Set on the green slope of a hill in Zululand approximately 300km north of Durban, this chic tented camp invites you to experience a luxurious safari complemented by refined style, immaculate service and Zulu culture. Overlooking Thanda Private Game Reserve, which is inhabited by the Big 5 and a breeding pack of wild dog, lavish Thanda Tented Camp offers guided 4x4 game drives conducted exclusively for its guests.

Accommodation comprises vast en suite Meru-style tents that feature wooden floors and are decorated with classic Victorian furniture and finishings. Each opulent abode is adjoined by an expansive viewing deck looking out over the captivating kwaZulu-Natal wilderness. With no electricity at the camp, the feeling of adventure is amplified along as the calls of animals at night echo as your drift off to sleep in your king-sized bed dressed in percale linen.

Enjoy a sumptuous bush banquet sitting around a roaring fire while the African star-studded skies twinkle brightly above. Traditionally dressed Zulu tribesmen perform customary dances, adding to the evening’s festivities. For a more intimate look into the Zulu culture, Vula Zulu is a traditional homestead adjacent to Thanda where warriors enact age-old rituals for battle.

Recent accolades & press

  •  Member of Leading Hotels of the World


  • Lavish tented camp on private KwaZulu-Natal reserve
  • Guided 4x4 game drives with Big 5 & wild dog encounters
  • Hearty bush banquets & traditional Zulu dancing
  • Vast en suite tents with verandahs overlooking the wilderness 
  • Spa offering full range of beauty treatments & massages
  • Special ‘Jabula’ tent for honeymooners, families or special occasions

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Thanda Tented camp’s communal facilities include a formal dining tent where silver-service dinners are served as well as a boma for alfresco dining. The sala consists of an open-air lounge and splash pool where elephants often come to take a drink.

There is no electricity at the camp and, without compromising luxury or service, guests have the opportunity to get closer to nature in complete comfort. There is solar power and batteries for charging essentials such as your mobile phone or camera. The wellness centre offers a variety of therapies and beauty treatments which include full-body aromatherapy, hot stone massage and healing reflexology. The Thanda Signature Treatments draw inspiration directly from the Zulu culture in terms of their applications and the products used.

General Facilities

    Curio or Gift shop
    Swimming Pool


Guests are treated to a varied menu which incorporates a combination of Western and African-inspired dishes with meals enjoyed in the dining tent or in the boma around a roaring campfire.


One of just 14 luxury tents at Thanda Tented Camp, your canvas home is decorated in classic safari style and is adjoined by a sunny verandah – with an outdoor shower - overlooking the magnificent game-rich surroundings. Your marvellous suite features a king-sized 4-poster bed and a palatial bathroom equipped with both a bathtub, a shower and a double vanity. All rooms have personal bars, safes and ceiling fans.

The Jabula Tent, which means ‘happiness’ in Zulu, is very spacious and is ideal for newlyweds, small families or those who want to splash out for special occasion. It has a private pool and a large sun deck.


    En-suite bathroom
    Outdoor area
    Outdoor shower
    Safe in room


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  • dates rates from board basis
  • 06 Jan 2017 - 20 Dec 2017 $300 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 21 Dec 2017 - 05 Jan 2018 $315 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 06 Jan 2018 - 20 Dec 2018 $325 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 21 Dec 2018 - 05 Jan 2019 $360 Fully Inclusive Plus

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Jabula Tent Request a quote for rate detail

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

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Pippa Cochrane

Pippa Cochrane

Africa Safari Expert

"Thanda Tented Camp is a beautiful couple’s safari option in Kwazulu Natal. This camp takes the romance of the African bush to new heights; their honeymoon package and personalised service are remarkable"



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