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Thanda Private Game Reserve

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D242 off the N2, Hluhluwe 3960, South Africa
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Rugby, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very very good. Top class spacious, air conditioned accommodation. Good food, very friendly service. Incredibly knowledgeable Rangers and trackers esp Peter and Wineth. Take the photography lesson early as Christian really has all the top tips. Very interesting visit to local Zulu community. Bit absolute highlight is the unbelievably engaging game drives. Very respectful, educational and heart thumping. Intimate reserve... More 

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

Thank you for your amazing review. Thanda prides itself with its beautiful accommodation, World class service and sanctuary for wildlife.We are also committed to the social upliftment of the Zululand region and its people through employment and the preservation of the Zulu culture by doing our community trips. We are looking forward to your return visit. More 

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31 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a truly magical and unforgettable place. It's like the doors of Jurrasic Park open when you drive in and you are in another world. We stayed in the top accommodation the private lodges with their own bedroom, sofa area, log fires inside and out, dressing room and bath, indoor and outdoor shower, jacuzzi, decking, outdoor dining area and... More 

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

Thank you for the fantastic review. We are so happy to hear that you felt blessed and you all had a special time with us. I hope the memories and experience will stay with you for a lifetime and that you will come back and visit again soon. More 

Sweden
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17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Awesom safari tours. Excellent guide and tracker for the 3-hour-safaris at 05.00 am and 04.00 pm - Arlu and Mandide. Very nice food and very comfortable beds. Loved the tents and the outdoor showers, where we were accompanied by Impalas. Very nice spa-treatments too. However, all booked arrangements, apart from the safaris were delayed with 45-90 minutes with was a... More 

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

Thank you for the review. Our safari's enliven your senses. On either the early morning or late afternoon game drives you can absorb the many incredible sights, smells and sounds of the bush. Our guides & trackers are experts in their fields imparting their knowledge of the Wilderness whilst exploring our 14000ha of reserve. Our spa offers an amazing variety... More 

Durban, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The rooms is very comfortable and luxurious; service is okay; food is good but limited in variety; game sighting were good but reserve was very dry and animals were battling; game drives close to freeway not ideal and visibility of freeway not great either!

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

Thank you for taking the time to do this review. Yes, unfortunately due to the severe drought in South Africa our reserve is very dry, however we have not lost any of our animals and our amazing Wildlife team are managing the reserve and all the waterholes continuously. Our reserve does happen to be close to a freeway but this... More 

Madrid
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015 via mobile

Great lodge. We saw all kinds of animals. Very friendly and service minded staff. Food was really good, especially the breakfast, after the game tour in the morning. I missed a fitness center and especially a running machine (which I think a Leading Hotels in the World should provide.

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

Thank you for your review. We have just appointed a new Executive Chef hence our wonderful food, served by our amazing team. Thanda offers the Big 5 experience matched with sincere commitment to the Zulu culture and passionate conservation of the environment. Yes unfortunately we do have a running machine at the main lodge but we do have one at... More 

Cardiff, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

An exceptional all round experience. Wonderful game drives with Dumi and Sabelo. Remarkable food, helpful staff and a very comfortable tent in a secluded spot with great views. A delightful blend of authenticity and luxury, wildlife and culture.

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Thank Jan875
ThandaPGR, Manager at Thanda Private Game Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Yes our tented camp offers a authentic safari experience with the Big 5. Thanda prides itself with its wonderful team of staff providing your every need. We look forward to welcoming your back. More 

Pongola, South Africa
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

I love the Tented Camp, however not in the months between Dezember and February, as it can get very hot. Otherwise, a must visit place for viewing Lions, Elephants, Rhinos and Buffalo. Of course there are many other animals in the Reserve! The tents are the real feel of "Out of Africa"! Perfectly located and easy to reach from the... More 

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

Thank you for your wonderful review and it is so wonderful having repeat guests with us. Yes our tents do give you the "Out of Africa" feel hidden amongst the trees . We hope to see you back again. More 

Sandton, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

When we arrived at the main Thanda lodge to see a herd of elephants and their babies lumbering off away from a large water feature at the entrance, I knew we were at a very special place. After a warm welcome from the staff, we were shown through the beautiful African inspired guest area to the chalet we'd call home... More 

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

Thank you for the amazing review and your explanation of the property and its rooms. Wow! As our reserve is approximately 14000ha you were very lucky to see the Hyena's at their den with the 2 week old cubs and a rock python those are 2 truly special sightings. We like to think our food has an African Twist ,... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015 via mobile

7 stars for such and amazing, beautiful slice of heaven. Africa and its wilderness at its best. Staff were absolutely amazing and catered for every request. Game rangers knowledge of the wild was unparalleled and they happily engaged the kids in trivia while on the drives.

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

Thank you for the 7 star review. Thanda prides itself with its amazing team of staff in all areas from maintenance to management. We also believe by enhancing children's lives about the animals and the environment they will in turn be our next generation that will help protect and save the planet. We look forward to welcoming you and your... More 

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12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015 via mobile

We stayed together with other friends/families in Villa Izulu. The Villa itself was fantastic and the sarafi tours amazing. Thanda is unique and can only be highly recommended. We have already decided that this will not be our last visit to this magnificent get away. Once again thanks to all the wonderful employees in Thanda which made our visit very... More 

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

Wow! We would like all our guests to be Thandarised and are happy to here you were. Villa izulu has 5 beautifully appointed suites, is a bush homestead beyond any traditional understanding of extravagance and service. It is ideal for families travelling together of which you were. It was a pleasure having you here and cant wait to host you... More 

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