One of South Africa’s most romantic destinations, and winner of the
Leading Safari in South Africa category in the 2006 World Travel
Awards, Thanda Private Game Reserve
is situated on a 6000 hectare Big Five private game reserve in northern
only an hour away from the Indian Ocean.
Thanda, meaning ‘love’ in Zulu, unites romantic decadence and
exclusivity with Zulu culture and wildlife. The five-star facilities
include a main lodge, tented camp and award-winning wellness centre.
Encounter the abundance of African game including lion, rhino,
elephant, buffalo and leopard found at Thanda. Let your tension be
smoothed away at one of South Africa's most exquisite African bush
spas, or feel the rush of adrenaline diving with sharks at the nearby
warm Indian Ocean waters. Be transfixed in awe as you witness a
hundred-year-old ritual performed by Zulu warriors, offering you a
glimpse of a powerful nation that still retains its deep traditions.
Born from a dream to create harmony between man and nature, an
exclusive hideaway awaits those who dare to share the dream in Luxury
bush villas or the colonial safari-style tented camp.
Luxury Bush Villas:
The nine luxury bush villas at the main lodge each have a private
infinity pool, viewing deck, private sala (thatched outdoor day bed
area), lounge, fireplace and full bathroom with both inside and outside
showers. Five-star cuisine can be served at the private boma (open-air
reed enclosure with a fireplace) at each villa for guests wanting total
The non-electrified tented camp is built in colonial safari style,
offering an authentic yet luxurious bush experience. The four luxury
tents have viewing decks and en-suite canvas bathrooms. Public
facilities at the tented camp include a dining tent, a boma area, and a
sala consisting of an open-air lounge and a splash pool.
Decorated in Zulu-chic style, the public facilities at the main lodge
include a lounge, library, dining room, boma, dining deck, wine cellar,
cigar bar, fully equipped business centre and viewing decks overlooking
tranquil water features. Artefacts made by local artists subtly enhance
the public areas in honour of the Zulu culture and craftsmanship.
A variety of exceptional dining experiences are available at Thanda.
The public facilities of the main lodge include a dining room, outdoor
dining decks and an outdoor boma.
Private dining is available at the bush villas, where meals can be
served in the private bomas or the private decks of each villa.
A bush breakfast or dinner can be arranged for special occasions.
Dining facilities at the safari-style tented camp include an intimate
dining tent and a boma.
Winner of the Safari Spa category in the Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa
Awards 2006, the wellness centre at Thanda Private Game Reserve offers
exclusive treatments such as reflexology, aromatherapy, pressure point
scalp massage and hot stone massage using African essential oils in a
base of shea butter.
Unique features include hot & cold outdoor kniepp therapy pools, a
reflexology pool, outdoor sala treatment area, and a steam room &
hydrotherapy bath, all with a unique Zulu feel and designed exclusively
for Thanda. The Thanda Signature
Treatments draw inspiration from the Zulu culture and are designed to
be indulgent to both the body and soul.
in open game viewing vehicles
are conducted exclusively for Thanda guests on the virtually
malaria-free 6000ha reserve. Thanda
has recently introduced a breeding
pack of wild dog onto the Big Five
property - the first time this has
happened on private land in KwaZulu-Natal.
, a traditional homestead adjacent to Thanda
is a showcase of
traditional Zulu warriors performing age-old dancing rites, as was done
prior to and after battle with King Shaka Zulu
. Thanda is contributing
to the preservation of the Zulu culture, through job creation as well
as maintaining an ongoing interest in the Zulu heritage.
is a unique beach and bush
destination, with Sodwana Bay
located merely an hour away. A day at the
beach can be arranged where guests have the possibility to dive with
sharks, snorkel above coral reefs, ride horses on the beach or just
enjoy the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.
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