Thanda Private Game Reserve is situated approximately 300 km north of Durban, and invites you to experience ultimate luxury and world-class service. A full suite of animal species, including the Big 5, which roamed the area in the past have been reintroduced to the 14,000 hectare reserve, and guests can enjoy game drives in open game viewing vehicles, and bush walks guided by knowledgeable and experienced game rangers and trackers.
There is also a wellness centre, which offers a variety of therapies and beauty treatments to ease the effects of life's daily stresses on your body and mind.
The dedicated and professional chefs at Thanda Safari Lodge will skilfully prepare an exquisite variation of Western and traditional Zulu cuisine.
And you choose where you would prefer to savour the masterpieces that will be presented to you - in front of a roaring fire in the dining room in winter, under sparkling skies on clear nights in the boma or in the bush, or for a more romantic or private option, in your own secluded private boma or terrace.
The 9 luxury bush villas at Thanda Safari Lodge are pure indulgence. Each spacious bush villa has a private splash pool and viewing deck, sala, lounge, fireplace and a full bathroom with an inside as well as an outside shower.
The Zulu culture is fully embraced, by including elements of it throughout all aspects of the lodge, and guests will truly learn to appreciate the rich and still very much alive traditions of the Zulu people.
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All meals and game activities are included.
Children of any age are welcome. Rates available on request.
Children under the age of 6 will not be allowed on game drives. Children between the ages of 3 and 6 may accompany their parents on game drive if exclusive use of a Land Rover has been reserved - this is subject to availability and a surcharge per game drive (price on request). Children under the age of 3 will not be permitted on game drives at any time. Children under the age of 12 will not be allowed on bush walks, but special bush walks around the vicinity of the lodge can be arranged for younger children with their ranger. Baby sitters are available at a nominal rate and must be arranged prior arrival. Children under the age of 16 are not allowed in the Wellness Centre. Children under the age of 3 are not allowed in the boma, dining room or decks for dinner - a private boma experience will be arranged for families traveling with children under the age of 3. Alternatively, room service dinner and a baby sitter can be arranged for children of this age. A children’s menu is available at all times.::
Children of all ages are welcome at Thanda Safari Lodge, and when they arrive at the lodge, they will be invited to join the Thanda Bucks & Bugs Club.
Bucks & Bugs is a great club for kids. On arrival, kids will be given a cool Bucks & Bugs bag. In it, they will find a special beaded broach which they'll wear while they're at Thanda so everyone will know they're members of the club. Kids will also receive a welcome letter telling them where everything is, like the library and the swimming pool, as well as a colouring in book, a animal and bird check list, a beading or gaming kit, modelling clay and information on the Thanda Junior Rangers Course.
The Junior Rangers course is really exciting. Kids will be invited to complete the course during their stay by the ranger. During game drives with their ranger and tracker, kids will be taught about different mammals, birds, trees, spoor and even stars, and at the end of the their stay, they will be asked questions by their ranger. If they pass, they will be given a special certificate identifying them as a junior ranger, as well as a small graduation present.
In the library, kids will find a selection of books, both educational and fun, as well as story books full of animal tales and African folk stories. There is also a selection of videos and DVDs, animal puzzles and games.
When Bucks & Bugs kids go to sleep, they'll find a goodnight story waiting for them, as well as milk and the chef's favourite cookies. The chef also has special Bucks & Bugs fodder available, like toasted sandwiches, hamburgers, fish and chips, spaghetti Bolognese, and ice cream with chocolate sauce.
Lastly, a baby sitting service is available at a nominal cost. Due to the location of the lodge, off-duty staff are used to care for kids. ::