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The multi award-winning Thanda Private Game Reserve consists of 14,000 acres of prime game viewing land and is situated approximately 300km’s north of Durban in South Africa’s culturally rich KwaZulu-Natal province. Thanda means “love” in Zulu and the property offers plenty of romantic touches, five-star bush luxury and game viewing, and is a model of socially responsible eco-tourism development that has restored the natural eco-systems and continues to uplift local communities. Easily accessed by road from nearby Mkuze Airstrip, Richards Bay Airport and the new Durban airports, Thanda complements “Drakensberg, Battlefields, Bush and Beach” itineraries in the province but can also be easily combined with other elements of a South Africa holiday.

Day and evening game drives are taken in open vehicles and bush walks are led by experienced rangers and trackers. Apart from being an ultra-romantic responsible safari destination the Thanda experience includes a Vula Zulu excursion to a traditional meeting place where guests observe Zulu braves performing adrenaline-charged pre-battle dance rites.

Thanda further embraces the Zulu culture by featuring stylized traditional décor elements. There are three different accommodation elements available:-

Thanda Safari Lodge has nine spacious (220m²) luxury bush villas each with a private splash pool and viewing deck, a sala with daybed (thatched roof with open sides), lounge, fireplace and bathroom with both an indoor and outdoor shower. Guests can also indulge at the wellness centre, which offers a variety of Zulu-inspired therapies and beauty treatments. Lodge facilities include a library with satellite TV, a business centre, wine cellar, cigar bar and curio shop.

Tented Camp has six classic safari tents, and provides an authentic bush experience without compromising on luxury or service. The camp has a central Hemingway-inspired lounge area, a dining area, a large rim-flow pool with sun loungers and umbrellas, a waterhole where you can watch the game come down to drink and boma for evening meals under the stars.

Villa iZulu is Thanda’s exclusive use property and accommodates 10 guests in 5 suites, making it well-suited to families and groups of friends travelling together. It is a self-equipped Villa with a magnificent Afro-chic inspired dining room and spacious lounge, a state-of-the-art kitchen, a traditional boma and bonfire area, verandas and terraces, a games room, a private business area, an outdoor gym, a heated swimming pool (with children’s pool), a wine cellar and a vast viewing deck overlooking the waterhole. Guests staying at iZulu Villa can also use the Spa facilities and the Safari Lodge.

Other nearby activities along “The Elephant Coast” include golf, horse riding on the beach, midnight turtle tours, snorkelling, diving, deep-sea and fresh-water fishing.

Key Facts
  • Private game reserve
  • Three different accommodation options – Safari Lodge, Private Villa and a Tented Camp
  • Zulu Cultural experience
  • Thanda Spa for Safari Lodge and Villa guests
  • Big 5 safari experience with game drives in open vehicles and bushwalks
  • Pools at each property
  • Choice of off-site activities including golf, horse riding on the beach, midnight turtle tours, snorkelling, diving, deep-sea and fresh-water fishing

      Price Guide

      GBP £150.00 per person per night based on a Tent at Thanda Tented Camp and GBP £350 per person per night in a Suite at Thanda Safari Lodge, on a full board basis (based on Low Season).


      Safari Lodge – All meals, selected local drinks (soft drinks, house wines, local spirits & beers), minibar, WiFi and laundry, plus two games drives daily and bushwalks.
      iZulu Villa – As above plus the villa has a private team of service staff, a dedicated chef, a private guide and vehicle.
      Tented Camp – All meals, tea/coffee, juice & water with meals, house wine with dinner and local beverages on game drives. Bushwalks are not available for guests at Tented Camp.

Room Types

  • 9 x Luxury Suites at Thanda Safari Lodge with private pools
  • 4 x Luxury Tented Rooms at Thanda Tented Camp
  • 5 x Luxury Suites at Villa iZulu

      Children’s Policy

      Welcome at Main Lodge, no under 12’s at Tented Camp and no under 16’s at Villa Izulu.

      Would Suit

      An authentic safari destination inspired by the Zulu culture. It is known for meaningful safari experiences and exclusive close-up encounters with Africa’s magnificent Big Five. The reserve offers a choice of three properties to suit different needs and budgets – Tented Camp will appeal to the more cost conscious and those seeking an authentic safari experience under canvas; Safari Lodge is perfect for those seeking exceptionally high levels of accommodation and service and in ultra-romantic so perfect for honeymooners and couples; whilst iZulu Villa is ideal for larger groups or families after a high quality safari experience with everything done at their own pace.

      Recommended length of stay

      We would suggest a minimum stay of 3 nights.

Speak to any of the team at Inspirational Travel to get ideas for your holiday or honeymoon to South Africa. Call us on 01778 382764.

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