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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My Suite (number 8) comprised several interconnecting modules which are really beautiful and to my delight they have a superb view over the valley from every angle. The staff excellent, just the right amount of friendly interaction with guests; food is also excellent and as for the safari drives well it just gets better. The animals are not tracked, unlike...

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Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

We stayed for 2 nights in the tented camp followed by 2 nights at the lodge. Both venues were excellent in their own ways but the lodge was so sumptuous and luxurious it is difficult to imagine anywhere more beautifully appointed. All the staff were so helpful and kind. Ephrahim and Ronnie were our safari guides throughout our stay and...

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Stockholm, Sweden
Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Totally perfect and wonderful place with luxury lodges close to a resturant with the best wine and food that SA have. A safari guide that knows everything about animals, wildlife and how to get really good photoshoots. Thanda is "da place to be"

Thank Anders J
Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

The most amazing experience ever. Thanda is a 5 star top end Game Reserve where the beauty of South Africa meets exemplary courtesy and service and sumptuous food. I've visited 3 times. It's astoundingly wonderful. I've never been disappointed by the guides and drives, each one has something new to offer. The lodge is an incredible place in the middle...

Thank James B
Pongola, South Africa
Reviewed 20 December 2016

Are you looking for a private, exclusive BIG5 experience in KZN with your closest family & friends? Visit the iZulu Villa of Thanda Private Game Reserve. Superb service, excellent food & intimate privacy, what else do you need! Game viewing of the best with knowledgable Game Ranger & Wildlife photographer Christian Sperka. Thank you to all the Thanda staff for...

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Reviewed 14 December 2016

This was our first safari and was very excited. From the moment we arrived the experience was faultless. We were welcomed with a drink and met the staff. Our bags were taken to our tent and we were escorted to our room. This is 5 star camping - biggest room ever, lovely bathroom and an outdoor shower too! spectacular views...

1Thank PeteandAly
Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 December 2016

At 84 and 77 our family and friends either thought we were mad spending three nights in a tent, or, thought we were adventurous. After seeing all the photos and listening to our experiences, we soon gained their respect. Flying from England to Jo-berg, Jo-berg to Durban we then had a three hour drive to the camp. One tip is...

1Thank surfonsun
Gold Coast, Australia
Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

I have had the privilege of Visiting Thanda twice, once staying at the Main Villa the other time at the Lodge. All I can say is WOW. Words simply don't do this place justice. From the most amazing staff, Trackers, chefs etc to the most magnificent wildlife. Having a heard of elephants drink from your pool!? Watching a Lioness protect...

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

I recently visited Thanda with my cousin. We stayed in Thanda's Jabula tented camp and had a very pleasant experience. The staff were welcoming and attentive from the moment that we arrived. We were met at the gate by our guide Themba in a Range Rover. He brought us to the tented camp where we were greeted with wet towels...

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ThandaSa, Manager at Thanda Safari, responded to this review

Thank you for your review We are very happy to hear your were "Thandarised" and that you have taken special memories back with you. Our tented camp provides an authentic "Out of Africa "experience. Thanda prides itself with its amazing staff , food and service levels as well as exceptional guides and trackers providing a complete experience. We look forward...

Reviewed 4 November 2016

Spent 3 nights at the Lodge with a couple of friends. Were a bit disappointed with a lack of atmosphere at times. Eric, the Manager, was very friendly and helpful and ensured he knew guests' names and joked with guests when appropriate, but the rest of the staff were a bit remote. Plenty of game sightings, including elephants in and...

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ThandaSa, Manager at Thanda Safari, responded to this review

Thank you for the review. I am glad you got to experience the elephants and buffalo's at the lodge waterhole as well as the elephant drinking from your pool, those are very special memories to take home with you. I am glad that Eric was friendly and helpful during your stay and sorry you felt the atmosphere at times was...

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“Each suite in the iZulu Villa has views and is elegantly decorated.”
Pakamisa, 19 Dec 2016 | Read review
“all rooms have great views!”
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  • Our tent!!
PeteandAly, 14 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Choose the tent closest to the main area if you don't want a long walk.”
surfonsun, 30 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Rooms nearer the main lodge avoid long walks”
APOLLO1991, 4 Nov 2016 | Read review
“All bush suites seem identical”
TheRainIn, 1 Nov 2016 | Read review
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