Thanda Safari Private Game Reserve
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Thanda Safari is a world of wilderness and wildlife, matched with a deep commitment to Zulu culture and environmental conservation. Thanda means ‘Love’ in the language of the Zulu people, and Thanda Safari lives this ethos in the management of its 14 000-hectare reserve, its three unique properties, and its community partnerships. Experience the ultimate safari and game lodge experience with Thanda Safari, which has repeatedly been named the World’s Leading Luxury Lodge.

A luxury private game reserve and member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Thanda Safari has three distinct accommodation options: Thanda Safari Lodge offers 9 exquisite bush suites; Villa iZulu is a completely private and exclusive bush retreat, ideal for celebrities, small groups and families. Thanda Tented Camp has 15 luxury safari tents for an evocative experience of the wild.

As a multiple winner of the World’s Leading Luxury Lodge, we know exactly how to look after our guests at our exclusive game reserve. Thanda Safari’s warm, attentive team attends to your comfort and needs at our three superb properties, frequently showcased in the media. Thanda Safari Lodge has nine bush suites, personifying luxurious exclusivity and African abundance. Villa iZulu offers complete privacy, elegance and indulgence. Thanda Tented Camp, with its 15 luxury safari tents, offers an evocative into Africa experience.

An African safari is a life dream for so many, and Thanda Safari makes sure you have an up-close, life-changing safari in our Big Five, South African private game reserve, including spending time with our conservation team. For those who want to experience the bush on foot, we offer exclusive guided walks. And because we are part of our Zulu community, we offer a range of Zulu cultural and community experiences in our neighbouring villages.

Nothing compares to the feeling of being in a game reserve in Africa. On an early morning or late afternoon safari, all your senses awaken during up-close encounters with the Big Five in their home terrain. The lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo: these icons of the African wilderness inspire a lifelong connection with Thanda Safari and this beautiful continent.

Thanda Safari’s ethos is based on people, wildlife and the environment coming together to conserve the region’s wild, natural surroundings and to partner in socio-economic upliftment, job creation, education and skills development in the region.

Thanda Safari is a private game reserve situated in the renowned wildlife region of northern KwaZulu-Natal, some 260kms north of Durban. Guests can drive directly to the reserve or fly to the Phinda Airstrip, the local airport at nearby Richards Bay or to King Shaka International Airport in Durban. Our guides will meet you and drive you to Thanda Safari.

Contact Information

Address:  D242 Off The N2 3915 Hluhluwe, South Africa

General Enquiries: 032 586 0149


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