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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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5 of 5 stars reviewed 5 days ago
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New York, New York, United States
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We rented the Villa iZulu in March 2014. It was one of the most incredible experiences I've had. The staff was lovely, the property breathtaking, the safaris mind-blowing and the food exceptional. We truly have not even a drip of negative feedback, we loved every minute and didn't want it to end. I want to go back! Some of the... More

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Malmo, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Thanda is very conveniently located only a Short drive off the N2. Excellent tented camp which is more luxury than Any tent you ve ever seen. , skilled and friendly staff, but most important; the best game driver! Really made an effort to find what is there to see and always found it! Accompanied with a friendly Smile! Really recommend... More

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Chester, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived to a very warm welcome by staff at the main gate and stayed for three nights at Thanda Lodge. The staff were incredible as was the food and our room was stunning with total privacy. We had Elephants drinking from our private pool which was an unforgettable experience as we were less than four metres from them. We... More

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London, United Kingdom
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8 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stayed 2 nights in the tented camp... Accommodation is comfortable, and food was fine.... Excellent guides..... There had been a lot of rain in previous weeks, so animals quite dispersed..... Nevertheless, we did finally manage to find one of the elephant breeding herds, which was a great experience.... We also visited Hluhluwe-imfolozi national park, which is quite close to Thanda....... More

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

We stayed in the lodge at the Thanda private game reserve. As we were driven from the gatehouse to the lodge by our guides (Grace and Xolani) we stopped within a couple of minutes to allow a group of elephant to cross the road – a good start! We knew that the accommodation was going to be good – but... More

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Spilsby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

We stayed four nights and went on 8 game drives.We saw the big 5 with the leopard proving elusive until the last one.It was a real credit to the rangers who were brilliant throughout.The tents are very comfortable, you are closer or reunited with nature as there is no electric supply in the tents.You get up early and go to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014 via mobile

We had a short and sweet stay of two nights at the lodge as part of a beach and safari package. After a far from pleasant experience at the " beach" part of the package we came in with trepidation but were met with such a high end of service and warmth that it was like balm to our souls!... More

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Sandvika, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

We were a family group of 20 Norwegians, aged from 15 - 80 visiting Thanda Private Game Reserve from Sept. 24th. till 27th. 2013. A roundtrip in South Africa to celebrate an eighty year anniversary initiated by the old lady herself, who is a fan of South African wildlife and scenery. We stayed at the tent camp a little way... More

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Dusseldorf, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

One of the most beautiful places I had the chance to enjoy Absolutely stunning. perfect service and incredible sightings. Thanx to the whole Team for these unforgettable stays! A definite Must GO - and a definite MUST COME BACK!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

We stayed in the Jabula tent at the tented camp in December. This is special, trust me, no ordinary tent. Private deck and plunge pool, bath and outdoor shower, lounge area with leather couches! The staff could not have been more helpful. This was for a special birthday treat and it certainly was. The tented camp is very good, with... More

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Also Known As:
Thanda Private Game Reserve Hotel
Thanda Private Game Reserve Hotel Hluhluwe
Address: D242 off the N2, Hluhluwe 3960, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Zululand > Hluhluwe
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #4 of 27 Specialty lodging in Hluhluwe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Thanda Private Game Reserve 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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