Thanda Safari Lodge
KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
At a Glance
Wonderful Big Five safari in an exclusive private game reserve
Children will love the Bucks & Bugs activity club
After a day spent exploring the reserve, enjoy a relaxing massage in the lodge's spa
Take a day trip to 9 Mile beach; splash in the surf before enjoying a specially prepared beach barbecue
Thanda's bush breakfasts are legendary; perfect at the end of an exciting game drive
Visit a local sangoma - spiritual healer - on one of the lodge's cultural excursions to a local Zulu village.Anna Hearn
Join the conservation team for a day's wildlife tracking and learn about their work.Anna Hearn
Children will love the Bucks & Bugs club - specially created to give them a wonderful introduction to the bush.Anna Hearn
Meet our specialists
Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to Thanda Safari Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to KwaZulu Natal and the north coast
Thanda Lodge, named after the Zulu word for "love", is beautifully situated in a private, 14,000 hectare game reserve, dotted with bright yellow fever trees.
The lodge has nine en-suite bush villas which are spacious and luxurious; each has a lovely lounge area complete with open fireplace and air-conditioning for hot days. There is a deck outside with a heated plunge pool, and a sala with a circular daybed on top, perfect for watching the sunset. The rooms are designed to give panoramic views of the surrounding reserve, and are completely private and secluded.
The main areas of Thanda are very comfortable, with a library overlooking a waterhole often frequented by elephant and plains game, and a lounge with plush sofas and plenty of places to relax. The library is very well stocked with books on African art and culture, and there is a lovely seating area overlooking the waterhole.
Activities from the lodge include day and night game drives in open topped vehicles, bush walks with a qualified guide and star gazing. If you venture outside the reserve, then boat trips on the estuary at Isimangaliso Wetlands Park are available, as are fishing, horse riding, a trip to the beach, snorkeling, birding trips, microlight flights and kayak and canoe safaris. During the months of November through to March, the lodge organizes midnight turtle tours, a fascinating trip to see the turtles emerge at night to lay their eggs on the beach.
The nine bush suites, shaped like a traditional Zulu homestead, all have vast wooden decks, with a heated plunge pool. They are secluded and intimate, and each has a thatched outdoor sala with a circular daybed on top giving panoramic views of the surrounding bush. Each has a private boma for dinners under the stars.
Each suite is a tribute to abundance, Africa-style - with a spacious lounge and majestic master bedroom and double-sided fireplace. The bathroom has a vanity, his-and-hers basins, egg-shaped bath, enclosed toilet as well as indoor and outdoor showers.
Use your suite as a secret hideaway for relaxation, romance or reflection - or as the base from which you head out to enjoy one of our many magnificent experiences.
Location & Directions
KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
Thanda Safari Lodge is located in the Thanda Private Game Reserve, in South Africa's Kwazulu Natal region, on the eastern side of the country.
When to go
The subtropical climate in Kwazulu Natal, means anytime of the year is worth a visit. The wildflower season is generally from mid August to mid September. The whale watching season runs from June to November.