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Monwana Game Lodge
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Anthem, Arizona
1 review
“Amazing experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2012

We just returned from a 3 night stay at the Monwana Game Lodge and had an amazing experience. The staff, Neil, Christi, and the others, were fantastic in making sure everything was perfect for us. The lodge far exceeded our expectations! The honeymoon suite was very clean, spacious, and comfortable. We watched many animals from the comfort of our own porch! Neil was very knowledgeable on all our game drives which included amazing game viewing! We would highly recommend this lodge!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2012

I visited the Lodge Monwana in Thornybush a couple of times before and I'm still coming back. What do I have to say more....If you prefer a real warm private atmosphere, magnificent game viewing and very nice prepared food you are on the right spot!! This small lodge has five wonderful spacious suites, beautifully furnished and all with a view on the water pond where you can see giraffes, impala's, warthog's, a lonely buffalo or even - if you are lucky - a leopard. The last time I visited Monwana with five other people, they were very impressed about the personal warmth of the staff and the professionalism of the ranger and tracker.
Monwana is the beautiful undiscovered sister of Serondella. Till next time!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2011

My sons and I just returned from South Africa. We visited Cape Town and Joburg, and spent four glorious days at the Monwana Game Lodge in the Thornybush Reserve, Kruger National Park. The accommodations and food were were world class. Our ranger, Ryan Fulton, was a consummate "Bush Professional." His knowledge base, commitment, passion and professionalism were unparalleled. And he was friendly, smart, courteous...a true gentleman. The hostess, Karen, was a consummate resort/hospitality professional. She was very attentive to detail, friendly, smart, sweet, and thorough. Our tracker, Brian, and our Barman, Valentine, were excellent. We saw the "Big Five," as well as at least 20 other species of glorious wildlife in their natural habitat. It was fantastic. We also experienced a once in a life time event: a kill! We are looking forward to returning to South Africa, a fascinating and rich country across a myriad of dimensions, and Monwana Lodge.

Christopher Bayer, New York City

Room Tip: The family suite was "out of the movies!"
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
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Spijkenisse, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2011

For the second time this year we had the privilege of staying a few nights in this amazing place.
The game viewing run by Ryan is top class, but the service of Karen and her staff is out of this world, she knows how to spoil you and still giving you that feeling you'r at home.

Room Tip: any room will do , but the honey moon is extra special.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Duivelskloof
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2011

We stayed at Monwana lodge for a weekend in September 2011. This was an unforgeteble experience! The Honeymoon suite was beautiful with an excellent view from the suite. The hospitality of Karen and her staff was from the highest quality. They treat us like VIP people. All the staff were very friendly and helpful. Ryan and our tracker, Aubrey, were also incredible and went out of their way to make every game drive unforgeteble. They are experts in their field and we learned a lot about the bush from them. Ryan always considered our needs and asked what animals we want to track on the drives. We wish we could be on the game drive throughout the day. It was awesome to be surrounded by the buffalo herd and to watch the elephants from nearby. We want to recommend Monwana lodge to anyone who likes to spend time in the bush. Monwana Lodge, we want to go back and experience more of your excellent service! Thank you again. Blessings! Rassie and Ansie

Room Tip: The Honeymoon suite
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2011

Im into luxury traveling and pampering myself in holidays. This hotel even though is not 5star it felt like 6!
Not only because the place is a dream in the middle of a very cool game reserve but also for the out-of-this-planet service the entire staff has to offer.
Food was more than incredible and since it is such a small lodge the experience of having dinner with new people and make new friends is marvelous!
I will recommend this place more than any other in South Africa, i had a 17 days holiday in this country and this was definitely the highlight!

Room Tip: Zulu's Suites are perfect for family! Every room is gorgeous though!
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Almere, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2011

Our 5 days stay at Monwana Game Lodge was unforgateble!! The hospitality of Karen and her staff and the expertise of Ryan and Celebrate and their will to tell us a lot about everything we saw, make our stay wonderfull!

we already talked about going back and normally we don't go for the second time to the same place.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Monwana Game Lodge
Address: Thornybush Game Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Thornybush Private Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Thornybush Private Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Monwana Game Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Monwana Game Lodge, Thornybush Game Reserve, is a Four Star Superior lodge set in the heart of the African bushveld. Offering fantastic Big 5 game viewing, exquisite African cuisine and personalized service. ... more   less 
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