Luxury Private Game Reserve and Safari Game Lodge - Hluhluwe, KwaZulu Natal, 3915, South Africa

Thanda's Top Experiences

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The Best of the Bush

South Africa is as much about people as it is about natural beauty. Believing that cultural preservation is as important as wildlife conservation, Thanda has committed to retaining and showcasing Zulu traditions. The activities we offer immerse our guests in Zulu culture so that visitors leave Thanda with a complete and real experience.

All activities should be booked 48 hours prior to departure.

In the Footsteps of the Zulus

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Zulu, when translated, means 'heaven'. This means that Zulu tribe members are the ‘people of heaven’. As a guest at Thanda, you’ll have the opportunity to see this for yourself during an in-depth cultural experience; a community excursion following in the footsteps of Zulu ancestors. It can include:

      • Viewing a traditional homestead and village
      • Visiting a sangoma (a spiritual medium and healer)
      • Exploring the Zululand battlefields of King Shaka
      • Interacting with Zulu herdsmen and learning about Nguni cattle
      • Meeting students (and future Thanda employees) at a 'Star for Life' school
      • Taking part in community projects and cultural celebrations

We are able to customise this experience based on your interests, while also taking into account seasonality and events that may be happening in the area.  

Fully tailor-made activity, R1 375 per person, min 2 pax, daily on request.

In the Path of Wildlife

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Thanda is passionate about conservation. Our team of trackers, guides and researchers work tirelessly to ensure that our wildlife is protected and preserved.

Guests have the opportunity to work with the conservation team for a day – tracking the Big Five if possible and even assisting the team, by appointment, with things like:

      • Checking fences
      • Reserve maintenance
      • Counting game 
      • Monitoring elephant
      • Tracking rhino (seasonal)
      • Transporting animals (seasonal)

Because you’ll be a part of the team, the activities you undertake will depend on what is needed that day. Nature isn’t always predictable, so please prepare to be flexible.

Fully tailor-made activity, R1 540 per person, min 2 pax, daily on request. 

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