Thanda is situated 23 km north of Hluhluwe on the N2, towards Mkhuze, approximately 220 km north of Durban. The reserve is easily accessible from the N2 with a gravel road, the D242 extending approximately 5 km to the west. The closest commercial airport is Richards Bay and the closest international airport is King Shaka, Durban.
Road transfers are available upon request from both destinations.
Directions from Johannesburg
Take the N17 via Springs to Ermelo. From Ermelo, take the N2, past Piet Retief. Continue on the N2 towards Hluhluwe – approximately 25 km past Mkhuze (before Hluhluwe), turn right into the D242, continue for approximately 5 km on the gravel road to the Thanda gate on the right.
Directions from Durban
Take the N2 towards Hluhluwe. Approximately 20 km past the turn-off for Hluhluwe, turn left into the D242, continue for approximately 5 km on the gravel road to the Thanda gate on the right.
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Lodge: 27° 49′ 41″ South, 32° 06′ 57″ East (View using Google Maps)
Base office: 27° 48′ 23″ South, 32° 06′ 33″ East (View using Google Maps)
Royal Private Villa: 27° 50′ 47″ South, 32° 06′ 29″ East (View using Google Maps)
Tented camp: 27° 50′ 51″ South, 32° 07′ 29″ East (View using Google Maps)
Bungalow: 27° 50′ 44″ South, 32° 09′ 31″ East (View using Google Maps)
USEFUL INFORMATION & FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Thanda is located in a sub-tropical, semi-arid area and the climate is very warm with average daily temperatures spanning 20°C – 30°C. Because Thanda is situated so close to the Indian Ocean, warmed by the Agulhas sea current, the summers are not as short as Mpumalanga and the winters are not as cold.
Warm clothing for winter game drives is essential and it is advisable to bring a good pair of walking shoes as well as a sun hat. Don’t forget your camera!
KwaZulu-Natal is classified a low risk malaria area and Thanda has been declared 99% malaria-free by the World Health Organisation. It is recommended that guests use a mosquito repellent on exposed skin; insect repellent is provided in both the tents and the villas.
To read more, please visit: www.malaria.org.za/Malaria_Risk/Risk_Maps/risk_maps.htm
The voltage is 220/250 V and three-point round pin plugs are used in South Africa. Each of the villas in the main lodge is equipped with universal plugs. The tented camp does not have electricity; lighting is provided by paraffin lanterns and power is generated for a few hours a day.
Each villa has a telephone and there is good Internet connection in the public areas of the main lodge. There is no internet facility at the tented camp nor are there any telephones owing to the absence of electricity. There is reception for mobile phones in some parts of the reserve, but mountains do obstruct signal in some areas.
* For persons wishing to reach guests at the lodge, the telephone number is +27(0)35 573 1899 and the fax line +27(0)35 573 1877.
Safety tips for travelling to South Africa
While safety cannot be guaranteed anywhere in the world, Tourism KwaZulu-Natal has kindly provided some guidelines on how to minimise risks when travelling to and within South Africa. Click here to read more.