Journey Through the Forgotten Land

Experience an African Safari at the world’s leading luxury lodge.  Thanda means “love” in the Zulu language. You will feel it from the gracious Zulu people, see it in the rich tradition of tribal warrior dances, taste it in the fresh herbs and carefully selected wines at meals. And when your trip has ended, you’ll carry Thanda in your heart. Situated just north of Hluhluwe, South Africa, Thanda Private Game Reserve offers the vacation of a lifetime—where extraordinary wildlife experiences meet luxury and romance.

Encounter the Big Five—lion, rhino, elephant, buffalo and leopard—along with an abundance of indigenous wildlife at Thanda Private Game Reserve, winner of the 2012 World Travel Award for Africa’s Leading Luxury Game Resort. After a morning game drive in an open-topped Land Rover, guests often indulge in Africology spa treatments, revel in Vula Zulu performances, and top off the evening with star gazing.

Outdoor Activities

  • Ancestral spirit tour
  • Bird watching
  • Bush walk
  • Canoeing
  • Cave tour
  • Crocodile feeding
  • Deep-sea fishing
  • Ghost mountain tour
  • Hiking
  • Hippo and Croc tour
  • Marine mammal experience
  • Mineral and gemstone tour
  • Scuba diving
  • Tiger fishing
  • Turtle tours
  • Whale watching
  • Day Trips To Tembe National Elephant Park and Ndumo Game Reserve

Trip Planning

  • Coordinate ground transport to and from the airport
  • Secure rental car or driver as needed
  • Child care arrangements
  • Secure Tee times and activity reservations
  • 24-hour emergency support

"Jaw droppingly good."

- TripAdvisor