Zulu and Pearls…

Michelle Lazarus, Procurement Executive with Thompsons Africa recently travelled to Hluhluwe and Mozambique and came back gushing about the magnificent experience!

Michelle’s first two nights were at Thanda Safari where she spent a night in their Safari Lodge and a second night in their Tented Camp.

‘The accommodation at Safari Lodge is stunning!  Each lodge has an outdoor bed, plunge pool and private fireplace.  The food was delicious.  The staff (both lodge staff and guides) were amazing.  What a treat to have the opportunity to experience this wonderful lodge.’

‘The tents are wonderful.  They have indoor and outdoor showers, double sinks, overhead variable speed fans and a great king bed.. The tent lacks nothing!’

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Thanda Safari is situated in the heart of Zululand offering a Big Five wildlife experience, matched with a sincere commitment to the Zulu Culture and passionate conservation of the environment.

The 9 bush suites at Thanda Safari Lodge each feature a spacious lounge, master bedroom, double-sided fireplace, full bathroom with indoor and outdoor showers and an expansive deck with plunge pool and circular day bed. All 15 luxury canvas tents at Thanda Tented Camp come with a private sun deck and en-suite bathroom and offer an unparalleled closeness to the bush with only a few hours of solar-powered electricity a day. The Jabula (Happiness) Tent features an additional lounge and is perfect for wedding couples, honeymooners or small families. Shared areas include a large rim-flow pool, a spa tent, boma, Hemingway-styled lounge and dining area with authentic African artworks.

Villa iZulu, a 1000m2 luxury Afro-chic homestead, features five beautiful suites, a heated pool, wine cellar, library and viewing deck overlooking a waterhole, all of which make the Villa perfect for friends and family looking for total privacy.

Thanda Villa iZulu - TA

Next stop?  Ponta Mamoli, Mozambique for 2 nights at White Pearl Resorts.  Michelle was transferred from Huhluwe (Thanda to the Kosi Bay Border) via a 2 hour transfer on a newly tarred road.  Undercover parking is available to guests leaving their vehicle at the border (ZAR50 per day and secure).  White Pearl Resorts transfer guests from the Kosi Bay Border in a Luxury SUV.  They have an excellent relationship with the immigration authorities at the border and assist guests in experiencing a seamless border crossing.  If guests are self driving, they should be aware that the gravel road (of about 11 kms) to White Pearl Resorts is in poor condition and should only be done in a 4×4.

Of her nights at White Pearl Resorts, Michelle said it was ‘Heaven on Earth’.

‘The service was absolutely impeccable.  The staff were amazing and so friendly.  Our room was big and had a gorgeous view of the sea.  The bed is huge and so clean and comfortable.  What amazed me the most was the attention to detail.  From a packed beach bag hanging on the door to flip flops provided for walking around… every kind of tea to little jars with biltong, dried fruit, jellies and nuts provided daily… no detail was overlooked.

Our assigned butler made sure we were taken care of and was always willing to help.  Our room had it’s own pool and luxurious deck loungers which offered privacy yet still offered amazing views overlooking the sea.

The food was delicious.  This lodge is truly amazing and I HIGHLY recommend it!

White Pearl dook070Set in the dunes of the untouched shores of southern Mozambique tucked behind Casuarina trees, experience a place so beautiful and so pure, quite unlike any other in all of Mozambique.

Situated on stilts while protecting the fragile eco-systems beneath them are our 22 ocean front suites, each with a plunge pool and outdoor shower over-looking the warm Indian Ocean. Inspired by the rich coastal biodiversity and ocean reefs, our contemporary styled resort offers a laid-back beachside chic feeling while making the most of the incredible views.

The Beach Bar pool area.jpgWith the proximity to the Kruger National Park and the Maputo Special Reserve, a perfect combination of 5 star Bush and Beach packages are available. Paired with exceptional Butler service, White Pearl Resorts earns the reputation of being the Pearl of the Indian Ocean.

‘Combining Thanda Safari with White Pearl Resorts is a perfect pairing offering guests a luxury beach and bush option.  Access is easy from Durban and adding a stay at Oyster Box Hotel at the beginning of the package and a night at Polana Serena Hotel at the end will give guests a complete luxury circuit through KwaZulu Natal and Mozambique.’


Visit our Customer Zone/Tailor Made/Signature packages to view details of the Zulu and Pearls package https://zone.thompsonsafrica.com/tailor-made-packages/package/77

Contact a Thompsons Africa representative on email info@thompsonsafrica.com to make an enquiry or booking.



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