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Thanda Private Game Reserve

5.0 of 5 Lodge   |   D242 off the N2, Hluhluwe 3960, South Africa
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It didn't start off in a very promising fashion when we were left standing at the entrance gate for 30 minutes with no information as to what was going on. Things did improve from there but there are still a few aspects of the lodge which could stand to be improved. First and foremost, the mid day meal (high tea... More 

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Chisago City, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We spent 4 days ( 6 game drives)in the Tented Camp and loved it! Dumi and Sabo are the best tracker/guide. We had the opportunity to see the big 5. Saw a python trying to eat an Impala, many elephants playing in the water, lions mating, zebras, giraffes, impalas to name a few.... You must plan at least 4 game... More 

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Kent, England
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was my third safari visit in South Africa but the first time our teenage children had been on one. It was just amazing. and the best I've ever been on. The lodges are beautiful with a capital L for luxury. They are large and well thought out with a plunge pool and outside day bed. They are clean and... More 

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ThandaPGR, Manager at Thanda Private Game Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive review of Thanda. We loved hosting your family for the three nights and it is great that you could share this experience with the children. As you may know our rooms are built in the shape of a Zulu Hut and it is indeed quite spacious. We are very happy that you have seen the... More 

London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I specifically refreshed my tripadvisor account just to come here and comment on this place. We had 4 nights stay for our honey moon AUG/SEPT 2014. Words cannot describe how wonderful this place is, its a once in a life time thing (espec as a honeymoon) To sum up our visit: The rooms were quirky and amazing with all inclusive... More 

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ThandaPGR, Manager at Thanda Private Game Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you for making the effort to leave us a good review. We appreciate all the kind words and we are honoured that we could share in this very special time of your life. Our Chef (one of the local Zulu people) feels flattered to be compared to a Michelin star chef! Our Team are all very proud of what... More 

Brussels, Belgium
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33 reviews 33 reviews
26 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our stay in Thanda Tented Camps was one of the most amazing stays we ever had. We travel quite frequently and are experienced travelers enough to know when there is something extraordinary. And THANDA deserves the highest compliments. The tented camps are comfortable, chic and well arranged with all luxury necessary. The food is very good, lot of variety and... More 

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ThandaPGR, Manager at Thanda Private Game Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you for staying at our Tented Camp and for the positive review. We are delighted to hear that you loved the Tents and that your stay with us was exceptional. Our Tented Camp was designed with the sole purpose to offer you a true bush experience without cutting back on some of life’s luxuries. The Eco friendly camp without... More 

Durban, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Given the cost I expected a WOW experience but instead was met with a very average one. The room and view from the room was exquisite and the service in the restaurant was exceptional but the experience was certainly not personalised which was what was expected. The incelment weather a few days before our arrival had affected the availability of... More 

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ThandaPGR, Manager at Thanda Private Game Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you for your recent review. I am delighted to hear that you found the view from the room to be very special. In Zululand we have some of the most spectacular sunset and off course the rolling hills of Zululand is something special you will not see in other parts of our beautiful country. I am sorry to hear... More 

Johannesburg
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I am a tour guide and operator With my own company "Bup Tours "and travel with clients for a living and I must admit I Loved my stay here with my Girlfriend. We booked for three nights at the main lodge because it boasted great views from the room, each room had its own pool and deck all which sounded... More 

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ThandaPGR, Manager at Thanda Private Game Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive review of Thanda Safari Lodge. We are delighted to hear that, despite all your travels, you found our Lodge to be one of the best. The Lodge is built in the form of a traditional Zulu hut, explaining the large space and rounded walls. At Thanda we are very proud of our Zulu background and... More 

Melbourne
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35 reviews 35 reviews
25 hotel reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Stayed at this camp for three nights. The game drivers were excellent and the drives OK although the park does not cover a large area and you soon get to know the park and it's confines.. Food was good as were the amenities. The complaint I did have was the location of the tents which themselves are well set up.... More 

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ThandaPGR, Manager at Thanda Private Game Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you for your recent review of Thanda Tented Camp. Thanda comprises roughly of 15000ha, but due to the lack of rain and hot days in this specific area the animals tend to favour certain areas on the reserve, close to the waterholes. Therefore game drives can tend to be in the same area as our qualified guides know which... More 

Durban, South Africa
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60 reviews 60 reviews
16 hotel reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

We stayed in the tented camp recently and what an experience. The "tents" are better than most 5* hotel rooms and the service ethic is unparalleled. The game drives and rangers are some of the best I have experienced. The only/biggest negative is the food. Way below average and disappointing given the rest of the experience. Considering the daily rates,... More 

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ThandaPGR, Manager at Thanda Private Game Reserve, responded to this review

Dear Peter. Thank you for your valued feedback. We are very pleased to hear that you loved the Tents and that you found our service to be professional and of high standard. Our guides have all spent years in the Bush and therefore developed a six sense for nature and our guests’ needs. I am, however, sorry to hear that... More 

South Africa
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114 reviews 114 reviews
23 hotel reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

We spent three nights at Thanda Safari Lodge. The staff at Thanda are proud of who they are and what they do. Each staff member introduced him or herself and each seemed to know exactly who we were in turn. There are only nine luxury suites in the whole lodge and we stayed in number 1 which is private and... More 

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ThandaPGR, Manager at Thanda Private Game Reserve, responded to this review

Dear Aly, thank you for your review of Thanda Safari Lodge. The Chef said they are happy that they could make your celebration a special one – even with the special dietary requirements. Willard and Zeblon had some amazing game drives recently and we have been fortunate to have the leopards show their faces for more than a couple of... More 

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Address: D242 off the N2, Hluhluwe 3960, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Zululand > Hluhluwe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Thanda Private Game Reserve 5*
Number of rooms: 29
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