We've now visited here twice. Firstly, last year we ended our 3 month round-the-world honeymoon with 3 nights at thornybush and it was hands down the best experience of our lives and we didn't talk about anything else once we got home- Amazing! Our ranger Dylan and tracker Rixon were fantastic. First thing we did when we got home was book another trip, this time taking along close friends and family making us a group of 6 and Thornybush fully lived up to our expectarions based on our first trip. This time arond we had a different ranger and tracker, Greg and July, and even Justin our ranger-in-training, their skill and knowledge is incredible, you know you are in good hands not only to find the animals and get the best viewing experience but also knowing you are safe and they are capable of getting you out of any situation. Our highlights were chasing down wild dog (a rareity) and tracking and finding the elusive black rhino and leopard. No less important were all the other animals we got to see - lion, cheetah, white rhino, elephants, hippos, crocs, buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, girraffe, all kinds of antelope, many bird species including vultures just to name a few! We were also lucky enough to see hyena on our first trip although I believe that is incredibly rare.
If you are going in winter (which is a great time as it doesn't rain, no mozzies and the foliage is low for best viewing) remember to pack warm as it does get very cold in the open jeeps! The lodge does provide blankets and hot water bottles for added warmth.
On the lodge itself - Food is always amazing, different settings for dinner keep things interesting as well as a surprise bush breakfast down by the riverbed. (Note the river is dry all but for 5 days a year, not that it takes away from the awe of the landscape) The rooms are more than comfortable, heating and electric blankets to keep you warm in winter. All the lodge staff are so friendly, (Thanks Donna for looking after us!) Overall a perfect place to stay, can't possibly recommend it highly enough.
- 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