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San Francisco
Reviewed 30 January 2015

Before going to Thanda I did some research and concluded from what I saw and read that this was going to be a "Ralph Lauren Does 'Out of Africa' for The Four Seasons" type of experience. Was I ever wrong, and happily so! Thanda is like no other place I've ever been to, and I've been to a lot of...

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ThandaPGR, Manager at Thanda Safari, responded to this review

Thank you for the wonderful review. I am glad we made your Dream Come True!. We also believe that cultural preservation is as important as wildlife conservation. Thanda is committed to retaining and showcasing Zulu traditions. The activities we offer immerse our guests in Zulu culture so that our visitors leave Thanda with a complete and real experience. Our guides...

texas
Reviewed 27 January 2015

It didn't start off in a very promising fashion when we were left standing at the entrance gate for 30 minutes with no information as to what was going on. Things did improve from there but there are still a few aspects of the lodge which could stand to be improved. First and foremost, the mid day meal (high tea...

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Chisago City, Minnesota
Reviewed 11 January 2015

We spent 4 days ( 6 game drives)in the Tented Camp and loved it! Dumi and Sabo are the best tracker/guide. We had the opportunity to see the big 5. Saw a python trying to eat an Impala, many elephants playing in the water, lions mating, zebras, giraffes, impalas to name a few.... You must plan at least 4 game...

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ThandaPGR, Manager at Thanda Safari, responded to this review

Thank you for your recent review.As Thanda comprises roughly of 15000ha it is not always easy to spot The Big 5 but I am very happy to hear that you saw them all including the elusive leopards . The python eating an Impala is a rare sighting as well.. It is great news that your guide and tracker provided you...

Kent, England
Reviewed 8 January 2015

This was my third safari visit in South Africa but the first time our teenage children had been on one. It was just amazing. and the best I've ever been on. The lodges are beautiful with a capital L for luxury. They are large and well thought out with a plunge pool and outside day bed. They are clean and...

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ThandaPGR, Manager at Thanda Safari, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive review of Thanda. We loved hosting your family for the three nights and it is great that you could share this experience with the children. As you may know our rooms are built in the shape of a Zulu Hut and it is indeed quite spacious. We are very happy that you have seen the...

London
Reviewed 5 January 2015

I specifically refreshed my tripadvisor account just to come here and comment on this place. We had 4 nights stay for our honey moon AUG/SEPT 2014. Words cannot describe how wonderful this place is, its a once in a life time thing (espec as a honeymoon) To sum up our visit: The rooms were quirky and amazing with all inclusive...

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ThandaPGR, Manager at Thanda Safari, responded to this review

Thank you for making the effort to leave us a good review. We appreciate all the kind words and we are honoured that we could share in this very special time of your life. Our Chef (one of the local Zulu people) feels flattered to be compared to a Michelin star chef! Our Team are all very proud of what...

Brussels, Belgium
Reviewed 2 January 2015

Our stay in Thanda Tented Camps was one of the most amazing stays we ever had. We travel quite frequently and are experienced travelers enough to know when there is something extraordinary. And THANDA deserves the highest compliments. The tented camps are comfortable, chic and well arranged with all luxury necessary. The food is very good, lot of variety and...

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ThandaPGR, Manager at Thanda Safari, responded to this review

Thank you for staying at our Tented Camp and for the positive review. We are delighted to hear that you loved the Tents and that your stay with us was exceptional. Our Tented Camp was designed with the sole purpose to offer you a true bush experience without cutting back on some of life’s luxuries. The Eco friendly camp without...

Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 30 December 2014

Given the cost I expected a WOW experience but instead was met with a very average one. The room and view from the room was exquisite and the service in the restaurant was exceptional but the experience was certainly not personalised which was what was expected. The incelment weather a few days before our arrival had affected the availability of...

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ThandaPGR, Manager at Thanda Safari, responded to this review

Thank you for your recent review. I am delighted to hear that you found the view from the room to be very special. In Zululand we have some of the most spectacular sunset and off course the rolling hills of Zululand is something special you will not see in other parts of our beautiful country. I am sorry to hear...

Johannesburg
Reviewed 29 December 2014

I am a tour guide and operator With my own company "Bup Tours "and travel with clients for a living and I must admit I Loved my stay here with my Girlfriend. We booked for three nights at the main lodge because it boasted great views from the room, each room had its own pool and deck all which sounded...

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ThandaPGR, Manager at Thanda Safari, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive review of Thanda Safari Lodge. We are delighted to hear that, despite all your travels, you found our Lodge to be one of the best. The Lodge is built in the form of a traditional Zulu hut, explaining the large space and rounded walls. At Thanda we are very proud of our Zulu background and...

Melbourne
Reviewed 18 December 2014

Stayed at this camp for three nights. The game drivers were excellent and the drives OK although the park does not cover a large area and you soon get to know the park and it's confines.. Food was good as were the amenities. The complaint I did have was the location of the tents which themselves are well set up....

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ThandaPGR, Manager at Thanda Safari, responded to this review

Thank you for your recent review of Thanda Tented Camp. Thanda comprises roughly of 15000ha, but due to the lack of rain and hot days in this specific area the animals tend to favour certain areas on the reserve, close to the waterholes. Therefore game drives can tend to be in the same area as our qualified guides know which...

Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 15 December 2014

We stayed in the tented camp recently and what an experience. The "tents" are better than most 5* hotel rooms and the service ethic is unparalleled. The game drives and rangers are some of the best I have experienced. The only/biggest negative is the food. Way below average and disappointing given the rest of the experience. Considering the daily rates,...

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ThandaPGR, Manager at Thanda Safari, responded to this review

Dear Peter. Thank you for your valued feedback. We are very pleased to hear that you loved the Tents and that you found our service to be professional and of high standard. Our guides have all spent years in the Bush and therefore developed a six sense for nature and our guests’ needs. I am, however, sorry to hear that...

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  • Breakfast included
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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
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Thanda Private Game Reserve
Price Range: RM2,315 - RM7,792 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Thanda Safari 4*
Number of rooms: 9
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