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Thanda Safari Lodge

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

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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.

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

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based on 517 reviews


  • Hi Lisa, We had a fabulous time thank you. The accommodation and other ideation were all terrific - that’s so much for your help. The apartment in Cape Town was particularly good - we would never have found that: Boschendal was great as well and game lodge was superb. Thanks again, Alistair

    MissingAlistair A reviewing Cape Town, Garden Route and Kruger on 28 April 2023

  • Dear Lisa,
    We have just returned from South Africa and wanted to pass on our huge thanks for helping to organise such a fantastic holiday. The entire trip was amazing - accommodation was first class. The safari was incredible!
    We'll be sure to get in touch when we're next planning an adventure!
    Best wishes, Ed & Jane

    MissingRoy P reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 17 April 2023

  • Can't praise tour dust enough, they helped us to create a holiday of a lifetime that has given us family memories we will treasure forever. From start to finish the whole experience was exactly what we wanted and more. Due to covid we waited 2 and a half years for this trip but worth the wait.

    MissingCarly R reviewing Value KwaZulu-Natal Safari and Mauritius on 07 November 2022

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