Our best Safari Experience in South Africa, and it was not around Kruger

Plunge pool with a view

At Thanda Safari everything comes together, it is like a puzzle when every piece fits perfectly together. The lodge, the staff, the food, the great value for money, all the extras they provide during your stay, and the panoramic views during game drives all fit together. Thanda is just 2 hours from Durban or 1 hour from St Lucia and easy to reach.

Luxury private game drives

At Thanda, you get much more value for your money than around the Kruger where the prices are most of the time double, and at Thanda, all drinks were included in our stay, they even offer a free laundry service, so considering all this it was our best Safari experience in South Africa.

Luxury Game Drives

South Africa can be a good introduction to the African safari, not least because it allows you to combine watching wildlife with more sedate pleasures, such as wineries and Cape Town's urban cool. We traveled all the way from Cape Town to Johannesburg. Many travelers fly also from Port Elizabeth to Durban to win a bit of time after they did the Garden route.

After an exhilarating day in the bush slip into the cool, inviting waters of your private plunge pool, with a refreshing sundowner in hand.

Enjoy a sumptuous African bush dinner by lantern and candlelight, followed by a memorable evening of stargazing.

Romantic dinner at our room

The award-winning Thanda Safari is situated in northern Zululand, near the Indian Ocean. It is the proud location of three very different properties, each with its style, atmosphere, and appeal. Thanda Safari Lodge, Thanda’s flagship product, is known for its 9 bush suites – each, the height of luxurious exclusivity and African abundance. Villa iZulu, ideal for families and those with a special taste for privacy, is a bush homestead beyond any traditional understanding of extravagance and service. And Thanda Tented Camp, with its 14 grand tents and 1 grande deluxe tent, offers a truly relaxed and authentic safari experience. Guests can enjoy early morning and late afternoon game drives

morning scenery of pairing Lions

The private game reserve is home to the Big Five, as well as the cheetah, hyena, warthog, and the elusive wild dog. Thanda, meaning ‘love’ in Zulu, unites romance and exclusivity, with Zulu culture and wildlife.

Buffalo and zebra

Game drives at Thanda Safari start early in the morning, and while a wake-up knock on your door at 5 am might not necessarily be something to look forward to every day, at Thanda, it means you’re about to go on an adventure of a lifetime.

Sundowner during Game Drive

Step out on your wooden deck. Take a dip in your infinity pool. Enjoy dinner served in your private boma. And admire the African sunset from your circular outdoor daybed, the suites have panoramic views of the surrounding game reserve. Each suite is a tribute to abundance, Africa-style – with a spacious lounge, majestic master bedroom, and double-sided fireplace.

Rhino family during sunset

The reserve was opened in May 2004 by the late King Goodwill Zwelithini, former King of the Zulu nation. The design and décor of the lodges celebrate Zulu culture and the staff is from the surrounding local communities.

We like the game drives here, the guide and tracker have so much knowledge and see almost everything, which you can really see the difference when you do a lot of Game Drives around South Africa