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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 reviewed 5 days ago
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    5 of 5 stars
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2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We visited Shumbalala back in May & stayed for 4 nights. It was the best experience we have had, excellent service in the lodge, good food & professional & informative game drives. Highlights included the mother leopard & her cubs, drinking Amarula coffee in the bush & visiting the wine cellar daily. We have no doubt that we will be... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We just spent three days and three nights in Shumbalala and our experience was just perfect! Staff is very friendly, experienced and always willing to run the extra mile in order to fulfill our wishes. Food is excellent. Wayne, our Ranger and Herman, our Tracker were incredible. We had so many great sightings! We will try in any case to... More

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Gilbert, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Such an amazing trip that there are no adequate words to express The ranger and tracker were beyond well versed, I felt incredibly comfortable and happy, and was lulled to sleep by the lions roaring. The food was amazing, the lodge was beautiful and the game drives were out of this world! I highly recommend this place!

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Like everyone else I only have great tyings to say. Wayne and Herman were our Ranger and Tracker and were both knowledgable and great fun. Rooms were great as was food. Only 8 people at a time made it feel very personal.

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Marina del Rey, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came with teen grandson. The attention he got from staff was"icing on the cake". The animal sightings were superb and the natural history information made the safari so memorable for him as well as for us. The presidential suite was jaw-dropping...really luxorious and rejuvenating after game drives. Meals and staff friendliness and competence were outstanding also. Altogether a great... More

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is my second visit to Shumbalala, - but not my last. Accommodations are spectacular, the food is outstanding, and the kindness, friendliness and service of the management is admirable. We felt a sincere welcome, safe and comfortable during the entire stay. We traced and observed literally every major animal in South Africa in 4 days. Our tracker and ranger... More

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Frisco, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

This was our first safari and our first stop. Couldn't have asked for more. We felt secure on all the day trips and saw all the large animals, including elephants, African buffalo, giraffes, lions, cheetahs, leopards and countless species of birds. A bonus was the absolutely delicious food. Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly, as were all the staff. Recommend... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

This was the 4th lodge we have stayed at and even though all the others were also excellent this may have been the best. The location is perfect overlooking a riverbed and a permanent (concrete filled) water hole. This was important because on one day (after a morning game drive and not finding the lions) at the lodge we saw... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

My wife and I had the pleasure to stay at Shumbalala on our 10th anniversary and I can't imagine a more special place to celebrate a very special event. Jeandra, Wayne and Herman made us feel so welcome...more like members of the family than patrons. The game drives were exceptional and we were amazed at Wayne's breadth of knowledge of... More

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Chicago, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

I had very high expectations for my first safari, and Shumbalala exceeded them in every way. By far! This is one of the most spectacular travel experiences I've ever had. The accommodations, service, food, game drives, and especially the staff were outstanding, and treated us so graciously from the minute we arrived. A special shout-out to Michelle (she exudes customer... More

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Address: Thornybush Game Reserve | Greater Kruger, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Thornybush Private Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Shumbalala Game Lodge 5*
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Shumbalala Game Hotel Thornybush Private Game Reserve
Shumbalala Game Lodge South Africa/Thornybush Private Game Reserve

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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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