The adorable Nadja and her husband Dylan made all it was possible to help and manage our stay in Thornicroft . The park gate is only 5 mn drive from the lodge and it is the only handicap for those who would prefer within the park . By the way , we saw dogs or lions just 15 mn away from the gate ! But in Thornicroft, you can hear Lions roarings or hyenas just on the other side of the Luangwa river as well . The swimming Pool is just perfect with sometimes bushbucks and monkeys coming to drink . I saw also a brown hooded king fisher just above the pool ! Godfrey was also a very nice guide with good comprehension of animal behaviors . As a photographer , he understood very quickly what kind of pictures I intended to do .
My husband and I had such a special time with my brother visiting South Luangwa National Park based at Thornicroft Lodge. The team all became like family over the 5 nights and the managers were so friendly and professional, looking after details and anticipating every need or desire. Chalets were comfortable, clean and located on the steep banks of Luangwa River so don’t have to go anywhere to see some great wildlife! One night we had an elephant come eat the marula fruits from the tree just behind our dinner table- that was surreal! The grounds on the property allow for restful experience during safari break time and the shape of the pool is even designed like the borders of Zambia- very creative! We loved the food and friendly service, and as a result probably drank more than we normally do on safari vacations. Thanks for the delicious coffee to make those early morning easier, and to our guides Boyd and Godfrey who were attentive and shared their passion and knowledge with us at some phenomenal wildlife sightings together. We will never forget this special place and already dream of making it a bigger family trip back in 2021 or 2022!…
I generally do not write reviews. However, in this case I felt I must. An excellent stay, Dylan, Nadia and their team were outstanding, the food was very tasty, the rooms by the river were very good. Everyone were arrive oriented and very helpful. Godfrey was an excellent safari guide and very knowledgeable. A lovely small intimate place and I would give my highest recommendation. Bala
This was our final experience of a safari holiday and the first in Zambia.This venue did not disappoint,the tent/chalets were large and airy, tea and coffee facilities,etc. Our veranda looked out onto the river, meals were excellent. A continental breakfast was waiting at 0500 prior to setting out on safari and whilst out we supped on flask tea/coffee and snacks for morning tea. Our guide was knowledgeable and a great tracker and we saw many wild animals, lions, leopards, elephants etc. The highlight was a herd of elephants wandering alongside our chalet and taking a drink from the swimming pool!
What a great place. Wonderful rooms, comfortable beds, good food, beautiful views and the friendliest staff. Nadia and Dylan who run it are so pleasant and helpful. We had to rework our itinerary for anticipated civil unrest in Malawi and both of them spent hours helping us rework flights, find alternate accommodations, transportation etc. because our tour company ( Land and Lakes Safari) did absolutely nothing. Upon returning home we learned Land and Lakes and Thornicroft are owned by the same person which was never communicated to us. Our driver, Godfrey, who is hilarious was super knowledgeable. We saw more animals and birds than we have seen on our previous 8 safaris. We stayed at Marula lodge as well but I preferred to small quaint atmosphere of Thornicroft.