Thanda Safari Lodge is a luxury safari lodge located in the heart of the Zululand region of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It is situated within the Thanda Private Game Reserve, which spans over 14,000 hectares (approximately 34,600 acres) of pristine African wilderness.

Thanda Private Game Reserve is renowned for its diverse wildlife, including the Big Five (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros). Visitors have the opportunity to embark on guided game drives led by experienced rangers and trackers, offering guests the chance to observe these magnificent animals in their natural habitat.


Thanda Safari Lodge boasts nine self-contained suites, each featuring spacious living quarters, a heated plunge pool, and an outdoor ‘sala’ or relaxation area with views of the reserve. Inspired by the circular design of traditional Zulu homesteads, these suites offer a blend of luxury and cultural homage. Positioned for privacy yet fostering a sense of connection, the suites ensure a balanced experience.


The lodge’s central dining and communal space encompasses a cozy lounge, expansive deck, and library overlooking a waterhole. Additionally, it houses a private business area, a cigar bar, and an impressive wine cellar for guests to enjoy.

For ultimate relaxation, Thanda Safari Lodge offers a spa where guests can indulge in various treatments within serene therapy rooms or amidst the scenic sala space. Therapists are proficient in a wide array of techniques, combining Western methods with ancient Zulu holistic practices to provide a rejuvenating experience.


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The Big 5

Experience lions, elephants, leopards, buffalos, and rhinos in their natural habitat, immersing yourself in the heart of wild beauty and adventure.


Wildlife Conservation

Experience Rhino darting and tracking, Cheetah tracking, community engagement, and sustainable practices.


Walking Safari

Immerse in the ecosystem’s intricacies, led by knowledgeable rangers deeply familiar with Zululand’s wilderness.


Cultural Tours

Explore Zulu homesteads, Mafia Island, Chole Island, Zanzibar, or Dar es Salaam for an immersive cultural journey.


Photography Trips

Capture the awe-inspiring Big 5 or the breathtaking landscapes of Kwazulu, one of Africa’s most picturesque settings.


Private Cruise

Explore exclusive yacht charters and meticulously curated cruise itineraries to stunning destinations.