My father and I had the pleasure of staying at Thornhill for a little over a week whilst travelling in South Africa.
I can not recommend it enough, when we first arrived i was so surprised at the facilities and how well equip the lodge was considering it was essentially in the outback.
There is an excellent pool with grassed areas surrounding it with plenty of shady areas and tables if you just wanted to sit around. The communal eating area and bar were really nice and it was very enjoyable sitting around the open fire place having a beer with people from all over the world (It also helps local beers are about $1AUD).
If your looking to see some animals you will be pleasantly surprised how many are located so close to the lodge. When we first arrived we were greeted by a family of zebras walking within the lodge grounds, saw ostriches and birds and on day three I woke up in the morning to some noises in the bushes outside our cabin and found two adult giraffes and a baby giraffe about 10m from our front porch
The food was excellent, varied and plentiful and you will never go hungry here. Even when out and about on a game drive or sight seeing the lodge would either provide coffee, sandwiches ect or if buying your lunch would take you to somewhere nice. I highly recommend Harry's Pancakes if you get the chance.
The guides who would either be taking you to and from certain activities or out on a game drive spotting with you were always very kind, knowledgeable and on games drives made you feel less like a passenger on a tour and more immersed in what was going on and how things are done.
Same goes for the staff at the lodge itself, very kind and always there if you need something. I wouldn't have an empty beer for less that a minute before my good friend Arbul (Bar tender) would be over asking if i would like another one.
The cabins were very spacious and clean equipped with a fan for those hotter days and mosquito nets although there was no mosquitoes when we were there. Everyday they would be cleaned and restocked with toilet amenities and a nice Thornhill chocolate. The lodge staff would also come and turn the lights on for your whilst you were at dinner.
The whole operation was run very smoothly, we were briefed at dinner about what we would be up to the next day and never had to worry about timings or missing out on anything.
A big thank you and shout out to Chris the lodge manager. Not only did Chris go above and beyond to ensure our stay was excellent but is now also a close friend of my father and I and one of the reasons we will head back to Thornhill yearly.
- Also Known As:
- Thornhill Safari Hotel Hoedspruit
- Thornhill Safari Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Thornhill Safari Lodge offers an affordable getaway with comfortable rooms and excellent facilities in 13 authentic thatch-roof chalets. Located within the Greater Kruger Park ecosystem - South Africa, a mere 40km from Kruger Park's Orpen gate.We cater for group bookings, individual guests on self drives, fly in safari's and honeymoon couples. Come and enjoy a "Kruger to Canyon" experience which is "More tahn just a Safari". ... more less