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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...

Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 7 July 2014

A family reunion at Thanda's Villa Izulu was a truly magical experience. Only our family stayed at the villa - which provided us an intimate, luxurious unforgettable experience. Lucas & his team at the villa made sure we did not want for anything - and we were surprised & delighted throughout our stay with all the extra treats. Rich, Themba...

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ThandaPGR, Manager at Thanda Safari, responded to this review

Thank you for your recent review. Lucas and his team loved having you at Thanda Villa iZulu – especially as you celebrated a special couple's wedding. We were so pleased that you could stay an extra night to experience the bush one last time before heading home (we hope the children have recovered from the fun on the treadmill). You...

Auckland Region, New Zealand
Reviewed 4 July 2014

Thanda certainly know how to attend to every little detail to make your stay truly memorable, from the personal touch with your game ranger and tracker, to every one of the staff at the lodge who know you by name and understand just the right balance between service and giving you the privacy to enjoy your holiday. The game drives...

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Del Mar, California, United States
Reviewed 3 July 2014

Last year we went to Thanda on the recommendation of our niece, and some reading. It was more captivating and awe-filled than any other vacation I've ever been on. Our guides were part of the reason, as they educated us on the ways of tracking as well as on the animals and the bush. And we saw so many. I...

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Thank Lorna C
South Africa, KwaZuluNatal
Reviewed 14 June 2014

I was lucky to stay with my mother in the Safari Lodge recently. Well what a treat!!! the lodge is beautifully settled at a mountain slope and blends in perfectly with its environment. The suites are superb, we loved the sala and the plunge pool and the beds are super comfortable, wishing i could sleep in them for a month!...

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Cape Town
Reviewed 5 June 2014

We have just spent 2 nights at Thanda staying in the tented camp, the staff were great and the atmosphere was very relaxed and friendly. We did 4 game drives and saw 4 out of 5 of the big five, but it was the smaller things which made the magic, star gazing with our ranger in the middle of nowhere,...

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Thank Whitlingham
Reviewed 4 May 2014

We had a fantastic weekend ,the service was incredible,the game viewing was awesome ,our ranger (Christiaan)was very knowledgable and taught us all quite a lot about the animals we saw. Bheki our Game tracker was great ,he found the lion ,Elephants,buffalo and Rhinos for us. Our rooms were also spectacular . Well done everyone at Thanda.

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Zimbabwe
Reviewed 26 April 2014

If you haven't experienced this Lodge... You must! We spent three nights here, not enough, every thing is just perfect. Richard The head Ranger is fantastic and so knowledgeable, we saw the Big 5 and more! He was incredible with Kids, and they were waking at 5am to go on the drives! The Accommodation, doesn't get better than this, and...

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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: $701 - $2,358 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Thanda Safari 4*
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.”
 of 5 bubbles surfonsun, 30 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Rooms nearer the main lodge avoid long walks”
 of 5 bubbles APOLLO1991, 4 Nov 2016 | Read review
“All bush suites seem identical”
 of 5 bubbles TheRainIn, 1 Nov 2016 | Read review
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