absolute luxury. Circular in structure and looking for a homestead on a hill, each of Thanda's Villas provides a scenic view of the surrounding game reserve.

Each spacious villa features its large lounge area as well as a master bedroom with an inter-leading fireplace.  The villas at Thanda offer a en-suite full bathroom which is complete with an oval shaped bathtub and indoor/outdoor showers. Private bomas for a romantic dining experiences can be found at each villa as well.

Tented Camp

The tented camp offers an authentic African bush experience in accommodation which is reminiscent of a bygone era. The tented camp was constructed in a unique colonial safari-style. This type of accommodation at Thanda in South Africa is suitable for guests who appreciated a genuine safari experience.

The 14 tents provide scenic viewing decks and en-suite canvas bathrooms. The public facilities are the attractive reception area, a curio shop, a relaxing lounge area, an enhanced dining tent, a 10x5 meter rim-flow swimming pool and a boma. Soothing spa treatments by Africology are available in the privacy of the tents.

The Camp can accommodate children from 6-years of age to stay making for an unforgettable family safari getaway. This unique tented camp is about 15-minutes away from the main lodge in an open Land Rover.

Facilities

  •  Swimming Pool
  •  Spa
  •  Business Center
  •  Wine cellar
  •  Lounge
  •  Outdoor patio
  •  Boma
  •  Library
  •  Wellness Center
  •  Curio Shop
  •  Cigar bar

Activities

  •  Game drives
  •  Bush walks
  •  Wildlife Lectures / Junior Ranger Program
  •  Stargazing
  •  Spa treatments
  •  Bush breakfast and bush dinner

Additional

During a stay at the Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, guests may also enjoy one of the below exciting tours and activities which are available at an extra cost:

  •  Bird watching walking trail
  •  Crocodile Feeding
  •  Traditional Village
  •  Hippo & Croc Tour
  •  Diving
  •  Whale Watching
  •  Turtle tours
  •  Marine Mammal Experience
  •  Deep Sea Fishing
  •  The Gemstone & Geology Trail
  •  The World Of Our Ancestral Spirit Tour
  •  Border Cave Tour
  •  Ghost Mountain Tour
  •  Day Trips To Tembe National Elephant Park and Ndumo Game Reserve
  •  Tiger Fishing
  •  Canoeing
  •  Hiking
  •  Guided Bush Walk

Things to know

  • This Reserve has been declared 99% Malaria FREE by the World Health Organization!
  • The Reserve is over 14,000ha and offers excellent sightings of the Big 5 not forgetting the bugs and beetles for the kids.
  • Besides a safari, Thanda also provides a unique opportunity to have a warm Zulu encounter.
  • Families at Thanda Safari Lodge and Villa iZulu are both completely kiddie-friendly. Kids can join the Bucks & Bugs Club and complete the Junior Rangers Course.
  • Villa iZulu is an award winning villa is available on the exclusive-use basis only offering your 4x4, guide, tracker and villa staff - the perfect luxury family getaway.
  • Thanda Safari Lodge: Accepts kids of all ages
  • Children aged five years and younger can join parents on game drives if an exclusive-use vehicle is booked.
  • Alternatively, the Lodge nannies (who are all mothers themselves) take care of children as if they were family.
  • The Camp accepts kids 12 years and older. Jabula Tent is ideal for families with young teenagers

Below detailed information about the Thanda Private Game Reserve is available.
For any queries regarding this hotel, you are welcome to contact us.

  • En-suite / private bathroom
  • Housekeeping

Restaurants

Dining at the Thanda Private Game Reserve

The magnificent Thanda Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, offers guests different beautiful dining venues with an authentic African experience. The spectacular African boma with the setting sun and the flames of a roaring fire make for an unforgettable safari dining experience.

Thanda's mouthwatering meals appeal to guests of all nationalities and cultures from around the world.  South African cuisine is presented while seasonal game meat is always on the menu for the more adventurous diners.  The herb garden, which is at the Royal Private Villa of the Thanda Private Game Reserve, provides a constant supply of fresh ingredients. 

Despite the combination of tastes, Thanda's chefs are very traditional in regards to etiquette and value the art of gourmet dining.  Discussions with guests ensure that personal dietary requirements are met, and Thanda’s exceptionally high standards are maintained. Guests are recommended to advise the game lodge of any dietary requirements and allergies when a booking is made.

Fine wines are the ideal complement to delicious cuisine at the Thanda Private Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal.  Thanda features a well-stocked wine cellar and cigar bar for the discerning guest.

The Spa

Guests may relax and rejuvenate at the Thanda Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.  The safari spa is a fully-fledged Africology health and beauty spa.  Thanda provides the exclusive Africology range as in-room amenities and also makes use of these for spa treatments.

The Africology spa products are made without any chemicals or perfumes.  These are preserved and fragranced by natural oils and extracts. Africology products are not tested on animals and are all organically produced. 
 
Thanda's Wellness Centre offers many spa treatments including, massages, facials, scrubs, waxing and Thanda signature spa treatments.

Game drives

Thrilling game drives through the vast Thanda Private Game Reserve are conducted early in the mornings and late in the afternoons as animals are more active during the cooler hours of the day.   Thanda's game drives are conducted in open Land Rovers, with a maximum of six guests per vehicle.

Bush walks

The game rangers and trackers at the Thanda Private Game Reserve in South Africa are very knowledgeable of both the fauna and flora in Thanda's unique ecosystems. During exciting bush walks, guests learn about the fascinating uses of plants and learn to identify animal spoor. Guests also have the chance to track specific animals with a ranger's assistance on request.

Wildlife Lectures / Junior Ranger Programmes

Guests at the Thanda Game Lodge who show interest in specific wildlife as well as nature conservation topics enjoy the lectures conducted by the lodge's senior rangers and field guides. Thanda's  younger guests have the opportunity to participate in the Junior Ranger programme which offers a wonderful introduction to the African bushveld.

Star gazing

Knowledgeable rangers introduce guests at the Thanda Private Game Reserve to the incredible world of star gazing as well as the solar system. The natural, unpolluted air at the Thanda Game Lodge in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, provides a clear view of the magical African night sky.

Spa treatments

Guests are invited to relax and unwind at the magnificent Thanda Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.  The safari spa at the Thanda Game Lodge is a fully-fledged Africology health and beauty spa.  Thanda offers the exclusive Africology range as in-room amenities and also makes use of these for spa treatments.

The Africology spa products are made without any chemicals or perfumes.  These are preserved and fragranced by natural oils and extracts. Africology products are not tested on animals and are all organically produced.

The Wellness Centre at the Thanda Private Game Reserve offers many spa treatments including, massages, facials, scrubs, waxing and Thanda signature spa treatments.

Other activities
  • Bird watching walking trail
  • Crocodile Feeding
  • Traditional Village
  • Hippo & Croc Tour
  • Diving
  • Whale Watching
  • Turtle tours
  • Marine Mammal Experience
  • Deep Sea Fishing
  • The Gemstone & Geology Trail
  • The World Of Our Ancestral Spirit Tour
  • Border Cave Tour
  • Ghost Mountain Tour
  • Day Trips To Tembe National Elephant Park And/Or Ndumo Game Reserve
  • Tiger Fishing
  • Canoeing
  • Hiking
  • Guided Bush Walk
Bush breakfast

The Bush Breakfast is a fantastic way to round off an adventurous morning game drive.  Served in the heart of the untamed African bushveld, rangers keep an eye out for wildlife at Thanda.  The bush breakfast can be arranged at an additional charge.

Bush dinner

The Bush Breakfast is a fantastic way to round off an adventurous morning game drive.  Served in the heart of the untamed African bushveld, rangers keep an eye out for wildlife at Thanda.  The bush breakfast can be arranged at an additional charge.

  • Boma
  • Business Centre
  • Cigar bar
  • Curio Shop
  • Library
  • Lounge
  • Outdoor patio
  • Parking
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wellness centre
  • Wine cellar

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 10:00
General Services
  • Airport transfers
  • Babysitting
  • Concierge services
  • Game drive safaris
  • Housekeeping service
  • Massage treatments
  • Porters
  • Tours & Transfers on Request
  • Wake-up call
  • Wellness & Beauty treatments
Malaria and Animals
  • The province of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa is classified a low-risk malaria area, and the Thanda Private Game Reserve was declared 99% malaria-free by the World Health Organisation.  We recommend guests to use a mosquito repellent on exposed skin.  Insect repellent is provided in both the Thanda tents and the villas.

Children Policy
  • Children of all ages are welcome to stay at the five star Thanda Private Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal.

    The following children policy is applicable:

    • Children under the age of 6 are not permitted at the Tented Camp.
    • Children of all ages are welcome at the Main Lodge, but only children under the age of 12 can share with parents.
    • Stretcher beds are available for children under the age of 12 sharing with their parents at the Main Lodge.
    • Children between the ages of 3 and six may accompany their parents on game drives if exclusive use of a Land Rover has been reserved. Private Land Rovers are subject to availability and a surcharge.
    • Children under the age of 3 will not be permitted on game drives at any time.
    • Individual bush walks around the vicinity of the lodge will be arranged for younger children by their guides.
    • Babysitters are available at a nominal rate and must be reserved on arrival.
    • Children under the age of 16 are not allowed in the Wellness Centre.
    • Children under the age of 3 are not permitted in the boma, dining room or decks for dinner. A private boma experience may be arranged for families travelling with children under the age of 3.
    • A children’s menu is available at all times.
Children Activities
  • The Thanda Private Game Reserve welcomes children of all ages.  Upon arrival at the Thanda Main Lodge or the Thanda Royal Private Villa, kids are invited to join the Thanda Bucks & Bugs Club.

    The Bucks & Bugs Club at Thanda

     Bucks & Bugs is a great children club specially designed for kids staying at the Thanda Private Game Reserve. On arrival, children are given a Bucks & Bugs bag which is filled with a few surprises, a welcome letter as well as information about the exciting Thanda Junior Rangers course.

     The Junior Rangers course is something exciting for children.  Kids at Thanda are invited to complete this course during their stay.  While enjoying thrilling game drives with a professional ranger and tracker, children are taught about different mammals, birds, trees, spoor and the stars of the Southern Hemisphere.  At the end of their stay at the Thanda Private Game Reserve, kids are asked questions by their ranger.  A specially awarded certificate identifies them as a junior ranger.

    In the library at Thanda, children have many books available, both educational and fun, as well as story books with animal tales and African folk stories. A selection of videos and DVDs as well as animal puzzles and games is also available.
     
    When children go to sleep, a good night story awaits them as well as milk and delicious cookies.  The chef also prepares special children meals such as toasted sandwiches, hamburgers, spaghetti Bolognese, fish and chips, and ice cream with chocolate sauce.  A babysitting service is available which can be pre-booked at an additional charge.

Available Rooms

Thanda Tented Camp: Tent

# Rooms:
14

The tented camp at the Thanda Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, provides an authentic African bush experience in accommodation which is reminiscent of a bygone era.  The accommodation packages at the Thanda Tented Camp includes all meals, game activities and selected local beverages.

The tented camp at the Thanda Private Game Reserve was constructed in a unique colonial safari-style.  This type of accommodation at Thanda in South Africa is suitable for guests who appreciated a genuine safari experience.  The 14 tents offer viewing decks and en-suite canvas bathrooms.   The public facilities at Thanda's tented camp are the attractive reception area, a curio shop, a relaxing lounge area, an enhanced dining tent, a 10x5 metre rim-flow swimming pool and a boma.   Soothing spa treatments by Africology are available in the privacy of the tents.

Thanda's tented camp is equipped with a generator which provides electricity to the tents for a few hours every day to enable guests to charge cameras and phones. Even when the generators are running, the lighting is minimal.  The natural atmosphere of the tented camp at the Thanda Private Game Reserve is enhanced through paraffin lanterns and boma fires.

The Thanda Tented Camp can accommodate children from 6-years of age to stay making for an unforgettable family safari getaway.   Thanda’s unique tented camp is about 15-minutes away from the main lodge in an open Land Rover.

Single Room R5310
Double Room R7080

Thanda Safari Lodge

# Rooms:
10

The magnificent Thanda Private Game Reserve in South Africa, which is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, offers guests the choice of the luxurious main lodge and the rugged safari-style tented camp.  The safari accommodation packages at Thanda's main lodge and tented camp include the meals, and game activities and selected local beverages.

The main lodge at Thanda features nine beautiful bush villas where guests are offered the epitome of privacy and absolute luxury.  Circular in structure and resembling a traditional homestead nestling on a hill, each of the villas at the Thanda Private Game Reserve provides a scenic view of the surrounding game reserve. 

With a spacious 220 m² in size, each villa at the Thanda Main Lodge offers its own large lounge area as well as a master bedroom with an inter-leading fireplace. The unique African thatched outdoor game-viewing deck and the infinity swimming pool offer refreshment from the summer heat.  The villas feature a full en-suite bathroom which is complete with an oval shaped bathtub and indoor / outdoor showers.  Private bomas for a romantic dining experiences can be found at each villa as well.

Single Room R9660
Double Room R12880

Thanda Tented Camp: Jabula Tent

# Rooms:
1

The honeymoon tent at the Thanda Private Game Reserve, South Africa, provides a luxurious combination of privacy, romance and refined comfort within the African bush.  Thanda's honeymoon tent offers a king-sized bed in a spacious bedroom as well as a separate lounge area which invites for relaxation.

A highlight of this honeymoon tent is the outdoor shower and the plunge pool from where magnificent views of the 14000-hectare reserve can be admired.  The tented camp at the Thanda Game Lodge is powered for a few hours each morning and each evening by a generator which allows guests to charge essentials (cameras and mobile phones).  Thanda’s tented camp is located about a 15-minute drive from the main lodge.

Single Room R6830
Double Room R9110

Villa Izulu (1 - 6 guests)

The tented camp at the Thanda Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, provides an authentic African bush experience in accommodation which is reminiscent of a bygone era.  The accommodation packages at the Thanda Tented Camp includes all meals, game activities and selected local beverages.

The tented camp at the Thanda Private Game Reserve was constructed in a unique colonial safari-style.  This type of accommodation at Thanda in South Africa is suitable for guests who appreciated a genuine safari experience.  The 14 tents offer viewing decks and en-suite canvas bathrooms.  The public facilities at Thanda's tented camp are the attractive reception area, a curio shop, a relaxing lounge area, an enhanced dining tent, a 10x5 metre rim-flow swimming pool and a boma.   Soothing spa treatments by Africology are available in the privacy of the tents.

Thanda's tented camp is equipped with a generator which provides electricity to the tents for a few hours every day to enable guests to charge cameras and phones. Even when the generators are running, the lighting is minimal.  The natural atmosphere of the tented camp at the Thanda Private Game Reserve is enhanced through paraffin lanterns and boma fires.

The Thanda Tented Camp can accommodate children from 6-years of age to stay making for an unforgettable family safari getaway.  Thanda’s unique tented camp is about 15-minutes away from the main lodge in an open Land Rover.

Single Room R35880
Double Room R35880

Thanda Private Game Reserve Specials

The specials listed below will automatically be offered to you when proceeding through the booking process.

Stay for 2 nights or longer at Thanda Tented Camp or Thanda Safari Lodge during the month of September and enjoy a 30% saving.

Included in the rate:

THANDA SAFARI LODGE: Luxury accommodation, all meals & selected local beverages (soft drinks, house wines, local spirits and beers), in-room minibar, Wifi, laundry and two game drives daily

THANDA TENTED CAMP: Tented accommodation, all meals, tea, coffee, juice & water with meals, house wine (dinner only), local beverages on game drives and two game drives daily.

 

Excluded from the rate:

  • Items of a personal nature

Terms and Conditions:

  • Valid September 2016
  • Minimum 2 nights
  • Subject to availability
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The 5* Thanda Game Lodge is one of South Africa's top award-winning safari destinations in the country. It is located in the Northern Zululand near the Indian Ocean and guests who stay here will experience the heart of the untamed African bush in luxury and comfort.

Book your 4 night stay for travel September and November 2015 or May and September 2016, and only pay for 3 nights. Recieve one night free! This offer is valid for Thanda Tented Camp as well as Thanda Safari Lodge.

Included in the rate:

THANDA SAFARI LODGE: Luxury accommodation, all meals & selected local beverages (soft drinks, house wines, local spirits and beers), in-room minibar, Wifi, laundry and two game drives daily

THANDA TENTED CAMP: Tented accommodation, all meals, tea, coffee, juice & water with meals, house wine (dinner only), local beverages on game drives and two game drives daily.

 

Excluded from the rate:

  • Items of a personal nature

Terms and Conditions:

  • Valid September and November 2015 and May and September 2016
  • Minimum 4 nights stay
  • Subject to availability
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2016-02-18

At Thanda I really had a great stay, enjoyed my chalet, great game drive and lovely meal in the bush.

2016-01-28

Exclusivity, romance and Zulu culture in the heart of the untamed African bush. I had such a great stay at Thanda.

I really enjoyed my self it was really an expression of the magical union of the power of Zulu culture, wildlife, romance and exclusivity.

2015-12-21

2015-10-05

2015-06-19

Just back from a wonderful safari experience near Durban called Thanda. Amazing service, food, animals and people!

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GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -27.827598

Longitude: 32.115844

Directions

The Thanda Private Game Reserve nestles 23 km north of Hluhluwe on the N2, towards Mkhuze, which lies about 220 km north of Durban in South Africas KwaZulu-Natal Province.

The Thanda Private Game Reserve can easily be accessed from the N2 with a gravel road, the D242 extending approximately 5 km to the west. The closest commercial airport to the Thanda Lodge is Richards Bay, and the nearest international airport is King Shaka International Airport in Umhlanga / Durban.

Directions to the Thanda Private Game Reserve from Johannesburg:
Take the N17 via Springs to Ermelo.
From Ermelo, take the N2, past Piet Retief.
Continue the N2 towards Hluhluwe - approximately 25 km past Mkhuze (before Hluhluwe), turn right into the D242, continue for approximately 5 km on the gravel road to the Thanda gate on the right.

Directions from Durban to the Thanda Private Game Reserve:

Take the N2 towards Hluhluwe.
Approximately 20 km past the turn-off for Hluhluwe, turn left into the D242, continue for approximately 5 km on the gravel road to the Thanda gate on the right.

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Parking

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Star Rating

5 Star

Awards

Due to the professional service excellence and high standard of facilities, the Thanda Private Game Reserve in South Africa has received many accolades over the last few years.

The most recent accolades of the Thanda Private Game Reserve include:

  • Winner of “Africa’s leading Luxury Game Reserve” at the 2012 World Travel Awards
  • Winner of Africa's Leading Luxury Villa at the 2011 World Travel Awards
  • Winner of the World's Leading Luxury Lodge award at the Grand Final of the World Travel Awards 2010
  • Winner of South Africa's Leading Luxury Villa andAfrica's Leading Luxury Villa at the 2010 World Travel Awards
  • Winner of theWorld's Leading Luxury Lodge award at the Grand Final of the World Travel Awards 2009
  • Winner of Africa's Leading Luxury Lodge and South Africa's Leading Safari Lodge in the 2009 World Travel Awards
  • Winner of Africa's Leading Luxury Lodge and South Africas Leading Safari Lodge at the 2008 World Travel Awards
  • Winner of Africa's Leading Luxury Lodge in the 2007 World Travel Awards.
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