Coast Accommodation / Hluhluwe
Game & Safari Lodges
Private Game Reserve, Hluhluwe, Elephant Coast, Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal,
Private Game Reserve - Safari Lodge/Tented Camp in Hluhluwe, Kwazulu-Natal,
meaning ‘love’ in Zulu, is an expression of the magical union of the power
of Zulu culture, wildlife, romance and exclusivity.
Private Game Reserve is South Africa’s top award winning safari destination
and is situated in northern Zululand, in close proximity to the Indian
integration of South Africa’s best climate and rehabilitated and rich bush
land has made Thanda home to amazing wildlife and over four hundred bird
species. Ignite your imagination and open your mind to an extraordinary
experience for your soul, mind and body. It’s the unique and sought after
balance between energizing and exclusive relaxation that we want to share
with you and your dear ones.
offers a choice of five-star accommodation to suit every taste and budget:
the exclusive opulence of the main lodge or the rugged refinement of the
tented camp, which would you prefer?
the very best of African-inspired and European treatments at Thanda's award-winning
wellness centre during your stay. The safari-spa offers world-class body
and facial treatments, as well as full-day packages to pamper, rejuvenate
and uplift the body while the mind goes on safari...
you like to know what's in store for the kids, or how you can make your
stay at Africa's most romantic safari destination even more unforgettable?
Our head chef specialises in catering sumptuous cuisine in the most intimate
venues and the Thanda staff will keep the kids busy while you relax.
the coolness of the night, dine on tender delicacies to the echoing sounds
of triumphant creatures feasting
is proud to offer its guests a variety of dining venues to enhance the
African experience. The drama of the boma, in front of the setting sun
and behind the flames of a roaring fire is an image synonymous with the
safari experience, but only one of the dining options afforded guests.
chef Richard Phiri prides his ability to offer versatile, mouthwatering
dishes that appeal to guests of all cultures and nationalities. South African
cuisine is only one flavour in Richard’s potjie as he enjoys experimenting
with the flavours he encountered during his training years spent in Milan,
The United States, Malawi and Mauritius. Seasonal game meat is always on
the menu for the more adventurous eaters, but partaking is entirely optional.
The maintenance of a herb garden at the owners’ private villa ensures a
constant supply of fresh ingredients.
the mélange of tastes he offers, he still is very traditional when
it comes to etiquette and values the art of fine dining. Intimate discussions
with clients ensure that their dietary requirements are respected and maintains
Thanda’s exceptional standards. Guests are highly recommended to advise
of any dietary requirements and/or allergies at reservations stage.
wines are the perfect accompaniment to fine food and Thanda boasts a superbly
stocked wine cellar and cigar bar for the discerning guest.
Centre attire: You will be supplied with a personal gown and a pair of
slippers, and discreet underwear for all body treatments.
provide you with your own locker for any personal belongings.
bring a swimsuit to enjoy our hydrotherapy area.
phones and smoking are not permitted in the Wellness Centre at any time.
under 16 are permitted in the Wellness Centre.
means love in Zulu and embraces the ethos ‘For the love of nature, wildlife
dear ones’, paying tribute to the cultural landscape to which it owes its
creation, merging its ethnic roots with the mystical beauty that permeates
it. Thanda is an idyllic setting to nurture or rediscover romance, offering
romantic turndowns, bush dinners and magical foam baths by candlelight.
exquisite venue for honeymoons, bush weddings and proposals, each of the
luxury bush villas offers guests the epitome of self-contained privacy;
each villa has its own private boma, infinity pool and sundeck, private
sala as well as indoor and outdoor showers that can be used in the magical
what you're going to do on vacation? Viewing the Big Five by open Land
Rover and sunbathing next to your private splash pool are but two of the
activities you can experience during your stay at Thanda.
so close to the Indian Ocean Thanda is able to offer a world-class bush
and beach breakaway with trips to nearby Isimangaliso, formerly known as
St. Lucia, (a World Heritage Site) an essential part of your holiday.
riding on the beach, cultural excursions, whale watching, diving packages
and snorkel safaris are just some of the options that Thanda has on offer.
Being this close to the warmth of the Indian Ocean you'll understand where
the phrase ‘sunny South Africa' was coined...
game rangers introduce guests to the world of star gazing and the solar
system. The natural, unpolluted air ensures a clear view of the magical
way to round an exciting morning game drive off is with a hearty breakfast
served in the heart of the bush- rangers will keep an eye out for the wilder
inhabitants of Thanda!
can get close to nature and enjoy a decadent African bush dinner lit by
paraffin lanterns and candlelight- perfect for a romantic surprise or a
game rangers, trackers and field guides have extensive knowledge of both
the fauna and flora in Thanda’s ecosystems. During bush walks guests have
the opportunity to learn about all the fascinating uses of plant sin the
area and to identify animal spoor. Guests may also track specific animals
with a ranger’s assistance on request.
walk is perfect when the full moon illuminates the course, instead of having
to rely on nightlights and torches. This is a very special experience and
highly recommended for guests who are more adventurous at heart.
best time for game drives is first thing in the morning or late afternoon
as animals are more active during the cooler hours of the day. Game drives
are conducted in open-topped Land Rovers, with a maximum of six guests
lectures/ Junior Ranger Programmes
who are interested in specific wildlife and/or conservation topics will
enjoy the lectures conducted by senior rangers and field guides. Thanda’s
younger guests can participate in the Junior Ranger programme, a wonderful
introduction to the bush.
is situated 23 kilometers north of Hluhluwe on the N2, towards Mkhuze,
approximately 400 km north of Durban. The reserve is easily accessible
from the N2 with a gravel road the D242 extending approximately 6 kilometers
to the west. The closest commercial airport is Richards Bay and the
closest international airport is Durban. Road transfers are available
upon request from both destinations.
the N17 via Springs to Ermelo. From Ermelo, take the N2, past Piet Retief.
Continue on the N2 towards Hluhluwe - approximately 25 kilometres past
Mkhuze (before Hluhluwe), turn right into the D242, continue for approximately
5 kilometres on the gravel road to the Thanda gate on the right.
the N2 towards Hluhluwe. Approximately 20 kilometres past the turn-off
for Hluhluwe, turn left into the D242, continue for approximately 5 kilometres
on the gravel road to the Thanda gate on the right.
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