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Thanda Safari

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Luxury Tent | Mountain view
Outdoor pool
Luxury Tent | Terrace/patio
Standard Tent | Premium bedding, in-room safe, soundproofing, rollaway beds

Overview of Thanda Safari

Thanda Safari

4-star property
All-inclusive lodge in Hluhluwe with spa and outdoor pool

9.2/10 Superb

29 verified guest reviews

Popular amenities

  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Non-smoking
  • Air conditioning
D242 Off The N2, Hluhluwe, KwaZulu-Natal, 3960

Room options

About this area

Getting around

  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)


  • Baobab Restaurant - 21 min drive

About this property

Thanda Safari

A great choice for a stay in Hluhluwe, Thanda Safari features an airport shuttle. Guests can be pampered with deep-tissue massages at the spa and grab a bite to eat at the restaurant. Other highlights at this upmarket lodge include an outdoor pool, a bar/lounge and a sauna. Fellow travellers say great things about the helpful staff.


This lodge is all-inclusive. On-site food and beverages are included in the room price (some restrictions may apply).

Food and beverages

All meals and snacks included


English, Zulu

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
The property is disinfected using an electrostatic spray
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter
Follows the industry cleaning and disinfection practices of Ecolab (third-party expert - Global)

Social distancing

Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Masks available
Masks are required at the property
Hand sanitiser provided
Enhanced food service safety measures are in place
Reservations are required for the use of certain on-site facilities
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 25 rooms
  • Arranged over 1 level


  • Check-in time from 2 PM until 7:00 AM
  • Minimum check-in age – 18
  • Check-out time is 11:00 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions; front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property ahead of time using the information on the booking confirmation
  • If you are planning to arrive after 5 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Children (18 years old and younger) are not allowed


  • No pets or service animals allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas


  • Free on-site self-parking


  • Airport shuttle*

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • Snack bar/deli

What to do

  • Wildlife and game drive
  • Helicopter/aeroplane tours
  • Scuba-diving nearby

Working away

  • Business centre
  • Meeting rooms


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry services
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Porter/bellhop


  • 3 buildings/towers
  • Built in 2004
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Library
  • An outdoor pool
  • Full-service spa
  • Sauna
  • Massage/treatment rooms


  • Handrails in stairwells
  • Well-lit path to entrance


  • English
  • Zulu

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • Television
  • Satellite TV channels

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning

Sleep well

  • Soundproofed rooms
  • Turndown service
  • Premium bedding
  • Rollaway/extra bed (surcharge)

Freshen up

  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Towels
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste (on request)


  • In-room safe
  • Guidebooks/recommendations

Special features


This lodge is all-inclusive. On-site food and beverages are included in the room price (some restrictions may apply).

Food and beverages

All meals and snacks included


The on-site spa has massage/treatment rooms. Services include deep-tissue massages and hot stone massages. The spa is open daily.

Awards and affiliations

The property is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World.

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge

Children & extra beds

  • Rollaway beds are available for ZAR 4363.0 per day

Pool, spa, & gym (if applicable)

  • Reservations are required for massage services and can be made by contacting the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

The property is cleaned and disinfected with electrostatic spray; disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Personal protective equipment, including masks, will be available to guests.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitiser; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions; masks are required in public areas; reservations are required for some on-site facilities.

Enhanced food service safety measures are in place.

This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of Ecolab (third-party expert - Global).


Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

This property does not have lifts.

Guests can rest easy knowing that there's a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector and a first aid kit on site.

This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

Also known as

Thanda Private Game Reserve Lodge Hluhluwe
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Thanda Private Game Reserve Hotel Hluhluwe
Thanda Safari Lodge Hluhluwe
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Thanda Safari All Inclusive
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Frequently asked questions

Does Thanda Safari offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Thanda Safari does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in, depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
How much does it cost to stay at Thanda Safari?
As of 27 January 2023, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Thanda Safari on 5 February 2023 start from €534, including taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Thanda Safari?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitiser, social distancing measures are in place and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Is there a pool at Thanda Safari?
Yes, there's an outdoor pool.
Are pets allowed at Thanda Safari?
Sorry, neither pets nor service animals are allowed.
Is parking offered on site at Thanda Safari?
Yes, there's free self parking.
Is an airport shuttle service offered by Thanda Safari?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Thanda Safari?
You can check in from 2 PM - 7:00 AM. Check-out time is 11:00 AM.
What is there to do at Thanda Safari and nearby?
Have fun during the warmer months with activities nearby such as scuba-diving. Additional recreation on-site includes helicopter/aeroplane tours, game viewing and a wildlife and game drive. Indulge in a treatment at the spa and enjoy a swim in the outdoor pool. Thanda Safari also has a sauna and a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near Thanda Safari?
Yes, there's an on-site restaurant.







Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities




8/10 Very good

Great game drives with knowledgeable driver and tracker. The Food was excellent. The tents were adventurous and different in a good way. The bathroom was tired and need some upgrading. Very comfortable beds.
Birgit, 3-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Safari Heaven
The hospitality of this establishment was absolutely incredible. The staff go out of their way to assist you and they are genuinely interested in ensuring that you have the best stay ever. The tented camp has all the luxuries one would need and the food is amazing. The rate is full board including game drives. Bheki and Sabelo really went out of their way to ensure that your safari is one to remember. Their knowledge of the bush is fantastic and they have a great rapport with each other... chatting about every animal and bird they come across as we move through the bush. Joe is a gem at the bar and dinner and makes sure that you are well taken care of. Wish I could stay a bit longer but I will definitely be back!
Ian, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Tara, 2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

3-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Beautiful property, amazing game drives, wonderful staff! We will definitely be back for another stay in the future.
2-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

The poperty is in a beautiful area and is very well cared for
2-night trip with friends
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10/10 Exceptional

2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Gorgeous property and exceptional service at every level. Many little added touches to really enhance the experience. Great value for the money. Food is high quality and well-prepared with local choices available. The facilities are 5 star, the safari experiences personalized and excellent. You cannot go wrong choosing this safari! There is no wi-fi in the tents, only at the main lodge, that was my only negative feedback.
2-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Well worth it!!
This was one of the most amazing experiences we have had - top class service & accommodation. Game viewing was excellent & staff incredible!!!
Alwin, 3-night romance trip
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8/10 Very good

Amazing place needs a revamp.
we stayed there expecting a high standard (based on the cost) and a large room (75sm) with wifi (based on the site description), and we were disappointed with both the size of the room as well as lack of wifi, and the poor state of the bathroom. All staff were very nice and the location and the game drives were amazing. Food; breakfast great dinner just ok.
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