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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 part of the Greater Kruger National Park, with a huge diversity of mammal and bird species, lies 14 000 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 Cruisers 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.
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Free parking
Breakfast included
Airport transportation
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Multilingual Staff
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor pool
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Air conditioning
Family Rooms
Non-smoking rooms
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Thornybush Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380 South Africa
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Ngala Airfield10 mi
Hoedspruit Airport14 mi
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We had a three night stay and it exceeded our wildest dreams. The staff were excellent and the rangers friendly and extremely knowledgeable. the food is fantastic. Nothing was too much trouble. The five game drives gave us multiple sightings of the big 5 as well as many other
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We spent 5 nights here and it was an experience that we will not forget. Lindi our Ranger and Peter our tracker made a great Team. They were so knowledgable not just with regard to the animals but the plants and birdlife. We learnt a lot from them. We also managed to tick the
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Brilliant short safari. Guide, Wayne and tracker, John, made it a great trip. The "big 5" plus many, many more! Lodge overlooking the water hole visited by Hippo Buffalo and Elephant, Vervet monkeys by the swimming pool, and a Leopard strolling through the camp! Bush walking,
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The location of this lodge is wonderful, the main property is located by the side of a large lake which during our stay attracted elephants, hippopotamus, Impala and many most colorful birds. The staff are first class and the bedroom lodges are charming with a feel of the
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Response from Candice W, Guest Relations Manager at Thornybush Game Lodge
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hi there paparadz, thank-you so much for leaving this review of your stay here with us! I'm so glad that your first safari experience was one to remember - hope to see you back again some day :)
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We stayed 3 nights here last week, and enjoyed both the safari experience and the food/service at this lodge. We had a very knowledgeable guide, Enock, and a tracker, Freddy who made our trip very memorable. The individual lodges give you complete privacy and good quality sleep,
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Response from Candice W, Guest Relations Manager at Thornybush Game Lodge
Responded Jan 31, 2019
Hi there Nilam3, thank-you so much for taking the time to leave this review!
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Is this Thornybush NKAYA lodge?
No just Thornybush game lodge as far as I’m aware. Just 20 rooms here.
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Drinks were very cheap. We didn’t drink a lot but had wine with dinner etc. bar bill for 4 nights was 40 dollars Canadian.
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Best would be to email the lodge, they will definitely be able to help orgainse the transfer and will inform you of the costs.
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Everything was included except tips and alcohol
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Is there wifi available at the accomodation?
We had WiFi in our room
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"room 8 overlooks the waterhole, but they all look good!"
"All lodges were first class but those nearer the main lodge would be best."
"All the lodges are private and quite luxurious"
"to my knowledge, all rooms offer luxury accommodation, with outside decks to view game and even an outdoor shower, as well as indoor..."
"All of the rooms are amazing!"
$1,273 - $1,576 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
South AfricaKruger National ParkThornybush Private Game Reserve
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