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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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Wilmington, North Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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92 reviews 92 reviews
8 hotel reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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7 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We spent three nights at Thornybush Game Lodge in early December 2014 and had a fascinating time. The lodge is clean, the staff welcoming from the very first moment and all moments after. The cabins are clean, very private and very comfortable. The food was great. All the meals. I was surprised to be received with gluten free bread, baked... More 

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