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Getting to Thanda Safari

Where are we?


Thanda is situated 23km north of Hluhluwe on the N2, towards Mkuze, approximately 260km north of Durban. The reserve is easily accessible from the N2 by gravel road, the D242 extending approximately 5km to the west.

The closest commercial airport is Richards Bay and the closest international airport is King Shaka International Airport, Durban. Road transfers are available upon request from both destinations, and so are inter-lodge transfers. Enquire now.

Directions from Johannesburg

Take the N17 via Springs to Ermelo. From Ermelo, take the N2, past Piet Retief. Continue on the N2 towards Hluhluwe – approximately 25km after Mkuze (before Hluhluwe), turn right onto the D242. Continue for approximately 5km on the gravel road before reaching the Thanda gate on the right.

Directions from Durban

Take the N2 towards Hluhluwe. Approximately 20km past the turn-off for Hluhluwe, turn left onto the D242. Continue for approximately 5km on the gravel road before reaching the Thanda gate on the right.


Please Note…

If you choose to self-drive, it is important to know that there is NO permanent transfer vehicle stationed at our entrance gate. Please inform us of your estimated time of arrival in advance of your stay. When travelling from the South, please phone +27 35 573 1899 from the N2 Total PetroPort just before Hluhluwe. When travelling from the North, please phone the above number from the N2 Engen Garage in Pongola or when you are passing Mkuze. Should you arrive without prior notice or confirmed arrival time, there will be a 30-minute wait for the transfer vehicle.

Should you use a navigation system, please follow the below guidelines as this will ensure that you arrive at the correct entrance:

  • Enter the following coordinates into your navigation system: S27°53'07" E032°11'04" [-27.885439,32.184513]
  • Do not enter any street address or the name of the reserve.
  • Once you arrive at these coordinates (intersection on the N2), turn west onto the D242 road (left turn if travelling from Durban/South, right turn if travelling from Pongola/North) and follow the gravel road for 5,7km.
  • The Thanda Main Entrance will be on your right.

Flying to Thanda

Spend more time on Safari and fly to Thanda! We have linked up with Fly Airlink to offer guests the option of flying to Thanda from Johannesburg’s OR Tambo Airport, shaving hours off usual transfer times. And with spectacular views from your aircraft seat, your African adventure starts before you have even landed! Guests will be flown to Phinda Airstrip where they are met by a Thanda representative for the short drive into Thanda Safari.

For more information on Fly Airlink Flights, on the Terms & Conditions and to book, contact Reservations at +27 32 586 0149 or reservations@thanda.co.za.