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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 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.
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Ngala Airfield11 mi
Hoedspruit Airport16 mi
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It is impossible to describe the lifelong memories that my wife and I made on our honeymoon at the Sumbalala Game Lodge. Our expectations were beyond exceeded. We saw things we cannot describe, had amazing food and service, and by the time we left the staff felt like family. Tha
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Words can describe how wonderful our experience was at Shumbalala Lodge. Lodging, staff, food, game drives, everything was great!! I highly recommend this lodge to anyone wanting to experience The Big 5 with wonderful staff on hand!! Thanks again
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Stayed here for 3 nights and what a special place . The rooms and the lodge itself were fantastic , looking out over a waterhole and from everywhere ( including your outdoor shower!) you could just watch an amazing parade of animals including elephants,lions and buffalo . The gam
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Shambalala completely exceeded our expectations. The guide and trackers lead us to unique experiences each and every safari. The safaris' were amazing, full of sights, knowledge, lore and culture. The staff, host & hostess were extremely attentive and left us wanting for not. The
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The lodge was beautiful . The rooms had everything you could wish for . The views from our room were amazing just watching the animals approach the water hole was breath taking .
The staff were amazing so welcoming and very knowledgeable about all the wildlife.
The safari were
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Everything 5 star!!! Most beautiful place!!!
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Hi do does the lodge provide transport to and from Hoedspruit airport? Thank you
You would have to contact the Lodge. We booked with a specialist African Travel company and they organised transfers.
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Do you daily rates include game drives?
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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"This is a relatively small lodge. I believe there are only 5 or 6 separated lodges. All of them are very luxurious and private."
"Luxury in service, rich in experience and money well spent. Dollar for dollar it was a heck of a deal. All the rooms are superb."
"The suites are all stunning!"
"All are equally lovely. Daily laundry service available."
"All rooms face the watering hole so doesn't matter which room (only 4 + presidential suite) you are allocated"
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PRICE RANGE
$1,201 - $1,471 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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shumbalala game hotel thornybush private game reserve
LOCATION
South AfricaKruger National ParkThornybush Private Game Reserve
NUMBER OF ROOMS
5
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