Imagine a KZN Big Five safari in South Africa where all the boxes can be ticked and the emphasis is on appreciation of life, love and nature. Taking top honours is Thanda Safari Private Game Reserve situated in a low risk Malaria area in Zululand.
Thanda Safari offers a wonderful KwaZulu-Natal safari on 7 800 hectares of prime land. Extensive land rehabilitation and re-stocking of endemic animals including Elephant, Lion, Buffalo, Rhino, Leopard and Cheetah have been achieved. Wildlife management on Thanda have also re-introduced a breeding pack of Wild Dog, the first private reserve in KwaZulu-Natal to do so.
Wildlife on Thanda also includes many other fascinating animals which are often overlooked in the rush for Big Five sightings. Expert trackers and rangers introduce guests to the life and times of many creatures, Hyena, Warthog, Serval, Porcupine – the list goes on an on.
Guests at Thanda Safari in KwaZulu-Natal can also enjoy numerous external activities on the Elephant Coast where there are magnificent scuba diving and snorkelling sites, long golden beaches and World Heritage Site Wetlands iSimangaliso (St Lucia). Other exciting options include excursions to the Lebombo Mountains and Lake Jozini (Sibaya).
Thanda Safari Private Game Reserve can be found 400km (249 miles) north of Durban, just past the town of Hluhluwe, travelling on the N2 highway. The nearest commercial airport is Richards Bay (less than 2 hours away) and the nearest international airport is in Durban.
Private air charter can be arranged from Johannesburg or Durban to a private landing strip near Thanda.
Private road transfers can be booked from Durban or Richards Bay, Mkuze and Phinda.
Take the N17 via Springs to Ermelo. From Ermelo, take the N2, past Piet Retief. Continue on the N2 towards Hluhluwe - approximately 25km (16 miles) past Mkhuze (before Hluhluwe), turn right into the D242, continue for approximately 5km (3 miles) on the gravel road to the Thanda gate on the right.
Take the N2 towards Hluhluwe. Approximately 20km (12 miles) past the turn-off for Hluhluwe, turn left into the D242, continue for approximately 5km (3 miles) on the gravel road to the Thanda gate on the right.