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thanda private game reserve

thanda private game reserve

Thanda, meaning love in Zulu, is an expression of the magical union of the power of Zulu culture, wildlife, romance and exclusivity.

Thanda Private Game Reserve is South Africa's top award-winning safari destination and is situated in northern Zululand, in close proximity to the Indian Ocean.

The inimitable integration of South Africa's best climate and rehabilitated and rich bush land has made Thanda home to amazing wildlife including the 'big five' and over four hundred bird species. Ignite your imagination and open your mind to an extraordinary experience for your mind, body and soul.

Situated 23km north of Hluhluwe, approximately 300km north of Durban and easily accessible from either Mkhuze Airstrip or Richards Bay Airport.
Offers a comfortable lounge, library, dining room and a boma fire where you can sit at night and have a nightcap, a dining deck, wine cellar, cigar bar, a viewing deck overlooking soothing water features, wellness centre, twice daily game drives and bush walks (available on request). Trips to the coast and St Lucia to spot whales, swim with dolphins or dive with sharks during the season, as well as deep-sea fishing, canoeing, kayaking, golf and visits to local traditional villages are all on offer and are payable locally.

Approximately 30 minutes from Mkhuze Airstrip.

Children aged 6 and older are welcome.


The main lodge has nine bush villas (2 adults and 2 children under 12) which offer guests the epitome of self-contained privacy and sheer luxury, with breathtaking views of the surrounding game reserve. Each villa has its own spacious lounge area and master bedroom with fireplace, full en suite bathroom complete with an enormous oval-shaped bath and indoor and outdoor showers. A thatched outdoor game-viewing deck (sala) and infinity pool offer refreshing solace from the summer heat and all villas are equipped with private bomas for an intimate and romantic dining experience.

The tented camp has been built in colonial safari-style structure and is best suited to guests who are searching for an authentic safari experience. The fifteen beautifully furnished tents (2 adults) have four-poster beds, en suite canvas bathrooms and magnificent views of the game reserve. Public facilities include an intimate dining tent, dramatic outdoor boma, stylish outdoor lounge and plunge pool for cool relief on hot summer days.

Board Basis

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • All game activities

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