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Thanda Private Game Reserve

| Hluhluwe, South Africa

  • Overview
  • Location & Map
  • Highlights & Reviews
  • Amenities
  • World's Best Awards


Thanda, meaning "love" in Zulu, is an expression of the magical union of the power of Zulu culture, wildlife, romance and exclusivity. Thanda Private Game Reserve is South Africa’s top award winning safari destination and is situated in northern Zululand, in close proximity to the Indian Ocean.

The inimitable integration of South Africa’s best climate and rehabilitated and rich bush land has made Thanda home to amazing wildlife and over four hundred bird species. Ignite your imagination and open your mind to an extraordinary experience for your soul, mind and body. It’s the unique and sought after balance between energizing and exclusive relaxation that we want to share with you and your dear ones.

Thanda offers a choice of five-star accommodation to suit every taste and budget: the exclusive opulence of the main lodge or the rugged refinement of the tented camp, which would you prefer?

Savour the very best of African-inspired and European treatments at Thanda's award-winning wellness centre during your stay. The safari-spa offers world-class body and facial treatments, as well as full-day packages to pamper, rejuvenate and uplift the body while the mind goes on safari.

Would you like to know what's in store for the kids, or how you can make your stay at Africa's most romantic safari destination even more unforgettable? Our head chef specialises in catering sumptuous cuisine in the most intimate venues and the Thanda staff will keep the kids busy while you relax.

Location & Map

Hotel Address:
  • Thanda Private Game Reserve
  • D242 off the N2
  • Hluhluwe, 3960
  • South Africa

Location Summary
Thanda is situated 23 kilometers north of Hluhluwe on the N2, towards Mkhuze, approximately 400 km north of Durban. The reserve is easily accessible from the N2 with a gravel road the D242 extending approximately 6 kilometers to the west. The closest commercial airport is Richards Bay and the closest international airport is Durban.

Directions to Hotel
Directions from Johannesburg: Take the N17 via Springs to Ermelo. From Ermelo, take the N2, past Piet Retief. Continue on the N2 towards Hluhluwe – approximately 25 kilometres past Mkhuze (before Hluhluwe), turn right into the D242, continue for approximately 5 kilometres on the gravel road to the Thanda gate on the right. Important notice: Road works – The self-drive time from Johannesburg to Thanda Private Game Reserve via the Pongola route will take longer due to the road works. The journey is estimated to be closer to 9 hours until further notice.

Directions from Durban: Take the N2 towards Hluhluwe. Approximately 20 kilometres past the turn-off for Hluhluwe, turn left into the D242, continue for approximately 5 kilometres on the gravel road to the Thanda gate on the right.

Highlights & Reviews

Fine Dining On Site
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.
Child Programs
The Bucks & Bugs Club.
Pool Outdoor
Private splash pools.
Spa Facility
The safari-spa offers world-class body and facial treatments, as well as full-day packages to pamper, rejuvenate and uplift the body.
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.
Whale-watching expeditions.
Ecological Tourism
Bush walks, game drives, bush dinners, star-gazing and wildlife lectures offered.
Horseback Riding
Horse riding on the beach.

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Hotel Amenities
  • - Fine Dining On Site
    - Child Programs
    - Pool Outdoor
    - Spa Facility
Available Activities
  • - Beach
    - Boating
    - Ecological Tourism
    - Horseback Riding
    - Scuba Diving

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