Thanda Safari

Thanda Safari Private Game Reserve comprises a staggering 14,000 hectares of privately-owned bushland. Within this protected wilderness lies a collection of luxury lodges. Beautifully appointed, with incredible views across the reserve, they are the perfect bases to explore your vast surroundings and find the big five.

Why you'll love it here

  • Stay at this incredible hotel in the wilderness, a member of Leading Hotels of the World
  • Take an exclusive photography safari tour with professional guides
  • Spend a day with Thanda Wildlife Conservation Team
  • Join a rhino tracking trip to see some of the world’s most amazing creatures


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The word ‘thanda’ means ‘love’ in the Zulu language, which is fitting for a retreat that will truly appeal to the hearts of wildlife lovers. The chance to sight lions, buffalos, leopards, rhinos, elephants and up to 400 different bird species is truly a highlight, with twice-daily game drives and the additional opportunity to spend the day with the conservation team. Alternatively, enjoy a guided bushwalk or visit a local Zulu community to learn more about their culture and tribal history. Expert-led photography lessons are also available, as well as birdwatching tours.

Retreating to base, there are three distinct accommodation options you can call home throughout your stay. The Thanda Safari Lodge comprises three lodges, each designed in reminiscence of traditional Zulu homesteads. Shrouded within the distant trees, the Thanda Tented Camp offers a glamourous camping experience. Meanwhile the nearby Villa iZulu is a secluded paradise for families, adorned by its own private garden, swimming pool and attentive onsite staff. Dining options are entwined with your choice of accommodation, though freshly prepared delights are guaranteed across the board, including pre- and post- game drive replenishments in the bush.

There are three luxury lodges to choose from at Thanda Safari. The Thanda Safari Lodge includes nine bush suites, while the Thanda Tented Camp has 14 grand tents and one grande deluxe tent. The Villa iZulu can be booked for exclusive use in its entirety, offering you and the family complete privacy.

Thanda Safari Lodge

Thanda Safari Lodge

Thanda Safari Lodge includes nine lavish suites, circular in design to emulate traditional Zulu homesteads. Each retreat comes complete with a heated plunge pool and an outside ‘sala’, resting area, with views across the reserve. The lodge’s central spaces include a lounge, a viewing deck, and a luxury spa offering a range of treatments to relax you.
Thanda Tented Camp

Thanda Tented Camp

Enjoy an elevated camping experience in the Thanda Tented Camp. Relax in lavishly decorated rooms with en suites, and indoor and outdoor showers. The central living area offers a space for laidback dining and socialising, which follows through to an expansive outdoor swimming pool. Meals are carefully prepared by your on-site chef, and you can opt for a spa treatment in your tent.
Villa iZulu

Villa iZulu

The multi-award-winning Villa iZulu is a privately-owned hideaway in the heart of the reserve. Surrounded by a landscaped garden, this safari retreat includes five beautiful bedrooms with en suites, a spacious living and dining area, library, wine cellar and gym. Outside, there’s a swimming pool, and a terrace overhanging a water hole where elephants often dip their trunks. Enjoy the service of your butler, chef and manager onsite, as well as a private safari vehicle, guide and tracker.

Walking Safaris

A guided walk through the bush is essential to the safari experience. At sunrise or sunset, venture out across the reserve’s 14,000 hectares of gold-tinted wilderness. Spot cheetahs, warthogs, giraffes, hyaenas and a range of soaring birdlife. Your expert guide will share stories woven into the plains beneath your feet as you explore.

Zulu Culture

The Zulu culture is incredibly important to Thanda Safari, especially as most of its team members were born and raised in South Africa. To connect with the native spirit, you are invited to visit the local Zulu people at their traditional homesteads. Watch their singing and war dancing and hear the powerful stories of a traditional Zulu healer.


Your trip to South Africa abounds with spectacular sightings, too many to store solely in your memory. This is why the highly esteemed resident photographer at Thanda Safari, Christian Sperk, offers complimentary 90-minute wildlife photography lessons. Learn the basics of motion photography, and then take a three-hour evening game drive in a private safari vehicle. With expert guidance, you can take some photos you’ll cherish for years to come.


A vast variety of birds flock to the Thanda Safari Reserve, offering you a highly diverse and colourful birding experience. In the summer months, take your binoculars out on a game drive to catch sight of the lilac-breasted roller, European roller, purple-crested turaco and other favourites.

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