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Thanda Private Game Reserve - Main Lodge, South Africa

from price £423 pp / per night
Standard Room - Full Board
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Winner of 'Africa's Leading Luxury Lodge' at the 2007 World Travel Awards, Thanda Private Game Reserve is situated 23 kilometres north of Hluhluwe on a 14,000 hectare 'Big Five' private game reserve, only an hour away from the Indian Ocean or KwaZulu-Natal's Elephant Coast. The five-star facilities include a Main Lodge, Tented Camp and Wellness Centre. The luxury bush villas at the Main Lodge each have their own private infinity pool, viewing deck, sala, boma, lounge, fireplace and full bathroom with both inside and outside showers. Thanda's award-winning Wellness Centre has a reflexology pool, outdoor sala treatment area, a steam room and a hydrotherapy bath, all with a unique Zulu feel. Vula Zulu, a traditional homestead adjacent to Thanda showcases traditional Zulu warriors performing age-old Impi dancing rites.

The nine luxury bush villas at the main lodge offer a level of opulence that is hard to surpass, 220 sq m. in size, each with private heated splash pools and private bomas, ideal for intimate open-air dinners. The outdoor salas are impossible to resist for an afternoon siesta on feather-filled cushions amid extraordinary views of the surrounding unfenced bush. Each villa has a fireplace between the bedroom and the lounge. Luxurious bathrooms have enormous egg-shaped baths, and indoor as well as outdoor showers. Should the urge arise to venture out of your private retreat, Thanda's public areas include a library, business centre, a finely stocked wine cellar and several dining venues where deliciously mouth-watering meals are served.
Step out onto your wooden deck. Take a dip in your plunge pool. Enjoy dinner served in your own private boma. Or admire the African sunset from the circular daybed atop your thatched outdoor sala. Thanda Safari Lodge is known for its 9 beautiful bush suites – each self-contained for absolute privacy. Shaped like a traditional Zulu homestead, the 220m² suites have panoramic views of the surrounding game reserve. Each suite is a tribute to abundance, Africa-style - with a spacious lounge and majestic master bedroom and double-sided fireplace. The bathroom has a vanity, his-and-hers basins, egg-shaped bath, enclosed toilet as well as indoor and outdoor showers.
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Activities & Facilities

Drive Safaris
Sightseeing Programmes
Walking Safaris
Baby Sitting
Internet Access
Laundry Service
Nature Trails

Game Viewing

Thanda Private Game Reserve aims to restore nature's balance by reintroducing species endemic to the area, as well as the 'Big Five'. The rehabilitated land has encouraged the bird and wildlife to flourish, and has assisted in the re-establishment of the natural ecosystem. Game drives in the open game viewing vehicles and bush walks guided by knowledgeable and experienced game rangers and trackers afford guests a better understanding and appreciation of the wild heritage. The private game reserve is part of an ongoing game rehabilitation programme that will ensure the long-term sustainment of wildlife. It is the first privately owned game reserve in KwaZulu-Natal to introduce a breeding pack of wild dog, complementing the 'Big Five' experience.

Wellness Centre

Thanda Private Game Reserve has created a world-class spa facility with exclusive treatments which consist of reflexology, aromatherapy, hot stone massage using African essential oils in a base of shea butter, pressure point scalp massage, manicures, pedicures, hot & cold outdoor kniepp therapy pools, a reflexology pool, outdoor sala treatment area, steam room & hydrotherapy bath all with a unique Zulu feel and designed exclusively for Thanda. Guests can pamper, indulge and rejuvenate mind, body and soul whilst being inspired by the vast expanse of African bush. The Thanda Signature Treatments draw inspiration from the Zulu culture and are designed to be indulgent to both the body and soul, allowing the African spirit to enchant each and every guest. The Wellness Centre was voted as the winner in the Safari Spa category in the Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Awards 2006, and it was a finalist in the category Resort Spa in 2005.

Main Lodge Dining

In the coolness of the night, dine on tender delicacies to the echoing sounds of triumphant creatures feasting. Culinary masterpieces skilfully prepared by the dedicated and professional chefs can be experienced in a variety of venues at Thanda. The public facilities of the Main Lodge include a fire-lit dining room, outdoor dining decks and an outdoor 'boma' (open reed enclosure). Private dining is available at the bush villas, where meals can be served in the private bomas or the private decks of each villa, under sparkling skies on clear nights. Bush breakfasts, lunches or dinners are also available for special occasions. A superbly stocked wine cellar and cigar bar are available at the Main Lodge.

Private Dining - Romance

Thanda, meaning 'love' in Zulu, embraces the philosophy of 'For the love of nature, wildlife and dear ones'. Thanda is the perfect setting to rediscover romance, with romantic turndowns, candlelight, bush dinners lit by paraffin lamps whilst your ranger keeps a watchful eye for any wildlife, private splash pools, your own sala where you can sleep under the stars during the night listening to a lion roaring or take a nap after lunch whilst impalas graze below you, private bomas for romantic dinners with your own fireplace, relaxing massages at the Wellness Centre, excellent wines, foam baths with candlelight and Champagne and outdoor showers that can be used in the magical African night. The aim is to spoil you and provide ultimate privacy.

Honeymoon or Bush Wedding

Thanda is an exquisite venue for a honeymoon or a bush wedding. All co-ordination requirements will be taken care of by the lodge, from the legal documents to arranging an ordained minister, ensuring that the most special day of your life is totally unforgettable and stress-free. Thanda can accommodate a maximum of 26 guests; however the lodge is able to cater for more guests for the wedding ceremony and reception, and would assist in finding additional accommodation nearby if required.

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