WOW! Amazing! Incredible! How many more ways can I say it? Glamping (glam+camping) in the luxury tents at Thanda was beyond our expectations. Can you imagine being so up close and personal to lions, zebras, and giraffes? One day, a herd of elephants even made their way up to our lodge to drink water out of the tub! If it sounds like it's a luxury petting zoo, it is not! You definitely know you are in the wild and it's a rush when you are out on a game drive. We loved our experience, especially the people there ... Lianna, our host, was exceptional ... making sure that we were taken care of from the time we first stepped off the jeep to the farewell hugs when we reluctantly had to leave. We cannot say enough about Etienne and Xolani (our driver&tracker); they were so knowledgeable and went out of their way to show and teach us about the Big 5 as well as the other animals/plants on the reserve. One day, we tracked a herd of rhinos for 2 hours thinking it may be a lost cause, but Xotani found them! We learned he is certified as one of the best trackers in the country! The staff, overall, was so personable and helpful. The group of six I traveled with collectively agree that this has to be the BEST trip we have ever experienced. You will not go wrong with Thanda -- the surreal, yet intimate experience is beyond words. We can't stop looking at our incredible photos ... hoping that we will get another opportunity to visit our friends at Thanda.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Thanda Private Game Reserve Hotel Hluhluwe