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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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    5 of 5 stars
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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
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Littleton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

THis is an interesting place to see wildlife. Because it is private land, the guides are very aggressive and the wildlife seems to be habituated to this behavior - surprising how close and fast the jeeps go. THis is very different from seeing wildlife in the big national parks in Zimbabwe and Botswana where the guides are very careful, drive... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed at Thornybush Game Lodge as part of a travel package that did not break out cost, so were not aware of the pricing until we asked. When we asked the about the average nightly cost, it was very surprising that we were able to experience such luxury at that price: it covered the beautiful room (see detail below),... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The service was superb, the rooms spectacular and the hospitality was on a completely other level! I went with my father and we managed to have one of the best experiences ever! The lodge was a 5 star gorgeous and classy place to stay. On our game drives we saw the big 5 and had close encountered with animals you'd... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

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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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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