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Gurnesay Road, Kruger National Park, South Africa
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Waterbuck Game Lodge
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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61 reviews 61 reviews
20 hotel reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the best bush breaks we have ever experienced! From the moment you come into contact with the staff of Waterbuck you are made to feel relaxed and comfortable; every aspect taken care. We had the privilege of booking the entire lodge, this was fantastic and made it even more homely. The food is out of this world! The... More

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 hotel reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This lodge is excellent. Gareth and Tarryn provided warm hospitality and Lodrick's tracking and Gareth's expertise led to excellent game viewing. Although we were not ticking boxes as we just enjoy being in the bush, we were treated to the big five and many unusual sitings within two days. Aardvark to zebra, but the three cavorting leopard cubs were the... More

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UK
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

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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4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

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 March 31, 2014

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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4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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Address: Gurnesay Road, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Thornybush Private Game Reserve
Also Known As:
Waterbuck Game Lodge South Africa/Thornybush Private Game Reserve

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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
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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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