Why The Royal Thanda Club Residences are among the most exclusive in Africa


Now this is what we call a holiday home with a difference!  The award-winning Big Five Thanda Safari is set to launch The Royal Thanda Club – which, once opened, will be one of the most exclusive private residence clubs and real estate offerings in Africa.  Owned by discerning families from around the world, a collection of Royal Residences is being created for members to own, located within The Royal Thanda Club Estate – creating an ultra-exclusive home-away-from-home unlike any other.

Meticulously designed and individually furnished according to each owner’s specific taste, the Royal Residences seamlessly blend sophistication with a unique Zulu architectural theme and spirit, while offering absolute privacy and spectacular views over the expansive, multi-award-winning, 14,000-hectare, five-star Big Five private game reserve, where lions roam freely.

Situated in the rolling hills of Zululand, in South Africa’s northern KwaZulu Natal, Thanda Safari – which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year – is one of Africa’s most authentic safari destinations, rich in wildlife and committed to protecting and promoting Zulu culture.  Owned by Swedish philanthropists Christin and Dan Olofsson, Thanda (meaning “love” in Zulu) offers an authentic South African wildlife experience with excellent game viewing all year round.

It’s no surprise that Thanda Safari was ranked as one of the 20 Top Resorts in South Africa at the Condé Nast Traveler Awards, is a multiple award-winner of The World’s Leading Luxury Lodge Awards, and has consistently won at the World Travel Awards.

With an extensive range of luxury amenities – including private verandas, air conditioning and 24-hour VIP security – every detail has been curated to ensure the utmost comfort. Complete with private swimming pools and hot tubs, and with indulgent spa treatments available, visitors will experience a profound sense of belonging and peace, surrounded by the vast untouched African wilderness.  A stay in one of the Royal Residences comes with a dedicated butler, private chef, personalised concierge service and hospitality staff to ensure every desire will be effortlessly fulfilled.

In-keeping with this truly extraordinary safari experience, visitors can arrive direct by Thanda Safari’s own helicopter, enjoying aerial views of protected nature reserves and KwaZulu-Natal’s magnificent coastline during the flight.

Staying at The Royal Thanda Club means embarking on an extraordinary journey of discovery and adventure through twice-daily game drives in a private game viewing vehicle, led by Thanda Safari’s highly experienced guides and trackers for immediate immersion into the wonders of the African wilderness.

From exhilarating bush walks led by specialist walking guides and outdoor dining experiences under a million stars with the sounds of the night, to sundowners overlooking the ancient African hills, the once-in-a-lifetime activities at Thanda Safari are endless – and surely made all the more special knowing that this could all be quite literally in your back garden….

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