Thanda Safari Lodge

Game Lodge, KwaZulu Natal Game Reserves


Found just inland from KwaZulu Natal’s Elephant Coast, vast Thanda Private Game Reserve is an eco-friendly paradise with diverse accommodation options. This safari lodge is the main place, but there’s also a romantic tented camp and exclusive-use villa. Big Five game drives, photography lessons and turtle tours are all possible, while opulence is a given and a superb spa awaits for anyone who’s even mildly frazzled. ‘Thanda’ is the Zulu term for love - a word you can expect to regularly use.



Thanda Safari Lodge has nine enormous villas, very secluded and styled like traditional Zulu homesteads. Each has its own plunge pool, circular daybeds, spacious lounge plus open fireplace, oval bathtub, outdoor shower and a private, thatched veranda (sala) where al-fresco dinners can be served as the sun sets.



Attractively decorated with colourful fabrics, beads, leathers and crafts, the main areas of Thanda Safari Lodge offer an array of places to relax: a well-stocked library overlooking a busy waterhole beloved of elephants, plump sofas in the large lounge and several outdoor decks. There’s also a wine cellar and cigar bar. Not far away is Thanda Spa, which offers an array of treatments from hydrotherapy to hot stone massages.



Early-morning and early-evening game drives in open-topped vehicles should introduce you to all the Big Five, including rare black rhinos. Bush walks amid the bright-yellow fever trees are also offered, as are stargazing, photography masterclasses and, between November and March, midnight tours to watch turtles lay eggs on nearby beaches. Fishing, horse-riding, beach jaunts, snorkelling, microlight flights and canoe safaris are possible, too, or you could spend a day with Thanda’s conservation team.


Child Policy

Thanda Safari Lodge welcomes offers a special children’s safari programme. Those under 6 can’t join scheduled game drives, though kids from 3-6 can opt to take a private vehicle.

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