We are just back from a memorable honeymoon at the Thornhill Safari Lodge- We booked through Themba Safari and the trip turned out to be simply fabulous. We had booked a 5 day safari and panorama route and arrived at Joburg on the eve- The next day right on the dot at 07:00 am, our guide. Sipho was waiting for us at our hotel - From there he took us through the spectacular and breathtaking panorama route at the Blyde Canyon, the 3 Rondawels, the Berlin Waterfall, without forgetting God's Window and stopping over at the Pilgrim's rest for a few pictures and to buy some curios!
When we arrived at the lodge, we were met and greeted by Chris, the Lodge Manager and immediately taken to our room (No 10) which was so well turned out, very comfortable and spacious... Dinner was served on that night in a boma style around a camp fire and the food simply excellent...Next day, a wake up at 04:00 and we were off to the Kruger National Park for a full day safari-trying to spot the Big Five and the other animals.
On the 3rd day, we went to the Moholoholo rehabilitation centre which raised our awareness on the destructive combined effect that global warming, farming , urban development are having on the wildlife- we visited animals that had been affected ...an emotional experience indeed...In the evening we went on a Game Drive at the Thornybush Private Game Reserve and there we came across 3 of the Big Five at very close quarters...Lion, Buffalos, Elephants....we did see Rhinos but not the black ones... The Leopard too evaded us...may be for next time...
We decided to skip the 2nd full day kruger safari tour and instead stayed at the lodge, waking up a bit late...wondering if we had missed breakfast...much to our surprise as soon as we walked into the dining area, a plate of English breakfast was placed in front of each of us...all served with a smile by cheerful and understanding staff! We loved it!! They even arranged for a second afternoon drive at the Thorny Bush for us and we had a sundowner by a water hole with 3 white rhinos in the background...simply amazing!
On the last day, Abel, our guide from the lodge took us for a walk in the forest, we followed the tracks, looked at the dungs, checked out the trees, the various insects on the way and suddenly...there appeared in front of us 6 lovely giraffes in an surreal panorama....munching the leaves of an accacia plant....magestic and graceful! WOW!
Another go at the delicious breakfast....and we were now on the van for a trip to Johannesburg with our wonderful driver, Gordon who was so friendly and kind yet very professional and safe driver
The lodge is run in a most professional way by friendly and caring staff members who are always willing to run the extra mile to delight the guests.The meal times are announced at the sound of a tam tam and taken together with the other guests of the lodge as well as the staff, creating a very family like atmosphere where everyone shares his/her own experience of the day and discusses his/her own discoveries.... At dinner time, the cheerful chef presents her menu and shows us the way...while a baby warthog roams around....
A trip we shall forever remember....we loved it all
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Thornhill Safari Hotel Hoedspruit