Thanda Safari Private Game Reserve

Thanda Safari Private Game Reserve2019-08-31T05:13:59+00:00
  • Holidays
    Luxury Fully Inclusive Safaris
  • Location
    Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
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    Thanda Safari Private Game Reserve

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Winner of Africa’s Leading Luxury Lodge at the 2013 World Travel Awards, Thanda Safari Private Game Reserve 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 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.

This is popular as an independent safari adventure or can be combined with any of our Running Packages at a very special combo deal. (such as Comrades Marathon and Deloitte Challenge)

A luxury private game reserve and member of The Leading Hotels of the World.

Travel Package Accommodation options:

  • Thanda Safari Lodge offers 9 exquisite bush suites
  • Thanda Tented Camp has 15 luxury safari tents for an evocative experience of the wild
  • Villa iZulu is a completely private and exclusive bush retreat, ideal for celebrities, small groups and families (on request)

An African safari is a life dream for so many and here they make sure you have a up-close, life-changing safari in a Big Five, South African private game reserve. You even get to learn about conservation.

Culinary masterpieces are prepared by the dedicated chefs and can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Safaris in open game viewing vehicles are conducted exclusively for Thanda guests on the low risk malaria reserve.


  • 6 hour drive from Johannesburg.
  • 3 hour drive from Durban. 1 ½ hour drive from Richards Bay.
  • SA Express and Federal Air offer daily scheduled flights from Johannesburg to Richards Bay, followed by a one and a half hour road transfer to the reserve.

Flights to Phinda’s private airstrip

Thanda Safari Lodge is the flagship property. Each of the 9 bush suites is a tribute to African abundance, with a spacious lounge, majestic master bedroom, double-sided fireplace and an indulgent bathroom, with a beautiful bath, and an indoor and outdoor shower. Thanda Safari Lodge’s shared areas are sumptuously African, including an inviting lounge, expansive deck and library overlooking a waterhole, private business area, cigar bar, impressive wine cellar and the Thanda Safari Spa.

Thanda Tented Camp offers an authentic safari adventure with 15 luxury safari tents in an evocative bush setting, enhanced by flickering firelight and lanterns guiding your way at night. This is bush living as nature intended: open and inviting with unparalleled closeness to the bush, its sights, smells and sounds. Each of the tents has a private sun deck and en-suite canvas bathrooms. The shared areas include a large rim-flow pool, a spa tent, atmospheric Hemingway-style lounge and dining area featuring authentic African artworks.


  • We apply Special Discounts to Combinations of Sports Event & Sports Adventure Packages and to repeat Clients (Comrades Marathon, Deloitte Marathon…etc)

VALID: August 2019 – DECEMBER 2020

Subject to room availability


  • Prices available on request, as subject to seasonal special offers


What is included in your package?


  • Luxury accommodation
  • Two game drives per day with professional guide and tracker
  • All meals and selected local beverages (soft drinks, house wines, local spirits and beers)
  • Bush walks with specialist walking guides, in-room minibar, wifi and laundry.
  • One private boma dinner with stays of 4 nights or more.


  • Tented accommodation
  • Two game drives per day with professional guide and tracker
  • All meals and selected local beverages (soft drinks available all day; house wines, local spirits and beers available from 1 pm)
  • Wifi in public areas.

What is not included in your package:

  • Cellar wines, champagnes, all imported spirits and beers.
  • Guided bush walks with specialist walking guides at Thanda Tented Camp.
  • R 195 Conservation Levy per person per stay.
  • Transfers to/from Thanda Safari.
  • Laundry at Thanda Tented Camp.
  • Personal Travel Insurance (available on request)
  • All  items of a personal nature
  • Anything not mentioned above, as included


  • Specific Event Terms & Conditions apply as per Race Organisers
  • Standard Sports Adventure tours Terms and Conditions Apply


50% deposit required on booking confirmation

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