Thanda Tented Camp – From R3,637 per person sharing per night

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Thanda Tented Camp

In South Africa’s northern Kwa-Zulu Natal, you will find one of the most luxurious safari lodges and tented safari camps in Africa at Thanda Safari.

Luxury tented camp.


Thanda means Love in the language of the Zulu people. For a very romantic, traditional safari experience, you cannot beat tented camps, and Thanda Tented Camp epitomises the classic African safari, with fifteen deluxe safari tents in an evocative wilderness environment, complemented with flickering firelight and lanterns illuminating the path at night.

Nothing compares to the feeling of being in the African bush and this Big Five private game reserve not only offers a superb safari experience, it has won many international awards for its distinctive accommodation. While the tented camp is fenced to keep out the big game, guests experience up-close living in the wild, with magnificent views of the reserve. Thanda Tented Camp is every bit of a nostalgic safari experience. This is bush life as nature meant it to be: open and inviting, with unmatched views, scents, and sounds.

Each tent includes its own sun terrace as well as en-suite canvas bathrooms. For guests on honeymoon or for special occasions or families, there is the sumptuous Jabula safari tent. It has a king-sized bed and separate lounge, en-suite bathroom, outdoor shower, splash pool and spectacular views. In the central area, there is a rim-flow pool, a boma for sitting around the fire at night or enjoying a bush barbecue, and an evocative Hemingway-style lounge and dining area.

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  • 15 Suites
  • Maximum Guests - 30
  • Children 6 years and older welcome
  • Malaria Free
  • Private vehicle available at an additional charge


wildlife African safari is defined by the thrill of the Big Five. As a private game reserve Thanda Safari offers an exclusive, up-close experience of these magnificent animals and all the bush inhabitants

Zulu Culture

Zulu means ‘Heaven’ and the Zulu people are ‘The People of Heaven’. At Thanda Safari most of our team members are Zulu, and we offer a special Zulu cultural and community experience where you can visit families in our neighbouring villages in their traditional homesteads and take part in community projects and celebrations.


On a Thanda Safari, you can experience and participate in every aspect of wildlife conservation, including spending time with our specialist rhino monitors and conservation team or exploring beyond the reserve on a guided boat tour to experience hippos and crocodiles in the nearby iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a World Heritage Site.


Magnificent wildlife photography tells the story of your Thanda Safari in a way that words cannot. Thanda’s accomplished resident wildlife photographer and field guide, Christian Sperka is an expert at sharing the art of capturing wildlife on camera in a 90-minute session, at no charge to guests staying for two nights or more.


Witnessing your children experience the bush, discover new places and see wild animals for the first time – these memories of your stay at Thanda Safari will stay with you forever. We go out of our way to make sure your kids have the best time, including participating in our special Bucks & Bugs Club and our Junior Rangers Course.


Experience total pampering Thanda Safari style at our spa, where our expert therapists lead you on a journey of beauty, relaxation and healing, based on a combination of Western and Zulu holistic treatments.


Dining on safari at Thanda is an experience of our chefs’ pursuit of deliciousness at every meal. From our sumptuous bush breakfasts to our legendary high teas and fire-lit boma dinners, our menus offer unique Thanda dishes and tastes, combined with carefully chosen wines and impeccable service.

Weddings & Honeymoons

Thanda means ‘Love’ and we specialise in making sure that every aspect of your celebration and ceremony is exquisite, with a special team dedicated to your every need.

Rates & Packages.

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DRIVE: Thanda Safari is situated in northern KwaZulu-Natal, some 260km north of Durban. From Durban, take the N2 towards Hluhluwe. Approximately 20km (12 miles) past the turn-off for Hluhluwe, turn left onto the D242, and continue for approximately 5km (3 miles) on the gravel road to the Thanda Safari gate on the right.

FLY: If you are flying into local Richards Bay Airport or King Shaka International Airport in Durban, a transfer can be arranged, where our team will meet you and drive you to the reserve. International guests often fly to South Africa via O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.

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.

Why visit KZN?

  • It’s home to Thanda Safari!
  • It’s summer all year round.
  • KZN is home to the ‘Golden Mile’ and its sun-drenched beaches.
  • There is rich cultural fusion.
  • It is the traditional home of the Zulu people.
  • Durban is known as a surfing hotspot.
  • The iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a World Heritage Site, is in KZN.
  • Diving enthusiasts can explore the region’s many spectacular reefs, including Aliwal Shoal – a rocky reef, five kilometres from the coast and four kilometres long.
  • History enthusiasts can follow the Inanda Heritage Trail.
  • Downtown Durban is home to the Juma Masjid Mosque, the largest in the southern hemisphere.
  • KZN is the gateway to the glorious Drakensberg mountains.
  • Large schools of dolphins are frequently sited close to shore along the KZN coast.
  • Southern Right and Humpback whales are in these waters from July to November.
  • uShaka Marine World is a must-visit for every age.