Thanda Game Reserve


The Thanda Private Game Reserve borrows its name from the Zulu language, "Thanda" meaning "Love". And love it, you will! Without exception, visitors, who come to this place of beauty for a lifetime safari holiday, fall in love with the lodge, the landscape and the friendly people.


Situated approximately 23 kilometres north of Hluhluwe, in the northern Zululand, the Thanda Reserve protects 53 square kilometres of pristine nature.


The Zulu and their exotic way of life are the central theme at read more » the Thanda. The local communities are encouraged to settle in the area and become involved in the "Thanda Project". Special respect is paid to their traditions and rituals which live on.


Guests will experience the exotic rites and are invited to visit and participate in cultural events like the traditional dances and to sample the Zulu delicacies.


Of course, the Thanda's main lodge also features modern amenities: a welcoming lounge, cigar bar, the restaurant "Boma", a library and a well equipped wellness oasis are at the distinguished guest's disposition. A well-stocked wine cellar treasures select South African and international highlights.


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Spoilt for choice: At the Thanda Private Game Reserve the guest will have to choose between nine perfectly situated Thanda Bush Villas featuring a magnificent view or the four exquisite Thanda Tent Chalets.


The read more » villas are characterised by their elegant ambience and skillful colour design, accentuated by authentic Zulu design elements and select pieces of artwork by local artists.


The appealing design line is apparent in every detail throughout the entire villa. The bathroom features both an indoor and outdoor shower. Further perks are the private pool which has been set into the viewing platform, the lounge with a fireplace and the private boma.


The tented camp features a slightly different, romantically quaint style. Clinging to a hill, the tents offer and uninterrupted, breathtaking panorama view. The ambience has seemingly been copied and pasted from the movie "Out of Africa".


Redefining the definition of a tent, you will be excited to discover the finely appointed private bathroom and a viewing platform looking down onto the picturesque savannah below.


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Be assured, at the Thanda Private Game Reserve you will not be suffering from boredom. Of course, the focus is on the safaris and Africa's famous "Big Five". On the game drives or guided hikes, the experienced read more » rangers will introduce you to the pristine nature and share interesting facts on the flora and fauna with you.


The part of the Kwazulu Natal the Thanda Reserve is situated in is also known as the "Elephant Coast". It features 21 different ecosystems including sand forests, lakes, lagoons, wetlands and unspoilt beaches.


Be sure to pay a visit to the Greater St. Lucia Wetlands, South Africa's first declared world natural heritage reserve, to take a leisurely stroll among the 1500 different species inhabiting the region.


From June through to November, two special guests spice up the Big Five show: Whales and dolphins frequent the east coast of the Zululand.


Those who enjoy an active approach will welcome the various sport options available. Horse riding, deep sea fishing, snorkeling, kayaking and golfing may all be arranged at the Thanda's reception.


Insight into the traditions and culture of the native Zulu tribes may be gained on a trip to the nearby Zulu settlement. Plain old everyday Zulu life is at the excursion's focus.


An introduction to the Zulu lifestyle, perfectly in harmony with Mother Nature, is purely fascinating and reflects upon our own, so often unnatural, habits. As a special privilege, attend one of the age-old ritual dances in an authentic "Kraal".


Having had your fill of activities, surrender yourself to the caring hands of the dedicated wellness centre's therapists. Among other treatments, aroma therapies, hot stone and reflex zone massages see to the guest's well-being and utter relaxation.


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