About Villa iZulu.
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.
Getting to Villa iZulu.
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.