We stayed at the Jackalberry Lodge in early October 2013 (only now getting around to submitting our review). We booked a tour through Lion Word Travel, a deal we found on the site "Travel Zoo," so we did not select the Jackalberry Lodge ourselves. Through "dumb luck" we ended up with this unbelievable, unforgettable experience.
First, the accommodations could not have been better. Small, luxuriously comfortable without being pretentious, delicious meals and drinks, friendly accommodating staff, air-conditioned individual casitas. You will read people's reviews (including this one), see the pictures, but being there is something quite indescribable. They truly do have everything just right.
But having said all of this, you are there to see the animals, right? And in this, you will not be disappointed. More "dumb luck." Did you know that when you go to Kruger, you can't go off-road? Your Jackalberry Lodge guides know where the animals are, and they will take you there, wherever "there" is. We saw the big 5 (lion, elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros) numerous times, and that was great, but it was the many more animals, birds, sunrises, sunsets, trees, plants that made our outings so fabulous. Sitting safely in your jeep, off-road, positioned first in front of and then behind 20 elephants as they forage in and around you is indescribable. Listening to the myriad of bird calls. Watching the graceful movements of the many varieties of antelope. Seeing Dumbo for real (really!). What about those majestic giraffes? Truly, you will not be disappointed. Doesn't matter if you don't see all the big 5 on your outing (maybe the leopard just isn't there that week); you will see and experience so much more. You will be comfortable, safe, eat good food, be with wonderful people -- what more can you ask for?
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- Also Known As:
- Jackalberry Hotel Thornybush Private Game Reserve
- Jackalberry Lodge South Africa/Thornybush Private Game Reserve