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Thanda Private Game Reserve

As Africa's leading luxury lodge, Thanda Private Game Reserve offers guests a choice between the opulence of the main lodge and the rugged refinement of the safari-style tented camp. Both options offer five-star accommodation and service in very private surroundings. Accommodation packages at both the main lodge and tented camp include all meals, game activities and local drinks served on game drives.

Thanda Lodge

The main lodge encompasses nine bush villas which offer guests the epitome of self-contained privacy and sheer luxury. Circular in structure and reminiscent of a traditional homestead against a hill, each of the villas boasts a breathtaking view of the surrounding game reserve. 220 m2 in size, each villa has its own spacious lounge area and master bedroom with inter-leading fireplace. A thatched outdoor game-viewing deck (sala) and infinity pool offer refreshing solace from the summer heat. Each of the villas has a full en-suite bathroom complete with an enormous oval shaped bath and indoor and outdoor showers. The villas are all equipped with private bomas for an intimate and romantic dining experience.

Should the urge arise to venture beyond your private retreat, the lodge's public areas include a library, business centre, finely-stocked wine cellar and cigar bar, as well as a choice between romantic dining venues in the heart of the African bush.

Thanda Facilities

Tented Safari Camp
The non-electrified tented camp has been built in colonial safari-style structure best suited for guests who are searching for an authentic safari experience. There are 15 luxury tents, including a honeymoon tent, each beautifully furnished with four-poster beds, en-suite canvas bathrooms and magnificent views of the game reserve. Public facilities include an intimate dining tent, dramatic outdoor boma, stylish outdoor lounge and plunge pool for cool relief on hot summer days.
Children under the age of 16 are not permitted to stay in the tented camp for safety reasons as the camp is unfenced. The tented camp is suggested for the guest in search of a more authentic bush experience. Thanda's tented camp is an approximate 15-minute drive from the main lodge in an open Land Rover.

Exclusive Royal Suite
Conceptualised and crafted for Swedish investor Dan Olofsson, Thanda’s Exclusive Royal Suite has now been made available to the public. Fit for royalty and surrounded by expanses of African bush, the Royal Suite can accommodate ten guests in five luxuriously appointed suites (three queens and two doubles). Encompassing 1000 m² of sheer unadulterated luxury, the Royal Suite is equipped with a private boma, library, cellar, business room with internet connectivity, games room, heated swimming pool and magnificent viewing deck looking out onto a waterhole often visited by the Big Five.

Thanda Fine Dining
In the coolness of the night, dine on tender delicacies to the echoing sounds of triumphant creatures feasting

Thanda is proud to offer its guests a variety of dining venues to enhance the African experience. The drama of the boma, in front of the setting sun and behind the flames of a roaring fire is an image synonymous with the safari experience, but only one of the dining options afforded guests. Excellent wines are the perfect accompaniment to fine food and Thanda boasts a superbly stocked wine cellar and cigar bar for the discerning guest.

Fauna and Flora

Early morning and late afternoon game drives in search of the elusive Big Five are conducted in open Land Rovers under the supervision of knowledgeable rangers and trackers. Other wildlife on Thanda's 7800-ha property include the very entertaining wild dog, cheetah, hyena, warthog and plains game as well as an abundance of bird life


Wondering what you're going to do on vacation? Viewing the Big Five by open Land Rover and sunbathing next to your private splash pool are but two of the activities you can experience during your stay at Thanda.

Being so close to the Indian Ocean Thanda is able to offer a world-class bush and beach breakaway with trips to nearby Isimangaliso, formerly known as St. Lucia, (a World Heritage Site) an essential part of your holiday.

Horse riding on the beach, cultural excursions, whale watching, diving packages and snorkel safaris are just some of the options that Thanda has on offer. Being this close to the warmth of the Indian Ocean you'll understand where the phrase ‘sunny South Africa' was coined.

Children at Thanda

Kids of all ages are welcome at Thanda Private Game Reserve, and when they arrive at the Lodge or the Tented Camp, they will be invited to join the Thanda Bucks & Bugs Club.
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Thanda: Rates
- September Only!!

Thanda Safari Tent: R 2 600 per person sharing per night Valid to: 30 Septmber 2018

Includes: 2 guided game drives per day, all meals and selected local beverages*.

  • Full prepayment required and Non refundable
  • SADC Clients only and cannot be combined with other specials

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- Winter Special rates

Thanda Safari Tent: R 2 670 per person sharing
Thanda Safari Lodge: R 5 100 per person sharing
Valid to: 31 October 2018

Includes: 2 guided game drives per day, all meals and selected local beverages*.

  • Only bookable up to 21 days prior to travel
  • Full prepayment required and Non refundable
  • SADC Clients only and cannot be combined with other specials

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R 6 330 per adult sharing per night
R 9 490.00 single adult per night
R 3 166.00 per child sharing (2-16 years)
Valid to: 20 Dec 2018


R 3 320.00 per person sharing per night
R 4 980.00 single adult per night
R 1 658.00 per child sharing (2-16 years)
Valid to: 20 Dec 2018


R 4 071.00 per person sharing per night
R 6 100.00 single adult per night
R 2 035.00 per child sharing (2-16 years)
Valid to: 20 Dec 2018

Rates include:
  • Accommodation
  • All meals ( Brunch, High Tea and Dinner )
  • Two game drives per day
  • Selected local beverages at meal times coffee, juice & water with meals, house wine (dinner only) and local beverages on game drives

Rates exclude:

Items of a personal nature; Conservation levy; Meals, excursions, tours and transfers not mentioned in the above; Tips and gratuities.

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