Thanda Safari is a unique bush experience in the heart of Northern Zululand in Kwa-Zulu Natal; combined with a cultural and ecological element that offers guests a special retreat into luxury and value for money. Directly translated from Zulu; Thanda means “love” and it is an expression of the magical union of powerful Zulu culture, wildlife, romance, and exclusivity; found at Thanda Safari.
As a member of The Leading Hotels of the World; Thanda Safari offers guests a choice between the opulence of the main lodge, Thanda Safari Lodge; the rugged refinement of the safari-style tented camp, Thanda Tented Camp; or an exclusive-use Villa. All three options offer five-star accommodation and service in very private surroundings.
The inimitable integration of South Africa’s best climate and rehabilitated and rich bushland of Zululand in Kwa-Zulu Natal; has made Thanda home to amazing wildlife and over four hundred bird species. Ignite your imagination and open your mind to an extraordinary experience for your soul, mind, and body. It is this unique and sought-after balance between energizing and exclusive relaxation; that we want to share with you and your dear ones.
Thanda Safari’s ethos is based on the people, wildlife, and the environment; coming together to conserve the region’s wild, natural surroundings; while partnering in socio-economic upliftment, job creation, education, and skills development in the region.
Thanda Safari Accommodation Options
Whichever Thanda Safari accommodation option you chose at this exclusive game reserve; as a multiple World’s Leading Luxury Lodge winner that is frequently featured in the media; you know you will be well taken care of. Thanda Safari Game Reserve can accommodate up to 60 x guests and 30 x children in its three accommodation options. This makes it ideal for weddings, anniversaries, family reunions, and other group needs. However; you would never realize this; as each lodge is small and intimate.
Family Safaris at Thanda Safari Lodge and Villa iZulu
Thanda Tented Camp
Activities at Thanda Safari
Where is Thanda Safari?
Thanda Safari is in the heart of Zululand, KwaZulu Natal (KZN), with close proximity to the warm Indian Ocean. It is some 260kms north of Durban; making it ideal for a self-drive safari or alternatively; we can arrange transfers. It is also in easy road access to Southern Mozambique.
Richards Bay is the nearest commercial airport; a 1½ hour drive away, and Durban (King Shaka International Airport) is the nearest international airport; a 3-hour drive. Flights from Johannesburg also operate to neighboring Phinda Private Game Reserve on a daily basis; from where we can arrange a transfer to Thanda.
Best time to visit Thanda
Wildlife viewing at Thanda is excellent all year round. As Zululand can get very hot, if you prefer to avoid the hottest times; then the best time for your safari is in the cooler months between May to October.
Rainfall occurs between October and March and peaks in January.
The average temperature in January is 28ºC with high humidity, and the average temperature in July is 22ºC.
Accommodation Rates at Thanda Safari
All rates include:
Luxury accommodation, two game drives per day with a professional guide and tracker, all meals and selected local beverages; that includes soft drinks, house wines, local spirits, and beers; minibar, and wifi in public areas.
SADC rates are also available so please mention where you are from on your inquiry.
All Thanda Safari Rates Excludes
Cellar wines, champagnes, all imported spirits and beers
Transfers to / from Thanda Safari
Curios, gratuities, and telephone calls
R 220 Conservation Levy per person per stay; subject to change
Thanda Safari Offers and Packages
Three Night Honeymoon Safari
Honeymoon couples staying three nights at either Thanda Safari Lodge or the Jabula Tent at Thanda Tented Camp; will enjoy discounted rates. In addition, couples will also get:
A private romantic dinner,
A scented bath with a romantic turndown and champagne on ice,
Chocolate fondue for two,
A beaded Zulu necklace,
A traditional Zulu wedding blessing under a Marula tree.
The cost of the three-night honeymoon package is:
Thanda Safari Lodge: R 38 994 per couple
Jabula Tent at Thanda Tented Camp: R 27 540 per couple
The above honeymoon package rates are valid for guests who got married 12 months or less; from travel dates between the 10th of January until the 15th December 2022
Renew your vows or get married
Book a traditional Zulu Blessing. The Zulu blessing is done by a local Zulu and is typically held under the Marula tree; the ‘fertility tree’ or the ‘marriage tree’; which is a sacred tree amongst the Zulus.
We can tailor-make this ceremony for you but prices start at around R3 500 for 2 people. This includes a 1 hour blessing and a half-day private game drive vehicle.
4 night Thanda Combo Package
When staying two nights at Thanda Safari Lodge and one night at Thanda Tented Camp; you will receive an extra night at Thanda Tented Camp for free!
The above 4-night combo package is valid from 10th January until 15th December 2022
Pay / Stay Offers
Enjoy complimentary nights at Thanda Safari Lodge or Thanda Tented Camp with our free night offers.
Stay 4 nights, pay for 3
Valid in May, June, July, and August 2022
Stay 7 nights, pay for 5
Valid from 10th January until 16th December 2022
What could be more romantic than a destination wedding at Thanda Safari – see our Thanda Safari Weddings
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