We just finished a one month visit to South Africa and the highlight of our trip was our stay at Thaba Lodge. With our wonderful hosts, John and Sandy Fourie, and our expert guide, Zander, we saw the Big Five in one day! We felt chills as three bull elephants passed so close that we locked eyes. We learned so much about the conservation of all of amazing animals while on the Black Rhino Reserve that we have profound appreciation of all of the efforts made to preserve and respect these precious creatures. Thank you so much! Dorinda and Tom McMillan
I SPENT 5 NIGHTS AT THABA LODGE AND HAVE BEEN THINKING ABOUT HOW I MIGHT CAPTURE MY EXPERIENCE IN THIS REVIEW FOR WELL OVER A WEEK. LET ME JUST SAY THAT THABA LODGE IS AN EXTRAORDINARY COMBINATION OF SIMPLE ELEGANCE, EXTRAORDINARY SERVICE, AND BRILLIANTLY LEAD GAME DRIVES. I MUST START WITH ZANDER, THE GUIDE WE HAD FOR OUR SAFARI DRIVES. HE IS KNOWLEDGEABLE, INFORMATIVE, PATIENT, AND COMMITTED. HIS STORY TELLING WAS ENGAGING, EDUCATIONAL AND PREDICTIVE! HE IS DETERMINED TO ENSURE THAT YOU NOT ONLY SEE THE BIG FIVE, BUT THAT YOU ALSO UNDERSTAND THEIR BEHAVIOR, THEIR CHALLENGES, AND THEIR STRENGTHS. HE INSPIRES CONFIDENCE - YOU FEEL WELL CARED FOR AND SAFE - WHILE YOU ALSO SIT ON THE EDGE OF YOUR SEAT AND EXPERIENCE THE NATURAL WORLD LIKE YOU'VE NEVER EXPERIENCED IT BEFORE. ZANDER TRULY IS A CONSUMMATE PROFESSIONAL THAT YOU WILL COME TO RESPECT, APPRECIATE, AND RELY ON. AS FOR THE HOSTS OF THABA LODGE: THEY ARE LOVERS OF ALL THINGS S. AFRICA. AND HAVE CREATED A SPACE FOR YOU TO COME TO UNDERSTAND WHY. THERE IS NOT ONE DETAIL OVERLOOKED IN THE ACCOMMODATIONS, FOOD, OR SERVICE. THEY ARE BORN AND RAISED IN S. AFRICA AND ARE INCREDIBLY KNOWLEDGABLE ABOUT ALL WILDLIFE WHETHER 4 LEGGED OR WINGED. THEY ARE GRACIOUS HOSTS WHO SEEK TO MEET EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOUR NEEDS AND THEN THEY GO A LITTLE FURTHER. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN HAVING AN EXQUISITE EXPERIENCE, I CAN GUARANTEE YOU THIS IS WHERE IT'LL HAPPEN. ABSOLUTELY EXTRAORDINARY IN EVERY WAY.
First of, I want to say thank you to Sandy of Thaba Lodge. Words cannot express how grateful and happy we are with her service! She understood our limitations and suggested all possible options just to make things easier for us, even if it meant having to go out of her way. She was very patient with all my questions, mindful that we are making arrangements for a trip to a place we've never been to from halfway around the world. The same goes for Chantel, the private chef that Sandy recommended. She was very responsive to all our queries and made so many adjustments to accommodate our concerns. She was also very patient when we kept changing our drinks list! That being said, Thaba Lodge's facilities are top notch! Our villas were so luxurious, it really felt like we were staying at one of those five star luxury lodges complete with our private safari guide and attentive staff. Although Thaba Lodge is a self-catering lodge, we did not feel that we were left to care for ourselves. With Chantel's superb cooking and the Thaba Lodge's wonderful management and staff, we were extremely pampered! Zander is an excellent safari guide. He made a relatively quiet time in the reserve still very exciting for us because of his knowledge and understanding of the animals and the bush. We also had the nicest and newest game drive vehicle of all those we've seen. Fancy! South Africa and the safari were a first for us and Sandy and everyone else from Thaba Lodge really made it one for the books! If ever you find yourself in Pilanesberg, please book Thaba Lodge and Chantel (for catering). You will definitely not regret it! Baie dankie vir alles, Sandy the rest of the team!
Thaba Lodge was excellent all around. We learned a lot from Zander during the game drives. Marike and the staff were very accommodating and we loved Chantel's food and service. Everyone made sure things were set the minute we arrived until we departed. I left my tablet in our room after checking out and Sandy found a way to have it sent to Cape Town. Thanks to everyone at Thaba Lodge for the wonderful time.
WE enjoyed ourselves very much. Everyone enjoyed it. Chantel was wonderful, I would recommend her anytime. We enjoyed her food and company, and she adjusted well when she realised we prefer an informal style. The Safari drives were wonderful as well. We have only good memories. Yes, we will definitely recommend Thaba Lodge and Chantel.