Guests per Safari Vehicle
Thanda Tented Camp offers an authentic safari adventure with 15 Luxury Safari Tents in an evocative bush setting, enhanced by flickering firelight and lanterns guiding your way at night. This is bush living as nature intended: open and inviting with unparalleled closeness to the bush, its sights, smells and sounds.
Thanda Private Game Reserve is in South Africa's top award-winning safari destination and is situated in northern Zululand, near the Indian Ocean. The inimitable integration of South Africa's best climate and rehabilitated and rich bushland 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 they want to share with you and your dear ones. It is here that one finds Thanda Private Game Reserve.
Thanda features 15 Luxury Safari Tents, each with either 1 king-sized bed or twin beds, a private sun deck, a minibar and en-suite canvas bathrooms. Jabula means 'Happiness' in isiZulu, and the romantic, private, beautifully spacious Jabula Tent within Thanda Tented Camp is all about happiness. Decorated in sophisticated safari chic, it is ideal for bridal couples, honeymooners, special occasion travellers as well as families wanting to be accommodated under one canvas roof. The Jabula Tent has a king-sized bed and separate lounge, minibar, en-suite bathroom, outdoor shower, bath, splash pool and spectacular views of the reserve.
The shared areas at Thanda include a large rim-flow pool, a spa tent, atmospheric Hemingway-style lounge, boma, curio shop and dining area featuring authentic African artworks. The tented camp is equipped with a generator which will power the luxury tents for a few hours each day.
South African cuisine is as diverse as its population, and Thanda Safari’s menus, creatively conceived by chefs, reflect this. From slow-cooked potjiekos to tender game cuts flavoured with homegrown herbs, our chefs produce perfection for the palate and cater for all dietary requirements. Every meal offers unique Thanda dishes and tastes, combined with carefully chosen wines and impeccable service. Our breakfasts, lunches, dinners and high teas personify the Thanda Safari style. What’s more, Thanda has a special menu just for kids, and they will go out of our way to produce favourite meals and to make the dining experience as exciting for your children as it is for you.
The spa at Thanda is in the setting of a sumptuous safari tent with an open-air deck overlooking the Royal Zulu Mountains where Thanda's wild animals roam. The therapists use a range of non-allergenic aromatherapy and massage oils, herbs and essences for a sensory experience you will never forget. The therapists offer a wide range of treatments, including a combination of western techniques and ancient Zulu holistic practices - learnt from traditional Zulu women.
Game drives in the open game viewing vehicles and bush walks guided by knowledgeable and experienced game rangers and trackers afford guests a better understanding and appreciation of our wild heritage. Private game drives are also available on request. Thanda offers many other activities ranging from Rhino Tracking to a Zulu
Culture and Community experience (see “additional activities” for more). To add to this, Thanda offers something special just for kids - the Bucks & Bugs Club - where your children have the time of their lives, while you enjoy time out in the bush or relaxing at your lodge, camp or spa.
Thanda Safari Private Game Reserve is a privately-owned reserve situated in northern of KwaZulu Natal an hour away from the Indian Ocean where the climate is tropical throughout the year. Average daily temperatures are between 20-30 degrees Centigrade.
Thanda Private Reserve is 14,000 hectares of bushland offering the opportunity to encounter an abundance of wildlife including lion, buffalo, leopard, rhino and elephant as well as over 400 bird species and it is an award-winning safari destination.
Thanda, meaning 'love' in Zulu, unites romantic decadence and exclusivity with Zulu culture and wildlife in five-star facilities. Be transfixed in awe as you witness a hundred-year-old ritual performed by Zulu warriors, offering you a glimpse of a powerful nation that still retains its deep traditions.
9 Twin Luxury Safari Tents
5 Double Luxury Safari Tents
1 Luxury Romantic Jabula Tent
Thanda Tented Camp, Mkuze, South Africa