Thanda Safari in KZN

Thanda Safari is a Big Five game reserve situated on 14 000 hectares in the heart of Zululand, KwaZulu Natal owned by Swedish philanthropists Christin and Dan Olofsson. It offers an authentic South African wildlife experience with excellent game viewing all year round, and has a sincere commitment to the Zulu culture and conservation of the environment; actively involved in conservation and wildlife research, it works to uplift the local communities through ‘Star for Life’ and other projects. Meaning ‘love’ in isiZulu, Thanda is a proud member of The Leading Hotels of the World and multiple winner of The World’s Leading Luxury Lodge.

Thanda Safari offers three different accommodation types, Thanda Safari Lodge, Villa iZulu and Thanda Tented Camp.

  • Thanda Safari Lodge has nine bush suites – shaped like a traditional Zulu homestead, the suites have panoramic views of the surrounding game reserve;
  • Villa iZulu is an outstanding safari hideaway for families, holidaymakers and wedding parties wanting privacy – situated amidst lush green lawns and surrounded by expanses of the wild African bush, Villa iZulu can accommodate 10 guests in five suites.
  • Thanda’s Tented Camp, with 15 colonial safari-style tents, each with its own viewing deck and en-suite bathrooms.

Activities geared to the kids include the Bucks & Bugs Club which ensures that while the adults are enjoying their activities, the kids are off (safely and under supervision) having a time of their lives – they get to spend with one of the Thanda guides learning about game tracking, spoor identification and the bird and plant life, after which they get a Junior Rangers Certificate. While Thanda does have strict child policies and there are certain child-related rules that have to be adhered to, it is willing to discuss exceptions to these, within reason.

Thanda Safari in KZN is a proud member of The Leading Hotels of the World and a multiple award-winner of the World’s Leading Luxury Lodges.  Situated in Zululand, Thanda Safari is one of South Africa’s top Big Five game reserves where you are assured of experiencing a uniquely African safari – exclusive close-up encounters with Africa’s magnificent Big Five. Meaning ‘love’ in isiZulu, Thanda is a private game reserve that shows a genuine commitment to the Zulu culture and is passionate about environmental conservation. It is also the perfect place where parents and their children* can experience the bush and enjoy new adventures.

Thanda Safari is situated 23km north of Hluhluwe on the N2 approximately 220km north of Durban and is easily accessible from the N2 by gravel road (no 4×4 required). Richards Bay is the closest commercial airport, with King Shaka International Airport, Durban being the closest international airport. Road transfers are available from and to Durban and Richards Bay Airports.

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