Thanda Private Game Reserve

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Thanda Safari is a member of 'The Leading Hotels of the World', provides guests with the choice of staying at the luxurious main lodge or the rugged safari-style tented camp. 

Thanda Private Game Reserve is near the Indian Ocean and guests who stay here will experience the heart of the untamed African bush in luxury and comfort. The Private Game Reserve, Hluhluwe in the Northern KwaZulu-Natal.

Climate and the rehabilitated bushveld in this region made this reserve home to magnificent wildlife and over four hundred beautiful bird species. 

The word Thanda means Love in the Zulu language which portrays this Lodge correctly as it includes a magical combination of Zulu traditions, romance, & wildlife. 

Thanda packages at the main lodge and tented camp include the meals, and game activities and selected local beverages.

Thanda 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 full en-suite bathroom which is complete with an oval-shaped bathtub, indoor & outdoor showers. The private and romantic dining experience can be found in each villa as well.

Thanda 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 rooms at Thanda in South Africa is suitable for guests who appreciated a genuine safari experience.

Thanda safari camp can accommodate children from 6-years of age to stay making for an unforgettable family safari getaway. This unique tented camp is about 16-minutes away from the main lodge in an open Land Rover.

Things to know

  • This reserve has been declared 99% Malaria FREE by the World Health Organization.
  • The reserve is over 14,100ha 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 Zulu are both completely kiddie-friendly. Kids can join the Bucks & Bugs Club and complete the Junior Rangers Course.
  • Villa Zulu 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 safari 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


  • Ensuite private bathroom
  • Housekeeping

Facilities Available at Thanda Private Game Reserve

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

More Information on Thanda Private Game Reserve

FAQs about Thanda Private Game Reserve
What is the contact number for reservations?

The contact numbers to make a reservation at Thanda Private Game Reserve are:

•  Cape Town Reservations +27 (0) 21 794 9050
•  Durban Reservations: +27 (0) 31 941 5945
•  Johannesburg Reservations: +27 (0) 10 446 8045.

Alternatively, you can check availability and book online by clicking here.

Where about is Thanda Private Game Reserve located?
Thanda Private Game Reserve is located at the following location / address: Northern Zululand, KwaZulu Natal.

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

SADC Resident Rates

Thanda Safari Private Game Reserve SADC resident rates.

Included in the rate:

  • THANDA SAFARI LODGE: Luxury accommodation, two game drives per day with professional guide and tracker, all meals and selected local beverages (soft drinks, house wines, local spirits and beers), bush walks with specialist walking guides, in-room minibar, wifi and laundry.


  • VILLA IZULU: Private bush residence including Villa iZulu host, service team, chef, guide, tracker, all meals and selected local beverages (soft drinks, house wines, local spirits and beers), bush walks with specialist walking guides, wifi and laundry


  • THANDA TENTED CAMP: Tented accommodation, two game drives per day with professional guide and tracker, all meals and selected local beverages (soft drinks, house wines, local spirits and beers), wifi in public areas

Excluded from the rate:

  • Spa treatments.
  • Cellar wines, champagnes, all imported spirits and beers (all wines, spirits and beers before the evening game drive at Thanda Tented Camp).
  • Private dinners
  • Private bush dinners
  • Transfers to/from Thanda Safari.
  • Laundry at Thanda Tented Camp.
  • Minibar at Thanda Tented Camp.
  • Curios, gratuities & telephone calls.
  • Guided bush walks with specialist walking guides at Thanda Tented Camp.
  • R 175 Conservation Levy per person per stay 2020 / R200.00 per person for 2021

Terms and Conditions:

  • Bookable up to 21 days prior to arrival only.
  • Full pre-payment required.
  • Non-refundable.
  • Not bookable with any other special packages.
  • A South African / SADC Identity Document to be produced on booking.