Two Former Miss Worlds Enjoy the Beauty of Thanda

Miss World 1958 1966

Thanda has just played host to two fabulous ladies who were both previous Miss World title holders of commendable significance.

At the time living in Durban, Penelope Anne Ray (née Coelen) was crowned Miss World at the contest’s 8th pageant in 1958 gaining widespread international attention for being the only non-European to have made it into the finals. Reita Faria Powell was the first Indian and Asian to win the Miss World title in 1966 and went on to become the first Miss World to also qualify as a doctor.

Travelling with their husbands they enjoyed exciting game drives along with a magical bush dinner around an open fire with local Zulu dancers and naturally, the sumptuous accommodation at Thanda Safari Lodge. Their time in fact was so enjoyed that they vowed to return to see the Big Five, with their little five – their grandchildren!

Picture by Christian Sperka – Specialist Photography Guide and Resident Wildlife Photographer – Thanda Private Game Reserve