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Thanda Safari Lodge

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 5

Highlights

- Private infinity plunge pool
- Luxurious & spacious suites
- Family friendly

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Overview

Superlatives simply don't cut it for Thanda. The main lodge, with its spacious rooms, is perfect for families looking for a safari experience and it has the huge benefit of being in a low risk malaria area. Each of the vast 9 suites comes with its own bedroom, lounge, bathroom (with indoor and outdoor showers), sun bed, deck and private (heated) infinity plunge pool and they are quite simply, out of this world. Each of the suites is entirely private and set away from the main house, meaning that in the evenings, guides will come and escort you to and from the main eating area, as animals are free to wander through the camp. And that brings us to the service here, which is what makes Thanda so very special. The staff are all incredibly friendly and eager to provide the best service possible. The food is divine, with generous portions and children's appetites well catered for.

For adults wanting a more traditional tented safari experience, there is a tented camp with secluded tents dotted on the side of a hill. Tents are comfortable, with en-suite bathroom facilities and a private deck where you can enjoy the gorgeous views. There is no electricity, . but it does have limited solar and battery power with a back-up generator to power the tents for a few hours each day.

The game reserve itself is 14,000 hectares. At times you are aware of the fences (when we stayed, we tracked two cheetah along the perimeter for a while) but all reserves are fenced at some point. The big 5 are there and you have a good chance of seeing at least 4 of the big 5 - leopards are, as ever, elusive. But the guides go out of their way to give you an outstanding safari experience, taking the time to explain the plants, birds and insects. Children are given a safari hand book with a tick list and the guides will make sure that they are well looked after and engaged. Not to mention offering more hot chocolate than they will be capable of drinking in a life time!

To mix up your stay at Thanda, you can visit an elephant and cheetah interaction centre, or go for a cultural visit to a local village. Further afield, day trips to the coast can be arranged.

Sublime service and accommodation do come at a cost and this is a more expensive option, but if you are looking for spacious, luxurious family friendly accommodation, then this is the place for you.

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Suggested Itineraries for Thanda Safari Lodge

Our itineraries are carefully designed by our experienced travel designers based on years of experience and customer feedback. For a custom itinerary tailored to you, please enquire giving as much detail as possible on your brief.

Combine superb big five safari at Thanda Lodge, then relax amidst the luxury of Thonga Beach Lodge.

Tailor-made Luxury 10 days

Adults from $3,847 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $1,087 per person economy class from London

Families from $3,232 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,087 per person economy class from London

Tailor-made Luxury 7 - 14 days

Adults from $2,452 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $1,215 per person economy class from London

A fantastic self-drive holiday taking in the highlights of KwaZulu Natal, including Drakensberg, the Battlefields at Fugitives Drift, Safari & then relaxation at the beach.

Tailor-made 12 days

Adults from $2,826 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $1,091 per person economy class from London

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