Thanda Tented Camp
Thanda Private Game Reserve is in KwaZulu Natal not far from Phinda Private Game Reserve and Hluhluwe-Imfolozi National Park. This 15,000 hectare reserve is home to the Big Five and only three properties, Thanda Safari Lodge, Thanda Tented Camp and Thanda iZulu, an exclusive use house.
Thanda Tented Camp is the lowest price option in the Thanda Reserve and is great value for money. Thanda Tented is not as luxurious at Thanda Safari Lodge but is charming and comfortable. The common area is lovely and includes a pretty sala with views over the bush and a nice big pool (both of which private to each room at Thanda Safari Loge). The whole camp runs on a combination of solar and generator to electricity is limited.
The camp has 14 tents, each with a private sun deck and en-suite canvas bathroom. The tents are not enormous but have everything you need and while the décor is more classic than safari it is very appealing. There is a larger 15th tent, the Jabula Tent, which is great for honeymooners and families. Thanda Tented is perfect for travelers looking for a great value. If you are looking for more luxury, or have mobility issues we would recommend Thanda Safari Lodge instead.
While we feel the reserve itself feels a little small and don’t love that a small portion abuts a main road, we have gotten nothing but enthusiastic feedback from clients. We do really like that the reserve offers a Zulu cultural/educational experience and that guests staying at Thanda can easily access Southern Mozambique by road to end their safari on the beach at somewhere like White Pearl.