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The Marvelous Thanda Private Game Reserve in South Africa

By Adrian Prisca


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Love is the best feeling in the world, there’s no question about that. This is actually what “thanda” means in Zulu, the name of a gorgeous private resort on in South Africa. Put it near the word “satisfaction” and the location will be almost perfectly described. And we only used two words for that!

The place is a beautiful highlighting of the mixture between the Zulu culture, wildlife and luxury. There’s a whole plethora of game to be watched nearby, like Africa’s Big Five – lion, elephant, leopard, rhinoceros and buffalo – at the Royal private Villa, where people can enjoy safaris alongside friends and family.

One can either live among nature within the safari-style tented camp or choose privacy and romance inside any of the local luxury bush villas. Besides the Big Five, Thanda Private Game Reserve also boasts endangered species like the cheetah and the African wild dog.

One of the most opulent bush spas in Africa is ready to tend to your needs, while among the waters of the Indian Ocean you can do some shark diving. Furthermore, you may take part at the local cultures, where Zulu warriors perform traditional rituals that impress through power and profundity.

Each of the nine eccentric bush villas at the main lodge let out strong feelings of coziness and luxury, hard to exceed. They boast private bomas, perfect four outdoor romantic dinners and private heated splash pools. In the end, the afternoon comes with the impossible-to-resist temptation to relax and lounge on cozy cushions among the outdoor salas, enjoying the local breathtaking landscapes.

For those in need of more authentic, bush-like structures, the colonial-style tented camp is perfect to entice them. Counting five tents, each one of them is packed with four-poster beds, en-suite canvass bathrooms and exceptional views. The adjacent facilities boast a boma, private dining tent, plunge pool for much-needed cooling during the hot summer days and an exquisite outdoor lounge.

In case you need a bit more romance, refinement and cozy privacy, the newly-constructed air-conditioned honeymoon tent is ready to welcome you. The king-size bed inside the large bedroom within the honeymoon tent, plus the additional lounge area make this quite a remarkable experience. Suffice to say, it also features a Jacuzzi with breathtaking views of the reserve and an outdoor shower.

Perhaps all these won’t come cheap; perhaps all these can’t possibly cost less than they actually do. The fact is … it’s gorgeous!


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About Adrian Prisca

Founder of Luxatic and countless other projects, Adrian has shaped this website into a go-to source for discerning readers looking for the latest in luxury products and experiences. He has over 15 years of experience in creating, managing and publishing lifestyle content across numerous platforms and he’s considered a leading voice in the luxury industry. Learn more about Luxatic's Editorial Process.

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