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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 2013
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Dalston, Cumbria, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is always worrying when one has to give full marks for absolutely everything, but in the case of Thornybush every single 5 star rating is fully justified. The lodge facilities, the catering and the lodge service were superb. However, the reason for going to a game reserve is to see the wildlife. Our morning and afternoon game drives were... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I recently stayed at Thornybush as part of an organized tour by Alumni Holiday International, Chicago, IL, USA. The entire staff at Thornybush could not do enough to make our stay more pleasant. They were, one word, wonderful. The rangers and trackers did an outstanding job in enabling all 23 of us to see the Big Five... More

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Oakville, Ontario
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33 reviews 33 reviews
23 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having stayed at a tented camp for 3 nights we wanted to get the experience of a 'regular' game lodge as well. Overall we preferred the tented camp (see Tanda Tula Review) but Thornybush still provided an excellent all round experience. The lodge is quite luxurious with attractive public, bar and dining areas and very attentive staff. The accommodations are... More

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

I spend a lot if time in South Africa and I have stayed at lots of lodges. This has to be one of my personal favs. The staff are wonderful, friendly and so helpful. The rooms are very comfortable and have everything you need. The public bar and restaurant area are lovely overlooking a river. All the fancy lodge stuff... More

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29 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

This lodge is more expensive than our other venue (see Toro Yaka), and is much bigger. It is within a fenced reserve, and this seemed to mean that we saw more big wildlife, and much closer. We did, however get more of a "zoo-like" feel about the game watching process; there were lots of vehicles out at once, often queuing... More

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5 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014 via mobile

One hour from Johannesburg, 45 minute drive from Hoedspruit airport, this is an awesome bush experience. Superb rooms, excellent service, great attentive management, delicious food, excellent and informative game drive guides. This is not a cheap place for South Africans but the standard is so high that we almost don't mind paying for such a great experience. Of course it... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

Very good service, nice spacious cabins. The rangers and trackers are very skilled and friendly. We were unlucky that it rained quite a bit, so you may want to take advice as to the best time of year to visit. However, we were able to see all of the animals in spite of the weather.

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Vail, Colorado
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

Thornybush Game Lodge offers the perfect safari experience. The property was beautiful and very private. Very spacious rooms that include an outdoor shower in addition to an oversized bathroom with double sinks, soaking tub and shower with views. Food was outstanding and plentiful. The general manager, Melanie, was extremely hospitable and always available. She's very gracious and gets to know... More

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Correncon-en-Vercors, France
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

Our family of 5 (children aged 9, 7 and 3) stayed here for 5 nights in 2011, and had an amazing experience!! Our guide, Shoes, was amazing, as was our tracker. We went on 1 or 2 safaris a day (letting the kids sleep in some days), and felt SPOILED by the sundowners in the park and the incredible *surprise*... More

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Kfar Saba, HaMerkaz, Israel
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17 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

As I indicated in my previous reviews, we are travel specialists, not the occasional tourists. That means we have the chance to go back to the same hotels and same restaurants over and over again. That gives us a different perspective, and allows us to go above temporary glitches that may occur here and there, and might reflect in a... More

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Also Known As:
Thornybush Game Lodge South Africa/Thornybush Private Game Reserve
Address: Thornybush Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Thornybush Private Game Reserve
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 12 Specialty lodging in Thornybush Private Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Thornybush Game Lodge 4.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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