Looking for a luxury safari getaway in South Africa? Look no further than Thanda Safari in Kwa-Zulu Natal. Situated near Phinda and St Lucia on the privately owned Thanda Game Reserve, these lodges are nothing short of 5-star. The Game Reserve hosts three beautiful lodges, namely, Thanda Safari Lodge, Thanda Tented Camp and Villa iZulu. We had the privilege of staying at the glamourous Thanda Tented Camp. As you all know me by now, camping is not for me, but Thanda Tented Camp is not your average tented camp. The lodge has 15 beautifully designed tented villas all with en suite bathrooms as well as private sun decks. 

Marc and I stayed at the Romantic Jabula tent, the only tent in the camp with a private splash pool, a luxurious lounge and an outdoor shower with magnificent views of the African bush. This tent was nothing short of glamping! The design of the tent, including the interior, is the epitome of safari chic. As it was my birthday this past weekend, Thanda Tented Camp spoilt me beyond! Every day includes two game drives, one in the morning and one in the late afternoon. Every game drive, you are spoilt with a variety of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks as well as delicious traditional South African snacks such as rusks, biltong and salted nuts. 

If you are looking for an all inclusive holiday in the bush, then this is the place to go! All drinks, meals and safari game drives are included in your stay, which makes this an ideal getaway destination. The lodge offers breakfast, a three course lunch as well as a superb three course dinner. It is a place were you can relax and unwind without stressing about any extra unforeseen or hidden costs. 

Both Thanda Safari Lodge as well as Thanda Tented Camp have their own private spa areas. By appointment only, the therapists on site offer a wide variety of treatments which include a combination of ancient Zulu holistic practices as well as western techniques. It really is a special experience. 

Without a doubt, I would absolutely return to Thanda Tented Camp and although we did not get to experience Thanda Safari Lodge, it is most certainly next on our list!

Africa's Leading Safari Lodge was awarded to Thanda Safari Lodge at the World Travel Awards, Africa 2020, which awards Africa's leading airports, Meetings and Conference Destination, Private Game Reserve and more. The World Travel Awards acknowledges, reward and celebrate excellence across all key sectors of the travel, tourism and hospitality industries. Established in 1993, the awards celebrate its 27th anniversary this year and this year Thanda Safari won the award for Africa's leading Safari Lodge and it could not have be awarded to a better lodge!

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