Activities at Thanda Safari Private Game Reserve

Thanda Safari Private Game Reserve provides exceptional bush and beach activities in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Enjoy Big Five safaris, snorkelling or seasonal Turtle Tours.

On a bush and beach holiday at Thanda Safari, guests can experience authentic Zulu culture, relax in the 5-star Spa and explore the countryside on fabulous excursions. This KwaZulu-Natal game reserve in South Africa is close to beautiful beaches of the Elephant Coast. Guests at Thanda Safari Private Game Reserve can enjoy diving, snorkelling, Turtle Tours or Whale-watching.

Thanda Safari Wellness Centre

World class facial and body sessions (the best of African-inspired and European treatments) can be enjoyed in the acclaimed Wellness Centre. A tantalising array of pools and rituals, experiences, massages and signature treatments as well as spa packages are available. Grooming treatments such as waxing, pedicures and manicures are on request.

Vula Zulu

For an impassioned celebration of Zulu culture at its most colourful, Vula Zulu provides a revival of the ancient art of story telling through dance. Thanda Safari Private Game Reserve guests are invited to taste traditional beer, observe the intricacies of basket-weaving and admire the art of spear combat.

This exciting and informative tour on a KwaZulu-Natal bush and beach holiday introduces guests to the customs of the Zulu people in South Africa at this ‘living museum’. Guests can take time wander about the craft section before a meal in the restaurant.

Children at Thanda Safari

The Bucks and Bugs Kids Club welcomes children with a great kit bag full of interesting information, things to do and a cool beaded membership badge. The club includes tasty kid’s meals and a bedtime story over milk and Chef’s cookies. Children at Thanda will find plenty to do in the library which has books, videos and DVDs, games and puzzles.

The Junior Ranger Programme is really exciting and offers kids a fun educational course compiled by a ranger, to complete during their stay. On game drives with their ranger and tracker, kids will be taught about different mammals, birds, trees, spoor and even stars. At the end of their stay, they will be asked questions by their ranger. On passing, they will be awarded a special certificate identifying them as a junior ranger, and given a small graduation present.

Romance, Weddings and Honeymoons

Thanda means ‘love’ in Zulu. This superb venue is an idyllic setting to nurture or rediscover romance, make a proposal, tie the knot and savour a delightful honeymoon. Exquisite accommodation is combined with romantic turndowns, bush dinners, magical foam baths by candlelight and private outdoor showers.

A bush wedding at Thanda Safari Private Game Reserve is an unforgettable and unique experience, whether it is for a wedding party or just the bridal couple and an official, everything can be taken care of at Thanda. The bride can be ushered down the aisle to the drum beats and celebrations of Zulu dancers before a ceremony in a secluded bush location; in a starlit boma at night or on a deck overlooking unspoilt African bush.

Thanda Safari Activities

  • Early morning and evening game drives (max. 6 people per drive)
  • Star gazing and wildlife lectures conducted by knowledgeable rangers
  • Guided bush walks and animal tracking
  • Bush breakfasts and dinners in the heart of the wilderness
  • Whale watching, snorkelling, scuba diving
  • Tours – history and legends, culture and caves
  • Hippo & Croc tours, Gems & Geology, Turtle and Marine Tours
  • Excursions to Tembe / Ndumo for diverse wildlife / habitats
  • Tiger fishing (Lake Jozini) and deep sea fishing
  • Canoeing (rapids), hiking, birding

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