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Thendele Hutted camp
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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“specatacular”
Reviewed 22 April 2014

We stayed at Thendele Hutted Camp this April for three nights. We had been a bit worried about the state of the accommodation based on the reviews on tripadvisor. Needless to say, we needn't have worried.

We were assigned a hut in the upper camp with glorious views of the Amphitheater. Both, the porch and the bedroom had wonderful views but did not get any direct sunlight throughout the day due to the built of the hut.

The hut itself was great. Furniture was basic but either, all huts were recently redecorated or other reviewers tend to stay in high-end resorts, but there was nothing we needed that wasn't available. All kitchen utensils one could possibly want were available, the kitchen was laid out nicely and everything was very spacious. The shop was doing stock-taking and really did not have very many things to buy so visitors should bring their own food.

The hiking routes we were recommended were all spectacular and the rangers were very knowledgeable about the area.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Berlin, Germany
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Reviewed 20 April 2014

Thendele's location is fantastic, and it's main advantage. We didn't stay in one of the more secluded huts but still had the feeling of privacy with breathtaking views from some of our windows and from our porch and braai area.
In spite of the warnings in other reviews, we encountered not one baboon which was both a relief and a bit of a disappointment!
The huts are basically designed but well equipped and they are quite aesthetically set up.
Parts of the hut and some of the equipment are a bit run down. We had to ask for a replacement for a frying pan when we discovered bits of Teflon in our scrambled eggs. Also, in our hut (no.3, lower), the cutlery drawer had a strong smell of mold which didn't come off after washing the cutlery, and was off-putting. In the bathroom there are holes in the walls where something (a shelf or hook) was once attached.
The up side is that when possible, and when we asked for attention, things were dealt with quickly.
Our hut was serviced every day by a super friendly cleaning woman. On the other hand, the attitude at the office/shop was not friendly - at most - "correct". We asked the office staff (rangers?) for hike recommendations, and were shown a pamphlet as an answer. Although we told them that we are with youngish kids, and that we were going to the Gorge, there was no extra info on hiking times or any tips at all of any kind. We left for the Gorge (a 5 hour hike) at 11:00 am, leaving the office around that time, not knowing that the hiking times given on the pamphlet were for good, pretty fast walkers, so that before getting to the Gorge we realized that time was short and darkness may fall before we get back. As a result of this, plus the lack of info at the office, we missed the actual gorge. We didn't know that in order to get to the end of the trail, one must climb up the rope ladder and continue for another 20 minutes or so. In retrospect, it would have been so easy for the office staff to point out that a. it was getting a bit late to embark on that specific walk with kids and b. we should make sure to climb those steps, otherwise we'll miss the point!
The shop is good for your daily milk and bread. ALL other food must be brought with and as other reviewers have said, also paper, matches, soap, shampoos etc. Dish washing utensils and soap are provided.
Bottom line - in spite of the above disadvantages, we had a great time at Thendele and would definitely return there..

Room Tip: Room 3, lower camp: Not secluded but feels pretty private, spectacular views of the Amphitheatre, st...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Austin, TX
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Reviewed 11 April 2014

my hubby & in-laws stayed here for 2 nites. we had an upper chalet for 4.
of the 4 national parks we visited, i luved the accommodations and energy of this place the most.
we did the policeman helmet's hike which was neither the shortest nor the longest of the options closest by. it took 4 hrs and the views were stunning.
it was a bit of a drive coming up and we thought we were lost but we were well rewarded once we arrived. i could easily stay for a month. i liked the baboons and dassies too.

Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 15 February 2014

First of all... the view! It's incredible. You can see the amphitheatre from your front window.
Secondly... this is a remote mountain camp. you have to bring everything in with you. We stopped to get groceries on the way from Durban about 2 hours away from the camp. Once you start driving into the camp you will drive up into the hills. Once you're in, you're in. Don't forget anything. This includes paper and kindling to start a fire! However, once you're in, you've reached a quiet oasis, surrounded by nature where peacocks roam free, and baboons cross the road. There are many hikes to be done around the area. Just remember that if it's dry season there will be no waterfall. I didn't think of it in advance and was sad to learn this on arrival.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Woking, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 February 2014

We stayed in a very comfortable self catered thatched lodge for 2 nights. The views of the Amphitheatre and the surrounding mountains and valleys were stunning when not shrouded in mist. We thoroughly enjoyed the hiking visiting Tiger Falls, the Look Out and the Cascades despite the thunder storms which reverborated around the mountains. Watch out for the baboons! They can open doors! A large alpha male pushed open the kitchen door and we had to scare him off.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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New Paltz, New York
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Reviewed 30 January 2014

The view of the Amphitheater from our thatched cottage was unforgettable. The hiking was varied and challenging. The gorge walk was great although we only got as far as the ladders. McKinley's Pool is a great swimming spot, as is Gudu Falls (it's quite cold though). Be aware that you must shop for all your food before you come because there was virtually nothing in the Thendele shop when we were there. The kitchen is adequate but there is no coffee-maker, only a kettle. We didn't want to drive miles to a restaurant so we were very happy to have brought enough food for our 4-day stay. We can't wait to return. A very, very special place.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 January 2014

We stayed in a self catered lodge for three nights and it was the best part of our trip! The view of the amphitheatre (when not in cloud!) is second to none and you are right next to all the walking trails so its very accesible for hiking. The lodge itself is well equipped and very comfortable. We hired a guide from the local village (recommended by reception staff) to take us up the amphitheatre. This added a lot of value and insight into our walk and reassured on the chain ladders! Its quite a drive to the other side of Royal Natal to get to the sentinal car park where you start your walk up the amphitheatre but its worth it. Bear in mind that this is a off road track for the last 5km and so not advisable in a low car!

Room Tip: Lodges 1, 2 and 19, 20 are more secluded so opt for these if you can.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Thendele Hutted camp
Address: Royal Natal National Park, uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park
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Number of rooms: 132
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