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Shumbalala Game Lodge

Thornybush Game Reserve | Greater Kruger, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was our first Safari and the final stop on our honeymoon where moving through South Africa. We had the most incredible time, we stayed for 4 nights, 4 days and saw all of the big 5 at least twice. Our Ranger was Roux and our guide was Herman, both of whom were knoweldgable, fun and made us feel at... More 

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Melton Mowbray, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

A warm & friendly welcome that makes you at home straight away. The ambience, amazing food & fantastic service makes this a special place. The game drives do not disappoint - big five seen on day one. Highly recommended for a trip of a lifetime.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Our holiday did not get off to a great start due to our luggage going missing for 3 days but Madelyn helped us out straight away with shirts and warm coats for the morning safari's, we felt at home from the moment we arrived with the greeting we received. What can we say about the stay (fabulous, amazing, incredible), we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015 via mobile

We spent 3 days here almost a year ago, and we're still talking about it a year later. The place and the people and the setting, all truely remarkable. Luxurious and grand, without being at all stuffy or forced. We travel several months out of each year and have been on four other continents since our stay at Shumbalala, and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Six of us stayed at Shumbalala for 3 night about 10 days ago. The experience was so far beyond any expectations any of us had. The rooms were beautiful, elegant, spacious, and perfect for the surroundings of nature, having large windows to the scenery, but still very private. All of the staff were friendly, helpful, fun and always very cheerful.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

We stayed at Shumbalala as part of our honeymoon and went to Simbambili game lodge after, which did not compare in any way. Everything from the stunning rooms with an authentic, yet chic and open space to the service to the delicious, outstanding food from Chef Steffy was beyond our high expectations. The entire staff went out of their way... More 

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Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Overview Wonderful experience and a great setting for a safari trip, particularly for an in-experienced safari traveller. All of the staff were very helpful and very keen to find out whether there was anything they could do to assist/ improve our experience. The lodge is situated adjacent to a floodlit waterhole which is regularly visited by a wide variety of... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Others have already waxed eloquently about Shumbalala's exquisite rooms, friendly service and amazing game drives. I couldn't agree more. To me the one thing that makes Shumbalala memorable is that its dining area and all 5 suites overlook a watering hole, situated about 50 feet away across a dry river bed. It is as if a stage is set for... More 

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Potters Bar, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

There are only 6/7 suites, possibly all the same and roughly the same distance from the main buildings. Our suit was very spacious. The Lodge does not have fences so most of the time there were Warthogs and antelopes wandering around taking no notice of the guests. On our last night a Rhino walked through on his/her way to the... More 

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Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Five of us went to Shumbalala in the middle of october and had one of the best travel experiences imaginable. From the initial greeting we felt right at home. The staff met us, Steffi, Weihan, and Wayne. The food was exemplary thanks to Steffi, and the personable guides Weihan and Wayne had immense knowledge of the animals, the sounds, the... More 

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