Thanda Safari 3 Night package

An exclusive experience of the African bush and understated luxury

Thanda Safari is a celebrated Big Five private game reserve situated in the soulful wilderness of northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It is world-renowned for its exclusive experience of the African bush and understated luxury, matched with its celebration of Zulu culture and passionate conservation of the environment.

Thanda Safari is a world of wilderness and wildlife, matched with a deep commitment to Zulu culture and environmental conservation. Thanda means ‘Love’ in the language of the Zulu people, and Thanda Safari lives this ethos in the management of its 14 000-hectare reserve, its three unique properties, and its community partnerships. Experience the ultimate safari and game lodge experience with Thanda Safari, which has repeatedly been named the World’s Leading Luxury Lodge.

A luxury private game reserve, Thanda Safari has three distinct accommodation options: Thanda Safari Lodge offers 9 exquisite bush suites; Villa iZulu is a completely private and exclusive bush retreat, ideal for celebrities, small groups and families. Thanda Tented Camp has 15 luxury safari tents for an evocative experience of the wild. Thanda Safari’s ethos is based on people, wildlife and the environment coming together to conserve the region’s wild, natural surroundings and to partner in socio-economic upliftment, job creation, education and skills development in the region. Guests can drive directly to the reserve or fly to the Phinda Airstrip, the local airport at nearby Richards Bay or to King Shaka International Airport in Durban. Our guides will meet you and drive you to Thanda Safari.


All photography services at Thanda Safari are provided by Christian Sperka Photography. Christian is the resident wildlife
photographer at Thanda Safari. He works as a Specialist Photography and Field Guide and also teaches wildlife photography at the
reserve. Christian teaches according to his “Basic Rules of Wildlife/Motion Photography” under the motto ‘Keep it Simple’. He has
travelled the world photographing animals in game reserves of South Africa and Namibia, the jungles of Costa Rica, in Yellowstone
National Park in the USA, as well as zoos in Europe and the United States. His work has been featured in wildlife magazines, books
and many publications.

Specialised Photography offered include: 

  • Free Photography Lesson
  • Safari On The Green Mamba
  • Photography In The Wild
  • Bush Photo Shoots
  • Bird Photography


THANDA SAFARI LODGE: Luxury accommodation, two game drives per day with professional guide and tracker, all meals and selected local beverages (soft drinks, house wines, local spirits and beers), bush walks with specialist walking guides, in-room minibar, wifi and laundry, One private boma dinner with stays of 4 nights or more.

VILLA IZULU: Private bush residence including Villa iZulu host, service team, chef, guide, tracker, all meals and selected local beverages, (soft drinks, house wines, local spirits and beers), bush walks with specialist walking guides, wifi and laundry.

THANDA TENTED CAMP: Tented accommodation, two game drives per day with professional guide and tracker, all meals and selected local. 


Spa treatments; Cellar wines, champagnes; Private dinners at R 950 for in-suite dining (per couple). Complimentary when staying 4 nights or more at Thanda Safari Lodge or Villa iZulu; Private bush dinners at R 2 000; Curios, gratuities & telephone calls; Guided bush walks with specialist walking guides at Thanda Tented Camp; R 175 Conservation Levy per person per stay.

Please note: Prices are subject to change without prior notice. Subject to Availability. T&C’s apply.


Step out onto your wooden deck. Take a dip in your heated plunge pool. Enjoy dinner served in your own private boma. Or admire the African sunset from the circular daybed atop your thatched outdoor sala. Thanda Safari Lodge is known for its 9 beautiful bush suites – each self-contained for absolute privacy. Shaped like a traditional Zulu homestead, the 220m2 suites have panoramic views of the surrounding game reserve. Each suite is a tribute to abundance, Africa-style – with a spacious lounge and majestic master bedroom and double-sided fireplace. The bathroom has a vanity, his-and-hers basins, egg-shaped bath, enclosed toilet as well as indoor and outdoor showers. Use your suite as a secret hideaway for relaxation, romance or reflection – or as the base from which you head out to enjoy one of our many magnificent experiences. Thanda Safari Lodge’s public areas are colourful and drenched in light, with touches of beading, welcoming leather and authentic wood. They include an inviting library overlooking a waterhole that is favoured by elephant and other game, a private business area, a cigar bar and an impressively stocked wine cellar. There’s also the lounge: our guests’ starting point for the steaming coffee and biscuits and delectable high tea that herald every game drive. Featuring African art, huge windows, fascinating books on African legends, plush sofas and dark wooden accents – brightened by rich hues – our lounge epitomises African hospitality.


Within Thanda Tented Camp you will encounter minimal lighting and no artifice, with beautiful nature and jaw-dropping scenery enhanced by flickering firelight from the boma and warm paraffin lanterns to guide your feet along the walkway. This is the bush as nature intended: open, inviting, unconstrained. So if you’re the kind of traveller who values the genuine over the glorified; reality over richness, this is where you want to be. You will encounter unparalleled closeness to the bush and its sounds; unspoilt views of the night’s millions of stars; and absolute authenticity. Thanda Tented Camp offers a relaxed and real safari experience. It comprises 14 spacious tents, each with a private sun deck and en-suite canvas bathroom. In addition the 15th tent, the Jabula Tent, is particularly suited to bridal couples, honeymooners, families and those seeking extra beautiful accommodation for special occasions.


Villa iZulu was voted Africa’s Leading Luxury Villa at the World Travel Awards. This luxurious Afro-chic homestead features five beautiful suites and includes a heated swimming pool, wine cellar, library, games room and a spacious viewing deck overlooking a water hole. It’s the ultimate safari hideaway for guests needing total privacy or for families, friends and meetings. Villa iZulu has its own helicopter pad and separate accommodation for childminders and VIP security officers. The homestead was designed and created for Thanda Safari’s owners, Christin and Dan Olofsson.

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