Thanda Tented Camp

Experience an authentic tented safari in an enchanting bush setting at Thanda Tented Camp in KwaZulu Natal. With 15 tents in total, including one opulent honeymoon tent, guests at Thanda Tented Camp can immerse themselves in the essence of nature in style. Thanda Private Game Reserve provides 14000 hectares of protected territory for Big 5 game viewing, remarkable wildlife sightings and is home to over 400 bird species.


Besides superb game drives led by a passionate ranger-tracker team, guests can indulge in a myriad of other extraordinary activities including boat trips on the beautiful St Lucia estuary, diving, fishing, horse riding on the beach and seasonal whale watching. Thanda Private Game Reserve sets conservation and community development at the forefront of its existence providing activities for guests to be involved in these initiatives as well as photography lessons and expeditions. After a day of excitement, retreat back to Thanda Tented Camp and cool down in the beautiful rim-flow pool, relax in the lounge, get a massage at the tented spa and indulge in romantic candlelight dinners under glistening African skies. Thanda also offers guests the luxury of their own private villa and the 5-star Safari Lodge which are spread out over the reserve.


  • Bushwalk
  • Zulu cultural experience
  • Cheetah tracking
  • Photography workshop
  • Birding
  • Bucks & Bugs Club for kids
  • Junior Rangers course
  • Swimming
  • Spa
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  • Rhino tracking
  • Rhino darting
  • Hippo & Croc Cruise
  • Conservation Projects (seasonal)


  • Exceptional Big 5 game drives
  • Luxury tented accommodation
  • Photography workshop

Closest airport

  • King Shaka International Airport (Durban)
  • Richards Bay Airport
  • Phinda Airstrip

Children policy

Children over the age of six years are welcome. Children under 16 years are not More Detailsallowed on bushwalks, however, special activities and expeditions are arranged for the younger ones.

  • Children 6 – 16 years pay 50% when sharing a tent with 2 full paying adults
  • One child aged 16 and younger can be accommodated with 2 parents
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2 x Game drives per day, all meals, soft drinks, selected alcoholic beverages, and transfers from Phinda airstrip.


Premium brand drinks, cellar wines, conservations & gate fees, additional activities, spa treatments, private-use vehicles, mini-bar and transfers.

Terms & conditions

  • Rates are per person sharing, per night
  • Single supplement of 50% applicable
  • Rates displayed are from 01 Jan 2020 – 31 Dec 2020


High: 10 January – 15 December

Peak: 15 December – 10 January

Accommodation Options

Luxury Tents

Sleeps 2 Adults, 1 child

Thanda’s 14 luxury tents each boast their own viewing deck making for glorious morning coffee gazing over the bushveld. En-suite bathrooms all come with an indoor shower and double-vanity, whereas selected tents also feature a bathtub and alfresco shower. Read moreWith a minibar, fans, and Wi-Fi in public areas, this is bushveld luxury for an authentic wildlife experience without forgoing any of life’s little pleasures. Less

Refer to seasons and T&C's above

Peak season CA$ 452 per per person, per night
High Season CA$ 404 per person, per night

Jabula tent

Sleeps 2 Adults, 1 child

The Honeymoon Tent offers a spacious setting of romance and indulgence with a separate lounge area, en-suite bedroom with bathtub, indoor and outdoor showers and an exclusive use splash pool with magnificent reserve views from the sundeck. Read moreWith a minibar, fans, and Wi-Fi in public areas, this is the perfect authentic safari getaway for couples, honeymooners, and families. Less

Refer to seasons and T&C's above

Peak season CA$ 554 per per person, per night
High Season CA$ 495 per person, per night

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Getting there

By Road

The reserve is a 3-hour drive from Durban, 1.5-hour drive from Richards Bay, or a 6.5-hour drive from Johannesburg with all routes along the N2 highway. The entrance to the reserve is a convenient 6-minutes from the highway.



Fly from all major centres in South Africa to Durban’s international airport. Flights on selected airlines are available to Richards Bay. Airlink offers daily scheduled flights from Johannesburg to Phinda private airstrip.


Flight Duration

  • Cape Town to Durban: 2 hours
  • Johannesburg to Durban: 70 minutes