The game reserve is called Thanda for a reason – meaning ‘love’ in isiZulu, it represents the heart and soul of passion – the spirit of togetherness – there is no better place than Thanda Safari to celebrate romance.

As Thanda Safari is a private game reserve – it’s all exclusively yours – our discreet and dedicated staff members are the only people you’ll encounter while you’re here. Have your wedding ceremony in a sheltered bush location under marula trees, with plains game observing curiously from a distance… let ululating Zulu dancers usher you down the aisle and dance wildly in enthusiastic celebration as you and your beloved are pronounced husband and wife… celebrate your wedding reception safari-style in a star-lit boma or on a deck overlooking unspoilt African bush – whatever your personal style is.

At Thanda Safari, we invite guests to dine the African way – in our traditional boma or in the middle of the bush. We offer a wide range of dining options. We are renowned for our bush breakfasts where every detail is perfect, every mouthful is memorable and every moment is truly, beautifully special. There really is no fire like a fire against the dark backdrop of the South African night. Perhaps the only thing to improve it is a belly full of fine food and a glass of red wine?

And for the ultimate escape there is the Thanda Spa – a haven located within Thanda Safari Lodge for use by Lodge and Villa guests  – a luxury spa that emerges from a bed of stone and rock that leads out to a relaxation deck and swimming pool; while a second spa – in a luxurious tent – is to be found at Thanda Tented Camp.

Thanda Safari is a Big Five game reserve situated on 14 000 hectares in the heart of Zululand, KwaZulu Natal, owned by Swedish philanthropists Christin and Dan Olofsson. It offers an authentic South African wildlife experience with excellent game viewing all year round, and has a sincere commitment to the Zulu culture and conservation of the environment. Actively involved in conservation and wildlife research, it works to uplift the local communities through ‘Star for Life’ and other projects. Thanda is a proud member of The Leading Hotels of the World and multiple winner of The World’s Leading Luxury Lodge. It offers three different accommodation types, Thanda Safari Lodge, Villa iZulu and Thanda Tented Camp.