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Gurnesay Road, Kruger National Park, South Africa
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Waterbuck Game Lodge
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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
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our week at Waterbuck was magical, my second visit and certainly not my last. The staff are some of the best I have encountered in my extensive travels around the world. Hannes and Loderick ensured each game drive provided a wide variety of sightings from the big five to the smallest creatures. Hannes has an encyclopedic knowledge and his love... More

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Vancouver
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Yet another amazing experience to see the animals,flora and fauna of this beautiful place,the quality of the lodge is top drawer from the accommodation to the food to the game drives and the knowledge and skills of Hannes and Loderick,the attention to detail of Anita and Tarryn and the sincerity of the staff has to be experienced.Each season brings a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We've stayed at Waterbuck on two separate occasions and each trip was memorable. From the minute you step onto the welcome deck, this African Bush experience will make you want to come back for more. The rooms are very authentic and comfortable; the bath-tub looking out into the wilderness is great and so is the outside shower. The food, throughout... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

I've been to over 50 countries around the world and my trip to Waterbuck was my second safari. (My first being to the same lodge frequented by the likes of Prince William and Ralph Lauren.) My overall experience at Waterbuck was absolutely spectacular. The staff make you feel more like family and with only four rooms, you can easily do... More

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Concord, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Had an absolutely amazing time here. All the extra special little touches added up to a huge wow of an experience. Hannes and Vusi worked really well together tracking the prints and ensuring we saw all the animals. The afternoon tea had a refreshing and fresh salad, nice assortment of cheese and crackers and a delicious dessert. Loved the outdoor... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014 via mobile

We just came back from South Africa , safari at this park and lodge was an absolute highlight of the holidays. Beautiful cabins, great staff, fantastic hosts and of course trackers. We actually saw all Big Five in one day! There was absolutely nothing to complain about, all was perfect!

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Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

What an amazing 3 days we had here! 5 star service, rooms with indoor and outdoor showers, swimming pool, fireplace, and of course Braai and puddings every night with our famous chef :) We saw the following animals during game drives (safari): - Lion - Rhino, black and white - Elephant - Buffalo - Leopard - Hippo - Crocodile -... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

We stayed at the lodge for a week with 6 friends - a great experience with sightings of all big 5 and many smaller mammals and birds including the rare wild dogs lodderick and Gareth were a great pair seeing things we had missed . The food was excellent and we all left sadder but heavier . The lodges were... More

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Washington DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

We stayed at Waterbuck for 4 nights in December and loved everything about it. Game drives - Gareth and Loderick do a fantastic job. Although there are other lodges in the reserve, you hardly ever see the other vehicles and really feel like you're out there on your own (in comparison, at another lodge I saw other jeeps all the... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

Waterbuck Lodge was an amazing place to take in the South African bush area. From the hospitality to the food to the game drives, all of it was top notch. Gareth and Tarryn were great hosts, made us feel very much at home and were great company to be around. Loderick and Gareth do a great job tracking any animal... More

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Additional Information about Waterbuck Game Lodge

Also Known As:
Waterbuck Game Lodge South Africa/Thornybush Private Game Reserve
Address: Gurnesay Road, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Thornybush Private Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 12 Specialty lodging in Thornybush Private Game Reserve
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautifully set on a large watering hole deep in the African bush this amazing lodge awaits your arrival. There are 4 individually set rooms spaced generously apart with a welcoming central lodge area. This area has a bar, lounge, swimming pool and a deck overlooking the waterhole. It is truly a little piece of paradise.Safari's (Game drives) are conducted morning and evening giving our guests a good chance of seeing Africa's famous "Big 5" as well as numerous other species of fauna and floura. These are conducted by extremely knowledgeable and friendly guides anxious to make your experience unforgettable.Please read the comments of our guests below, their words are the best reflection we can give on the experience. Look forward to hosting your African safari experience soon! ... more   less 

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