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“Unforgettable Big 5 X 5”
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Monwana Game Lodge
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Portland, Oregon
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“Unforgettable Big 5 X 5”
Reviewed September 9, 2013

We loved Monwana lodge. It was cozy and intimate. Jaques and Emma were wonderful gracious hosts. Animals like antelope, warthogs and monkeys are scampering around the grounds of the lodge. But don't just stay home, the safaris were over the top... Jaques takes you out every morning and evening and his knowledge is astounding. Morris, the tracker was so astute in spotting animals.We saw elephants, rhinos, lions, leopards, buffalo, hippos, antelope of many species, giraffe, zebra multiple times and a cheetah on our ride out of the reserve. Marvin, the dominant male lion, even roared for us while we sat in the rover only 10 meters behind him! We saw a pride of lions gorging on a giraffe they had slain. It was truly unforgettable.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 22, 2013

Thorny Bush was out of this world! We saw amazing sightings with a knowledgeable confident Safari guide. You have dinner by a waterhole where animals come to drink! The food was delicious and the beds were comfortable. When arriving you feel like a member of the Royal family! The staff were friendly and welcoming! You MUST go to Thorny Bush!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

Where to start? Having decided some months ago to visit S. Africa as a family (i.e. Mum,Dad and two teenage boys) we then faced the daunting challenge of choosing a safari venue from the hundreds of different options. In time honoured fashion we took the recommendation of a colleague who had stayed in Monwana last year. This was the best decision we could have made. What a superb place! We were royally looked after by Charle and Mich, the stand-in host couple.
Charle has an ability to sniff out animals practically to order - even locating a fleeting glance at the elusive honey badger. We saw the big 5 several times. In fact we saw 4 of the big 5 on five of our six game drives. Loved the hot water bottles for the morning game drives. It is touches like this that make the difference. Mich oversaw the camp and the cooking. If I say that after more than 3 weeks now in S. Africa that the food at Monwana has been amongst the best we have enjoyed on this holiday, it will give you an idea of the quality. The rooms are first class. We could not recommend this more highly - and given we are an extremely well travelled family you should take that recommendation as being as strong as it gets. If we could give 6 stars we would.

Room Tip: The Zulu rooms proved ideal for a family of 4.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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Reviewed August 14, 2013

This is by far the way to do Safari. Jacques and Emma and the entire staff were so welcoming and made us feel at home. Very accommodating with dietary needs, and making our trip very special!!! Monwana is small camp which allowed that personal touch for all their guest. Morris their tracker has been there for YEARS and is unbelievably good!!! Valentine is the best bartender :) Get ready to bushwhack through the shrubs and see the wild life at its finest and then enjoy drinks by the pool and a nap before you head out for evening drive. You'll have a blast here! Can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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Reviewed August 10, 2013

We spent some glorious days at Monwana Game Lodge. What a gorgeous place! Upon arrival we were met by the most hospitable staff, offering us a cold drink while checking in and we were brought tot the lodge by our private ranger Oscar, who immediately spotted a baby giraffe with its parents!

Since I run a boutique hotel in Sandton, Sandton Boutique Hotel, I am quite critiacal about other establishments. This one exceeded my expectations. Our suite was beautiful and large, well appointed with a bath and bathroom looking out over our private deck and the veld...the only creatures that could peek in were the baboons and the impala.

Our hostess and the manager of the place, Emma, could not be nicer or more professional. We were offered an afternoon tea before going on the first game drive. The drive was spectacular and beautiful. Not only did we see 4 out of the big five, the scenery and environment was enchanting. The Cheetah we saw was awsome and she just walked past our vehicle...
Dinner was a braai at the boma: great food, good stories by the fireplace and lovely wine: we chose the Haute Cabriere.
On our way back we chose to take the scenic route via the Blijde River Canyon, the Panoramic route. It was worth the detour!

I certainly hope to be able to spent more time at Monwana and thank our hosts for their hospitality and great service!

Room Tip: All rooms are beautiful
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

Just got back, and wanted to add to the chorus of 5-star cheers for Monwana. Private, personal, and peaceful setting. Emma and Jacques have got it absolutely right in all respects. Many thoughtful surprises only added to the great experience. Recommend you call them directly and speak to Emma.

Room Tip: 4 units in all, 3 face the watering hole, 1 the river. Of the three, the Zulu unit has two entirely...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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new york
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

Just returned from a three night stay at monwana lodge.
this is really a very easy review..
staff = excellent
food = excellent
game drives = excellent.

To give you a little more detail..
Our host and hostess Emma and Jacques were wonderful and made sure to attend to all our needs...Jacques and Morris(our game tracker) took us out on a total of 6 drives and we saw all the big five and more..including an amazing lion encounter in which Jacques made sure we saw till the end...
blankets and hot water bottles and plenty of coffee were always available on the game drives..so even though it was cold we stayed nice and warm.

Emma was always there with a smile to greet us on our return from the drives and the food that she and her staff prepared was always delicious...
and the setting for dinner which was outside on the terrace with the roaring BBQ was amazing.
Breakfast and lunch were also served outdoors on the front porch and it is really such an exquisite experience.

The rooms are very nice and all overlook the watering hole...
keep in mind that this is a small lodge..about 8 rooms or so...and the rooms are all different..some are just rooms and some are suites so when you book a room find out
what you are getting...but even a regular room is really nice...

The housekeeping staff did their job in a way that I never even saw when they were there!!

Also...Wifi was available and worked great every day..no outages..and if you get a south african sim card for your phone use Vodacom as they have reception there with a good signal.

Overall..if you are taking a safari trip this is a wonderful place to stay and experience it all!!

Room Tip: communicate ahead of time to find out what type of room you are getting as each room is a little dif...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Monwana Game Lodge
Address: | Thornybush Private Nature 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
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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
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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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