Villa Izulu at Thanda

Set within Thanda Private Game Reserves 14,000 hectares of untouched wilderness, Villa Izulu provides an exclusive getaway for a maximum of 10 guests. With 5 opulent suites, Villa Izulu features a heated swimming pool and a spacious viewing deck that overlooks a waterhole frequented by wildlife, making for spectacular game viewing from the very comfort of your safari home. Voted at the World Travel Awards as one of Africa’s Leading Luxury Villa’s, the contemporary African villa comes with a service team of chef, guide, and tracker for private meals and exclusive game drives as well as its own helicopter pad and accommodation for VIP security personnel and childminders. Thanda also offers guests a luxury 5-star Safari Lodge and a tented lodge which are spread out over the reserve.


Thanda Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu Natal is home to a wealth of wildlife, Africa’s Big 5, and is a birders paradise with over 400 bird species. Specialist game rangers host guided bushwalks and intimate Big 5 safaris striving to provide the best wildlife sightings and photographic opportunities with each expedition. As founding members of Project Rhino, Thanda Private Game Reserve sets conservation, and community development at the forefront of its existence. Guests can partake in cultural tours, conservation activities and photography workshops. Children are catered for with their own wildlife Junior Ranger program filled with exciting activities and exploration. With opulent relaxation, indulgent spa treatments, loads of activities, and remarkable cuisine, Villa iZulu provides a family safari getaway a cut above the rest.


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


  • Private Big 5 game drives
  • Exclusive family accommodation
  • Private chef
  • Private game drives
  • Waterhole views
  • Close-up wildlife sightings

Closest airport

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

Children policy

Children of all ages are welcome. Children younger than 6 years are not More Detailsallowed 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.

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Private villa with host, guide, tracker, and chef as well as 2 x Game drives per day, guided bush walks, all meals, soft drinks, selected alcoholic beverages, and transfers from Phinda airstrip.


Premium brand drinks, cellar wines, conservations & gate fees, additional activities, spa treatments, 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 displayed per villa, per night
  • Rates are quoted for 1 – 6  guests
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  • An additional guest rate is applicable
  • Rates displayed are from 01 Jan 2020 – 31 Dec 2020

Accommodation Options

Luxury Villa

Sleeps Max 10 guests

Villa Izulu accommodates a maximum of 10 guests in 5 luxury suites each featuring a private bathtub, shower, and double vanity. Bedrooms are furnished with air-conditioning, mosquito nets, and a minibar. Together the small group or Read morefamily can enjoy a glorious outdoor heated swimming pool and expansive deck overlooking a waterhole. Dine together in the private boma, relax in the library, soak up the sun in the private garden or be entertained in the games room. A chef will prepare all villa meals exclusively and game drives are hosted by a dedicated ranger in the villa’s private safari vehicle. Less

Refer to seasons and T&C's above

High season CA$ 7,738 per villa, per night
Low Season CA$ 6,909 per villa, 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