Thanda Private Game Reserve - KwaZulu Natal

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Thanda Private Game Reserve

Location: St Lucia, Zululand & St Lucia Wetland, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

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Star Rating:

Lodge Type: Spa, Family, Leisure, Game Lodge

No. of Rooms: 25

Guest Reviews:3 Reviews

Address
Northern Zululand
KwaZulu Natal
South Africa

Single Rate for Today:
R3390.00

Overview

The word 'thanda' which means 'love' in the South African Zulu language, is an expression of the magical combination of Zulu culture, romance, wildlife, and exclusivity.   The five star Thanda Game Lodge is one of South Africa's top award-winning safari destination.  Located in the northern Zululand near the Indian Ocean, guests staying at the Thanda Private Game Reserve may 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 the Thanda Private Game Reserve home to magnificent wildlife and over four hundred beautiful bird species.

Accommodation at the Thanda Private Game Reserve, South Africa

The Thanda Private Game 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 at the Thanda Private Game Reserve offers nine unique bush villas where guests experience the epitome of privacy and absolute luxury. Circular in structure and looking like a homestead on a hill, each of Thanda's villas provide a scenic view of the surrounding game reserve.

Each spacious villa features its own large lounge area as well as a master bedroom with an inter-leading fireplace. The traditional African thatched outdoor game-viewing deck and the infinity swimming pool offer refreshment from the summer heat. The villas at Thanda offer 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.

Thanda Tented Camp

The tented camp at the Thanda Private Game Reserve 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 at Thanda provide scenic 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.

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.

Facilities at the Thanda Private Game Reserve

Guests staying at the Thanda Game Lodge in South Africa are spoilt when it comes to facilities and activities available.  Amongst others, Thanda provides the following facilities:

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

Activities at the Thanda Game Lodge, KwaZulu-Natal

Exciting game drives, bush walks and relaxing spa treatments can be enjoyed at the Thanda Private Game Reserve which make for an unforgettable safari getaway. 

  • Game drives
  • Bush walks
  • Wildlife Lectures / Junior Ranger Programmes
  • Star gazing
  • Spa treatments
  • Bush breakfast and bush dinner

Additional Activities and Tours at the Thanda Private Game Reserve

During a stay at the Thanda Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, guests may also enjoy one of the below exciting tours and activities which can be booked at an additional charge:

  • 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

Things to know about Thanda

  • Thanda Private Game Reserve has been declared 99% Malaria FREE by the World Health Organisation!
  • Thanda 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 offers 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 a award winning villa is available on exclusive-use basis only offering your own 4x4, guide, tracker and villa staff - the perfect luxury family getaway.
  • Thanda Safari Lodge: Accepts kids of all ages
  • Children aged 5 years and younger are able to join parents on game drives if an exclusive-use vehicle is booked.
  • Alternatively Thanda nannies (who are all mothers themselves) take care of children as if they were family.
  • Thanda Tented Camp accepts kids 12 years and older. Jabula Tent is ideal for families with young teenagers

Room Types

Tented Camp: 14 rooms

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.

Today's Rate:

Single Room: R3390.00

Double Room: R4520.00

Main Lodge: 10 rooms

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.

Today's Rate:

Single Room: R8250.00

Double Room: R11000.00

Honeymoon Tent: 1 room

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.

Today's Rate:

Single Room: R4500.00

Double Room: R6000.00

Room Amenities

Room Amenities

  • 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 a true African experience. The spectacular African boma with the setting sun and the flames of a roaring fire makes 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 located 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 exceptional 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.

Address: Northern Zululand, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Spa

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.

Activities

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 have also 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 amazing 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

During a stay at the Thanda Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, guests have the option to book additional activities and tours at an extra cost. 

Additional activities and tours:

  • 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

Guests staying at the Thanda Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal have the opportunity to get close to nature while enjoying a delicious and unforgettable African bush dinner lit by candlelight and paraffin lanterns.  Bush dinners are perfect for a romantic surprises or special occasions and can be booked at an additional charge.

Conferences / Events

No Conference / Event Information available

No conference facilities or event information available currently.

Facilities

Facilities Available

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

Services

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 under the age of 6 will not be allowed on game drives.
    • Children between the ages of 3 and 6 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.
    • Children under the age of 12 will not be allowed on bush walks. Special 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 allowed 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. Alternatively, room service dinner and a babysitter can be arranged for children of this age.
    • 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 especially 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 really 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 goodnight 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 prebooked at an additional charge. 

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Submitted By: (19 June 2013)

Rating: Excellent

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

Submitted By: (28 August 2012)

Rating: Excellent

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.

Submitted By: (18 June 2012)

Rating: Excellent

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

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