Location: KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), South Africa
Go: Thanda Safari, located in one of South Africa’s most popular holiday destinations, welcomes visitors with magnificent scenery and a warm climate. It is here that you can experience the unique culture of the Zulu people, experience the Golden Mile and its sun-drenched beaches and get a good sight of dolphins swimming along the coast.
Thanda Safari Lodge offers nine bush suites with indulgent African themes running throughout the property. They are known for their Thanda Safari Spa and an extremely impressive wine cellar. Thanda Tented Camp offers fifteen luxury suites with open and inviting floor plans, each with their own sun deck. Lastly, Villa Izulu features five suites and the most amount of privacy, offering its own helicopter pad for VIP security.
If you’re coming to South Africa, you’re likely there for the safari and so enjoy Thanda’s private game reserve and up-close encounters with several species. Also experience the Zulu culture by becoming more involved with local community projects while visiting. There are so many activities available for all ages of family members at Thanda Safari.
And Do Good: While many of Thanda Safari’s concentrations are ecocentric, they are also known as a leader in their community for humanitarian efforts. They created the Thanda Foundation which run various programs including their starship program, Star for Life, which empowers young people through wellness, art, culture and life skills.
In addition Thanda Foundation has led an HIV/AIDS prevention program and has started a daycare program for young kids in the community called Inkanyiso Crèche (Nursery) Project. Many of these programs are run by donations from guests.
Besides just teaching life skills, Thanda Foundation has created jobs through the Elephant Dung Paper Project, which empowers local communities, particularly women, to use elephant dung to make paper. They have also formed a football (soccer) team for the unemployed youth of the area, which also provides them with personal development and education advancements.
All of these images below are ©Thanda images.