We stayed in Thornybush Main Lodge in February 2012. We had previously stayed at Tinga a few years ago. Tinga was our first safari, and we were within the Kruger National Park boundaries. We were a little apprehnsive about being within a private game reserve, as opposed to a concession within the Park. We had been concerned about thinking the animals were 'fenced in.' These worries disappeared very quickly!
We learned a HUGE amount about Africa's wildlife whilst at Thornybush. They are doing a spectcular job of trying to conserve some amazing species in very challenging times. We felt absolutely privileged to encounter rhinos, cheetah, leopard, elephant, buffalo, kudu, lions, zebra, giraffe, monkeys, silver backed jackal, numerous beatiful birds.... I could go on. We were also given the opportunity to track cheetah and rhino on foot - I was grinning from ear to ear for hours afterwards. Thornybush had just acquired the neighbouring site when we were there (Kapama/Thornybus water lodge) and were about to rip down the internal fences to open up the two sites.
Greg (ranger) and July (tracker) were so knowledgeable, friendly and generally wonderful hosts. There was never a dull moment - I cannot praise them highly enough. When we stayed at Thornybush, there had been serious flooding the week previously, meaning Greg and July had some pretty challenging conditions to deal with. Nothing seemed to phase them, and they always went about their work with smiles on their faces. Likewise, the whole lodge was running like clockwork - even though it was close to being swept away at one point!
Everyone back at the camp were excellent. The food is marvellous (bush dinner was a particular highlight), the facilities are great and the rooms/villas are beautiful. Huge, comfortable bed, outdoor shower, indoor shower, bath, large terrace.... They REALLY know how to look after people here.
It is not a cheap way to holiday and having already been on safari in 2009, we thought we would 'get it out of our system' and go again in 2012. We failed miserably. We shall definitely be back! The whole Thornybush experience was excellent.
- 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 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. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Thornybush Game Lodge South Africa/Thornybush Private Game Reserve