Fodor's Expert Review Thanda Main Lodge

Off N2 and D242, Hluhluwe, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

This exquisite lodge blends elements of royal Zulu with an eclectic pan-African feel. Domed, beehive-shaped dwellings perch on the side of rolling hills and overlook mountains and bushveld. Inside, contemporary Scandinavian touches meet African chic—from the "eyelashes" of slatted poles that peep out from under the thatch roofs to the embedded mosaics in royal Zulu red and blue that decorate the polished, honey-color stone floors. A huge stone fireplace divides the bedroom area from the comfortable and roomy lounge, whilst outside there's a personal plunge pool, private deck, and cushioned sala (outdoor covered deck). Dine on a superb meal with other guests or alone in your private boma under the stars.

PROS

  • luxury unlimited
  • luxurious
  • private plunge pool
  • unique dwelling in Zulu beehive hut

CONS

  • some might say it's Hollywood in the bush
  • some might say it's Hollywood in the bush
  • wild animals do roam close
  • furniture could do with a refurb

QUICK FACTS

Resort
Family, Service, Views
Intimate
Remote
Design
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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 035-573–1899 | 032-586–0149-reservations

HOTEL DETAILS

9 chalets
Rate Includes: All-inclusive

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