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The Safari Lodge at Thanda

As an award-winning member of ‘Leading Hotels of the World’, Thanda Safari Lodge is the private game reserves flagship property, set within the 14000-hectare protected territory. The low-risk malaria area boasts a remarkable display of untouched wilderness home to over 400 bird species, a variety of wild animals and Africa’s magnificent Big 5. Thanda Safari Lodge features 9 luxury bush villas providing a secluded getaway in a haven of comfort and tranquillity. Each unit features a private plunge pool and viewing deck for the ultimate 24/7 bushveld experience. Thanda’s passion for Zulu culture shines through in a blend of contemporary organic design combined with bright pops of colour and cultural accents. Guests can enjoy a remarkable communal lounge area, expansive deck, and library which overlooks a waterhole. Relax and unwind at Thanda Safari Spa and appreciate the novel wine cellar and cigar bar.


As founding members of Project Rhino, an initiative to protect these dwindling species, Thanda Private Game Reserve places incredible emphasis on conservation, and community development and support. Thanda offers guests an opportunity to be a part of these initiatives by offering cultural tours, conservation activities, community visits, and a fantastic kids club. Kids activities are full of fun and adventure intertwined with educational value getting the little ones passionate about nature and taking care of Mother Earth. With opulent relaxation, thrilling activities, and remarkable cuisine, Thanda Safari Lodge is a fantastic option for families and couples alike.


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


  • Exceptional Big 5 game drives
  • Close-up animal encounters
  • Private bush dining
  • Luxury accommodation

Closest airport

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

Children policy

Children of all ages are welcome, however, children under 3 years may not More Details dine on communal decks, in the boma, or dining room. The lodge is happy to arrange a private boma dinner for families travelling with small children or provide room service dinners. Children younger than 6 years are not allowed on game drives, however, children aged 3-6 may participate in game drives if a private game drive vehicle is booked. Children under 16 years are not allowed on bushwalks.

  • Children under 2 years stay complimentary
  • Children 2–16 years pay 50% when sharing a suite with 2 full paying adults
  • Two children aged 16 and younger can be accommodated with 2 parents
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2 x Game drives per day, guided bushwalks, 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.


Low: 01 May – 31 August

High: 10 January – 30 April

& 01 September – 15 December

Peak: 15 December – 10 January

Terms & conditions

  • Rates are per person sharing, per night
  • Single supplement of 50% applicable

Accommodation Options

Luxury Suites

Sleeps 2 Adults, 2 children

Luxury thatch suites are a blend of traditional Zulu touches and natural elements. Each spacious suite boasts a private splash pool, viewing deck with sun loungers and indoor lounge with a double-sided fireplace. Large bathrooms have both indoor and outdoor showers, Read morea double vanity and a bathtub. Enjoy the convenience and comfort of air-conditioning, fans, a mini-bar, Wi-Fi and mosquito nets. Thanda Safari Lodge provides a truly indulgent wildlife experience. Less

Refer to seasons and T&C's above

Peak season R10 455 per per person, per night
High Season R9 335 per person, per night
Low Season R8 215 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