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D242 off the N2 | Hluhluwe, 3915, South Africa
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Boulder, Colorado
Reviewed 29 October 2016

Thanda - A fantastic option in Natal - There are three different types of accommodation at Thanda - The Tented Camp, The Safari Lodge and then the Villa. The Tented Camp - Nice layout and the units are well located for privacy. There is no electricity in the rooms, only candle light after dark. For some people this may not...

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ThandaSa, Manager at Thanda Safari, responded to this review

Thank you for wonderful overall view of Thanda Safari with our three different accommodation types. You described them all so well. Being part of the 'Leading Hotels of the World" our standards and service levels are World class. We hope to welcome you back soon.

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Reviewed 24 October 2016

From the moment we arrived staff, guides & trackers looked after us so so so well at Thanda Tented Camp. We had the fortune of being under the guidance of Arlo & his co-pilot tracker whose name I have forgotten. We arrived and had about 45mins before our first game drive! We had 8 drives in total over the 4...

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ThandaSa, Manager at Thanda Safari, responded to this review

Thank you for the review. Yes our tented camp is built on an authentic safari adventure, whereby you sleep in your tent allowing you to be close to nature. The camp is run on solar power and gas creating an "Out of Africa experience" We hope to see you again in the future.

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Reviewed 19 October 2016

Wonderful warm welcome at the gate to the park right through to our hot chocolate welcome drink on a cold afternoon. Accommodation and food first class. Game drives superb with our ranger and tracker going out of their way to make sure we had a lifetime experience, I will never forget the time we spent just watching the male lion,...

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ThandaSa, Manager at Thanda Safari, responded to this review

Thank you for the wonderful review. We are happy to hear you managed to see our new addition to the reserve ( our lion cubs) which offer many hours of entertainment just by watching them. Yes our Cheetah brothers are also a wonderful sighting and yes you do feel like you could just touch them. Our accommodation & food comes...

Birmingham
Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Superb resort - we stayed in the tented area - tents are beautiful - spacious and very luxurious. You can see the lodges and the villa whilst on the game drives. The food is unbelievable - breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner all a very high quality. Having a stop in the bush for a glass of wine was great fun....

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ThandaSa, Manager at Thanda Safari, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. All our guides and trackers are specialists in their field and strive to show each guest there favourite animals. Our chefs love providing our guests with fabulous food options and dining experiences during your stay giving you a good all round experience. The tented camp is run on solar power giving our guests the closest...

Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

It was an amazing experience in a top class lodge. The lodge room was beautiful and practical layout. You have your own veranda with outside bed. Although very dry at the moment we did see wildlife and with experience guide with you you privilige to learn alot about nature. Thanda is a must for everyone. Being traveling the world this...

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ThandaSa, Manager at Thanda Safari, responded to this review

Thank you for your review Yes are very proud to be part of The leading Hotels of the World group. Kwazulu Natal is in a very severe drought and we are desperately praying for our rains to come to start the new circle of Life on the reserve. Thanda prides itself on providing its guests with amazing experiences and we...

Idaho Falls, Idaho
Reviewed 26 September 2016

Thanda Private Game Reserve offers a variety of lodging possibilities. They have a large 5 bedroom Villa, a main lodge with 5 star rooms and a tented camp (where I stayed). We toured all of the accommodations. While at the main lodge, a herd of Elephants came right up to the pond in front of the outdoor deck to get...

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ThandaSa, Manager at Thanda Safari, responded to this review

Thank you for the review. Yes our tented camp is run on solar power giving you an authentic African safari experience. Game drives can be a little cold in our winter months, whereby we provide hot water bottles and blankets for those really cold days. Our guides and trackers are specialists in their fields and do their utmost to show...

Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

Just spent 3 of the best days of our holiday lives at this amazing place. In particular our guide Morne who along with being the nicest man in the world went the extra mile every day to fill our heads with as much info and joy that he could. The food is superb, the animals are plentiful and the people...

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ThandaSa, Manager at Thanda Safari, responded to this review

Thank you for the fantastic review We are glad that Thanda was the best days of your holiday and that Morne enriched your minds with his knowledge of the bushveld combined with the good food and service offered by our staff. Looking forward to welcoming you back.

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 20 September 2016

We were privileged to attend our son's wedding at Thanda and consider the occasion to have been an "experience of a lifetime". We were accommodated at the Tented Camp site which was luxurious. The staff were extremely friendly and knowledgeable, particularly the guides and rangers who were obviously experts in their field. . The wedding was held "in the bush"...

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ThandaSa, Manager at Thanda Safari, responded to this review

Thank you for the wonderful review. It was a pleasure hosting your sons wedding here and yes we have all become wonderful friends. We hope your son will have many happy years together with his new wife and look forward to hosting them and you again in the near future.

Lethbridge, Canada
Reviewed 25 August 2016

So far it's been my only safari experience, and I would highly recommend it! Great for all ages. The service levels are high, guides are fantastic. The lodge is rustic-African but somehow still luxurious. Accommodations are superb. One morning after a rainy night, I could see "big-cat" footprints in the mud near my villa. Families of monkeys roam freely throughout...

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ThandaSa, Manager at Thanda Safari, responded to this review

Thank you for the wonderful review. Yes this is not the same as the Masai safaris as we do not have the open savannah like they have, we have a lot of bushes and trees making up our reserve. You were lucky to see the Big 5 as the Leopard is normally the one that remains elusive. We do focus...

Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Just spent 3 days on safari at Thanda, quite an experience. The accommodation is OUTSTANDING and probably the main reason to come here. Since it's a fenced private game reserve you are pretty much guaranteed to see the game, and the game is used to being seen, so you can get very close to everything - great for photos. One...

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Thank you for your review. Our accommodation is a WOW! factor for all our guests. Although we are within the Thanda Private Game Reserve boundary , there is no guarantee that you will see the Big 5, however our great team of Guides and Trackers will do their best to show you them all. Our food is varied as we...

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Thanda Safari is situated 23km north of Hluhluwe in northern Zululand, South Africa, and is set on a 14 000-hectare Big Five private game reserve. Thanda, meaning 'love' in isiZulu, unites romance and exclusivity with Zulu culture and wildlife. The nine luxury bush suites at Thanda Safari Lodge have private infinity pools, viewing decks, private salas, lounges, fireplaces and full bathrooms with both indoor and outdoor showers. The individual bomas at each suite offer guests dining privacy. The public facilities at Thanda Safari Lodge include a lounge, library, dining room, boma, dining deck, wine cellar, cigar bar, private business area and viewing decks. Villa iZulu can accommodate 10 people, offering accommodation as a unit of five separate suites. Each suite is individually decorated and very private, with its own viewing deck. Public facilities at Villa iZulu include a boma, library, wine cellar, business area, heated pool and a magnificent deck overlooking a waterhole. Thanda Tented Camp is built in colonial safari style, offering an authentic bush experience in 15 tents. The tents have viewing decks and en-suite canvass bathrooms. Public facilities at Thanda Tented Camp include a dining tent, a boma area, and a sala consisting of an 'open-air' lounge and a 10x5m rim-flow pool. The Jabula Tent, located within Thanda Tented Camp, offers a sophisticated mix of romance, privacy and refined comfort in the heart of the African bush. It features a king-sized bed in a spacious bedroom, and a comfortable separate lounge area for relaxation. A highlight of Jabula Tent is the outdoor shower and splash pool which has spectacular panoramic views of the 14000-hectare reserve. Thanda's award-winning spa offers signature treatments that are based on a combination of western techniques and ancient Zulu holistic practices - learnt from traditional Zulu women, to massage, soothe and heal. Safaris in open game viewing vehicles are conducted exclusively for Thanda guests on the low-risk malaria reserve. ... more   less 

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Address: D242 off the N2 | Hluhluwe, 3915, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Thanda Private Game Reserve
Price Range: $674 - $2,442 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Thanda Safari 5*
Number of rooms: 9
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