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Big Five Safari in South Africa

Thanda Safari is a world of wilderness and wildlife, matched with a deep commitment to Zulu culture and environmental conservation. Thanda means ‘Love’ in the language of the Zulu people, and Thanda Safari lives this ethos in the management of its 14,000 hectare reserve, its three unique properties, and its community partnerships. Experience the ultimate safari and game lodge experience with Thanda Safari, which has repeatedly been named the World’s Leading Luxury Lodge.

Key information

  • Group safari
  • Maximum group size: 18 persons
  • Children policy: Children from 2 to 16 years old are allowed to join this safari
  • Park fees are not included


  • 2 daily game drives
  • Spot the Big Five and other wildlife
  • Bush walks with specialist walking guides
  • Explore Thanda Safari Private Game Reserve
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Local beverages
  • Daily meals


3 activity days
Group size: Maximum of 18 participants
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Thanda Safari Lodge is Thanda Safari Private Game Reserve's flagship property. Each of the nine bush suites is a tribute to African abundance, with a spacious lounge, majestic master bedroom, double-sided fireplace and an indulgent bathroom, with a beautiful bath, and an indoor and outdoor shower.

Thanda Safari Lodge’s shared areas are sumptuously African, including an inviting lounge, expansive deck and library overlooking a waterhole, private business area, cigar bar, impressive wine cellar and the Thanda Safari Spa.


Nothing compares to the feeling of being in a game reserve in Africa. On an early morning or late afternoon safari, all your senses awaken during up-close encounters with the Big Five in their home terrain. The lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo: these icons of the African wilderness inspire a lifelong connection with Thanda Safari and this beautiful continent.

Daily schedule

  • 04:30 Wake up call
  • 04:45 Coffee and tea
  • 05:00 Morning game drive
  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • Time to relax, enjoy a spa treatment, or participate in one of our guest activities.
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 High tea
  • 15:00 Afternoon game drive
  • 19:00 Dinner


Thanda Safari is a private game reserve situated in the renowned wildlife region of northern KwaZulu-Natal, some 260 kilometers north of Durban.


KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) is one of South Africa's most popular holiday destinations, with magnificent scenery and a warm climate. The area is known worldwide as an incredibly diverse, exciting region to visit.

The province offers three geographical areas: the Lowland Region along the Indian Ocean, the Central Region (Natal Midlands) and two legendary mountainous areas: the Drakensberg Mountains to the west, and the Lebombo Mountains to the north.


During this safari, you will be provided with daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Selected local beverages (soft drinks, house wines, local spirits, and beers) will also be provided.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Soda
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 2 game drives per day with professional guide and tracker
  • Bush walks with specialist walking guides
  • 2 nights luxury accommodation
  • All meals
  • WiFi
  • Laundry
  • In-room minibar
  • Selected local beverages (soft drinks, house wines, local spirits and beers)

What's not included

  • Park entrance fees
  • Transfers to / from Thanda Safari
  • Conservation levy (195 ZAR per person per stay)
  • Cellar wines, champagnes, all imported spirits and beers
  • Private dinners at 950 ZAR for in-suite dining (per couple)
  • Private bush dinners at 2,000 ZAR
  • Curios, gratuities, and telephone calls
  • Spa treatments

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at King Shaka International Airport (DUR). Thanda Safari Private Game Reserve can pick you up from this airport. You can also book your flight to O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) and fly directly to the Phinda Airstrip via Fly Airlink where they are met by a Thanda representative for the short drive to Thanda Safari.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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