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4.5 of 5 Specialty Resort   |   Thornybush Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
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Thornybush Game Lodge
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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Johannesburg, South Africa
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Recently spent a weekend at the Thorny Bush Lodge and really had a great time. The service and facilities are really top class with great game sightings. The meals really are a treat with very good variety.

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Houston, Texas
19 reviews 19 reviews
10 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I were on our first safari trip, and we decided to split it up by staying at two different lodges/reserves. Thornybush Main lodge was the second place we stayed at. Oh boy, what a treat! This place was incredible. Service was exceptional! Lodge itself, beautiful. And most importantly, game drives were the best. Our ranger Jamie and... More

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Benoni, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My fiance and I were there 25-27 July 2014. What an amazing experience. Staff, friendliness, Our Ranger (Owen), Our Tracker (July) and Frederica, Accommodation, Food, Attention, Spa. Everything was amazing. Our Game Drives were stunning (our first time ever). Saw the Big Five and much more. Learnt so much with our Ranger. Owen is extremely knowledgeable and is friendly and... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

This was the center of peace and tranquility of our best vacation ever and we've had some really good one's over the past 15 years. Just from the drive into the lodge one could tell it be a vacation of luxery and viewing the wonderful lodge and as we walked in wart hogs munching on the front lawn. We were... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We were so impressed with all the pleasant staff, the great service, the food was delicious, and the safari drives were excellent. We had Owen as a guide and he was so educated and really knew the bush. We really had a great time and would definitely go back! It is a high class place with lots of new renovations... More

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Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

From the first time landing in the Hoedspruit airport, we had already seen a warthog family! Just the drive from the airport to the lodge was amazing in the fact that we got to see so many different animals. We were blown away when we got to the lodge. It was just my husband and I, our friends, and one... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Our safari at Thornybush was nothing short of fantastic. Our ranger was Cristoff and his tracker was Herman, who both knew the reserve like the back of their hands and found every one of the big 5 animals and then some. We had rare treats as we caught lions mating, young leopards feeding on a wildebeast, a herd of 14... More

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Surrey, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
24 hotel reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We have just returned from a wonderful family holiday in South Africa. Every single aspect of our trip was fabulous but the pièce de résistance was our two nights at Thornybush Game Lodge. The lodge itself is stunning, the suites magnificent, the food to die for, the people were just so friendly and our ranger Doug and tracker Alson were... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

The rooms at Thorny Bush were excellant for our three night stay. The meals overlooking the dry river bed were good and I had one of the best curry's ever prepared by the chef Solly, in fact he even gave me his recipe. The game viewing was great but Charles and Peter having searched for nearly 12 hours (3 Game... More

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San Diego, California
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3 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

We just returned from a trip to South Africa in which we spent 3 nights at the Thornybush Main Game Lodge. The staff was friendly and helpful and the cabins were very nice and comfortable. Food was very good. Of course the highlight of our stay were the early morning and late afternoon game drives. Charles and Peter (our guide... More

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Address: Thornybush Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Thornybush Private Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Thornybush Game Lodge 4.5*
Also Known As:
Thornybush Game Lodge South Africa/Thornybush Private Game Reserve

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Thornybush Game Lodge (Graded 5 star by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa)- 18 luxury suites & 2 family suites (40 guests). Nestled in the heart of Big 5 country adjacent to the Greater Kruger National Park, with a huge diversity of mammal and bird species, lies 11 500 hectares of pristine African Bushveld, this is the Thornybush Nature Reserve. The elegant and exclusive Thornybush Game Lodge awaits discovery by the discerning traveller. Unrivaled big game viewing is complemented by exquisite accommodation and sublime cuisine. Thornybush Game Lodge boasts 18 stylish air-conditioned luxury suites and 2 family suites, all with extensive living areas overlooking the seasonal Monwana River. From within the luxurious suites, each with full en-suite facilities and private decks, sweeping vistas can be enjoyed over the savannah and an ever-active water hole. Superb attention to detail and highly personalised service make for a memorable stay. Enjoy exciting dawn and dusk safaris in open Land Rovers and on walking safaris, take a moment to browse in the intimate library or simply enjoy a treatment in the Beauty Spa or relax at the pool with your favourite cocktail as you bask in Africa’s glorious sunshine. An African safari can be a life-changing experience. ... more   less 
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