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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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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a first class destination with the Lodge well appointed with good service and a variety of food of good quality and many variations including an outside dinner. Not too many details because it would spoil your experience. The game drives early morning and evening include blankets and hot water bottles morning tea and sundowners in the evening. Being... More 

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Ashburn, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Just arrived home from three weeks in South Africa and Zambia. The Thornybush Game Lodge experience is unforgettable. Outstanding service from the staff, fine food at all meals, charming thatched roof cottages with indoor and outdoor showers and six morning and evening ranger/tracker led animal adventures. We saw all of the big 5 in abundance plus white and black rhino... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This place exceeded our expectations. Travelled with family of 7, three sons ages 7-12 as well as the grandparents. We had a special experience. Our driver Ryno and our tracker Orlando were both wonderful. We saw tons of game, but wasn't just the sighting that made the trip. Ryno had a true passion and love of the bush, and we... More 

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Las Vegas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We stayed here 4 nights after spending 5 days in Botswana at a mobile camp site. It was definitely luxurious in comparison. Front office staff and managers were hospitable and accommodating. Our group had the entire lodge. Had one of the best massages ever at their small spa. Food was delicious, and they surprised us with a breakfast and a... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

African Bush experience I will cherish forever! just a stone throw away from Hoedspruit Airport, we spent a weekend at this luxurious Safari Lodge in April, and Boy!! I don't know where to start! Five star elegance in the middle of the bush! Thornybush offers a personalised service second to none! Personal Guide and Tracker who on our first game... More 

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Mountain View, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we stayed at Thornybush for 3 nights in Aug 2015 and this was by far one of the most pleasant stays we have had on a vacation. The people at the lodge work tirelessly to personalize the entire experience to your needs and ensure that everyone goes back satisfied and with incredible memories. Thanks to our ranger Chad and tracker... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a magnificent location to spend my 50th birthday at. The game viewing was fantastic seeing the Big 5 in our first two drives, our Guide and Tracker were very knowledgeable and keen to teach us different things about animal behaviour and the local fora and fauna. They both had such deep respect for the bush and the wildlife. Having... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our first stop on our first visit to Africa, and it was incredible! We saw all the Big 5 (if you need a reminder: buffalo, rhino, elephant, leopard, lion) within 24 hours, as well as zebra, giraffe, hyena, warthogs, all kinds of deer and birds - and I could keep going. Our ranger was Grant, and our tracker... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The entire experience was unique.. From the time of landing in the small Cessna to the stay in some of the finest rooms, the exquisite safaris to the night time entertainment! Everything was beyond expectations.. I want to thank our guides for making our vacation a very memorable one..

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

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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