Imagine a sanctuary where you can enjoy some of nature’s most beautiful views that aren’t found anywhere else, a private retreat where you can behold the magnificence of wild creatures like lions and elephants in their habitats — all in the comfort of your very own villa. That’s exactly what you’ll get at Thanda Royal Residences, the new luxury lodges set in the heart of the Zulu Kingdom.

Together with His Majesty, King Zwelithini Goodwill kaBhekuzulu, ruler of the Zulu Kingdom, Christin and Dan Olofsson are inviting buyers to make a home for themselves in the pristine wildlife haven of northern Zululand, South Africa. As mentioned earlier, the views from Thanda Royal Residences are simply breathtaking. Regardless of which one of the sites — from 1 hectare to 38 hectares — your villa is situated, you will surely be treated to extravagant views of the rich African mountains, valleys and rivers.

All 44 Thanda Royal Residence Estates are equally as impressive. Ranging in sizes between 350 square metres and 1,000 square metres, each luxury villa has been designed by leading architect SVA and are fenced with electrified barriers for security and protection from wild animals. The interiors of the villas are readily furnished in three different styles to suit any taste, from traditional to eclectic. Plus, each villa comes with all the comforts and entertainment to make it feel just like home, in the form of day beds, entertainment lounges, treatment spas and a swimming pool.

Homeowners at the Thanda Royal Residences also enjoy other special privileges, such as access to Thanda Safari. Thanda Safari promises 14,000 hectares of an authentically South African wildlife experience to explore. Besides sightings of the Big Five — the lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo — the safari is also populated with a wealth of other wildlife, including giraffes, cheetahs, hyenas, and a diverse bird and plant life.

As a member of The Leading Hotels of the World and a multiple winner of the World’s Leading Luxury Lodge, you can expect accommodation at Thanda Safari to be far from shabby. Three options are offered: one of the nine luxurious bush suites of the Thanda Safari Lodge; an extremely private bush residence at Villa iZulu; and an authentic African safari experience at the Thanda Tented.

At Thanda Royal Residences, nature is never too far away. Residents can always spend a day or two at their very own getaway at Thanda Island. Lying off the east coast of Tanzania in the tropical Indian Ocean, the island has its own marine reserve where you can bathe in the same waters as the gentle giant, the whale shark, and spot sea turtles nesting.

Thanda Royal Residences is practically heaven on earth, so it’s only natural that owning a villa there comes with a good deed. Investments for the luxury estate will go to helping protect the rhinos and elephants on the land, as well as funding the Start for Life organisation — providing education to over 200,000 children in Africa, Sri Lanka and India.

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