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Thanda Tented Camp

Luxury Tented Safari Lodge in the Thanda Private Game Reserve, KZN.
Thanda Private Game Reserve, situated in northern Zululand, near the Indian Ocean.
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Thanda Tented Camp provides a real safari experience with 15 deluxe safari tents in an evocative verdant bush environment, complemented with flickering firelight and lanterns illuminating your path at night. This is bush life as nature meant it to be: open and inviting, with unmatched proximity to the bush, its views, scents, and sounds. Each tent includes its own sun terrace as well as en-suite canvas bathrooms. A huge rim-flow pool, a spa tent, and an evocative Hemingway-style lounge and eating room with real African artworks are among the common amenities.

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.

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.

About Thanda Private Game Reserve
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.

Special SADC Rate


per person per night sharing. Valid until 13 December 2024

Standard Rate


per person sharing per night

    Luxury Tented Accommodation
    All meals
    2 game drives per day with professional guide and tracker
    Selected local beverages (soft drinks, house wines and local spirits and beers), mini bar.

To add to the genuine bush atmosphere, the camp is non-electrified.
Beautiful scenery enhanced by flickering firelight from the boma and warm paraffin lanterns to guide your feet along the walkway.
All the tents are decorated in rustic natural shades and the rich, warm hues of the African sunset
Located in private Big 5 game reserve
Vast en-suite tents with verandas overlooking the wilderness
Spa offering a full range of beauty treatments and massages

Nothing compares to the feeling of being in the African bush. 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 Game Reserve and Africa.
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