Inland KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Thanda Private Reserve


Accommodations include luxury, classic & tented camps & lodges & private villa

Things to do

Activities include game drives, walking safaris, culture, beach, rhino conservation, village visits & more

How long to stay

Recommended 2+ day stay

About Thanda Private Reserve

Thanda Safari Private Game Reserve in South Africa is a privately owned reserve situated in northern of KwaZulu Natal an hour away from the Indian Ocean where the climate is tropical throughout the year and has been synonymous with setting standards in luxury accommodation and conservation alike. The Zulu word for ‘love’, Thanda Safari embraces the philosophy of ‘for the love of nature, wildlife and dear ones’ in every aspect.

Thanda Safari Private Game Reserve has drawn from the Zulu culture for the architecture, décor and cuisine and has consciously contributed to the sustainment of the culture and its people by supporting the local community through initiatives such as the Vula Zulu Cultural Experience, an African theatre performance proudly re-enacted by previously unemployed Zulu men and women.

Thanda Private Reserve is 14,000 hectares of bushland offering an incredible South Africa safari experience with sought after Elephant, Lion, Buffalo, Rhino and Leopard amongst the very entertaining Wild Dog, Cheetah, Hyena, Warthog and plains game as well as over 400 bird species. Activities in the reserve include conservation participation, cultural experiences, game drives, hippo cruise, rhino tracking, walking safaris, beach day trips, turtle nesting and more. The balmy year round climate of the Elephant Coast and the wealth of local attractions, including diving and snorkeling, create a utopian South African holiday destination.

A truly African experience goes beyond the five senses. It’s felt. An early morning or late afternoon safari is the best way to absorb the sights, smells and sounds of Africa. Safari goers can expect exceptional service and luxury lodges, tented camp and exclusive use villa. Each accommodation on Thanda offers a unique experience and strives to tailor each day to its guest. Thanda’s guides and trackers are expert companions. With extensive knowledge of flora and fauna and what’s even better, is the reserve is exclusively yours.

Thanda Safari Private Game Reserve has been at the forefront of land rehabilitation in KwaZulu-Natal, transforming overgrazed cattle farms into pristine game viewing land and reintroducing species that used to freely roam this area, including the Big Five. The game restoration project has been successfully launched and the reserve is witnessing its 4th breeding season since the land was purchased in 2002.

Thanda Safari is the ideal destination for a romantic getaway, honeymoon safari, family or small group safari alike. With the luxury of exclusive use and selection of accommodation, Thanda truly does offer something for everyone.


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