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Thornybush Game Lodge

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Thornybush Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The rooms are very nice, clean, spacious and with a big terrace over the bush. The food is good and the staff is nice and kind. We had 5 unforgettable safari (4 by car and 1 by foot) with our ranger, Ross, during which we managed to see the famous "big five"!!

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We were so wonderfully pleased by every aspect of our visit to the "Lodge" that we already want to return! The treatment we received by every staff member was so great. Our beautiful butler Grace, tracker July and guide Jeluka will forever stay with us. The promise of seeing the big five was kept and it was incredible. Thank you.... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

We hesitated a great deal about this stay as part of a three-week independent trip because of the cost and the possible dangers - you are in the bush ! It was one of the most magical experiences we have ever had. The dawn and dusk safaris in a personal jeep were stunning. They tracked elephants, lions, rhino and leopards.... More 

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Fordingbridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Our driver/guide Ryno and our spotter Alson gave us an unforgettable 3 days at Thornybush. No two experiences will ever be the same, so no point in listing what we saw, but it would be a long list! What matters is the approach, the expertise, the surroundings and the outcome. I cannot speak highly enough of our experience and we... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We arrived for a weekend away over easter, 2015. I have read all the reviews on the lodge before arriving and was expecting something wonderful. My expectation were exceeded in every way. It is difficult to write a review that will do justice to the facility, the beauty , the staff and the over all experience. I will do do... More 

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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We spent easter weekend at Thornybush - our first safari so we were full of anticipation. Thornybush Game Lodge proved to be fabulous - the staff were all so lovely and welcoming, it felt like home. Our guide Jack and our tracker Kenneth were a great team with Jack in particular going out of his way to make sure we... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

We spent four wonderful days doing safari with our excellent guide and manager of the lodge, Chad, and the great tracker, Ernest!" We saw the 5 big ones ( up close!) on our first day. Kelly, Chad's wife, ran the lodge operations most efficiently. There was great food and company around the beautiful sites where we took meals and watched... More 

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Washington, DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We spent 3 nights at the Thornybush Main Lodge with Christoff as our ranger and Hendrick as our tracker. We arrived mid-day and went out on the evening game drive and saw a leopard that evening. We saw so many of the animals over the 6 game drives, that I can't remember which we saw when! A few highlights: watching... More 

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Jerusalem, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

we spent 4 nights at thornybush Game Lodge, a family trip. since there were 6 of us, we had our own Jeep and wonderful ranger Charles and great tracker Peter. the game drives were fantastic, even the very cold early mornings. we saw the big 5 and lots more. we had a sweet butler, Tzizikele who took care of us... More 

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Farnham Common, United Kingdom
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7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Great accomodation -all the rooms very private and with great views. Food was great, staff friendly and always on hand and the game drives fantastic! It felt very safe even though two lions decided to spent the night just outside some of the rooms!

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