APRIL 2013 – Recently voted ‘World‘s Leading Luxury Lodge’, Thanda not only offers the opportunity to see the Big Five on 14 000 hectares in northern Zululand but is also one of the most romantic destinations around – after all, ‘thanda’ means ‘love’ in isiZulu. Guests are sure to fall in love with its opulent offerings. The five-star facilities offer nine generously proportioned bush villas at the main lodge. Push the heavy wooden door aside and a haven of indulgent luxury awaits: vast thatched interiors with four-poster beds lead to capacious bathrooms with well-designed indoor-outdoor flow. Fold-back doors lead to the expansive viewing deck, with its private infinity plunge pool and two lovely surprises – an enclosed boma for romantic dinners (also ideal for families), as well as an open, thatched sala suspended over the bush. Laze away an afternoon on the sala’s decadent circular day bed.
For even more pampering, head for the spa for signature body treatments that draw on the bounty of local ingredients with inspiration from traditional Zulu medicine. Relax later at the main lodge’s viewing deck overlooking a watering hole where top-class cuisine is enjoyed, or in the library or cigar bar. Thanda also has tented camps for those after rugged refinement and the traditional romance of safari.