Thanda, Private Game Reserve

Zululand, home to one of the most renowned indigenous nations on the entire African continent, is also becoming increasingly famous for its wildlife. Thanda is a 14,000 hectare reserve in the heart of Kwa-Zulu, close to the Indian Ocean.

It’s here that you’ll find yourself surrounded by colourful and noisy birds the moment you walk out of your luxury safari lodge. You’ll also find a wealth of game within easy reach. You can expect to shoot – with your camera, of course – all of the Big Five: elephant, rhino (including the endangered black rhino), leopard, Cape buffalo and lion. You’re also likely to spot cheetah, hyena, wild dogs and warthogs.

And after the safari – a large helping of luxury. Thanda is South Africa’s top award-winning, privately-owned game reserve.

Ingrid Eames travelled with us to Fugitive's Drift and wrote about her experience for Good Housekeeping. Read article here >>

Thanda, at a glance

  • Award-winning private game reserve set in 14,000 hectares of reclaimed cattle ranch
  • Choose from a luxury safari lodge or honeymoon tent, a royal private villa or tented safari camp
  • The safari lodge has nine bush villas with spacious lounges, fireplaces and thatched game-viewing decks
  • The tented camp features 14 colonial-style safari tents with viewing decks and canvas en suites
  • Starlit fine dining at the camp’s boma

For leisure and pleasure

  • Africology spa with in-room treatments
  • Early morning and late afternoon game drives in open safari vehicles
  • Expert trackers and guides
  • Bush walks with guides
  • Superb bush breakfasts and romantic bush dinners
  • Star gazing with knowledgeable astrological and solar system experts
  • Wildlife lectures and junior ranger programmes
  • Children’s activities including Bucks and Bugs club
  • Would you please pass on to 'your dream team' my heartfelt appreciation of their wonderful efforts to bring their unforgettable city to life for us all

    LL, St Petersburg, 2013


  • 24/7 emergency contact
  • Established for 25 years
  • ATOL, ABTA, IATA protected


  • First-hand experience to every destination
  • Only the best guides and local partners used
  • All holidays designed to suit individual needs


  • 70% repeat and referral business
  • Support local charities world-wide
  • Access to senior directors 24/7