Thanda Private Game Reserve

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ZAR 4,526
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Even if you've traveled the world, you're bound to be surprised by Thanda Private Game Reserve - a truly unique land where humans and nature harmoniously co-exist.

The rooms here are truly fabulous with roaring fires, outdoor showers, raised decks, private plunge pools, and walkways leading to private salas raised high above the bush.
More than a luxury lodge, more than a dream safari destination, more than an
African escape… Thanda Private Game Reserve offers an authentically South
 African wildlife experience matched with sincere commitment to the Zulu
culture and passionate conservation of the environment.

Meaning ‘love’ in isiZulu, Thanda is a multiple winner of World’s Leading Luxury Lodge at the World Travel Awards and it's known for meaningful safari experiences and exclusive close-up encounters with Africa’s magnificent Big Five.

Thanda Private Game Reserve is the proud location of three very different 
properties, each with its own style, atmosphere and appeal.

Thanda Safari 
Lodge, Thanda's flagship product, is known for its 9 bush suites - each, the
 height of luxurious exclusivity and African abundance.

Villa iZulu, ideal for celebrities and those with a special taste for privacy, is a bush
 homestead beyond any traditional understanding of extravagance and service.

And Thanda Tented Camp, with its 14 grand tents and a grande deluxe tent, 
offers a truly relaxed and authentic safari experience.

Canvas Tent

This 90sqm canvas tent at thanda tented camp offers an authentic safari experience. It features a twin bed, en-suite bathroom with bath / outdoor shower and private sun deck with great views. The tented camp is non-electrified, but offers limited solar and battery power for guests to charge cameras and phones. The camp's shared areas include a bar / lounge area, rim-flow pool, dining area, curio shop.

Luxury Honeymoon Tent

This 120sqm tent at thanda tented camp offers an authentic safari experience. It features a king bed, bathroom with indoor bath / outdoor shower, lounge and a sun deck with plunge pool. The tented camp is non-electrified, but offers limited solar and battery power for guests to charge cameras and phones. The camp's shared areas include a bar / lounge area, rim-flow pool, dining area and curio shop

Bush Suite

This luxurious bush suite at thanda safari lodge offers spectacular views over the game reserve and is self-contained for absolute privacy. Shaped like a traditional zulu homestead, the 220sqm suite features a plunge pool, viewing deck, outdoor day bed, private boma for an intimate dining experience, lounge, fireplace, spacious bedroom with twin bed and bathroom with bath and indoor / outdoor shower

Private Royal Villa

Accommodates ten guests in five suites with en-suite bathrooms. Features an Olympic-sized swimming pool, library, large lounge area, games room, business center, private chef and personal masseuse.

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  • Gift Shop
  • Jacuzzi / Hot Tub
  • Kids Club-Daily Activities
  • Library
  • Lounge/Bar
  • Private/Suite Pools
  • Restaurant(s)
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool - Outdoor
  • Bottled Water in Room
  • Butler Service
  • Concierge
  • Continental Breakfast Included
  • Fresh Fruit in Room
  • Front Desk
  • Gazebo / Private Relaxation
  • Gift Shop
  • In-room safe
  • Internet
  • Laundry Service
  • Massage
  • Nanny/Babysitting Service
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Outdoor BBQ
  • Outdoor Dining & Lounging Area
  • Parking
  • Room Service (24-Hour)
  • Turndown Service
  • Valet Parking
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Art/Culture
  • Bird Watching
  • Daily activities
  • Diving
  • Family Friendly
  • Fishing
  • Gastronomy
  • Honeymoon
  • Photography
  • Relaxing
  • Romance
  • Safari
  • Snorkeling
  • Spa
  • Sunbathing
  • Swimming
  • Wedding
  • Wellness
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife

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The closest commercial airport to Thanda Private Game Reserve is Richards Bay, and the closest international airport is King Shaka (Durban). From King Shaka Airport, it's about a three hour drive to the Reserve.


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Monday to Friday 6am – 12am
Saturday and Sunday 7am - 3pm
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Recognition & Affiliates

World Travel Awards - World's Leading Luxury Lodge- 2009-2012 & 2013/2014
World Travel Awards - Africa's Leading Luxury Game Reserve - 2012
World Travel Awards - Africa's Leading Luxury Villa - 2010, 2011
World Travel Awards - South Africa's Leading Luxury Villa - 2010