The Royal Residences offer an unprecedented opportunity to own a piece of history, nestled deep in the Zululand bushveld, a land where Zulu Kings and warriors once hunted and roamed; a wilderness haven that became the first proclaimed wildlife reserve in South Africa in 1895, along with the now-famous Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve. It was in this area that Zulu kaNtombhela, founder and chief of the Zulu clan and son of Ntombhela kaMalandela, established KwaZulu or “Place of Heaven” in 1709. It is only at the express invitation of Thanda’s founder, Dan Olofsson, that the ability to purchase a Royal Residence will be conferred on a prospective purchaser.


The Royal Thanda Club is intended for likeminded global leaders, entrepreneurs, social investors and adventurers who wish to participate in an incomparable network in Africa, an unsurpassed lifestyle in a celebrated, private Big Five game reserve, and an opportunity to do good in this unique part of the world.

As a member, you will be creating a royal network like none other and a lifetime of unique friendships and memories that few experience. It is a most distinctive legacy that can be bequeathed to future generations. You and your family will, at the same time, have the opportunity to restore your senses and rejuvenate your spirit in a place of extraordinary wildlife, history and mystique. You will be creating a home and network within the ancient Royal Zulu Hunting Grounds of one of Africa’s most beautiful and richly blessed kingdoms.


This Royal Thanda Club membership is limited to only 44 select members, including Dan Olofsson - the Chairman and owner of Sigma/Danir Sweden and the Thanda Group - and the CEO of the Thanda Group, Pierre Delvaux. This is undoubtedly Africa’s most exclusive club.

As a member of The Royal Thanda Club, you automatically become a full title owner of one of 44 Royal Villas situated in the high-security Thanda Royal Residence Estate – a 380-hectare pristine wildlife haven within the boundaries of the 14,000-hectare Thanda Safari Big Five game reserve. The Estate is for the exclusive access of The Thanda Royal Club members.

The Thanda Royal Residence Estate has been created in collaboration with a leading international team of architects, planners, developers, and project managers. Perfectly suited to the surrounding bush and mountain landscape, with no internal fences or walls, each member has a choice of distinctive Royal Villa stands. The land size of the stands ranges from 1 to 38 hectares, each offering unique and dramatic views of the bush, mountains, valleys, and rivers.

The Royal Residences will be fenced with electrified barriers to provide first-class security and protection from the wild animals in the surrounding Big Five Thanda Safari reserve.


For our family, Thanda is a place of seclusion ~ where we restore our senses and rejuvenate our spirit. For us, Thanda is both silent and alive with the sounds of the Zululand bush. Located deep in the heart of the Zulu Kingdom, Thanda is about belonging to, rather than simply viewing one of Africa’s most extraordinary places.

It is about conserving this wildlife wonder and sharing in the traditions, experiences and heritage of the people of this vast ancestral domain. Thanda means Love in the language of the Zulu people, and we welcome you to participate in the spiritual, cultural and natural abundance of Thanda, by owning an exclusive Thanda Royal Residence. Join us in keeping Thanda true to its Zulu name, Place of Love, and make a home for your family here.