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Thornybush Game Lodge

Thornybush Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
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Toronto, Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We recently spent 3 nights at Thornybush Game Lodge and it was amazing! The attention to detail by the staff was incredible! When we arrived we were greeted by very friendly and helpful staff who answered all our questions! The rooms were awesome and the outside showers provided an amazing experience. Our safari guides Wayne and John the Best were... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a great place! Wonderful food, accommodations, and the incredible guide, Grant, who led us to the Big Five. I highly recommend the Thornybush Game Lodge. We were there with our adult children and grandchildren. They made a terrific effort to make the dining both varied and delicious. The lodgings were both private and quite grand. There is a small... More 

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Beaumont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Thornybush Game lodge was a real eye opener. Right in the bush is this magnificent game lodge with all mod cons and the lodges are exceptional, 5 star. Our lodge overlooked the river, no water at the time, had an indoor and an outdoor shower, game wandering around, an elephant was eating in the trees about 15 metres from the... More 

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Melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The rooms are large with separate bathrooms with both inside and outside showers. Extra large beds in air conditioned comfort. The staff are very caring and the safari rangers are very professional. Safety is paramount and guards are provided to escort you to your room at night.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

We stayed here for 4 nights, driving up from Johannesburg. The experience is wonderful from the moment you arrive, with great service, wonderful food, experienced rangers and trackers and a really friendly environment. Be prepared to eat too much and exercise too little. You have a designated ranger and tracker for your stay, so they get to know what you... More 

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Breckenridge, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

Everything about our stay was exceptional: Grant and Hendricks our guide and tracker, the accommodations, wildlife viewing and food. What I didn't expect were the outdoor dining experiences which were all elegant from the table settings to the food. Breakfast and dinner in the bush were quintessential African experiences. My husband and I were celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016 via mobile

Wife and I went to the main game lodge for a massage at the spa. My wife had the "African massage" and I had the Traveler massage. Both of our therapists were very professional and accommodating. The spa facility was clean and very peaceful. It was a great experience in between our safari rides that day and would recommend any... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016 via mobile

The experience with the animals in the wild was breath taking. Saw lions feeding on their kill. Got to see all the Big Five. Service was excellent. Our Ranger Ross was very informative and explained to my kids in detail without them getting bored. The Lodge service was comparable to the best 5 star hotels in any city. Clean and... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016 via mobile

We stayed 4 nights at ThornyBush and it was the experience of a life time! Service is amazing; from the managers on duty to the GM, to the butler and security staff. They all got to know us and were addressing us by our names - but not over powering way either. Just the perfect attention. My friend is vegan... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2016

Great experience -- this is a real escape from civilization! Terrific property considering that it is miles from anywhere. Great room and wonderful meals -- nothing to worry about. The ranger and spotter did a great job of finding animals for us to observe up close -- closer than I ever anticipated.

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Amenities

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  • Restaurant
  • Pool
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Parking
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  • Business Center with Internet Access
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 

Additional Information about Thornybush Game Lodge

Address: Thornybush Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Thornybush Private Game Reserve
Price Range: $794 - $1,247 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Thornybush Game Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 20
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