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Thanda Private Game Reserve

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D242 off the N2, Hluhluwe 3960, South Africa
Thanda Private Game Reserve
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The whole experience was wonderful. The villa is perfect, a place of luxury, and you could almost reach out and touch the wildlife drinking from the watering hole. Fabulous setting and stunning location. The staff were fantastic - just attentive enough without encroaching on our time together. The rangers were super experienced and so informative and found us all we... More 

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Long Eaton, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
9 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We visited this reserve on our honeymoon. Its going to be difficult to decide on what to write about in such a small space... First of all, don't underestimate what you will need on this trip, it can be cold in the mornings and the evenings, we took layers and fleeces and a thin waterproof, we only just had enough.... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to do a review. You did an awesome job in summing up a busy day at Thanda Tented Camp from the time you wake up to the time you go to bed. I am glad you managed to get some stunning pictures, it s a pity you didn't get the leopard or Hyena. For... More 

Jindabyne, Australia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I stayed here in October 2014 (bit slow on the review sorry) for a wedding. Basically it was everything I could have hoped it would be and more. I stayed in a luxury tent, it was perfect. Warm, dry and comfortable. I have food allergies and I was catered for really well, the staff were beyond awesome. I lost some... More 

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

We really appreciate you taking the time to do a review ,no matter how much later it is. We pride ourselves in exceeding guest expectations and are happy to hear all yours were , including the cheap earrings. Our Kitchen team pride themselves in going out of their way for any food allergies of dietary requirements our guests might have.... More 

Sydney, Australia
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90 reviews 90 reviews
24 hotel reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed for three nights, the accommodation is stunning, more room than most peoples homes - and that was just for us, no sharing. The entire experience was fabulous. The food, the staff, the incredible game drives with sundowners. Our experience with the conservationists working with them to measure and check the hyenas before they were moved to another game... More 

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

Thank you for your Fabulous review. Yes working with our wildlife team on one of their tasks can be very rewarding on its own. At Thanda we offer an additional activity of In the path of Wildlife. This activity gives you the opportunity to work with the team either by tracking the Big 5 or assisting with wildlife operations. (e.g.... More 

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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222 reviews 222 reviews
219 hotel reviews
611 helpful votes 611 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

First, a disclaimer. My wife and I stayed here for two nights in late April, ‘15. We had booked the tented camp but when we arrived we learned that the camp was undergoing maintenance and we were receiving a free upgrade to the lodge. To make it even better, several services were “comped” – minibar, an hour at the spa,... More 

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

Thank you for the amazing review. At Thanda we believe that we are more than a luxury lodge, more than a dream safari destination and more than an African Escape because we offer an authentically South African wildlife experience, matched with sincere commitment to the Zulu culture and passionate conservation of the environment. We are also a proud member of... More 

Townsville, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Exceptional location, luxury lodges , outstanding staff and customer service, amazing Safari experiences would put this on the top 5 of our travel adventures, work wide!! Meals were delicious and had a wide variety of international and local cuisine. Elephants drank prom our private pool was incredible.

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

Thank you for the review. Yes seeing the Big 5 is always an exceptional experience on its own, let alone the elephants drinking from you pool. Our Executive Chef & her team try to mix local and international cuisine giving our guests delicious choices to choose from during their stay. Our dedicated staff are all torchbearers of the Thanda Way.... More 

San Antonio, Texas
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120 reviews 120 reviews
37 hotel reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Sometimes words can fall so far short of truly capturing an amazing experience. This is one of those times. From the moment we arrived to the moment we reluctantly left, there was never a time that we weren't awestruck by the scenery, the adventure, the staff, the service, the accommodations, and the meals. Other places take note: This is how... More 

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

As you say words cannot always describe an experience and we really appreciate you taking the time to try and describe yours. Thanda is an extremely private game reserve and our dedicated staff are the only people you will encounter on the roads whilst you are here, thus making us very unique. We believe in providing the guests a complete... More 

Cambridge, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

For Honeymoon we wanted to do something new and exciting. Thanda was an exceptional choice and exceeded all of our already high expectations. We saw the big 5 in just two game drives, mainly thanks to our fantastic guide Sandiso and tracker Mr x. The scenery is stunning, staff incredibly friendly, the tented camp is out of this world, the... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to review Thanda We appreciate your comments regarding the plug to charge your camera's and will look into this to make the guest experience more rewarding. The Game Reserve is called Thanda for a reason. Meaning ‘love’ in isiZulu, it represents the heart and soul of passion; the spirit of togetherness. We at Thanda... More 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Everything was really awesome, an African dream But especially the safari guides, the 2 private games per day, the food (we even had kudu for dinner), the rooms, being alone in the wild, etc. The staff was really nice to us We did also the hippo&croc tour...without crocs unfortunately. A bit expensive as we could/should have done it by ourselves.... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to do a review. We are glad to hear this was your African Dream. Thanda prides itself in offering its guests local foods and delicacies of the area and are glad to hear you tried the Kudu. We offer a number of additional activities in the area Like the Hippo/Croc tours, In the footsteps... More 

Sydney
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We spent 4 amazing nights at Thanda, 2 days in the tented camp and then 2 in the lodge. Accommodation was amazing, the staff were some of the most helpful I have ever come across, food amazing, and wildlife majestic... we even saw two leopards one evening which blew us away. Words cannot describe what an amazing time we had.... More 

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

Thank you for the amazing review! To see 2 leopards is truly amazing as most people never get to see one at all. We hope that it gave you some idea of how a stay at Thanda is spent in this unique place where love, commitment and dedication is the foundation of every aspect of the reserve and our staff... More 

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