Stay: Thanda Tented camp
Discover true African wilderness inside this glamping experience Hello Joburgers. Especially for all you newbies this is an absolute necessity. This iconic location and renowned reserve allow for the ideal campsite. Nestled in private positions overlooking Mother Nature lays fourteen tented camps, each with a private sun deck and en-suite canvas bathroom. It seems almost sacrilege to describe these dwellings as tents because they offer so much more. The Thanda Tented camps are the very definition of luxury. We highly recommend you take an outside shower amongst the wild animals; it’s an absolute treat.
The tents will allow you to submerse yourself into the bushes authenticity and indulge in the artistic heartbeat of its surroundings. With their contemporary eye catching designs and old world colonial style décor engaging in a basic nuance of color, they bring the bush to life. Bringing extra beauty and preciousness into the environment and allowing creativity to emerge in a reserved way. Most importantly are the unspoilt views of the reserve, dry but mesmerizing, brunette but oh so bold.
Remember there is no electricity, which means no TV and electronics, which also gives way for escapism and absolute pleasure. You’ll be inspired by reading again and will be extremely satisfied as you begin to unwind.
Just s stones throw away from your tent is the Hemingway style lounge and dining area (and electricity too for those technology addicts) If you’re a photographer or love Instagram this will lend for the perfect view point for spectacular pictures alongside the glistening pool and evergreen trees. We dined inside the boma and had a feast of epic proportions. What could be more enticing than a braai vleis? Succulent chops, spicy roasted chicken, samp, beans and of course pap and sauce. We were also greeted by the Zulu tribe who showered us with a traditional dance, captivating and entrancing and alongside the passionate bush fire. Heaven
Stay: Thanda Luxury Villa
The easiest way to understand the concept of luxury is to stay in one of these nine villas. The sheer volume will take your breath away. Down a wooden path you’ll stumble across your very own private villa, with a rounded stoned pool and best of all, your very own outdoor reading cradle with a view that will make your heart skip a beat.
The rooms are all about celebrating African design and colour, which complements the look and feel of the luxurious environment. The rooms are surreal with gargantuan master bedrooms, outdoor showers, fully wooden decks and a spacious lounge; it is a room fit for royalty. Detailed and sophisticated with highly defined details, it is a moment worth freezing in time.
Once the dust settles after your afternoon game drive, you’ll be sure to take full advantage of your villa. Run yourself a hot bath overlooking the outback and be prepared to expect a few four-ton visitors slurping by the pool. The vast open spaces also allow you to watch the sociable birdlife or because there is excellent Wi-Fi perhaps open up your kindle and unravel the mysteries.
Like clockwork the lodge and its staff, work like a well-oiled machine, working determinedly and tirelessly.
You can choose to enjoy dinner in your very own private boma or dine in the beautiful restaurant. A stunning three course meal is served, sweet and floral Kaapzicht wine flowing and the who-o-o of owls hooting in the background.
You will leave Thanda feeling proud to be an African and so privileged that we have such destinations only a few hours outside of our city. With all that in mind, there really is only one option. Reserve your spot!
The Rate includes:
All drinks and meals are included in your rate as well as snacks and two game drives per day. Thanda boasts the Big Five and so much more, the game viewing is reason enough to visit.
What to Bring:
A swimming costume
Your favourite khakis
Bianca Spinner is the Senior Lifestyle Journalist and Beauty Editor at Hello Joburg Magazine. Bianca is taking strides as in independent woman in the workforce and combined with her deep seated passion and love for her community, she is sure to increase her insatiable appetite for success.