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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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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited Thanda for a good friend's wedding, and wow, we are so lucky to have had this opportunity!!! The warmth, hospitality, wonderful game drive adventures, meals, luxurious rooms, amazing treatment of the wedding couple, introduction to Zulu culture - everything and more was unbelievable. We will never forget our time here and hope to return again!!

Huddersfield, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had 7 totally fantastic game drives, managing to view all the animal we dreamed of a number of times except a Leopard. Memories of the pride of Lions playing will stay with us forever. Willard, our driver was exceptional, very entertaining and informative throughout. July air was perfect, warm blue skies and no flies at all. Room suites were... More

Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed 2 nights in Villa isiZulu at Thanda Private Game Reserve. Lucas the villa manager was amazing and very attentive to everyone staying at the villa he was very friendly and always had a smile on his face. His team was always on hand, at meal times (and even turning the beds down at night). The rooms were clean,... More

London, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked a series of accomodation & activities through GoAfrica - South Africa (cant speak highly enough of them) with the first hotel/experience being at the Thanda Private Game reserve. My group covered 3 generations of our family (16 - 74) and we were all very well catered for during our 3 night stay. This is a very well appointed... More

Sydney, Australia
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed 4 nights and the whole experience was absolutely superb. Luxurious accommodation, pampered service, delicious food. The wonderful scenery and rugged terrain really added to the experience. Driving out in the morning and afternoon was seamless, with really knowledgeable guides and fantastic trackers, we saw all the animals you'd ever want to see, really close and without any sense... More

Chicago, Illinois
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we stopped here for the elephant interaction on the way to our camp. they show a lot of love and knowledge for their elephants. make sure you have your cameras ready. would do it again in a heartbeat.

Manchester, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From start to finish Thanda was top to bottom luxury. As a group of 11 all on our first safari experience, the staff attended to our every need. At collection at the gate in giving welcome drinks, they bought non-alcoholic beverages at my request for some of our guests, this is just one of many examples of staff commitment over... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent three nights in June at Thanda as a family ranging in age from 12 to 50+... We saw all of the Big 5 and more on our excellent private game rides (our guide Themba was amazing). We also enjoyed optional excursions to interact with elephants and also a visit to St. Lucia to take a boat ride for... More

Hong Kong, China
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited Thanda as a family of 5 - 3 children 12, 10 and 8 - in July 2014. We stayed at the Villa-Izulu. The accommodation was excellent. The villa was clean, comfortable, interesting and a superb place to stay. The staff were extremely welcoming and always happy to assist. On the last day it was our daughters birthday and... More

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

Thank you for your review of Thanda Villa iZulu. It was wonderful to share your daughter’s birthday with her! I am sure she has quite a story to tell back home. Lucas and his team are looking forward to the next birthday. As you might know, Christian blogged about the hyena kill (follow the story on http://thandablog.com/follow-the-blog/ ) – a... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The staff were lovely. Setting beautiful and game viewing excellent but that's where it ended.rooms were cold and dark and unlit at night. We returned every night from dinner to a pitch black room and no assistance to help us light the candles. We spent 10 minutes every night stumbling around trying to light candles and get our room ready.... More

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

Thank you for your recent review of Thanda Tented Camp. I am happy to hear that you found our staff lovely. We have about 94% of our staff coming from the surrounding local communities and they are the heart and soul of Thanda. Thanda Tented Camp is a non-electrified camp and tent 13 will allow you to experience the sounds... 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*
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Thanda Private Game Reserve 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 Zulu, 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, fully equipped business centre 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 own viewing deck. Public facilities at Villa iZulu include a boma, library, 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 treatments such as aromatherapy and massages using African essential oils in a base of shea butter and the 'Instinctive by Nature' and 'Dermalogica' ranges. Safaris in open game viewing vehicles are conducted exclusively for Thanda guests on the low-risk malaria reserve. ... more   less 
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