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Thanda Game Lodge | Exceptional safari lodge with Big Five including unique wildlife photo session in KwaZulu-Natal

2 persons | 1 bedrooms | from 540 EUR to 2.950 EUR / day

Home | AFRICA | SOUTH AFRICA | DURBAN | Hluhluwe / KwaZulu Natal

Thanda Game Lodge | Exceptional safari lodge with Big Five including unique wildlife photo session in KwaZulu-Natal

2 persons | 1 bedrooms | from 540 EUR to 2.950 EUR / day


Hluhluwe / KwaZulu-Natal 23 km - Phinda Airstrip 45 minutes - Richards Bay 130 km - Airport Durban 260 km

Thanda Safari Lodge
9 suites for 1 to 2 persons - spacious lounge - first class restaurant with terrace - fire place/Boma - library overlooking a waterhole - cigars-bar - well-stocked wine cellar with South African and international premium wines - spa facilities - low malaria risk - private business area - WiFi - professional photography-lesson included

Detached suite in Zulu-style: 220 sqm - 1 living room - 1 double-/twin bedroom - fireplace - 1 large bathroom with egg-shaped bath, indoor and outdoor shower - private wooden deck with small plunge pool overlooking the surrounding nature

Thanda Tented Camp with Honeymoon Jabula Tent
14 safari-tents and 1 luxury-honeymoon tent for 1 to 2 persons - non-electrified, during the day limited solar energy, at night paraffin lanterns and candles - lounge - dining tent - Boma - reception - souvenir shop - pool with deck chairs

Tents in colonial style: 1 double- or twin bedroom - 1 bath - private terrace

Thanda Villa IZULU:
Sleeps 4 to 10 - 1000 sqm living space - fenced in property - separate accommodation for child-minders and personal staff - helicopter landing pad - heated swimming pool (with kiddie pool) - 5 spacious suites with private viewing deck and luxurious bathroom - outdoor Jacuzzi at master bedroom - Afro-chic inspired dining room - lounge - state-of-the-art kitchen - traditional Villa boma and bonfire area - verandas and terraces - entertainment areas, including games room - private business area - outdoor gym - wine cellar - vast viewing deck overlooking the waterhole.


Exclusive Thanda Game Lodge offers space for 40 guests in 9 suites and 15 tents, each with 1 bedroom and a luxury private villa with 5 suites. It is situated in the heart of the Zululand in the large, private Thanda Game Reserve, 23 km north of Hluhluwe in KwaZulu-Natal. The region of KwaZulu-Natal is deemed to be an insiders' tip for South Africa lovers: Fascinating, unspoilt nature, magnificent game viewing, pleasant climate all year round, easy accessibility and the proximity to the ocean is ideal to combine a visit with various watersport activities.
With its active ecological commitment, its important role in the social upliftment of the Zululand region, the preservation of Zulu culture as well as with its numerous wildlife conservation projects, the game reserve is an example for world-wide eco-tourism. Thanda Private Game Reserve is home of the Big Five as well as for endangered species.
The lodge was voted Africa's Leading Safari Lodge and features three different luxury accommodations, all having their own style, charm and attraction: Thanda Safari Lodge, Thanda Tented Camp with Jabula Tent for honeymooners and private Villa iZulu. All accommodations are located in the heart of the Nature Reserve and have a low malaria risk.

Safari Lodge
The Safari Lodge with its spectacular architecture, furnishing and location repeatedly was voted Africa's Leading Luxury Lodge. It is known for its 9 beautiful bush suites - each self-contained for absolute privacy. The style and furnishing of the suites are inspired by the local Zulu culture and designed with authentic Zulu-elements and selected works of local artists.
There is a Luxury African Spa, offering a wide range of western and ancient Zulu holistic treatments for guests' use.

Thanda Tented Camp
The Hemingway-style Tented Camp is situated on the hillside with unspoilt views of the reserve from the private decks. Guests will encounter unparalleled closeness to the bush and its sounds, unspoilt views of the night's millions of stars, an absolute authenticity.
The camp is non-electrified. During the day it has limited solar and battery power with a back-up generator to power the tents for a few hours each day. At night paraffin lanterns lighten the camp. To deter wild animals, there is a partial electrified fence along the perimeter of Thanda Tented Camp. Depending on the weather, dinner will be served in the traditional boma or in the comfortable dining tent. Thanda Tented Camp promises a truly relaxed and authentic safari experience.

Luxury Jabula Tent
Luxury Jabula Tent is ideal for honeymooners - romantic and private, yet beautifully spacious. Its interior - elegant and discreet - is designed in warm natural colours with antique elements.

For photographers enthusiasts
A professional, German and English speaking photographer offers a 90 minutes nature and wildlife -photography lessons. Further lessons to develop the wildlife photography skills are possible on request and upon availability.

At a Glance

baby bed/cot
hair dryer
shared pool: in Tented Camp
BBQ: South African Boma
fireplace: in Lodge
air condition: in Lodge
minibar: in Lodge
mosquito nets
safe box: in Lodge
tea and coffee making facilities
tumble dryer: Laundry service
washing machine: Laundry service
Whirlpool: private plunge pool in lodge
Wi-Fi: in Safari Lodge

bird watching

Prices | Availability

Rental price in EURO per house per day:

2 Pers. in Thanda Tented Camp from 540 EUR
2 pers. in Jabulana Honeymoon Tent from 660 EUR
2 pers. in Thanda Safari Lodge from 1.020 EUR
3-6 pers. Villa IZULU exclusive use from 2.950 EUR

Service | Extras

Damage deposit:
Conservation Levy 195 ZAR per person and stay
Service included:
All inclusive: all meals and selected local beverages (soft drinks, house wines, local spirits, beers)
2 game drives per day with professional guide
Bush walks with specialist walking guide (in Safari Lodge and Villa Izulu)
Transfer from Phinda airstrip to lodge
In Safari Lodge: Minibar, laundry, for stays 4 nights and more 1 private in-suite dinner.
To book optionally:
Kids reduction50% with 2 adults in suite/tent
Extra person in Villa Izulu from 390 EUR (children from 195 EUR)
private photoguide per day from 300 EUR
Excursions to the local Zulu village, elephant interaction, beach picnic, hippo & crocodile tour on request.
Additional information:
Children of all ages welcome in the Safari Lodge and Villa Izulu. Game drives for children from 6 years on. For children under 6 years private game drives on request.

In Tented Camp children from the age of 6 years are welcome.

Please contact us for a detailled quote considering your preferred travel date and special offers.

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