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Monwana Game Lodge
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Reviewed March 7, 2014

Our experience at Monwana made our first trip to South Africa and Africa unforgettable - it was literally more than I ever expected. Mich, Charl, Morris and the rest of the staff made our stay one of a kind. The lodge was so clean, our room superb and the food outstanding. The game drives were amazing and exhilarating to say the least.

I assure you this, you will not leave disappointed. The lodge is quaint with a very warm feeling. The pool relaxing to sit by during the day. I am a big planner and wanted our trip to be perfect, it was our honeymoon. I searched high and low and did so much research, and in the end, we were 100% pleased with Monwana. Can't wait to return with friends and family. Enjoy your stay.

Room Tip: We had the far room (maybe the honeymoon suite?). They planned a private dinner for us on our deck o...
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 24, 2014

We could literally go on all day about how spectacular this place is. Never written before on Tripadvisor, but couldn't wait to log on and try to let the world know how highly we think of this place. Perfect down to the last detail, we've stayed in some of the world's nicest hotels, and this little lodge blew them all away. The suits are enormous, with spectacular design, open beam, high ceilings and thatched roofs. Three sinks, wifi, canopy beds, and a rain shower overlooking the bush. They serve the most amazing food you could find anywhere on earth, with the most down to earth, perfect service you can only receive from genuinely great people. Champagne chilled in our room upon arrival, a private candle lit dinner (and bath) our second night, and the perfect local wine list to boot. The second we arrived we wished we had booked 3 weeks there instead of 3 days. They could easily charge 5-10 times the $ for this incredible place. (But let's not give them any ideas!) Beautiful sundowners every evening in the middle of the bush, and by far the most amazing game viewing anywhere on the planet. Having been on safaris before, I was shocked by the expertise of both Morris and Jacques when it came to tracking any animal we wanted to see through the dense foliage, as well as their knowledge of any and all species. We felt safe with them literally less than 10 feet from ALL of the Big Five, in their gorgeous OPEN Land Rover Safari Jeep. I cannot possibly find enough superlatives to adequately describe what an amazing time we had here, stop what you're doing, drop everything, and book a trip here NOW. A HUGE thank you to Emma, Jacques, Morris, and Valentine!!! We hope to see you again someday!

Becca & Greg (from the airport ;-)

  • Stayed: February 2014
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1  Thank Greguri06
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Reviewed February 20, 2014

This place is amazing! Great hosts -Emma and Jacques were simply awesome, very friendly, nice and knowledgable. The lodge is small and intimate, and has a very homely feel. The game drives were stunning. We saw the big 5 in our first game drive, and had many other wonderful game drives. The food is excellent, the rooms are excellent and we didn't want to leave. I cannot recommend this place enough we'd love to come back one day.

Thanks to all the staff for such a truly amazing and wonderful experience.

Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 28, 2014 via mobile

I have travelled many places and always use trip advisor to help set the bar prior to travel. My trip with my wife to Monwana was truly remarkable. From the staff, service, amenities, lodge, food, drinks, and let's not forget the wildlife in the beautiful South African landscape. There are many little things Monwana works to do to separate themselves as top notch. I really don't want to share those details as it makes the experience unique from others and separates them from the rest. I would highly recommend a stay at Monwana as it will be an experience of a lifetime and you will not be disappointed.

Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
1  Thank WiscoWally
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Reviewed January 21, 2014

My husband and I recently spent 3 nights at Monwana. We had high expectations after reading all of the wonderful reviews, and we were still completely blown away. The staff and service was fantastic (Jacques, Emma, Morris, Valentine... and everyone else we encountered went above and beyond to make this trip so special in so many ways). The lodge is beautiful, cozy and intimate. The food and drinks were excellent. And, the game drives are an experience of a lifetime. This was by far our favorite travel experience to date and will be very hard to beat. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 7, 2014

We spent two nights in Monwana Game Lodge and this certainly was the highlight of our very enjoyable trip to South Africa. Monwana is an island of perfectionism in the heart of the bush:
Perfect, clean, cozy, and very comfortable rooms and public areas, perfect service, perfect delicious gourmet food, extremely nice, patient, accommodating and professional hosts (Emma and Jacque), and above all - fascinating and breathtaking game drives. Jacque and Morris the tracker - very knowledgeable, confident, and passionate guides - led us to see so closely all the animals we could ever dream to see, plus a few more…..
Our experience in Monwana was really out of this world and we highly recommend it.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Baruch P
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Reviewed January 5, 2014

This was a destination booked for me by a friend, who strongly recommended it and I can see why! The whole stay from start to finish was fantastic.

Emma and Jacques were fantastic and it was amazing the way they worked so well together and had everything covered all of the time! It was my first safari but my girlfriend has been on several and neither of us could think of anything but total compliments.

The reserve itself is brilliant with very comfortable rooms and very spacious bathrooms. The food is out of this world and the menus that were put together were great. Nothing is ever too much trouble for any of the staff at Monwana. The only problem was the food was so good you just couldn't stop yourself eating everything that was put in front of you!!

The game drives were ace. Although everyone wants to see the big 5, of which we saw 4, Jacques and Morris (the tracker) would point out and explain any of the wildlife that there was which was great to learn about, no matter how big or small, rare or common they were.

Huge compliments to all the staff at the lodge and thank you for making our stay so enjoyable. Hopefully see them all again soon!!

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank James R
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Additional Information about 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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Thornybush Private Game Reserve
Price Range: $711 - $885 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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