Thanda Game Reserve is a mid sized fenced private reserve set on 14,000 hectares of beautiful rolling bush land in the Hluhluwe area of Kwazulu Natal. Thanda offers luxury and family-friendly big five safaris.
Both the Big 5 (the African elephant, the Cape buffalo, the leopard, the rhino and the lion) and the Little 5 (the elephant shrew, the buffalo weaver, the leopard tortoise, the rhino beetle and the antlion) can be spotted throughout the reserve’s hectares of land, as can many other animal species.
Price wise, Thanda sits between the more affordable and down-to-earth neighbouring Manyoni Game Reserve and the more expensive Phinda Game Reserve. Like both of these neighbours, Thanda is a private fenced reserve which does mean it feels less wild than Hluhluwe National Park, however, this is more than made up for by the high standard of guiding and excellent wildlife populations.
While it’s in many respects more of a high-end choice, it still aims to provide all guests with an authentic and genuine African safari experience. It’s split up into three distinct areas, each with their own character, charm and style of accommodation. The main Thanda Safari Lodge has nine circular bush suites, each of which is designed to be a comfortable and relaxing home away from home. About 15 minutes’ drive away is the Thanda Tented Camp, which offers 14 canvas tents that are suitably spaced apart and offer plenty of privacy. Finally, there’s the Villa iZulu, a somewhat secluded villa ideal for larger groups who are after some peace and quiet. The Safari Lodge Bush Suites and VillaIZulu are particularly well suited to families.