The ultimate in safari luxury and opulence, Thanda Private Game Reserve was the winner of the 2012 World’s Leading Luxury Lodge award and it’s easy to understand why. Set in 14,000ha of beautiful hills in the heart of Zululand in South Africa’s Kwa-Zulu Natal, the reserve offers a choice of sumptuous villas at the main lodge, and a wilder but equally luxurious tented camp. Close to the St Lucia estuary, guests can add shark diving, whale watching, diving and horse-riding on the beaches to the excellent Big 5 game-viewing and can also learn about Zulu culture and history.
The nine gorgeous bush villas at the main lodge are self-contained and private, with so much space and luxury that it can be hard to tear yourself away for the game drives. As well as breathtaking views over the reserve, each has its own heated infinity plunge pool (sometimes visited by elephants for a quick drink), an outdoor sala with a king-sized day bed, a private boma for outdoor dining, a huge bedroom with soaring thatched ceiling and separate living room with a large stone fireplace connecting the two.
The en-suite bathroom has a large oval tub and both indoor and outdoor showers. The wellness centre is far more than a bush spa, offering world-class treatments with natural Africology products in a serene setting. Gourmet meals set the final seal on a stay of complete luxury, romance and indulgence.
The tented camp may be rustic in comparison to the main lodge, but is luxurious by any other standards, with 14 beautifully furnished tents, king-sized beds and canvas en-suite bathrooms with tub and shower. Electricity is available at certain times, but the romantic light of lanterns makes it an authentic bush experience. There is a large rim-flow pool in the central area and guests can book spa treatments in the privacy of their tents. The reserve has a full conservation program, rehabilitating the land and re-introducing the indigenous wildlife. Game-viewing includes the Big 5, cheetah and also the rare African wild dog. At Thanda you enjoy exquisite luxury together with a safari experience to remember.
- Big 5
- Cultural Tours
- Game Drives
- Horse Riding