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Vancouver, Canada
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16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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München
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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Sydney, Australia
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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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4 hotel reviews
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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
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016 via mobile

Best vacation ever. Perfect safari seen all big5 and much! more. Lodging fantastic, the tents are great, Shower both inside and outside. The food was great. Staff was just the best ever. Weather was Perfect The Internet connection could be better

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ThandaSa, Manager at Thanda Safari, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are delighted to hear that you had the best vacation ever and saw the Big 5. We pride ourselves with great staff and excellent food. Yes our internet connection is a little unpredictable in the bush but is available for those still wishing to stay in contact with families and friends back home. Hope... More 

Cape Town Central, South Africa
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9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016

Had a family visit for three nights to Thanda - WOW what a wonderful experience - Really world class stay in all aspects - and incredible animal sightings, we saw the Big Five in the first day !! Including a very rare Leopard sighting. 2nd morning we witnesses a double Cheetah kill, scary but amazing to see first hand. The... More 

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ThandaSa, Manager at Thanda Safari, responded to this review

Thank you for your stunning review. Wow! Big Five in one day & one of the lucky ones to see a kill let alone a double cheetah kill. As part of our additional activities Thanda's resident photographer offers lessons to the camera enthusiast from a basic lesson to a photographic game drive with him. We are very happy to hear... More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

Lovely warm place to stay in a beautiful setting. Good wildlife diversity and comfortable camp with friendly staff. Good food, warm atmosphere. Good getaway in northern KZN at a reasonable rate. Special wildlife sightings and good birding.

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ThandaSa, Manager at Thanda Safari, responded to this review

Thank you for the review. Our tented camp offers a classic , unforgettable Out of Africa experience. Our guides and trackers share their knowledge of the Wilderness and the ancient culture and stories that have evolved from the African Bush. With 14000ha to explore from the elegant lines of the Cheetah to the compelling red of the Fire Lily to... More 

Sydney Australia
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9 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

My first time in the Zululand bush!! The scenery was absolutely beautiful!Plus we had the best friends to accompany us......the wildlife!! Not often have I experienced such up close views of Nyla......such a stunning animal...and of course all the rest of the game which we are so fortunate to see. The staff, from the waiters, receptionists,to the incredible duo of... More 

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ThandaSa, Manager at Thanda Safari, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and happy that you got to experience the delights of Thanda. Thanda offers a authentic South African experience matched with its commitment to the Zulu culture and passion for the conservation of our environment. We pride ourselves with all our staff and are a proud member of the Leading Hotels of the World. We hope... 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: $492 - $1,450 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Thanda Safari 5*
Number of rooms: 9
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