Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 5
Mammals: 6
Birds: 4
Reptiles: 4
Trees: 6

Lookout for

Aardwolf
White Lions
White Rhino
Brown Hyena
Jackal
Giraffe
Kudu
Wildebeest
Zebra
Red Hartebeest
Impala
Blesbok
Warthog
Baboon

Thandeka Reserve is located roughly 3 hours from Johannesburg. The 1600 hectare reserve hosts a diverse variety of wildlife, birds and plant life. Thandeka Lodge offers guests an intimate nature experience through the provision of a variety of activities. These include morning and afternoon game drives, guided bush walks and bird watching all led by qualified guides. A special touch is the sundowner stops which are usually at one of the attractive waterholes on the property. Guests are treated to savoury snacks and drinks whilst enjoying the euphoric atmosphere and African sunset. The reserve does not have Big 5 status; however, it provides guests the opportunity to see a number of antelope species, giraffe, zebra, white rhino and buffalo. A variety of good golf courses can be accessed nearby as well as properties with horse riding activities and an interesting cheetah sanctuary. Three beautiful third generation Timbavati white lions have recently been introduced to the reserve.

Why we like it

White lion population; Nearby cheetah sanctuary; Various safari activities available

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 1600 Ha
Reserve Type: Private Game Reserve
Big 5: No
Specialist Specie: White Rhino
Malaria Area: No
Nearest Town: Bela Bela

Lodges and Camps (click on the links below)

Lodge Budget Lodge Type
Thandeka Lodge Full Board

Key Species

MAMMALS
Giraffe
Wildebeest
Zebra
Lion


BRIDS
Woodlands Kingfisher
Magpie Shrike
Giant Eagle Owl
Lilac Breasted Roller
Grey Heron


REPTILES
Snouted Cobra
Puff Adder
Rock Monitor


TREES
Silver Cluster Leaf
Wild Syringa
Large Fruited Bushwillow


HABITAT TYPES
Open Plains
Savannah Woodland
Rocky Outcrop
Thornveld