I love rain …

After the recent rains this little Zebra calf (only a few days old) was running around with great energy in the wet grass. It looked to us as it was celebrating the relief from… Continue reading

Rain, beautiful rain!

Some rain has finally arrived. Last night we had 53mm! (~2inches). Some of our waterholes have filled up quite a bit and in a few days the place should look much greener with… Continue reading

A rare visitor

Broad-billed Roller is the smallest of the South African Rollers and the only one with a yellow bill. This picture was taken last night on Thanda, where this colorful bird is rarely seen.… Continue reading


Sandra and Fredrik said YES! to one another at a beautiful and very intimate wedding ceremony at Thanda Private Game Reserve. On top of one of the many Zululand hills, surrounded by wilderness,… Continue reading

We are Remarkably Uncommon!

The Leading Hotels of the World has nominated us for the Remarkably Uncommon award which celebrates hotel teams who create story-worthy guest experiences through innovative service and creative team engagement. As you can imagine,… Continue reading

Breakfast with Elephants

Guests enjoyed this morning’s breakfast at the Thanda Safari Lodge while watching the breeding herd of Elephants feeding nearby. What a treat! Picture by Christian Sperka – Specialist Photography Guide and Resident Wildlife… Continue reading

To strengthen the genetic pool…

  Thanda welcomes the arrival of a new male Cheetah, which originates from Sanbona Wildlife Reserve in the Western Cape. He is a spectacularly handsome creature and possibly the largest Cheetah we have… Continue reading

A special feeling!

It is a very special feeling when the Thanda North Pride of Lions walks for the first time within meters of your open game drive vehicle. You feel very close to nature and… Continue reading

A Scout …

We spotted a Spotted Hyena in the early morning hours, shortly after sunrise. This ‘scout’ was roaming around looking for the remains of a Lion kill from the previous day. A rare daylight… Continue reading

Imagine …

Imagine at the end of your evening game drive your field guide just stops the vehicle on top of hill. He and his tracker switch off all the vehicle’s lights and everyone agrees… Continue reading