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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 2014
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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
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    5 of 5 stars
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Benoni, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My fiance and I were there 25-27 July 2014. What an amazing experience. Staff, friendliness, Our Ranger (Owen), Our Tracker (July) and Frederica, Accommodation, Food, Attention, Spa. Everything was amazing. Our Game Drives were stunning (our first time ever). Saw the Big Five and much more. Learnt so much with our Ranger. Owen is extremely knowledgeable and is friendly and... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

This was the center of peace and tranquility of our best vacation ever and we've had some really good one's over the past 15 years. Just from the drive into the lodge one could tell it be a vacation of luxery and viewing the wonderful lodge and as we walked in wart hogs munching on the front lawn. We were... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We were so impressed with all the pleasant staff, the great service, the food was delicious, and the safari drives were excellent. We had Owen as a guide and he was so educated and really knew the bush. We really had a great time and would definitely go back! It is a high class place with lots of new renovations... More

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Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

From the first time landing in the Hoedspruit airport, we had already seen a warthog family! Just the drive from the airport to the lodge was amazing in the fact that we got to see so many different animals. We were blown away when we got to the lodge. It was just my husband and I, our friends, and one... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Our safari at Thornybush was nothing short of fantastic. Our ranger was Cristoff and his tracker was Herman, who both knew the reserve like the back of their hands and found every one of the big 5 animals and then some. We had rare treats as we caught lions mating, young leopards feeding on a wildebeast, a herd of 14... More

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Surrey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We have just returned from a wonderful family holiday in South Africa. Every single aspect of our trip was fabulous but the pièce de résistance was our two nights at Thornybush Game Lodge. The lodge itself is stunning, the suites magnificent, the food to die for, the people were just so friendly and our ranger Doug and tracker Alson were... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

The rooms at Thorny Bush were excellant for our three night stay. The meals overlooking the dry river bed were good and I had one of the best curry's ever prepared by the chef Solly, in fact he even gave me his recipe. The game viewing was great but Charles and Peter having searched for nearly 12 hours (3 Game... More

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San Diego, California
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

We just returned from a trip to South Africa in which we spent 3 nights at the Thornybush Main Game Lodge. The staff was friendly and helpful and the cabins were very nice and comfortable. Food was very good. Of course the highlight of our stay were the early morning and late afternoon game drives. Charles and Peter (our guide... More

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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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38 reviews 38 reviews
7 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

After a pleasant flight of just on an hour we touched down right outside the main lodge. We were pleasantly surprised by the lodge and its surroundings. We have visited many lodges in Africa and weren't too sure what to expect - really fantastic. The surroundings are beautiful with a dry river bed as the focal point. The rooms are... More

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Vale of Glamorgan
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6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

What we anticipated at Thornybush was far exceeded by the real thing! We stayed in a lodge - overlooking a dry riverbed - which was very comfortable with many luxuries. The main lodge was stunning - real Out of Africa!, the staff were extremely attentive but not in your face, the food excellent... then the best bit - the game... More

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Address: Thornybush Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Thornybush Private Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Thornybush Game Lodge 4.5*
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Thornybush Game Lodge South Africa/Thornybush Private Game Reserve

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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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