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Thanda Private Game Reserve

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D242 off the N2, Hluhluwe 3960, South Africa
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Ballito, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

room great,feel of the bush,food fantastic,service great,rangers very knowledgable.only drawback game viewing was a little disappointing from point of view of seeing more cats.tented camp has a great vibe to it.

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

Thank you for the review on the Tents. Yes unfortunately it is not always easy to see all the game on a 14000 ha reserve.Our expert guides and trackers do their utmost best to show you as much as the can and share their deep lived knowledge of the wilderness and ancient traditional culture and stories that have evolved from... More 

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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Spent 2 nights at Thanda courtesy of a friend who said I would not be disappointed. She could not have been more accurate. An amazing oasis of calm in the heart of Khuazulu Natal, supreme service, delightful food and deeply caring staff. If you happen to book a ride, I strongly recommend you select SBU as your guide. A warm,... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to do the review. All our staff at Thanda are passionate about the communities. We offer an activity called In the Footsteps of the Zulu's as a guests you have the opportunity to see this for yourself during an indepth cultural experience; a community excursion following in the footsteps of Zulu ancestors. We also... More 

Plymouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank you for the lovely review on Villa Izulu Villa Izulu has 5 beautifully appointed rooms and is a bush homestead beyond any traditional understanding of extravagance & service.. It is ideal for those wanting privacy as it comes with a private game drive,Villa Host & private chef for the duration of your stay. We look forward to having you... More 

Long Eaton, United Kingdom
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11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 613 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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37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 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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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 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 

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