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Thanda Safari is thrilled to have won the prestigious Remarkably Uncommon Award at The Leading Hotels of the World’s 2016 Membership Awards. Celebrated in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Saturday 12 November the ceremony honored just six member hotels and hoteliers for their continuous commitment to creating happy guests, exemplary leadership in and contribution to the art of hospitality and passion for delivering remarkably uncommon experiences.

Known for offering an authentic South African wildlife experience, matched with sincere commitment to the Zulu culture and passionate conservation of the environment, the Remarkably Uncommon Award went to Thanda Safari for creating story-worthy guest experiences through innovative service and creative team engagement.

“When the Leading Hotels of the World launched their new Remarkably Uncommon campaign in 2014 we believed that the Thanda Safari experience absolutely exemplified this. Our Uniquely Zulu, Proudly Conservationist and Incomparably Thanda theme not only promoted the Big Five safari experience but also our core commitment to promoting Zulu Culture and empowering and uplifting our staff, 93% of which are Zulu who provide special memories for our guests” said Pierre Delvaux, CEO for Thanda. “However, when one considers some of the best hotels in the world who compete for this prestigious annual award and the fact that Thanda Safari is one of the smallest members in the LHW portfolio, it was unimaginable that we would not only make the short list, but actually win the award for 2016. We are truly honored.”

Pierre continues “The award is dedicated to our amazing Thanda staff who are the real stars of our business, who tirelessly work long hours to create memorable experiences to blow our guests away, and whom I must wholeheartedly thank for their dedication, commitment, loyalty and service. They are the backbone of our success. Special thanks and appreciation must go to the owners of Thanda Safari, Dan and Christin Olofsson of Malmö, Sweden, whose vision, support and commitment to following their African dream and making such an enormous difference in the lives of so many Africans to become Sweden’s largest private investors and philanthropists in Africa is absolutely amazing. It has been an incredible privilege to lead this organization and dynamic team”.

Ted Teng, president and CEO of The Leading Hotels of the World said “The Leading Hotels of the World Membership Awards is an opportunity to celebrate our member hoteliers’ success and ongoing commitment to individualize and transform the guest experience. The hotels awarded, though all distinct, are tied together by what sets them apart: offering authentic, unexpected travel experiences that are rooted in their destinations.”

It is Thanda Safari’s longstanding and integrated relationship with the local community that makes a stay here exceptional. Guests enjoy the choice of three accommodation options and numerous activities, from Big Five game drives, specialised bush walks and wildlife conservation activities, to Zulu cultural tours into the rural community along with photographic safaris, further enhancing their African experience.

Full board accommodation at Thanda Safari Lodge with twice daily safari activities starts from
Rand 7000 per person