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Thornybush Game Reserve Greater Kruger, Kruger National Park 1380 South Africa See on map
Free Internet
Free Parking
Breakfast included
Air Conditioning
Non-Smoking Hotel
5 Star accommodation
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It’s a vast, wild place where the lions roam at Shumbalala Game Lodge, deep in the Thornybush GameReserve, one of the country’s great tracts of untamed game-viewing.Set as it is in a dry, singeing ...More savanna of Mopane, Acacias and Umbrella thorns, quartered by easterly-flowing rivers densely shrouded in giant figs, fever trees and phoenix palms, the land is an ancient tapestry of natural wonder.Over-head the Loeries call their sharp warning while horn-bills swoop in an ungainly ballet between trees whilst vultures elevate on thermals portending an electric storm.As you push on through the bush it is the serendipity of nature that amazes most as your vehicle skirts art deco zebra, dozy giraffe, bright eyed bush babies, wildebeest (made, it is said, by the committee of left-over parts) and the rest Africa has to offer.It is even more of an adventure when you stumble upon a leopard lazing in the V of a Jackalberry tree or; a hyena giving you a lazy yellow eye in the gathering dusk; a majestic bull elephant crashing its way through the riverine thicket in search of sweet reeds or; a surprise sunrise encounter with a lion pride on the prowl.This is the world of Shumbalala. Less
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Free Internet
Free Parking
Breakfast included
Air Conditioning
Airport Transportation
Laundry Service
Multilingual Staff
Non-Smoking Hotel
Outdoor pool
Shuttle Bus Service
Wheelchair access
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
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Certificate of Excellence
Certificate of Excellence
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Suites, Non-Smoking Rooms, Family Rooms
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Awards & Recognition
Certificate of Excellence
Certificate of Excellence
Room types
Suites, Non-Smoking Rooms, Family Rooms
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$1,091 - $1,376 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Also Known As
Shumbalala Game Hotel Thornybush Private Game Reserve
Shumbalala Game Lodge South Africa/Thornybush Private Game Reserve
South Africa > Kruger National Park > Thornybush Private Game Reserve
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Our stay at Shumbalala was flawless. The rooms were gorgeous. We especially loved the private viewing deck, outdoor shower and soaking tub. The rooms were stocked with complimentary water, tea, espresso and beverages. The attention to daily housekeeping was impressive and they offered a lovely...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am an experienced traveler with over 50 countries visited. Simply stated, Shumbalala was in the top 1% of my travel experiences. Superb in every way. Proximity of our room to the wildlife was beyond belief, with elephants, giraffes, and others walking within yards of...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I with our son recently spent twelve days in South Africa and the most memorable part of the trip was our 3 night stay at Shumbalala. The entire team were incredibly professional and friendly and made us feel confortable throughout our entire...More

Thank Lucia A
Reviewed August 16, 2018 via mobile

My wife and I booked our honeymoon at Shumbalala for three nights. We were welcomed warmly by Toni and the entire Shumbalala staff upon our arrival with a delicious cocktail. That set the tone for our entire stay there. I was impressed by the detail...More

Thank atam112
Reviewed August 16, 2018

My wife and I recently spent 2 nights at Shumbalala. Edward our ranger and Sam the tracker went out of there way to find the big 5 as well as cheetah. We were also lucky enough to see a black rhino. We thoroughly enjoyed having...More

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September 8, 2017|
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Response from Joanne D | Reviewed this property |
You would have to contact the Lodge. We booked with a specialist African Travel company and they organised transfers.
Mike J
January 22, 2017|
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Response from SnrMngmnt | Property representative |
Rates include all meals, two game drives per day, a game walk in the middle of the day, all meals and drinks during game drive. Extras for your account will be drinks at the lodge and other extras such as laundry, etc
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"All rooms face the watering hole so doesn't matter which room (only 4 + presidential suite) you are..."
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"The Presidential Suite is a great choice when travelling as 2 couples with family or close friends"
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"There are only 4 villas and one presidential suite so if you want more than 2 in a room, you need the..."
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