PRIVATE GAME RESERVE, KWAZULU-NATAL – DELUXE
The multi award-winning Thanda Private Game Reserve consists of 14,000 acres of prime game viewing land and is situated approximately 300km’s north of Durban in South Africa’s culturally rich KwaZulu-Natal province. Thanda means “love” in Zulu and the property offers plenty of romantic touches, five-star bush luxury and game viewing, and is a model of socially responsible eco-tourism development that has restored the natural eco-systems and continues to uplift local communities. Easily accessed by road from nearby Mkuze Airstrip, Richards Bay Airport and the new Durban airports, Thanda complements “Drakensberg, Battlefields, Bush and Beach” itineraries in the province but can also be easily combined with other elements of a South Africa holiday.
Day and evening game drives are taken in open vehicles and bush walks are led by experienced rangers and trackers. Apart from being an ultra-romantic responsible safari destination the Thanda experience includes a Vula Zulu excursion to a traditional meeting place where guests observe Zulu braves performing adrenaline-charged pre-battle dance rites.
Thanda further embraces the Zulu culture by featuring stylized traditional décor elements. There are three different accommodation elements available:-
Thanda Safari Lodge has nine spacious (220m²) luxury bush villas each with a private splash pool and viewing deck, a sala with daybed (thatched roof with open sides), lounge, fireplace and bathroom with both an indoor and outdoor shower. Guests can also indulge at the wellness centre, which offers a variety of Zulu-inspired therapies and beauty treatments. Lodge facilities include a library with satellite TV, a business centre, wine cellar, cigar bar and curio shop.
Tented Camp has six classic safari tents, and provides an authentic bush experience without compromising on luxury or service. The camp has a central Hemingway-inspired lounge area, a dining area, a large rim-flow pool with sun loungers and umbrellas, a waterhole where you can watch the game come down to drink and boma for evening meals under the stars.
Villa iZulu is Thanda’s exclusive use property and accommodates 10 guests in 5 suites, making it well-suited to families and groups of friends travelling together. It is a self-equipped Villa with a magnificent Afro-chic inspired dining room and spacious lounge, a state-of-the-art kitchen, a traditional boma and bonfire area, verandas and terraces, a games room, a private business area, an outdoor gym, a heated swimming pool (with children’s pool), a wine cellar and a vast viewing deck overlooking the waterhole. Guests staying at iZulu Villa can also use the Spa facilities and the Safari Lodge.
Other nearby activities along “The Elephant Coast” include golf, horse riding on the beach, midnight turtle tours, snorkelling, diving, deep-sea and fresh-water fishing.
Tel: 01778 382 764