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Idaho Falls, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Thanda Private Game Reserve offers a variety of lodging possibilities. They have a large 5 bedroom Villa, a main lodge with 5 star rooms and a tented camp (where I stayed). We toured all of the accommodations. While at the main lodge, a herd of Elephants came right up to the pond in front of the outdoor deck to get... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just spent 3 of the best days of our holiday lives at this amazing place. In particular our guide Morne who along with being the nicest man in the world went the extra mile every day to fill our heads with as much info and joy that he could. The food is superb, the animals are plentiful and the people... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were privileged to attend our son's wedding at Thanda and consider the occasion to have been an "experience of a lifetime". We were accommodated at the Tented Camp site which was luxurious. The staff were extremely friendly and knowledgeable, particularly the guides and rangers who were obviously experts in their field. . The wedding was held "in the bush"... More 

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Lethbridge, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2016

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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ThandaSa, Manager at Thanda Safari, responded to this review

Thank you for the wonderful review. Yes this is not the same as the Masai safaris as we do not have the open savannah like they have, we have a lot of bushes and trees making up our reserve. You were lucky to see the Big 5 as the Leopard is normally the one that remains elusive. We do focus... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016 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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ThandaSa, Manager at Thanda Safari, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Our accommodation is a WOW! factor for all our guests. Although we are within the Thanda Private Game Reserve boundary , there is no guarantee that you will see the Big 5, however our great team of Guides and Trackers will do their best to show you them all. Our food is varied as we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2016 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 August 3, 2016 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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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 July 24, 2016

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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

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 

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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: $491 - $1,625 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Thanda Safari 5*
Number of rooms: 9
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