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5.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Thornybush Game Reserve | Greater Kruger, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
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    5 of 5 stars
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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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2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

From the arrival we felt warmly welcomed. The service and the kitchen were excellent, michelle and her crew are very good chefs. I want to thank Wiehan and Palance for the successful and adventurous game drives. We saw all of the big five and a lot more. We definitely had a lot of fun too with our GoPro Power-Ranger! Thanks... More

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Laguna Woods, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were treated royaly. Food was wonderful and game drives were outstanding. We saw "the big five" plus. Our ranger, Wayne, and tracker, Herman, took us all around to see the game. This was the most exciting trip of our lives.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In March 2014 my partner and I did a three day stay and safari with Shumbalala Game Lodge. More than a lodge this is an experience. Gracious! Not only is the lodge luxuriously appointed, the staff is beyond attentive, the food beyond expectation the game drives are spectacular! My best recommendation goes to this Lodge! Exceeded in almost every way.... More

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Halifax, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I stayed at Shumbalala in early March for three nights. It was our first safari experience and it exceeded our expectations in every way. The lodge was perfect, combining elements of luxury, privacy and the feeling that one was very close to nature. Antelope regularly feed on the property and we were awaken one morning by a... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've done what I would term a 'luxury' safari once before in South Africa, but Shumbala provided not only incredible, intimate accommodation, but also fabulous game viewing opportunities, come rain or shine! The lodge itself is right in the middle of the Thornybush reserve, and to be welcomed by the exceedingly friendly stuff and a cup of iced tea was... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

O.M.G. Shumbalala has done it again. As if our first visit to Shumbalaa wasn't fantastic enough....our second visit was simply unbelievable! Food - absolutely delicious! Staff - unbelievably professional & super friendly Game viewing - you won't find any better (guaranteed) Accommodation - stunning, large, extremely comfortable, and beautifully decorated. As this is my second review for Shumbalala Lodge, I... More

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Ashland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

During our recent trip and cruise to Africa and Asia, we went on safaris at a half dozen different sites. Nothing came even close to Shumbalala. The safaris were terrific, and the lodge setting was beyond belief. Our visit there followed three days at a somewhat simpler facility, which was also wonderful, but Shumbalala showed us what perfection in safaris... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

We stayed here for 3 nights at the end of January/beginning of February 2014. This was our 8th safari and our second visit to Shumbalala, which is the only safari lodge we have visited more than once. Our first visit was immediately after the very bad floods of January 2012 that hit the Hoedspruit area badly and caused some destruction... More

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East Coast
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

My wife and I stayed here for three nights towards the end of January. Despite the weather not cooperating (we were rained on 5 of 6 game drives), we had an absolute fantastic time. The lodgings themselves actually look better than the pictures - and we thought the pictures were amazing. Our lodge was spacious, clean, comfortable and the fire... More

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Stamford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

We stayed at Shumbalala for our honeymoon and it was absolutely amazing! Our ranger Wiehan and tracker Palence at the main Thornybush lodge greeted us. As this was our first safari we were very excited about seeing the animals on our drive from the main lodge to the Shumbalala lodge. Wiehen and Palence stopped to let us take pictures although... More

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Also Known As:
Shumbalala Game Hotel Thornybush Private Game Reserve
Shumbalala Game Hotel
Shumbalala Game Lodge South Africa/Thornybush Private Game Reserve
Address: Thornybush Game Reserve | Greater Kruger, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Thornybush Private Game Reserve
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 12 Specialty lodging in Thornybush Private Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Shumbalala Game Lodge 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
It’s a vast, wild place where the lions roam at Shumbalala Game Lodge, deep in the Thornybush GameReserve, one of the country’s great tracts of untamed game-viewing.Set as it is in a dry, singeing savanna of Mopane, Acacias and Umbrella thorns, quartered by easterly-flowing rivers densely shrouded in giant figs, fever trees and phoenix palms, the land is an ancient tapestry of natural wonder.Over-head the Loeries call their sharp warning while horn-bills swoop in an ungainly ballet between trees whilst vultures elevate on thermals portending an electric storm.As you push on through the bush it is the serendipity of nature that amazes most as your vehicle skirts art deco zebra, dozy giraffe, bright eyed bush babies, wildebeest (made, it is said, by the committee of left-over parts) and the rest Africa has to offer.It is even more of an adventure when you stumble upon a leopard lazing in the V of a Jackalberry tree or; a hyena giving you a lazy yellow eye in the gathering dusk; a majestic bull elephant crashing its way through the riverine thicket in search of sweet reeds or; a surprise sunrise encounter with a lion pride on the prowl.This is the world of Shumbalala. ... more   less 
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