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Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 19 November 2014

Arriving at Thanda on the friday afternoon after a busy work week was just the right medicine for the 3 of us.The reception each time you arrive at the lodge after a game drive was warm and special. Every staff member seems interested and alert to your needs.The food menu and meals are well thought out and the dinners were...

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ThandaPGR, Manager at Thanda Safari, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting Thanda with your family and for leaving a review on TripAdvisor. There is something special about the Bush and the sounds at night that makes one forget about all the worries in life. Our staff is always happy to share stories and to improve your stay any way possible. The lion cubs are growing up very...

Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 17 November 2014

We stayed in the tented camp. These luxurious tents are no where near normal tents and are very luxurious. The well furnished rooms come with victorian bath , outside shower to be closer to nature and a massive king size bed. The lodge itself which is hardly visible due to its ECO thatch boma's and tents, but has everything one...

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ThandaPGR, Manager at Thanda Safari, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive review. Our Tented Camp is very special and unique as you so rightly mentioned – you have the opportunity to experience nature up close and personal without having to give up any of the added luxuries. Our lion family visited the area around the Tented Camp last night and you could hear the male roaring...

Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 16 November 2014

The tented camp is lovely, luxury, just wonderfull. Lions, cheeta in the wild and fantastic food. We felt like we were explorers in Africa. Amasing photographs to take home and memories that wil live forever. Danke

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ThandaPGR, Manager at Thanda Safari, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are pleased that you had such a wonderful time at our Tented Camp. The camp was built with that old time safari feel in mind – think back to the days of Hemingway... You are welcome to share some of your pictures on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/thandaprivategamereserve. We are looking forward to your return...

Diemen, The Netherlands
Reviewed 15 November 2014

this is probably one of the best experiences when it comes to luxury travel. When you enter the reserve you park your own car and you are awaited by a guide and a tracker and a car and they will be at your service almost everytime during your stay. We have stayed in the tented camp. perfect bed, outdoor shower,...

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ThandaPGR, Manager at Thanda Safari, responded to this review

Dear Jeroen. Thank you for your review. We are pleased that you experienced some time away from everyday life by being “disconnected” and “de-stressed” without the mobile phones and internet. It gives one the opportunity to completely relax and enjoy what nature has to offer. Our tents are built with full privacy in mind and give you some of the...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 12 November 2014

This is the fourth time that we have stayed at Thanda and we did wonder whether it was gong to be one visit too many but I am pleased to say that we were not disappointed. The suite at the main lodge was as magnificent as ever and was perfectly clean. The food was good and high tea had improved...

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ThandaPGR, Manager at Thanda Safari, responded to this review

Dear Peter and Marian. Thank you for your wonderful comment. It was lovely to have met you on your last stay and we are very happy that you decided to come and visit us for the 4th time. We are delighted to hear that you feel our High Tea has improved over your last visit and our team in the...

Rochester, New York
Reviewed 4 November 2014

If you are visiting Thanda for the accomodations you made a nice choice. The lodge and the chalets were very nice. However, the walk to the chalet from the main lodge was long, all up hill and trecherous when wet - the walkway really needs to be fixed as this is a very real hazard to guests. The food was...

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ThandaPGR, Manager at Thanda Safari, responded to this review

Dear Amy. Thank you for your feedback on Tripadvisor, although we are shocked to learn that you had such an undesirable experience with us. Thanda Safari Lodge is built on a hillside overlooking the valley below and we have always been very proud of the fact that our rooms are secluded without making you feel unsafe. Room 9 you stayed...

Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 30 October 2014

we spent 3 days at thanda earlier in the month. I expected it to be the spectacular. It had positives...but far from spectacular, actually it was totally disappointing and we all went home with ear infections from the dirty pool (and because pictures paint a thousand words, Im not even going to mention the sad subject of the dirty pool...

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ThandaPGR, Manager at Thanda Safari, responded to this review

Dear Dr Ibrahim. Thank you for taking time to write a feedback report. It is with regret that the negatives out-weigh the positives you mention of the design, good game viewing and excellent kids activities. You will be happy to know that, as a result of guest feedback like yours, we have implemented the following changes: On Monday, 03 November...

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Reviewed 11 October 2014

October is a perfect time for this area. Game viewing and rangers Sandiswe and Zaxs were absolutely fantastic. They have a great knowledge of wild life and can track all you really want. The 3 nights with 6 game drives is sufficient.

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ThandaPGR, Manager at Thanda Safari, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. You are absolutely right that October is a wonderful time to visit Zululand. The days are warm enough for you to relax and enjoy the splash pools at the rooms and in the evenings the temperatures drop so you can cuddle up by the fireplace with a glass of red wine. It is also the...

Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 7 October 2014

For our honeymoon, my husband and I decided to check South African Safari off our dream vacation list. After a lot of research we decided to go to Thanda for the first half of our trip. And I'm so glad we did - it certainly lived up to the photos and descriptions on the website! What an AMAZING place. From...

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ThandaPGR, Manager at Thanda Safari, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and for choosing to spend this very special time in your life with us at Thanda. As Thanda means love and we are celebrating our 10th anniversary, you could hardly pick a better place to celebrate your love and life together. It is always heart-warming to read that guests had the opportunity to experience the...

Carefree, Arizona
Reviewed 9 September 2014

This is our third year doing safari camps in South Africa and Thanda Tented camp proved to be the worst of all. It started out poorly from the time we arrived. We were instructed that the first pick up time at the gate was at 14H00 and then every half hour after that until 17H00. We arrived just shortly after...

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  • Breakfast included
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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 

Additional Information about Thanda Safari

Address: D242 off the N2 | Hluhluwe, 3915, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Thanda Private Game Reserve
Price Range: $696 - $2,420 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Thanda Safari 5*
Number of rooms: 9
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“Each suite in the iZulu Villa has views and is elegantly decorated.”
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