Villa iZulu – R 68,250 per night

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Villa iZulu

This magnificent Afro-chic safari villa was initially built as a private getaway for Thanda Safari’s Swedish owners, the Olofsson family, who subsequently opened it to guests. It has a butler, chef and manager attending to guests’ every need.

Up your safari experience.


When it comes to luxury villas on Big Five private game reserves, Thanda Safari’s Villa iZulu has been honoured with the most awards of any luxury, privately-owned villa in Africa by the World Travel Awards. This magnificent Afro-chic safari villa was initially built as a private getaway for Thanda Safari’s Swedish owners, the Olofsson family, who subsequently opened it to guests. It has a butler, chef and manager attending to guests’ every need.

Situated in the heart of this Big Five private game reserve, Villa iZulu has five luxurious bedrooms en suite, a large living and dining area, Hemingway library, cellar and gym. It is situated in a beautifully landscaped garden, securely fenced in from the surrounding reserve. The garden has a swimming pool, boma and observation terrace overlooking a water hole. It is the ideal safari retreat for visitors who want complete solitude, as well as for families and children, friends, and discreet gatherings. Villa iZulu has its own helicopter pad as well as separate quarters for childminders and VIP security officials. A safari vehicle, guide and tracker is dedicated to Villa iZulu guests.

Step into Villa iZulu.


  • 5 Suites
  • Maximum Guests - 10
  • Children of all ages welcome
  • Malaria Free
  • Private vehicle available


wildlife African safari is defined by the thrill of the Big Five. As a private game reserve Thanda Safari offers an exclusive, up-close experience of these magnificent animals and all the bush inhabitants

Zulu Culture

Zulu means ‘Heaven’ and the Zulu people are ‘The People of Heaven’. At Thanda Safari most of our team members are Zulu, and we offer a special Zulu cultural and community experience where you can visit families in our neighbouring villages in their traditional homesteads and take part in community projects and celebrations.


On a Thanda Safari, you can experience and participate in every aspect of wildlife conservation, including spending time with our specialist rhino monitors and conservation team or exploring beyond the reserve on a guided boat tour to experience hippos and crocodiles in the nearby iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a World Heritage Site.


Magnificent wildlife photography tells the story of your Thanda Safari in a way that words cannot. Thanda’s accomplished resident wildlife photographer and field guide, Christian Sperka is an expert at sharing the art of capturing wildlife on camera in a 90-minute session, at no charge to guests staying for two nights or more.


Witnessing your children experience the bush, discover new places and see wild animals for the first time – these memories of your stay at Thanda Safari will stay with you forever. We go out of our way to make sure your kids have the best time, including participating in our special Bucks & Bugs Club and our Junior Rangers Course.


Experience total pampering Thanda Safari style at our spa, where our expert therapists lead you on a journey of beauty, relaxation and healing, based on a combination of Western and Zulu holistic treatments.


Dining on safari at Thanda is an experience of our chefs’ pursuit of deliciousness at every meal. From our sumptuous bush breakfasts to our legendary high teas and fire-lit boma dinners, our menus offer unique Thanda dishes and tastes, combined with carefully chosen wines and impeccable service.

Weddings & Honeymoons

Thanda means ‘Love’ and we specialise in making sure that every aspect of your celebration and ceremony is exquisite, with a special team dedicated to your every need.

Rates & Packages.

For further information please contact our reservations department.

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DRIVE: Thanda Safari is situated in northern KwaZulu-Natal, some 260km north of Durban. From Durban, take the N2 towards Hluhluwe. Approximately 20km (12 miles) past the turn-off for Hluhluwe, turn left onto the D242, and continue for approximately 5km (3 miles) on the gravel road to the Thanda Safari gate on the right.

FLY: If you are flying into local Richards Bay Airport or King Shaka International Airport in Durban, a transfer can be arranged, where our team will meet you and drive you to the reserve. International guests often fly to South Africa via O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.

KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) is one of South Africa’s most popular holiday destinations, with magnificent scenery and a warm climate. The area is known worldwide as an incredibly diverse, exciting region to visit. The province offers three geographical areas: the Lowland Region along the Indian Ocean, the Central Region (Natal Midlands), and two legendary mountainous areas: the Drakensberg Mountains to the west and the Lebombo Mountains to the north.

Why visit KZN?

  • It’s home to Thanda Safari!
  • It’s summer all year round.
  • KZN is home to the ‘Golden Mile’ and its sun-drenched beaches.
  • There is rich cultural fusion.
  • It is the traditional home of the Zulu people.
  • Durban is known as a surfing hotspot.
  • The iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a World Heritage Site, is in KZN.
  • Diving enthusiasts can explore the region’s many spectacular reefs, including Aliwal Shoal – a rocky reef, five kilometres from the coast and four kilometres long.
  • History enthusiasts can follow the Inanda Heritage Trail.
  • Downtown Durban is home to the Juma Masjid Mosque, the largest in the southern hemisphere.
  • KZN is the gateway to the glorious Drakensberg mountains.
  • Large schools of dolphins are frequently sited close to shore along the KZN coast.
  • Southern Right and Humpback whales are in these waters from July to November.
  • uShaka Marine World is a must-visit for every age.