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Address: R40, Kruger National Park, South Africa

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Thornybush Waterside was amazing from the moment we stepped foot on the property. We received a warm welcome from Kelly who showed us to our rooms, explained everything about... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Thornybush Waterside was amazing from the moment we stepped foot on the property. We received a warm welcome from Kelly who showed us to our rooms, explained everything about the resort in detail and introduced us to our butler Sandiso. We loved the game drives with our ever so knowledgeable ranger Chad who was accompanied with his trekker John. We... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

I liked everything about the safari. I did not like the long journey to and from Hoedspruit, Africa. The staff at Private game Reserve ate wonderfully friendly and helpful. Meals were served in different locations, all beautiful sites, by an assigned butler who serves for all meals including afternoon tea. The cold towels which are handed to each guest by... More 

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Washington, DC
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Getting up at 5:00am for the morning game drive was hard, but so worth it! The tracker and ranger we were with (Hendrick and Christoff) were terrific at finding all the animals and providing information on the habits, etc of the animals we saw.

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Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

We stayed at Thornybush game reserve early March 2015. Whilst it is an attraction, it is also full board that includes morning and afternoon bush drives (safari) and meals. Absolutely no kids - no exceptions! The entire service during our stay was 10/10. Your own Butler (Elvis) makes sure you get over-fed 3 times a day. Your Tracker (Hendrick) makes... More 

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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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53 reviews 53 reviews
19 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

We have just spent 2 nights at Thornybush Main Lodge and then 2 nights at Jackalberry Camp. We could not have wished for better - from the friendly service from lodge staff, the guides and trackers were so knowledgeable and passionate about the environment. The sightings were fantastic. Yes - you can see the big 5 in no time at... More 

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Hoedspruit, South Africa
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52 reviews 52 reviews
14 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

On a regular basis we go with our guests for a game drive on Thornybush Game Reserve and all are 100 % happy and satisfied. In average we see three out of the Big Five, but on many occasions we have seen the Big Five and even Cheetah. Absolutely fabulous,

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Solana Beach, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

You will see the Big Five! I loved every second of the morning and afternoon game drives. Do not miss one of them. You will see wild life that amazes you on every drive. I went on 2 a day for 5 days and say lions mating, Male giraffes fighting, Rhinos trying to mate;), Cheetah praying and catching an Impala,... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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46 reviews 46 reviews
23 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Wonderful, up-close, luxurious experience. Was able to eat as much as you desire without getting eaten by the big five.

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Vancouver, Canada
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

If you want the best safari experience, go to a private game reserve. Thornybush Private Game Reserve guides are allowed to find the animals by going off road into the bush. In Kruger National Park all vehicles must stay on the road. Since the big cats and elephants don't always walk along the road it is hard to see them... More 

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Lincolnshire, Illinois
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218 reviews 218 reviews
113 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

We did a game drive at Thornybush, between stays at Hongonyi Game Lodge and Notten's Bush Camp, which was outstanding. Great game-viewing with the "big five" within a couple hours. Knowledgeable range and tracker. Will consider staying at Thornybust next time.

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