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December 11, 2017 for 3 nights for 2 adults.

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Thanda Safari in Hluhluwe, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

The bold wilderness of Africa comes together with supreme luxury and romance at the highly awarded Thanda Private Game Reserve. This impressive South Africa resort is comprised of Thanda Safari Lodge with nine suites, as well as the separate Villa iZulu residence and 15 private game reserve tents including Jabula honeymoon tent. The suites are completely self-contained and spectacular in design, with circular structure and thatched game- viewing decks. Each abode is furnished with private outdoor splash pool, as well as indoor/outdoor showers and individual bomas for intimate dining experiences. Relish in the views of the surrounding game reserve, and stretch out in your more than 2,300 square feet of space. For a truly unique and authentic African adventure, the private game reserve tents provide an unforgettable time. Each of the 15 tents in the Thanda Tented Camp has its own canvas bathroom, accommodations are comfortable yet rustic, and there are only a few hours of electricity each day - truly integrating you into the bush and providing a completely hands-on nature experience.

The star of the show at Thanda Private Game Reserve is of course the abundant wildlife, of which there is no shortage in this South African destination. Early morning and late afternoon game drives will have you peering for the Big Five - lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo, and rhino - journeying in open-air Land Rovers under the guidance of experienced rangers and wildlife trackers. The reserve even offers opportunities to travel to another reserve to interact with the elephants - an experience of a lifetime. Embrace the Zulu culture through a "living museum," and experience Zulu traditions throughout your stay. Dining at the resort can be done in the main boma, fireside and under the brilliant setting sun, or in the privacy of your villa. The chefs work tirelessly to create versatile and delicious cuisine using freshly grown herbs and ingredients, all complemented by a superior selection of wines. Elevate your safari experience and come for the very best in everything, to Thanda Private Game Reserve.

Location of Thanda Safari

Thanda Safari
D242, Off N2 Between Hluhluw and Mkuze-Hluhluwe
Hluhluwe, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Nearest Airport: DUR

Amenities for Thanda Safari

  • General Information
  • 13 Tents
  • Dining
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Wine Cellar
  • On-Site Amenities
  • Spa Services
  • Library
  • Cigar Lounge
  • In-Room Amenities
  • Outdoor Showers
  • Private Pools
  • Viewing Decks
  • En-Suite Bathrooms
  • Activities
  • Hiking
  • Whale Watching
  • Bird Watching
  • Game Drives
  • Bush Walks
  • Business
  • Business Center
  • Family
  • Babysitting
  • Children's Amenities
  • Children's Menus
  • Interests
  • Active & Adventure
  • All Inclusive
  • Luxury Tents & Open Air

Reviews for Thanda Safari

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TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 day ago

We are a family of 3 (child aged 14) and stayed for 2 nights at Thanda (tented) and had an amazing time. The "tents' are luxurious: large, comfortable beds with great linen for a good nights sleep; lovely, spacious bathrooms (with double sinks!) and an outside shower (a must after a morning game drive). The website warns about a lack of electricity, but there are sockets in the rooms for re-charging phones/ cameras etc. But no wifi in the rooms. And wifi was intermittent in the main lounge/ bar area too. During our stay we had 4 game drives (5am depart & 4pm depart) and these were all fantastic & the highlight of the stay: knowledgeable, friendly guides (we had Kyle & Mr T), lots of wildlife (not sure if we were very lucky but we say everything from lion kills, to elephants, white & black rhino, buffalo, hyena alongside numerous zebra, giraffe, gazelle etc). For us and our 14 yr old, 4 drives/ 2-3 days was ample. In between the drives we made use of the pool, which whilst relatively small, was big enough for doing lengths and lounging next to in the sun. At the lodge the majority of the staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. The one element that lets this place down is the dining area, which lacks the charm and character of the rest of the place. Lighting was poor, there was a lack of furniture/ decor. In a word soul-less. The food and service was average and significantly below what one would expect of somewhere of this quality. Overall, definitely worth a visit, but would be even better if they could sort out the dining arrangements.

Pete W - St Albans


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 6 days ago

We actually stayed in the Villa which is a few minutes drive from the Lodge. We booked the whole Villa for our party of 10. I was really lucky in that I was allocated one of the 2 rooms overlooking the Waterhole. We had our own chef and several staff that catered for our every whim. We had two game drives per day that were a thrill a minute from being in the middle of a herd of elephants one minute to watching a tortoise cross the track in the next. The Villa also put on a night of local dancing and another highlight was a bush barbecue. 5 star entertainment for nature lovers

lostsoul2015 - Leeds, United Kingdom


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I arrived at the tented area in Thanda, which ended up not being suitable at all - the weather was extremely hot and the very basic tent was like an oven with minimal cooling( only a ceiling fan in the bedroom).The bathroom had no cooling as was unbearable.When we decided to go the the pool (which was next to a very small main area)we had to walk quite a distance - there were 3 children who were jumping around in the pool , splashing and screaming loudly- nothing wrong....if you don't want peace and quiet.There was no where else to go besides back to our "oven". We asked if we could be upgraded to the lodge (for a further $500 p/night! ).The main lodge ( about 15 min drive from the tented camp area) was a whole different story!! Amazing accommodation- secluded, own plunge pool, own boma, own outside daybed with exquisite views), fully airconned, huge interior.Fantastic!! Food was above average and in abundance.Only basic alcoholic drinks and house wines are included- very tacky to have to pay for better quality alcohol at a luxurious lodge.Service was very good but waiters very "scripted" and amateurish.Furthermore, on our second morning in the dining room , some management and staff sat behind us, ate breakfast and continued with a business meeting- talking about how they can improve the lodge - " it is very tired, needs a lot more work", not luxurious enough" etc etc - Thanks for that! while we are paying 5 star rates, you're discussing why it's not! Most unprofessional! We saw the Big 5 in 2 days, our ranger was phenomenal. Overall ended up being a memorable stay.

Candy3006 - Greater Sydney, Australia


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you intend to share an extraordinary experience with somebody you like or just want to pamper yourself with a luxury environment in an environment offering true Southern African wildlife and nature - Thanda is the perfect place. We enjoyed a fantastic villa with terrace, private pool, patio with roof and round outdoor bed, overlooking the landscape with Njalas, Giraffes and Zebras in eye-sight. Great staff, competent, helpful, friendly provides the service you can expect of a 5-star hotel. Exciting game rides with experienced and knowledgeable guides make for wonderful photo opportunities. Relaxing atmosphere in nicely appointed lounge and bar area. Good meals, good wines. Definitely a destination we like to go back to!

RGerman - Huntington Beach, California


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 month ago

Thanda was the best lodge we stayed at; we were here for 4 nights and we felt like royalty the whole time we were here. Whether because of the extremely luxurious Zulu type suites, or the warm staff throughout or the excellent guiding with JR, the expertise of resident photographer Christian and what to say about the food; these people go up and above to give guests the best experience. Thank you Promise and Wiseman for your warm and friendly personalities! It is a place worth every penny!!

javosc - Calgary, Canada


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