Lodges

Thanda Safari Lodge

Encounter South Africa’s big game in a wildly luxurious environment.

Thanda Safari Lodge

Zulu for ‘love’, Thanda makes you do just that. You will fall in love with this authentically South African wildlife experience. Thanda Safari Lodge is known for its plushly unique bush suites, each perched on a hill overlooking the reserve. With your own private sala on stilts, plunge pool, wrap-around deck and bush boma, you probably won’t want to leave to explore anything else. But trust us - it’s worth it. On Thanda’s game drives and bush walks you will fall in love again with the diverse wildlife and best of all, you get to enjoy it all to yourself.

At the lodge

The hotel

Thanda Safari Lodge’s main area is colourful and drenched in light. The lounge oozes African abundance with plush sofas and huge windows overlooking a waterhole teeming with game. With dark wooden accents brightened by rich hues and African art, this is the starting point for steaming coffee and biscuits and the delectable high tea that begins every game drive. There is also a library, private business area, cigar bar, wine cellar and a huge deck overlooking the reserve.

The rooms

Each suite consists of three distinctively shaped thatched roof rondavels but that is where the resemblance to a traditional Zulu homestead ends. The 220m² homes are the height of luxury with huge bedrooms and plush lounges separated by a double fireplace and opulent indoor and outdoor bathrooms. Thanda Safari Lodge’s suites have their very own circular plunge pool, outdoor private boma and elevated sala circular deck with panoramic views of the surrounding game reserve. Sheer bliss!

On safari

Experiences

Thanda is known for meaningful safari experiences and exclusive close-up encounters with Africa’s magnificent Big Five (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo). A truly African experience goes beyond the five senses. It’s felt. Thanda’s safari guides will tell stories, explain, inform, educate and share anecdotes. Whether on foot or a vehicle, they will let you fall in love with the wild. Thanda also offers the opportunity to participate in their conservation programs and learn more about the colourful Zulu culture.

When to go

Elephant Coast by month

January

Season: Wet

February

Season: Wet

March

Season: Wet

April

Season: Wet

May

Season: Wet

June

Season: Dry

July

Season: Dry

August

Season: Dry

September

Season: Dry

October

Season: Wet

November

Season: Wet

December

Season: Wet

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