My wife and I spent three nights at this remarkable lodge. Upon arrival we were welcomed by Tammin, the manager, and her team with welcome drink. Our chalet was large with a king size bed with the customary mosquito net. It had plenty of windows to let in natural light. In addition, there was a deck to relax and take in the beautiful scenery. Chalets overlooking the lake are the better choice.
The property is well maintained. The reserve includes a nice sized lake that animals would visit which could be seen from public areas. The facility has a nice library with fireplace, an outdoor bar and pool, Wi-Fi works in all public areas not just in a single reception area.
Initially, we had meals inside due to rain. When the rain finally stopped we got to enjoy our meals outside which was marvelous. Food was nicely prepared and flavorful. Garth was our personal butler; he did an outstanding job taking care of us at meals.
The most exciting experience at Waterside was going on game drives with ranger, Jordan and tracker, Richard. What an incredible duo. We got to see the Big 5 through their amazing efforts. Jordan very knowledgeable; he stopped often to tell us stories about animals and plants. Richard truly has fantastic eyes; he spotted small chameleons at night waving a spot light into the buses as Jordan drove along the bumpy roads.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Thornybush Waterside Lodge(Graded 5 star by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa)20 Luxury Suites (40 Guests)Set on the banks of a tranquil lake encompassed with breath-taking views of the African bushveld, Thornybush Waterside Lodge affords instant relaxation.The lodges 20 comfortably appointed air-conditioned Thatched Suites blend into the natural habitat and are located along pathways surrounded by an abundance of trees and manicured gardens. En-suite air- conditioned accommodation tastefully decorated by crisp white bedding.Highly skilled rangers and trackers ensure Big 5 game viewing opportunities during dawn and dusk safaris, whilst bushwalks are for the more adventurous. Guests are invited to relax and take in the African surrounds after breakfast on the main deck area overlooking the lake, the swimming pool or alternatively retreat to the comfort of your suite.Thornybush Waterside Lodge will from mid-January 2012 have access to an even greater Reserve making game viewing some of the best in the Country. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Thornybush Waterside Lodge South Africa/Thornybush Private Game Reserve