Thanda Safari, a private game reserve rooted in Zulu culture, was born from the desire to preserve Africa’s wildlife and provide an income for local people. Located three hours north of Durban, it’s set amid 34,600 acres of stunning landscape. Wild animals — including the Big Five — roam the surrounding lands and, famed for its animal encounters, Thanda Safari’s passionate conservation of the environment makes a stay here truly exceptional.
The epitome of a luxury safari experience, Thanda Safari offers three distinctive accommodation choices: tents, suites and a villa. Thanda Tented Camp comprises 15 spacious canvas tents, including the Jabula (‘Happiness’) Tent, and offers a relaxed and authentic safari experience.
The nine bush suites are shaped like traditional Zulu homesteads, each offering near-panoramic views of the game reserve. Each has its own spacious lounge area, master bedroom and bathroom, as well as a thatched, elevated sala (open pavilion), a plunge pool and a private boma (firepit) for an intimate dining experience.
With its own helipad, Villa iZulu is a majestic five-suite villa that provides a safari hideaway for those seeking true privacy. Its large heated swimming pool and fenced garden make it a favourite for families. Complete with its own chef, butler, private guide and tracker, Villa iZulu ensures every need is catered for.
Guests can spend their days in search of the Big Five on game drives, marvel at South Africa’s beautiful flora and fauna on bush walks, join birdwatching and photographic safaris and take part in a complimentary photography session with the resident wildlife photographer. Visitors are invited to participate in biodiversity and wildlife protection initiatives, including assisting with game counts and the daily monitoring of ‘priority species’ (cheetah, lion, elephant), as well as rhino tracking and taking part in community projects and cultural celebrations. For a truly immersive African experience, Zulu cultural tours of the rural community provide a deep insight into the modern way of life of the people who have long inhabited this region.
Need to know
• Thanda Safari Lodge, featuring nine bush suites
• Villa iZulu, ideal for families
• Thanda Tented Camp, made up of 15 luxury tents
• Bucks & Bugs Club for kids
• Twice-daily game drives
• Choice of safari activities
• Wildlife conservation activities
• Zulu cultural tours
• Bush dinners