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Thanda Safari

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Thanda Safari


Thanda means ‘love’ in isiZulu and it represents the heart and soul of passion; the spirit of togetherness – what
could be more apt for about-to-be married couples wanting to experience the African bush, and enjoy new
adventures together.

Thanda Safari situated in Zululand, KwaZulu Natal, is a proud member of The Leading Hotels of the World, a
multiple award-winner of the World’s Leading Luxury Lodge, and one of South Africa's top game reserves
where you are assured of experiencing a unique African safari with exclusive close-up encounters with Africa’s
magnificent Big Five.

“At first we were apprehensive about hosting a destination wedding so far from home and in ‘the wild’, recall
Americans Mia and Mark White, “but our minds were soon put at ease as Thanda Safari is totally geared for
magnificent bush weddings and unbelievable honeymoons. We had the exclusive use of Villa iZulu for ourselves
and our retinue, and our guests stayed at Thanda Safari Lodge and Tented Camp. How perfect it all was! We
felt as if we had the whole private game reserve to ourselves - we genuinely felt like royalty!"
Like Mia and Mark, you too can have the perfect wedding!

Your Weddings at Thanda Safari

A wedding ceremony held in a sheltered bush location, under the spreading marula trees… ululating Zulu
dancers ushering you down the aisle to take your vows…your wedding reception, done safari-style in a star-lit
boma or on a deck overlooking the unspoilt African bush - whatever your personal style, there is no better
place than Thanda Safari to celebrate romance!
The Kanye (meaning together in isiZulu) Wedding Package is a unique package that hones in on ubuntu, the Zulu culture belief of the importance of compassion, humanity and community.

About Thanda Safari

Thanda Safari is a Big Five game reserve situated on 14 000 hectares in the heart of Zululand, KwaZulu Natal, owned by Swedish philanthropists Christin and Dan Olofsson. It offers an authentic South African wildlife experience with excellent game viewing all year round, and has a sincere commitment to the Zulu culture and conservation of the environment; actively involved in conservation and wildlife research, it works to uplift the local communities through ‘Star for Life’ and other projects. Meaning ‘love’ in isiZulu, Thanda Safari is a proud member of The Leading Hotels of the World and multiple winner of The World’s Leading Luxury Lodge.
Thanda Safari offers three different accommodation types, Thanda Safari Lodge, Villa iZulu and Thanda Tented Camp.
Thanda Safari Lodge has nine bush suites - shaped like a traditional Zulu homestead, the suites have panoramic views of the surrounding game reserve;
Villa iZulu is an outstanding safari hideaway for families, holidaymakers and wedding parties wanting privacy - situated amidst lush green lawns and surrounded by expanses of wild African bush, Villa iZulu can accommodate 10 guests in five suites.
Thanda Tented Camp, with 15 colonial safari-style tents, each with its own viewing deck and en-suite bathrooms.
Thanda Safari is situated 23km north of Hluhluwe on the N2 approximately 220km north of Durban and is easily accessible from the N2 by gravel road (no 4x4 required). Richards Bay is the closest commercial airport, with King Shaka International
Airport, Durban being the closest international airport. Road transfers are available from and to Durban and Richards Bay Airports.
Check Out is at 11:00 and check in is at 14:00.

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