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Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago

At 84 and 77 our family and friends either thought we were mad spending three nights in a tent, or, thought we were adventurous. After seeing all the photos and listening to our experiences, we soon gained their respect. Flying from England to Jo-berg, Jo-berg to Durban we then had a three hour drive to the camp. One tip is...

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Gold Coast, Australia
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have had the privilege of Visiting Thanda twice, once staying at the Main Villa the other time at the Lodge. All I can say is WOW. Words simply don't do this place justice. From the most amazing staff, Trackers, chefs etc to the most magnificent wildlife. Having a heard of elephants drink from your pool!? Watching a Lioness protect...

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I recently visited Thanda with my cousin. We stayed in Thanda's Jabula tented camp and had a very pleasant experience. The staff were welcoming and attentive from the moment that we arrived. We were met at the gate by our guide Themba in a Range Rover. He brought us to the tented camp where we were greeted with wet towels...

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ThandaSa, Manager at Thanda Safari, responded to this review

Thank you for your review We are very happy to hear your were "Thandarised" and that you have taken special memories back with you. Our tented camp provides an authentic "Out of Africa "experience. Thanda prides itself with its amazing staff , food and service levels as well as exceptional guides and trackers providing a complete experience. We look forward...

SPALDING
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Spent 3 nights at the Lodge with a couple of friends. Were a bit disappointed with a lack of atmosphere at times. Eric, the Manager, was very friendly and helpful and ensured he knew guests' names and joked with guests when appropriate, but the rest of the staff were a bit remote. Plenty of game sightings, including elephants in and...

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ThandaSa, Manager at Thanda Safari, responded to this review

Thank you for the review. I am glad you got to experience the elephants and buffalo's at the lodge waterhole as well as the elephant drinking from your pool, those are very special memories to take home with you. I am glad that Eric was friendly and helpful during your stay and sorry you felt the atmosphere at times was...

Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Reviewed 2 November 2016

We spent two nights each at the two safari camps - both places were most enjoyable but definitely had slightly different experiences. The good news is that you'll have a great time at either camp - accommodation, service levels etc. are high at both. Phinda is physically much bigger - three times the size of the area that most guests...

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ThandaSa, Manager at Thanda Safari, responded to this review

Thank you for your comparison review. It is also nice to know people's opinions of our surrounding reserves and happy to hear you recommend both properties for different reasons. Our mission is Proudly conservationist, uniquely Zulu & incomparably Thanda. We hope you come back to experience more of the local Zulu culture.

Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed 2 November 2016

We spent 3 nights at Thanda, and loved every minute of it. Our guide, Thamba, was so knowledgeable, as well as being an expert driver of our Range Rover. As is our custom, my husband and I were able to bring rain to a drought-stricken region while on vacation, so we had two days of pretty solid rain during this...

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ThandaSa, Manager at Thanda Safari, responded to this review

Thank you for the wonderful review You were one of the lucky ones to have elephants drinking from your pool, sorry you did not get to see them only the evidence that they had been there. Yes with our drought they do come to the plunge pools at the Safari Lodge for water. Thank you for bringing us the rain...

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...

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  • Free Breakfast
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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: $654 - $2,172 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Thanda Safari 5*
Number of rooms: 9
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Thanda Private Game Reserve Hotel Hluhluwe
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“Choose the tent closest to the main area if you don't want a long walk.”
 of 5 bubbles surfonsun, 30 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Rooms nearer the main lodge avoid long walks”
 of 5 bubbles APOLLO1991, 4 Nov 2016 | Read review
“All bush suites seem identical”
 of 5 bubbles TheRainIn, 1 Nov 2016 | Read review
“the Safari Lodge, where we stayed is all great”
 of 5 bubbles irishiiis, 1 Nov 2016 | Read review
“If a choice between Safari Lodge and Tented Camp - the lodge accommodation is better”
 of 5 bubbles Africatvl, 28 Oct 2016 | Read review
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