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    Thanda Safari Lodge

    As an award-winning member of ‘Leading Hotels of the World’, Thanda Safari Lodge is the flagship property at Thanda Private Game Reserve, 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. Thanda also offers guests the luxury of their own private villa and a luxury tented lodge which are spread out over the reserve.

    As founding members of Project Rhino, an initiative to protect these dwindling species, Thanda Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu Natal places incredible emphasis on conservation, and community development and support. Thanda Safari Lodge 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.


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


    • Exceptional Big 5 game drives
    • 5-star luxury
    • Private pools and sala

    Closest airport

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

    Children policy

    Children of all ages are welcome More Details, however, children under 3 years may not 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, and selected alcoholic beverages


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


    High: 10 January – 15 December

    Peak: 15 December – 10 January

    Terms & conditions

    • Rates are per person sharing, per night
    • Single supplement of 50% applicable
    • Rates displayed are valid to 07 January 2025
    • Pay 3 Stay 4 offer is valid 01 May – 31 Aug
    • Pay 5 Stay 7 offer is valid 08 Jan – 13 Dec

    Accommodation Options

    Luxury Suites

    Sleeps 2 Adults, 2 children

    PAY 3 STAY 4

    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. Less

    Refer to seasons and T&C's above

    Peak season R 11,160 per per person, per night
    High Season R 9,665 per person, per night

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    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
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