Thanda Game Lodge

cheetah at Thanda

cheetah at Thanda

Tents at Thanda Tented Camp

Tents at Thanda Tented Camp

Thanda Safari Camp

Thanda Safari Camp

Rolling hills of Zululand at Thanda

Rolling hills of Zululand at Thanda

Thanda Tented Camp

Thanda Tented Camp

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Why photographers love Thanda Game Lodgestamp3

Safari Lodge has 9 suites each with a private plunge pool, air-conditioning and lavish, spacious interiors. The simpler Thanda Tented Camp has 14 tents which are also extremely comfortable, a dining room, bar and boma area. Thanda also has a private villa.

How we rate Thanda Game Lodge

Wilderness starstarstarstar
Wildlife starstarstar
Lodge starstarstar to star
Vehicles and guides starstarstarstar

The area

Thanda is situated near Hlhuhluwe in rolling hills on private land that has been under conservation for close to a decade. Since the addition of King Zwelathini’s Mduna Royal Reserve, it now has 14 000 hectares under conservation. We saw black and white rhino, large buffalo herds, cheetah (so relaxed you could approach on foot), abundant nyala, as well kudu, and other general game. The guiding and tracking was excellent, and a bonus for all guests is resident photographer Christian Sperka’s free, 90-minute “keep it simple” photographic workshops.

Need to know

Tented Camp could be very hot in summer and doesn’t have power in the rooms or aircon. Very relaxed (tame) cheetah on the property allowed for good close up photography.

How to get there

Guests can fly in from Johannesburg via Phinda or drive up from Durban (3 hours).

What it costs

Costs start at R3850 per person per night (tented) and from R7000 per person per night in the main lodge. Rates include all meals, activities and drinks.

The good news

Thanda means “love” in Zulu, and the Thanda Foundation supports the upliftment of three regions of Zululand through various projects.