Thanda Safari - South Africa

Thanda Private Game Reserve is the proud location of three very different products, each with their own style, atmosphere and appeal. Thanda Safari Lodge, Thanda's flagship product, is known for its 9 bush suites - each the height of luxurious exclusivity and African abundance. Villa iZulu, ideal for celebrities, families and those with a special taste for privacy, is an exclusive bush residence beyond any traditional understanding of extravagance and service. And Thanda Tented Camp, with its 14 grand tents and 1 grande deluxe tent, offers a truly relaxed and authentic safari experience.


Thanda Safari Lodge (7 King & 2 Twin)
Step out onto your wooden deck. Take a dip in your plunge pool. Enjoy dinner served in your own private boma. Or admire the African sunset from the circular daybed atop your thatched outdoor sala. Thanda Safari Lodge is known for its 9 beautiful bush suites – each self-contained for absolute privacy. Shaped like a traditional Zulu homestead, the 220m² suites have panoramic views of the surrounding game reserve. Each suite is a tribute to abundance, Africa-style - with a spacious lounge and majestic master bedroom and double-sided fireplace. The bathroom has a vanity, his-and-hers basins, egg-shaped bath, enclosed toilet as well as indoor and outdoor showers.

Use your suite as a secret hideaway for relaxation, romance or reflection - or as the base from which you head out to enjoy one of our many magnificent experiences.

Thanda Safari Lodge’s public areas are colourful and drenched in light, with touches of beading, welcoming leather and authentic wood. They include an inviting library overlooking a waterhole that is favoured by elephant and other game, a private business area, a cigar bar and an impressively stocked wine cellar. Guests of Thanda Safari Lodge and Villa iZulu enjoy exclusive access to the Thanda Spa, which is located in a lush yet hidden corner of the lodge property.


Villa iZulu (3 King & 2 Twin)

There is little wonder that Villa iZulu was voted 'Africa's Leading Luxury Villa' and 'South Africa’s Leading Luxury Villa' at the World Travel Awards. After all, this magnificent homestead is an outstanding safari hideaway for international celebrities, families, wedding parties and holidaymakers in need of privacy. Protected from wild animals by a fence, the Villa features separate accommodation for child-minders and/or VIP security officers, as well as a private helicopter landing pad.

Designed and created for Swedish investors Dan and Christin Olofsson, Villa iZulu was once one of the best-kept secrets in Africa but is now available for the exclusive use of discerning groups of travellers... Those looking for royal treatment. Situated amidst lush green lawns and surrounded by expanses of wild African bush, Villa iZulu can accommodate 10 guests in 5 suites – each with its own private viewing deck and luxurious bathroom. The master bedroom features an outdoor Jacuzzi overlooking the Villa's private waterhole. The shared main areas include a magnificent Afro-chic inspired dining room and spacious lounge, a state-of-the-art kitchen, a traditional Villa boma and bonfire area, verandas and terraces, many beautiful entertainment areas, including a games room, a private business area, an outdoor gym, a heated swimming pool (with kiddie pool), a wine cellar and a vast viewing deck overlooking the waterhole. The art, décor and finishes are beyond compare – achieving that rare marriage between African authenticity and natural style.


Thanda Tented Camp (9 Twin & 5 Double) and Jabula Tent (1 King)
 Within Thanda Tented Camp you will encounter minimal lighting and no artifice, with beautiful nature and jaw-dropping scenery enhanced by flickering firelight from the boma and warm paraffin lanterns to guide your feet along the walkway.

Thanda Tented Camp offers a relaxed and real safari experience. It comprises 14 spacious tents, each with a private sun deck and en-suite canvas bathroom. In addition the 15th tent, the Jabula Tent, is particularly suited to bridal couples, honeymooners, families and those seeking extra beautiful accommodation for special occasions. To add to the genuine bush atmosphere, the camp is non-electrified. However, it does have limited solar and battery power with a back-up generator to power the tents for a few hours each day. 

The camp’s shared areas include a reception area, a curio shop, a recently refurbished Hemingway-style lounge area, a dining area featuring authentic African curios, a large rim-flow pool surrounded by loungers and umbrellas, a new waterhole to entice large and small game, and a new boma – all decorated in rustic natural shades and complemented by the rich, warm hues of the African sunset. 


Location

Thanda is situated 23km north of Hluhluwe on the N2, towards Mkuze, approximately 260km north of Durban. The reserve is easily accessible from the N2 by gravel road, the D242 extending approximately 5km to the west.

The closest commercial airport is Richards Bay and the closest international airport is King Shaka International Airport, Durban. Road transfers are available upon request from both destinations, and so are inter-lodge transfers.


Contact:  E-Mail: thanda[at]rtmc-tourism.de  -  Tel: +49-89 4524 0535  -  www.thanda.com