Thanda Safari, KwaZulu Natal

Set in Thanda’s Private Game Reserve, visitors are treated to game drives free from the crowds of mass tourists where humans and nature harmoniously co-exist. Thanda meaning ‘love’ in Zulu is an expression of the magical union of powerful Zulu culture, wildlife, romantic decadence, and exclusivity. Thanda’s offers an authentic private safari experience with an abundance of African game including the Big Five. If you are in the mood for something a little less wild, take one of the guided bush walks or indulge in the most exquisite African bush spa to help ease your stresses away.


Thanda Private Game Reserve is situated 23 km North of Hluhluwe in northern Zululand and is surrounded by 6000 hectares game reserve and magnificent wildlife, including the big five, over 400 species of bird, and the re-introduction animals such as the endangered dog and cheetah. Sodwana Bay is located an hour away, where a day at the beach can be arranged for diving with sharks, snorkelling above coral reefs, horse riding on the beach or just enjoying the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.

Your room

Thanda offers two contrasting lodges: Thanda Tented Camp offers rugged refinement, perched on a hill, it offers four spacious tents, decorated in a colonial style with four-poster beds, and teak furniture. Thanda Main Lodge is the epitome of opulence and romance where modern African arts and crafts have been incorporated into the décor of the nine enormous luxury bush villas. Each of the accommodation boasts their own plunge pool, large sun deck with a sala for those all-important afternoon siestas. Look forward to enjoying a private meal for two in your own boma under the Africa night sky and enjoy a romantic bubble bath by candlelight before snuggling down in front of a roaring fire.

Why we like it

We love the trips to the local school and the opportunity to learn more about the Zulu people, history and traditions. By visiting a Vula Zulu, witness a hundred-year-old ritual performed by Zulu warriors that will leave you mesmerized. It offers a glimpse of a powerful nation that still retains its deep traditions.