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Press release   •   Apr 11, 2016 14:51 UTC

The multi-award winning Thanda Safari, the private game reserve located in KwaZulu Natal, was honoured twice at World Travel Awards™ Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2016.

Villa iZulu, the majestic private safari villa with five well-appointed suites, earned a World Travel Award as South Africa’s Leading Luxury Private Villa 2016 whilst Thanda Safari Lodge, comprising 9 vast suites with panoramic views of the wilderness, received the award for South Africa's Leading Safari Lodge 2016.

The red-carpet Gala Ceremony, regularly referred to as the “Oscars” of the travel industry, was held in Zanzibar, Tanzania, before an invited audience of the industry's leading luminaries and international media. Accepting the award on behalf of Thanda was Thanda Safari’s Managing Director, Pierre Delvaux:

“We are particularly excited to be honoured again by World Travel Awards for the outstanding quality of the safari experience at Thanda Safari. We look forward to continuing to enhance that experience for the benefit of our guests who choose to visit us from all over the world to experience the marvels of the African bush. Perhaps more than anything, these awards recognise the truly dedicated professionals behind Thanda Safari. We couldn’t have achieved this without their talent and relentless dedication, and we’re delighted to share the recognition with them.”

It is Thanda’s longstanding and integrated relationship with the local communities that makes a stay here exceptional. Guests enjoy numerous activities, from Big Five game drives and specialised bush walks, to Zulu cultural tours into the rural community and photographic safaris, further enhancing their African experience. The three accommodation options include: Thanda Safari Lodge, abundant in size it features 9 bush suites shaped like traditional Zulu homesteads with panoramic views of the surrounding game reserve; Set amidst lush green lawns and with its own helipad, Villa iZulu (‘heaven’) is a majestic 5-suite Villa that provides an outstanding safari hideaway for those seeking true privacy; Comprising 15 spacious luxury canvas tents, including Jabula (‘Happiness’) Tent, Thanda Tented Camp offers a relaxed and authentic non-electrified safari experience.

World Travel Awards™ is voted for by travel and tourism professionals worldwide, and this accolade recognises the commitment to excellence, which an organisation has demonstrated in the last twelve months.

Thanda Private Game Reserve is owned by Danir AB.

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Pierre Delvaux, Managing Director:

+27 834 171 155

Danir is an entrepreneurial company owned by the Dan Olofsson family. Danir was founded in 1986, and our role is to own and develop our companies while contributing to a better society. We do this through entrepreneurship, long term commitment and community involvement.

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