The Thanda Group (Thanda meaning ‘love’ in isiZulu), a family held portfolio of hospitality, lifestyle and philanthropic experiences in Africa, triumphed at the World Travel Awards winning prestigious accolades for both its private island located off the coast of Tanzania as well as its safari offering in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Thanda Island was awarded the title of Africa’s Leading Luxury Island 2019, whilst Thanda Safari’s Villa iZulu and Thanda Safari Lodge also came first in both the Africa and South Africa categories for Leading Luxury Private Villa 2019 and Leading Safari Lodge 2019 respectively.
Situated within Tanzania’s Shungimbili Island Marine Reserve, Thanda Island provides absolute exclusivity for families and friends to enjoy on a sole-use basis. Combining laidback tropical beach-house living with outdoor ocean adventures, it features one expansive five-bedroom villa, 2 beach chalets accommodating 4 further guests each, an impressive glass rim-flow swimming pool, a boat house full of water activity equipment, a tennis court, a fully equipped gym, yoga deck and an outdoor cocktail bar. Encouraging guests to slow down and soak up the relaxed tempo of island life, it is off-grid and solar-powered offering guests an environmentally sensitive, fun and restorative Indian Ocean experience in total seclusion.
Set in 14 000 hectares of spectacular wilderness in the heart of Zululand, Thanda Safari offers an authentic South African wildlife experience with excellent game viewing all year round. Big Five game drives, specialised bush walks, wildlife conservation activities and Zulu cultural tours into the rural communities provide meaningful insight and a rewarding African experience.
Circular in structure and reminiscent of a traditional Zulu rondavel (homestead), the 9 suites at Thanda Safari Lodge each feature their own spacious lounging areas and plunge pools. The lodge also features the Thanda Spa comprising two treatment rooms, hydrobath and showering facilities, offering a range of full body and facial treatments and pampering.
For a luxurious safari villa experience, Villa iZulu is available to guests on an exclusive-use basis. Sleeping up to 10 in 5 suites, it comprises a library/cigar lounge, wine cellar, playroom, heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi, an outdoor boma and its own helicopter pad. Fully serviced and with a dedicated complement of staff, this magnificent 900sqm villa is set within a beautiful, fully fenced garden for their younger guests to enjoy playing in freely and safely.