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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.
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Free parking
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Free breakfast
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Outdoor pool
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Breakfast buffet
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Non-smoking hotel
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HOTEL CLASS
5.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Luxury
Great View
Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans, Zulu

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D242 Off The N2, Hluhluwe 3950 South Africa
Thanda Safari Lodge
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Zulu Inyala Airport
19.7 km
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King Shaka Intl Airport
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Monika312 wrote a review Feb 2024
Indianapolis, Indiana66 contributions54 helpful votes
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We spent 1 night at Thanda as part of a cruise excursion. What an absolute joy! We were treated like royalty from the minute we arrived. The game reserve is fantastic and genuine. The lodge and rooms are over the top, pristine and beautifully decorated. The food was fantastic and most importantly the drives were awesome. Our guide Jacque and tracker Sichivolo were the best of the best. They worked so hard to make sure we saw as many wildlife as possible and had incredible eagle eyes. They were so informative as well. We were treated to a fantastic Zulu dance show at our boma which was thoroughly enjoyed. Would love to come back for a future stay, for a longer period of time!
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you for sharing your experience with us, we are delighted that you had a wonderful stay! We are looking forward to welcoming you back soon!
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Renee wrote a review Feb 2024
New York City, New York478 contributions155 helpful votes
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Let me start by saying the staff is wonderful!!! Every single one of them! I stayed 2 nights a few days ago and I enjoyed my stay with a few hiccups . Only 9 villas and we were in 9 so it’s quit a walk if you’re older like my dad is . The view was fabulous but it’s a little hike . Also we are in the bush I get it lol but lots of lizards in the room and bugs . I almost didn’t make it past one night but I’m happy I did because the game drives are amazing! Very special and I will remember them forever ! Another thing I wasn’t a fan of theres no menus the chef comes and tells you what’s in for lunch and dinner every day . Mmmmm not a fan I’m so picky I like to see all the ingredients listed . But THE FOOD was very good !! Top quality ! The spa was wonderful had the best massage ! Also room was air conditioned hahah! The day we were leaving (only stayed 2 nights) The guys rocked up and came to open my door I was just done showering and I had it locked the door they came down with bags of another guest it was only 10am our checkout was 11 ! I was truly shocked and confused. With no explanation! Also our last morning we waited 35 min for our game drive . They said I canceled ,???? Never said no to anyone . They picked me up from the room makes no sense ! But again I enjoyed myself and mistakes happen but Mangement needs to look into it since the day before I didn’t do any game drives just relaxed in the villa and spa . Also had a pool and didn’t use it very merky water . Also brush your teeth with bottled water . Would u return no. And that’s only because of the bugs the Beatles are huge and all over while you are eating at night so that’s not my thing ! But thanks to the staff for making my dad super happy and dreams come true !
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: If you have mobility issues do not book room 9 . Also if you are not a bug person this is not for...
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Responded 1 week ago
Thank you for your review. We are delighted that the staff were wonderful. We do try our best to accommodate our older guests closer to the public areas but we do need to be advised in advance so this can be done. Unfortunately there is not very much we can do about the lizards and bugs in the rooms as we are in the Zululand bush. The lizards mentioned are geckos and these assist us by eating mosquitoes and certain bugs. We do offer repellent in all suites so that guests can use this if required. We do apologize that our menu offerings were not to your taste. Again, this can be pre-arranged by completing our guest information form prior to your arrival so that we can best prepare for your stay and our Chef would have gladly tailored a menu for you. We do apologize for the miscommunication with regards to game drive and of course for luggage arriving at your suite prior to departure. This has been addressed with the Team and will be discussed with all staff. We have also let our maintenance team know about the murky water at the pool so this can be rectified. We're sorry to hear that you will not visit us again but happy that your Dad enjoyed his stay.
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Anders O wrote a review Nov 2023
12 contributions1 helpful vote
We booked Thanda Safari Game Reserve for four days, two in the lodge and two in the tents. The lodges is very big and beautuful and nice decorated with a lovely veranda, Breakfast lunch and dinner tasted great and everybody working there where very nice to us. The tents is not so big as the lodges, but very nice with a small veranda. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served as buffe and tasted good. The people working there very nice aswell. We did go to safari 7 times. Our guide CJ was very nice and wellknown, and explained a lot of different things about the nature in the reserve, the history behind Thanda and the Zulu people. The tracker Ronie has good eyes so we were lucky to spot many birds and animals. This game reserve is very beautiful including a lot of Rhinos,We even see cheetah,Lions and many more. Thanks to everybody making our holidays so good!
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Responded 15 Nov 2023
Thank you for your wonderful feedback which I have shared with the team! I hope you will visit us again soon.
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Rowena B wrote a review Nov 2023
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What an amazing 3 days at Thanda Safari Lodge with our family. including our 9 yr old granddaughter. Our guide Peace and tracker, Sichivolo, gave us some wonderful animal experiences, including early morning coffee surrounded by giraffes and zebras, a very close encounter with a family of cheetahs and seeing male Nyala performing Lateral Progression. This was a holiday to remember! The staff were all friendly and helpful and the food was wonderful. Our granddaughter was so proud to receive her Junior Field Guide training certificate at the end of our stay. The suites were luxurious and we couldn't resist using the Spa.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Responded 06 Nov 2023
Thank you for your wonderful feedback which I will share with all staff. I hope you will visit us again soon.
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Journey27473788561 wrote a review Oct 2023
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We spent a week at Thanda Lodge, our 4th visit (the previous one in 2019), and enjoyed every minute of it. Thanda's wildlife seems to be thriving – it seems to get better every time. We greatly enjoyed the company of our guide Tasia and tracker Derick as they expertly lined up some amazing wildlife encounters. Stars of the show were the elephants, lions and cheetahs, but there were many others, including 2 black rhinos. When we were there, the Reserve was fairly quiet, and with plenty of time we were able to stay watching and photographing/filming their behavior for as long as we wanted. The lodge remains one of our all time favorite places to stay. The rooms are fabulous - everyone gets an outdoor shower, plunge pool, sala, and private boma, as well as air conditioning for the open-plan sitting room (with log fire and included mini-bar), bedroom (comfortable, large four-poster with mosquito nets) shower area and bathroom, with great views across the reserve from inside and out. The lodge staff make the place even more special. The food was delicious and service excellent. Nothing is too much trouble, and everything is done with a smile. Great place. We will be back!
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Responded 06 Nov 2023
We do really love reading feedback like yours, thank you for sharing your stay with us. I am delighted that you had a wonderful stay and we looking forward to welcoming you back to your home away from home!
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Larkens wrote a review Oct 2023
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa20 contributions10 helpful votes
What an unbelievable experience. We hosted a French exchange student and spent a wonderful 3 days at the tented camp. All staff, guides and rangers were exceptional and I can happily say that the French students parents were absolutely amazed by the video compilation we made of our visit. Thanda is a 5 star experience. Special thanks to Siya for managing allnof requests including an unforgettable bush dinner
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Date of stay: April 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 15 Oct 2023
Thank you for your wonderful review which I will share with the Team. We hope you will visit again soon!
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sheila w wrote a review Sept 2023
Wardle, United Kingdom7 contributions1 helpful vote
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Oh my goodness, this place is simply amazing. Everything was exceptional. Accommodation was comfortable, clean and tidy. Having your own pool, and outside lounging area was lovely. Food was excellent, oh my taste buds were very happy with all the food. We also had a meal in the Bush, wow. Service was excellent such nice people. I had a hot stone massage which was very good. One of the better massages I have had. Driver and tracker were exceptional I saw a wide range of wildlife, luckily they found everything I said I would like to see. Very knowledgeable. I would happily return
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Trip type: Travelled solo
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Responded 01 Oct 2023
Thank you for your wonderful review which i will share with all our staff. We hope you will visit again soon.
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neilkjackson wrote a review Sept 2023
London, United Kingdom32 contributions4 helpful votes
Once again, the experience at Thanda never ceases to amaze. We were there for the ‘Bubbles in the Bush,’ weekend and from our arrival to our departure the entire weekend was magical. The excellent high standard of all the staff has been maintained since we first visited 9 years ago and the food and accommodation have to rate 10/10. Lifelong memories are made at Thanda and I implore anyone who is thinking of visiting KZN to visit this phenomenal place.
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Responded 04 Sept 2023
Thank you for your wonderful feedback! We love having you visit Thanda Safari and we hope you will visit us again soon.
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Joanne A wrote a review Aug 2023
2 contributions5 helpful votes
Wow. I cannot rate Thanda enough. We travelled as a family group of 15 and all of us had the time of our lives. The staff make it incredibly special, we felt everyone went above and beyond. The trackers and guides were just fabulous, their knowledge was astounding. We saw more animals, birds and wildlife than we anticipated. Thank you Thanda!
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Responded 31 Aug 2023
Thank you for your wonderful feedback! We are delighted that you had a wonderful time and we hope you will visit the Thanda Family again soon.
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Janelle Myburgh wrote a review Jul 2023
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We had the most wonderful and memorable stay at Thanda, in their Jabula tent! From the hospitality staff, to our guide and tracker everything was exceptional! We saw the most incredible sightings during our game drives! Elephants, lions, rhinos, giraffe, all sorts of buck and birds. We got the opportunity to get up close to these magnificent creatures, truly a humbling and wonderful experience. Our guide Martin and tracker Nhlanhla are highly recommended - request them during your stay! Lastly, the food! WOW! Delicious! Thank you Thanda for an unforgettable experience. We’ll definitely be back!
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Date of stay: June 2023
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Room Tip: Request Martin as your guide and Nhlanhla as your tracker! Tell them I say hi!
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Responded 23 Jul 2023
Thank you for your wonderful feedback. We are delighted that you had a memorable stay at Thanda Tented Camp and we hope that you will visit us again soon. We will be sure to share your review with all staff.
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PRICE RANGE
R 10,644 - R 12,154 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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thanda private game reserve hotel hluhluwe
LOCATION
South AfricaKwaZulu-NatalZululandHluhluwe
NUMBER OF ROOMS
9
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Frequently Asked Questions about Thanda Safari Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Thanda Safari Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Bayete Zulu Lodges (3.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Thanda Safari Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Thanda Safari Lodge?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and extra long beds.
What food & drink options are available at Thanda Safari Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Thanda Safari Lodge?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Thanda Safari Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Thanda Safari Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Afrikaans, and Zulu.