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“If only I could stay longer.....” 5 of 5 stars
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Portion 144 of the Farm Guernsey 81 KU | Guernsey Private Nature Reserve, Hoedspruit, South Africa   |  
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London, United Kingdom
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“If only I could stay longer.....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014 via mobile

I have had the greatest time here at the Thornhill Safari Lodge. Chris, Charmaine and the team were so welcoming and the best of hosts. I have made some great friends and will be very sad to leave. I was due to stay for 4 nights but enjoyed my time here so much that 7 nights later I am still here, much to the amusement of Luther. Tomorrow will sadly be my last day but I will definitely be back. I will miss the quiet afternoons, shared laughter, the exciting game drives, the amazing scenery and sundowners, the braai, Leah, Gaga and Dolly the ostriches and so much more! I could go on.... If you are looking for some fun times and adventure there's no better place to be. Thanks to everyone who made my trip so special.

Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
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Chris E, General Manager at Thornhill Safari Lodge, responded to this review, May 27, 2014
Thank you for staying with us and "Durban's loss was our gain". It was an absolute pleasure for us all when you decided to stay here rather than head off to other parts and I know that all my team were thrilled to have the opportunity share so much more of our lovely area of the world. I have no doubt that if you hadn't had to catch your flight home they would have kept you busy here for weeks. I can tell you that Luther still wasn't convinced you'd actually left until you weren't at dinner this evening. We are all in no doubt that you will return and look forward to that time.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Forster, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

We stayed at Thornhill Safari Lodge for 7 days and Loved it!
It wasn't our first time and will definitely not be our last. It just keeps getting better!
Chris, Charmaine, Jayden and all of the team are great.
They will always make you feel welcome, and will go out of their way to make your experience wonderful.

There is a large variety of activities to do everyday.
The animals are always amazing, and there is always something different to see.

This was our 3rd stay at Thornhill. and we are already planning our next!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chris E, General Manager at Thornhill Safari Lodge, responded to this review, May 27, 2014
What can I say other than you guys are truly part of the Thornhill family now. Thank s again for choosing us as your holiday destination and we all love having you here. I am already working on new excursions for your next visit and will advise in due course. Regards to everyone and I'm sorting out the "O'Dell Annual Photo Montage" for facebook. Stay in touch and hopefully we'll see you next year. Regards Chris
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

We spent a fantastic two nights with Charmaine and the team, they were incredibly friendly and welcoming. The food and accomodation were perfect, the pictures do not do it justice! The excursions provided were really well organised. Hope to be back soon!!

  • Stayed May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chris E, General Manager at Thornhill Safari Lodge, responded to this review, May 19, 2014
I thank you on behalf of Charmaine and all my team for staying with us and for posting the review. I am more especially pleased to hear that you want to come back and look forward to meeting you in due course.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

I stayed at Thornhill for 4 days in April, 2014. In every way my expectations were exceeded. What makes Thornhill one of the most special places on Earth is the staff. It ranks among the top places I would like to return to. To illustrate how amazing the staff is I'll share that I misplaced at least $1000 cash while staying there and upon my return to the lodge that evening I was handed every penny, which Chris and staff had dutifully collected and stored in the safe for me. Jayden, Chris, and Charmaine are all simply wonderful people. Stay here and you'll have memories for a lifetime.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chris E, General Manager at Thornhill Safari Lodge, responded to this review, May 16, 2014
Ed. I'm so pleased we exceeded your expectations and that you rated us so highly. I will certainly share your kind words with all the staff and on behalf of all of them thanks. I'm sure you know that we would love to see you again and I'm more especially pleased that we could show that even in todays hectic and turbulent world, without great staff nothing counts.Take care and stay in touch. Chris
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

Between the hospitality of Chris and Charmaine and the amazing skills of their barman, Jayden this really does feel like home away from home. All staff will go out of their way to do whatever they can to make your stay pleasant and the guides and drivers will do whatever they can to make sure you see whatever animals you need too.

My room was spacious, clean and comfortable.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chris E, General Manager at Thornhill Safari Lodge, responded to this review, May 15, 2014
Cheers John. Likewise it was a lot of fun and I'm over the moon that we fulfilled your wildlife experience. Jayden and Charmaine were only saying what a pleasure it was having you stay with us and please come back as there is still so much more to do and see. Regards Chris
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014 via mobile

I had a truly memorable stay at Thornhill safari lodge . Chris, Charmaine , Jayden ,& Danielle were the most wonderful hosts. They all bent over backwards to make my stay memorable. Meals were great around the fire & the beds were soft and comfortable . My room was exceptionally clean & the shower was wonderfully hot. Such a great place to visit

Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
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Chris E, General Manager at Thornhill Safari Lodge, responded to this review, May 15, 2014
What a lovely review and thank you. It was a pleasure having you stay with us and I know all the staff miss you already. Sadly your visit was to short but I know that all the team would love you to come back. Travel safely and stay well, Regards Chris
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

Many many thanks to Chris and Charmaine and all the staff. What a great night we spent with you. Just like visiting old friends. Did you ever find my ashtray? Naughty monkey!

Highly recommended. Extremely good value for money.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chris E, General Manager at Thornhill Safari Lodge, responded to this review, May 15, 2014
Sadly your ashtray hasn't turned up to date but I'm sure that it is not so far away You'll be pleased to know that the monkey's love it and has now set a precedence for the whole troop. Thanks for the review and next time your in the area or SA you must spend a little longer with us. Stay in touch. Chris
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Address: Portion 144 of the Farm Guernsey 81 KU | Guernsey Private Nature Reserve, Hoedspruit, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Hoedspruit
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 84 Specialty Lodging in Hoedspruit
Number of rooms: 13
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 
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Thornhill Safari Hotel Hoedspruit

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