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Lethbridge, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

So far it's been my only safari experience, and I would highly recommend it! Great for all ages. The service levels are high, guides are fantastic. The lodge is rustic-African but somehow still luxurious. Accommodations are superb. One morning after a rainy night, I could see "big-cat" footprints in the mud near my villa. Families of monkeys roam freely throughout... More 

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13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Just spent 3 days on safari at Thanda, quite an experience. The accommodation is OUTSTANDING and probably the main reason to come here. Since it's a fenced private game reserve you are pretty much guaranteed to see the game, and the game is used to being seen, so you can get very close to everything - great for photos. One... More 

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Thank Bartridge
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4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We spent three days at Thanda and were absolutely blown away. The experience begins as soon as you drive through the gates. You're met by your guide who takes you on the 25minute drive to the camp. The camp is beautifully designed and discreetly nestled into the bush. Even just walking to our tent we passed nyala. The Jabula tent... More 

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ThandaSa, Manager at Thanda Safari, responded to this review

Thank you for your amazing review. Jabula Tent is our family tent or Honeymoon tent which has its own private Jacuzzi and boma for those private dinners. Christian is our resident Photographer and offers a 90 minute complimentary lesson to any avid or budding new photographers in our midst or just someone wanting to get a few more tips on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our family of four just spent 3 days at Thanda Reserve and it exceeded our expectations in every way! The game drives were amazing, led by our ranger Monet--who made the trip---his knowledge of nature and the animals made the experience that much more interesting-totally enjoyed the evening wine and morning coffee to end each game drive! The food, service,... More 

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Thank Matt W
ThandaSa, Manager at Thanda Safari, responded to this review

Thank you for your amazing review! Yes we are in a Big 5 reserve which is a 3 hour drive from Durban or 1 half hour drive from Richard's Bay. You were very lucky to see them all as the Leopards are normally the elusive ones which other guests miss out on but our wonderful team of Guides & Trackers... More 

Vancouver, Canada
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7 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed at the Thanda for 3 days. Our experience started the minute we drove though the gates. Our guide for the duration was there to greet us and we parked the car and were off to the lodge 15 minutes away. Pulling up to the lodge it was all that we could have dreamed of- beautiful location, amazing staff... More 

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ThandaSa, Manager at Thanda Safari, responded to this review

Thank you for the amazing review. Our Guides & Trackers are well versed in their knowledge of the bush and its animals by sharing it with all our guests. Thanda likes to vary the meals and ensure that every guests likes and dislikes are met. We are delighted that you enjoyed your 3 day stay with us and hope that... More 

München
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27 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Thanda is an exclusive Game Reserve and a great place it is our second time we are here and we stayed for to nights. The service is excellent the accommodation first class. It is pricey so worse at. Our Renger and the Traker where very good and not only we where lucky to see the big five we always learn... More 

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ThandaSa, Manager at Thanda Safari, responded to this review

Thank you for the review. Thanda prides itself with service excellence and first class accommodation by being part of 'The Leading Hotels of the World" group. Yes you were lucky to see the Big 5 , as much as our guides & trackers try to give every guest that experience it is not always easy to find them all. We... More 

Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

Thanda fulfilled all of my expectations. It was pricey, for sure, but was worth it. I now live half a world away from Zululand and this will be the last and final return trip I ever make. Our villa was lovely and the pool was our great delight as 3 times during our stay a herd of elephants came to... More 

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ThandaSa, Manager at Thanda Safari, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. The elephants drinking from the pools at the main lodge are always a special sight to see as well as hearing the Hyena calls during the night. We are sorry to hear that this will be your final trip to your homeland but we are very happy to have made it a nostalgic and unforgettable... More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016 via mobile

This is a truly breathtaking place. The attention to detail and service is impeccable. We arrived early, around 12pm. We parked our car in the car park close to the main entrance and met our game Rangers. We boarded our jeep and begun our 25 min drive to the rented camp. During this 25 mins our guides were telling us... More 

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ThandaSa, Manager at Thanda Safari, responded to this review

Thank you for your spectacular review. Our tented camp is amazing and offers a classic, unforgettable "Out of Africa" experience which is what you experienced during your stay. We hope that it will not be a once in a life time trip and you will return in the future. More 

Paris
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7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016 via mobile

We came for only one night for Easter (unfortunately the hotel was fully booked and we couldn't stay longer). For the first time in a long while it actually made us sad to leave a hotel so quickly. Everything was simply perfect. Game drives were spectacular. On board a brand new Range Rover (a very quiet and comfortable car), one... More 

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ThandaSa, Manager at Thanda Safari, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Our main lodge being our flagship product has rooms that are built in the traditional Zulu style of 3 Zulu huts joined together making them 220m2 in size. They all have their own plunge pools & days beds whereby you can relax during the day. Your Rhino sightings sound amazing and to see the black... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016 via mobile

Group of 8 friends selected this gem for Safari Experience. From the time of arrival you are treated attentively from all staff. All wants are catered for. The Safari Experience made amazing by our guide Pieter who has a wealth of knowledge and he makes sure that you see and experience all the wonders the Park has to offer. He... More 

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ThandaSa, Manager at Thanda Safari, responded to this review

Thank you for your review We are happy to hear you all had an amazing experience from the time you arrived to the time you departed. We do like to vary the dining experiences from restaurant dining to boma dinners and bush dinners with the outdoors events experiencing our local Zulu dancing & singing complimented by traditional cuisine. Pieter &... More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Thanda Safari 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 isiZulu, 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, private business area 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 its own viewing deck. Public facilities at Villa iZulu include a boma, library, wine 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 signature treatments that are based on a combination of western techniques and ancient Zulu holistic practices - learnt from traditional Zulu women, to massage, soothe and heal. Safaris in open game viewing vehicles are conducted exclusively for Thanda guests on the low-risk malaria reserve. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Thanda Safari

Address: D242 off the N2 | Hluhluwe, 3915, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Thanda Private Game Reserve
Price Range: $516 - $1,551 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Thanda Safari 5*
Number of rooms: 9
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