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Huddersfield, England, United Kingdom
Reviewed 15 August 2014

We had 7 totally fantastic game drives, managing to view all the animal we dreamed of a number of times except a Leopard. Memories of the pride of Lions playing will stay with us forever. Willard, our driver was exceptional, very entertaining and informative throughout. July air was perfect, warm blue skies and no flies at all. Room suites were...

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2Thank Fiona C
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Reviewed 13 August 2014

We stayed 2 nights in Villa isiZulu at Thanda Private Game Reserve. Lucas the villa manager was amazing and very attentive to everyone staying at the villa he was very friendly and always had a smile on his face. His team was always on hand, at meal times (and even turning the beds down at night). The rooms were clean,...

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 11 August 2014

We booked a series of accomodation & activities through GoAfrica - South Africa (cant speak highly enough of them) with the first hotel/experience being at the Thanda Private Game reserve. My group covered 3 generations of our family (16 - 74) and we were all very well catered for during our 3 night stay. This is a very well appointed...

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Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 5 August 2014

We stayed 4 nights and the whole experience was absolutely superb. Luxurious accommodation, pampered service, delicious food. The wonderful scenery and rugged terrain really added to the experience. Driving out in the morning and afternoon was seamless, with really knowledgeable guides and fantastic trackers, we saw all the animals you'd ever want to see, really close and without any sense...

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Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed 4 August 2014

we stopped here for the elephant interaction on the way to our camp. they show a lot of love and knowledge for their elephants. make sure you have your cameras ready. would do it again in a heartbeat.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 August 2014

From start to finish Thanda was top to bottom luxury. As a group of 11 all on our first safari experience, the staff attended to our every need. At collection at the gate in giving welcome drinks, they bought non-alcoholic beverages at my request for some of our guests, this is just one of many examples of staff commitment over...

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New York City, New York
Reviewed 21 July 2014

We spent three nights in June at Thanda as a family ranging in age from 12 to 50+... We saw all of the Big 5 and more on our excellent private game rides (our guide Themba was amazing). We also enjoyed optional excursions to interact with elephants and also a visit to St. Lucia to take a boat ride for...

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Hong Kong, China
Reviewed 18 July 2014

We visited Thanda as a family of 5 - 3 children 12, 10 and 8 - in July 2014. We stayed at the Villa-Izulu. The accommodation was excellent. The villa was clean, comfortable, interesting and a superb place to stay. The staff were extremely welcoming and always happy to assist. On the last day it was our daughters birthday and...

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ThandaPGR, Manager at Thanda Safari, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of Thanda Villa iZulu. It was wonderful to share your daughter’s birthday with her! I am sure she has quite a story to tell back home. Lucas and his team are looking forward to the next birthday. As you might know, Christian blogged about the hyena kill (follow the story on http://thandablog.com/follow-the-blog/ ) – a...

Reviewed 17 July 2014

The staff were lovely. Setting beautiful and game viewing excellent but that's where it ended.rooms were cold and dark and unlit at night. We returned every night from dinner to a pitch black room and no assistance to help us light the candles. We spent 10 minutes every night stumbling around trying to light candles and get our room ready....

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ThandaPGR, Manager at Thanda Safari, responded to this review

Thank you for your recent review of Thanda Tented Camp. I am happy to hear that you found our staff lovely. We have about 94% of our staff coming from the surrounding local communities and they are the heart and soul of Thanda. Thanda Tented Camp is a non-electrified camp and tent 13 will allow you to experience the sounds...

New York City, New York
Reviewed 12 July 2014

We stayed at the Thanda tented camp in the Jabula tent. He tent was beautiful and private, exactly what we were looking for. You were nestled right in the reserve with the animals, while walking to our tent, we saw a few nyalas and kudus just a few feet from us. Our safari guide (Willard) and our tracker (Zeb) were...

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ThandaPGR, Manager at Thanda Safari, responded to this review

Thank you for your recent review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time at Thanda Tented Camp and that you had a fantastic Honeymoon. “Jubula” means “Happiness” in Zulu and it is our most spectacular and spacious tent, tucked away from the main area. I will pass your message on to Willard, Zeblon, Zakes, Blessing and Wonderboy. We...

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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 

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Address: D242 off the N2 | Hluhluwe, 3915, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Thanda Private Game Reserve
Price Range: $586 - $2,250 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Thanda Safari 5*
Number of rooms: 9
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“Each suite in the iZulu Villa has views and is elegantly decorated.”
 of 5 bubbles Pakamisa, 19 Dec 2016 | Read review
“all rooms have great views!”
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 of 5 bubbles PeteandAly, 14 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Choose the tent closest to the main area if you don't want a long walk.”
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“Rooms nearer the main lodge avoid long walks”
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“All bush suites seem identical”
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