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Shumbalala Game Lodge
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Austin, Texas
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3 reviews
“INCREDIBLE”
Reviewed May 16, 2013

We visited Shumbalala for the last leg of our honeymoon and it was easily the most incredible leg of the trip. Staff was epitome of friendly, helpful and sincere. Our guide and tracker were super impressive in their knowledge and we had some wonderfully up-close experiences with the animals thanks to them - saw the Big 5 in our first two game drives! The food was equally incredible - diverse, fresh, delicious and pretty! The intimacy of the lodge is another huge plus. So nice to have such personalized attention and get to chat with the other guests regularly. We're already planning our next visit. Really cannot say enough wonderful things about Shumbalala.

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Columbia, SC
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Reviewed May 12, 2013

A welcoming and wonderful lodge. We had a perfect hostess, ranger, tracker, and chef. This was the highlight of our trip to Africa. We learned so much, had superb meals, great hospitality and a setting to remember always. If it all possilbe, pick this lodge!
Our Ranger Ryan and tracker Herman worked hard to expose us to wonders of the bush, teaching us about animals, trees, birds, and stars. Lynne plrovided delightful meals and Anelle charming hospitality. What more could you ask for?

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

My partner and I spent 3 wonderful days lost in the hospitlaity / safari experience that Shumbalala Game Lodge had to offer. We both didn't want to leave and felt that the whole experience exceeded our expectations. We both recommend the Shaumbalala Game Lodge.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed May 4, 2013

We spent 4 days at the lodge with family from ITALY.
The crew was terrific, from the reception to the good bays.
Very friendly and professional, and very knowledgeble.
Good value for your money!
Captain Revs was and his spotter, Herman, were very good.
The blond very efficient young lady managing us was a tresure and Missis Cook, with the ever ready smile, was killing us with her top class food; and we are italians....

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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West Chester, Pennsylvania, United States
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Reviewed April 29, 2013

My frind and I decided on an AFrican trip to celebrate our mutual birthdays. Shumbala was the best of our trip. The accomdations are fabulous and the quality fo the service and the people is outstnaidng. Of special note was the knowlegdable game drives where Ryan share his vast knowledge and experience and Herman tracked everything possible among the big 5. My highest recommendations to anyone comtemplating a safari.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed April 21, 2013

A Safari was a new experience for us but definitely one to be repeated. Shumbalala was outstanding in terms of its organisation, facilities, location, service, the expertise of its staff and the general hospitality. In the course of 3 days we saw all the animals, and more, that we had ever hoped. to see as well as an large number of birds. What a really great trip! I couldn't recommend it more.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 4, 2013

We spent three nights here at the beginning of March in celebration of our Golden Wedding and enjoyed a wonderful stay at this magnificent Lodge. Our suite was all that we could have wished and we were extremely well looked after under the supervision of the delightful Annelle. The game viewing was exceptional. Ryan and Herman were enthusiastic and truly professional, and dedicated to providing us with a most memorable experience.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Shumbalala Game Lodge
Address: Thornybush Game Reserve | Greater Kruger, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Thornybush Private Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Thornybush Private Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Shumbalala Game Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
It’s a vast, wild place where the lions roam at Shumbalala Game Lodge, deep in the Thornybush GameReserve, one of the country’s great tracts of untamed game-viewing.Set as it is in a dry, singeing savanna of Mopane, Acacias and Umbrella thorns, quartered by easterly-flowing rivers densely shrouded in giant figs, fever trees and phoenix palms, the land is an ancient tapestry of natural wonder.Over-head the Loeries call their sharp warning while horn-bills swoop in an ungainly ballet between trees whilst vultures elevate on thermals portending an electric storm.As you push on through the bush it is the serendipity of nature that amazes most as your vehicle skirts art deco zebra, dozy giraffe, bright eyed bush babies, wildebeest (made, it is said, by the committee of left-over parts) and the rest Africa has to offer.It is even more of an adventure when you stumble upon a leopard lazing in the V of a Jackalberry tree or; a hyena giving you a lazy yellow eye in the gathering dusk; a majestic bull elephant crashing its way through the riverine thicket in search of sweet reeds or; a surprise sunrise encounter with a lion pride on the prowl.This is the world of Shumbalala. ... more   less 
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