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Thornybush Game Reserve

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Address: R40, Kruger National Park, South Africa

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Fantastic stay... amazing sightings!!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
Teresa C
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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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45 reviews 45 reviews
18 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

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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14 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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32 reviews 32 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
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101 helpful votes 101 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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Asheville, North Carolina
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

The property is located on a dry riverbed where animals often visit for water. Elephans were a daily treat. Grounds were frequented by wart hogs and impala. Food was great. Guides for morning and evening animal viewings were knowledgeable and interesting.

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Lydney, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

The drives are great and they really try to let you see all of the big 5, the staff are friendly and helpful. The beauty spa has everything you want. The food is great and well presented. As to the rooms, well you can feel like a princess in them and everything is spotless. I would love to go back... More 

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New York City, New York
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3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

great game viewing -- saw lots of animals, in a wonderful setting; our guides were fantastic. we stayed at royal malewane

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Toronto
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7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

This was our first experience on Safari. The resort had onlt 10 cabins and they are all very private and set back from one another.The rooms were very comfortable with big spacious bathrooms that have a n indoor and an outdoor shower. Our hosts were supurb. The food is very good and the atmosphere is very relaxed, almost family like.... More 

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