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Thanda Safari Lodge

D242 Off The N2, Hluhluwe 3950 South Africa
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 20/07/23 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 20/07/23 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#1 of 43 Speciality lodging in Hluhluwe
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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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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Free breakfast
Game room
Kids club
Secured parking
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
Butler service
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Soundproof rooms
Air conditioning
Room service
Extra long beds
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans, Zulu


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D242 Off The N2, Hluhluwe 3950 South Africa
Getting there
King Shaka Intl Airport221 kmSee all flights
Zulu Inyala Airport20 kmSee all flights
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RHS wrote a review Aug 2021
Mount Prospect, Illinois4 contributions
What a fantastic experience! The lodge rooms are amazing….everything from food to service to Zeblon and Peace our game drive trackers and guides all amazing!! We saw all but a Leopard! It was great watching the birds in the plunge pool, fireplace at night in the room. Highly recommend!!
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Bernhard T wrote a review Mar 2021
Onrus, South Africa104 contributions13 helpful votes
Once again my family and I had the distinct pleasure of staying at this fantastic lodge for a number of nights. The lodge is beautifully appointed and the suites are private, huge, tastefully decorated, air-conditioned, consisting of a private lounge, bedroom, bathroom, own swimming pool, day-bed with a view and many other luxuries. The menu was varied and really great, offering choices (eg vegetarian) and tastefully presented culinary delights. The service was constantly top-notch and our butler, Nomvula, went out of her way to look after us. This is however, a Safari Lodge, and the morning and afternoon game drives certainly became the highlight of our stay. Our guide, Martin, and his tracker, Nhlahla, made our time in the bush an extraordinary experience and we left with a sensory overload of the African Bush. Their passion, knowledge and enthusiasm is unsurpassed and makes Thanda a very special place to visit. We will never forget the privilege we had in experiencing this fantastic Safari Lodge. Thank you very much!
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Date of stay: March 2021
Sleep Quality
Response from Lara Soldat, Revenue Management at Thanda Safari Lodge
Responded 24 Mar 2021
Thank you for your wonderful review. We are absolutely delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us again. Martin and Nhlanhla are definitely our super star team and their passion for the bush make the drives even more interesting! We're looking forward to your next visit. Best regards, Lara Soldat Reservations and Yield Manager
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Suzanne L wrote a review Mar 2021
Durban, South Africa72 contributions20 helpful votes
The game viewing was exceptional. The service was good. The food was a little disappointing. We were there for my 70th birthday and as all the guests were from SA and the lodge new my birthday I was disappointed they chose to do a fairly mediocre Braai. The other 4 guests all fromSA were also disappointed. However the experience in general was a good one and the staff very helpful. The rooms are exceptional.
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Date of stay: March 2021
Sleep Quality
Response from Lara Soldat, Revenue Management at Thanda Safari Lodge
Responded 19 Mar 2021
Thank you for your feedback with regards to your stay at Thanda Safari. We are disappointed to hear that the food was not to your satisfaction. This will be discussed with our Chef and sorted out with the management team - thank you for bringing it to our attention. We are happy to hear you had a generally good experience and we hope your 70th Birthday was a special one. We hope you will visit us again soon. Best Regards, Lara Soldat Reservations and Yield Manager
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Kristina H wrote a review Jan 2021
Burnsville, Minnesota3 contributions
It is beautiful here and the staff is absolutely wonderful! Saw so many animals on the safari drives and the drivers are all so knowledgeable about the area and its animals. Definitely made an experience I will never forget. They offer so much here and do it all so well, it's better than anyone could imagine.
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Lara Soldat, Revenue Management at Thanda Safari Lodge
Responded 05 Jan 2021
Thank you for your wonderful review! We hope you will visit us again soon. Keep safe and best regards, Lara Soldat Reservations and Yield Manager
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Stuart D wrote a review Dec 2020
Bedfordview, South Africa11 contributions2 helpful votes
We decided to book a two night stay as an overnight stop to Mozambique. We were not caught totally unawares and were blown away. Our wildlife experience was one of the best we have ever had even though we spend plenty of time in the bush. The sightings were outrageous and the guides and trackers fantastic. They manage to track the game we were looking for and nothing deterred them from finding the lions. Our Guide, Peace, no our tracker Zebulon were knowledgeable and constantly kept us on point with what as happening. The Lodge was nothing short of opulence with all the luxuries you could imagine. Our own plunge pool was perfect to cool down in between game drives and then we could have a quick nap on the outside loungers. The food and service was fantastic with our own “butler” Qinisani who hovered around us to compliment the ethos of this wonderful lodge. As a seasoned bush traveller I would rate this as one of our best ever experiences and highly recommend a stay at this lodge, you will not be disappointed.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Lara Soldat, Revenue Management at Thanda Safari Lodge
Responded 24 Dec 2020
Thank you very much for your wonderful review. We appreciate the feedback and are delighted to read that your stay with us was wonderful. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. All the best for the Festive Season. Warm Regards, Lara Soldat Reservations and Yield Manager
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US$425 - US$2 434 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
thanda private game reserve hotel hluhluwe
South AfricaKwaZulu-NatalZululandHluhluwe
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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.