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“Worth your While” 4 of 5 stars
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5.0 of 5 Specialty Resort   |   Thornybush Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa   |  
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“Worth your While”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2007

If you're here to see the Big 5 - your expectations will be far exceeded. In a three-day stay, my entire family and I were able to see a laundry list of all the major wildlife attractions South Africa could offer. The guides/trackers were knowledgable and courteous, and the accomodations were extremely comfortable and attractive.

I have taken so many precious memories and photographs home from our stay at Thornybush - would highly recommend this property for any family vacation. The atmosphere is quite casual, intimate, and family-friendly, but not for the sybarites seeking ultimate luxury and pampering.

  • Liked — The friendly and attentive service
  • Disliked — Having to leave
  • Stayed December 2006, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2005

Just back from South Africa where my wife and I spent two nights on the Thornybush Main Lodge. What can I say, from the courtesy that is extended from the moment you arrive, through the luxury rooms that you stay in. This place is alomst perfect. The games drives are very well orgainsed and your safety is upmost in your guides mind and the animals and scenery are spectacular. Food is good but there is not so much choice; all meals are included.

Only downside is the bugs and insects, but if you are going to go on safari these are unavoidable. Malaria tablets have to be taken.

Have definitely got the safari bug.

  • Stayed January 2005
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Thornybush Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Thornybush Private Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Thornybush Private Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Thornybush Game Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Thornybush Game Lodge (Graded 5 star by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa)- 18 luxury suites & 2 family suites (40 guests). Nestled in the heart of Big 5 country adjacent to the Greater Kruger National Park, with a huge diversity of mammal and bird species, lies 11 500 hectares of pristine African Bushveld, this is the Thornybush Nature Reserve. The elegant and exclusive Thornybush Game Lodge awaits discovery by the discerning traveller. Unrivaled big game viewing is complemented by exquisite accommodation and sublime cuisine. Thornybush Game Lodge boasts 18 stylish air-conditioned luxury suites and 2 family suites, all with extensive living areas overlooking the seasonal Monwana River. From within the luxurious suites, each with full en-suite facilities and private decks, sweeping vistas can be enjoyed over the savannah and an ever-active water hole. Superb attention to detail and highly personalised service make for a memorable stay. Enjoy exciting dawn and dusk safaris in open Land Rovers and on walking safaris, take a moment to browse in the intimate library or simply enjoy a treatment in the Beauty Spa or relax at the pool with your favourite cocktail as you bask in Africa’s glorious sunshine. An African safari can be a life-changing experience. ... more   less 
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Thornybush Game Lodge South Africa/Thornybush Private Game Reserve

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