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Thanda Safari
Villa iZulu was voted World’s Leading Luxury Private Villa at the World Travel Awards. (Image Thanda Safari)

Thanda Safari, member of The Leading Hotels of the World, is a five-star luxury reserve at the east coast of South Africa in the province KwaZulu-Natal. The sustainable reserve lies on a 34,000-acre large area in the heart of the land of the Zulu and has been voted multiple times at the World Travel Awards to the “World’s Leading Luxury Lodge“.

The reserve supports projects that create jobs and protects the nature and wildlife as well as stopping the spreading of HIV/AIDS, including the JAC Initiative, Star for Life, the Thanda Foundation and the African Impact volunteer program.

Thanda Safari Lodge, KwaZulu Natal
Thanda Safari Lodge, KwaZulu Natal

Thanda Safari is owned by the Swedish philanthropy and business couple Christin and Dan Olofsson and connects unforgettable Safari experiences with significant sustainability projects as well as authentic encounters with the native Zulu tribe. Thanda Safari is not only a wonderful honeymoon destination but also offers extraordinary wedding arrangements. Thanda Safari offers for every target group the suitable accommodation, absolute privacy and exclusivity in the Villa iZulu, Out of Africa feeling in the Thanda Tented Camp or luxurious suites in the Thanda Safari Lodge.

Conservation and Community Initiatives
Thanda Safari’s ethos is based on people, wildlife and the environment coming together to conserve the region’s wild, natural surroundings and to partner in socio-economic upliftment, job creation, education and skills development in the region.

So much happens behind the scenes at Thanda Safari to ensure an incredible wildlife experience for their guests and to contribute to wildlife and environmental conservation on the reserve and in KwaZulu-Natal. Thanda Safari is engaged in several critical initiatives, including their flagship rhino program. Thanda’s ethos is one of wildlife and communities supporting each other, and Thanda’s neighbouring Zulu communities, many of whose members are employed on Thanda, are partners in conservation, employment, skills development, career advancement and community educational initiatives.

Experiences
Nothing compares to the feeling of being in a game reserve in Africa. On an early morning or late afternoon safari, all your senses awaken during up-close encounters with the Big Five in their home terrain. The lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo: these icons of the African wilderness inspire a lifelong connection with Thanda Safari and this beautiful continent.

Accommodation
Pricing start at just $277 per person sharing per day for Luxury accommodation, all meals and selected local beverages (soft drinks, house wines, local spirits and beers), in-room minibar, Wifi and laundry included.

These lodges may stretch your budget slightly, but the value of a stay here is worth its weight in gold. Situated on some of the most pristine wildlife reserves in the world, the quality of your experience at a 5 star safari lodge extends beyond the perfectly appointed rooms, spa treatments.

DATES RATES (PPS) RATES (SINGLE)
16 Dec 2019 — 30 Apr 2020 $ 665 $ 998
01 May 2020 — 31 Aug 2020 $ 559 $ 839
01 Sep 2020 — 15 Dec 2020 $ 636 $ 954
16 Dec 2020 — 10 Jan 2021 $ 712 $ 1,068

It is situated near the ocean and the bush, offering hotel guests a spa, star gazing and safaris to see the Big Five. In 2009 the Thanda area was expanded with the land of King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu. The area is home to black rhinoceros which is on the brink of extinction. It was moved to the area to secure its survival.

A luxury private game reserve and member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Thanda Safari has three distinct accommodation options: Thanda Safari Lodge offers 9 exquisite bush suites; Villa iZulu is a completely private and exclusive bush retreat, ideal for celebrities, small groups and families. Thanda Tented Camp has 15 luxury safari tents for an evocative experience of the wild.

As a multiple winner of the World’s Leading Luxury Lodge, Thanda know exactly how to look after their guests at their exclusive game reserve. Thanda Safari’s warm, attentive team attends to your comfort and needs at their three superb properties, frequently showcased in the media. Thanda Safari Lodge has nine bush suites, personifying luxurious exclusivity and African abundance. Villa iZulu offers complete privacy, elegance and indulgence. Thanda Tented Camp, with its 15 luxury safari tents, offers an evocative into Africa experience.

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