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Bushwise Safaris
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Waukesha, Wisconsin
1 review
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“Repeat customers!”
Reviewed 15 October 2013

Our 1st safari was in 2008, and we stayed at Bushwise Safaris, where we were treated exceptionally well. The lodging is beautiful, and tucked up next to Kruger National Park. We saw lions, giraffe, zebra, cape buffalo, and more right from the deck on our 1st visit (not so much on the 2nd)! When we were able to return to South Africa in 2013, there was no question that we would return to Bushwise. The owners (Tim & Annette) and staff made us truly welcome again. And our safari guide (Werner) was knowledgeable, FUN to be with, and tracked the animals with ease! We could not have asked for a better safari vacation! Thank you Bushwise! We'll be back!

Room Tip: All the existing rooms were fantastic, and they were adding a new building when we left.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Bushwise S, Owner at Bushwise Safaris, responded to this review, 17 October 2013
Hi Dianne,
It was great having you here again, it felt like family visiting. And you are right, I think Werner has the phone numbers of all the animals to make appointments before he takes our guests on safari :-)
We're expecting our new development to be completed in the beginning of November. We will then have 7 rooms at Bushwise - big enough to accommodate a group or family, but still small enough to keep it cosy and personal. On your next visit we will book you in one of our new luxury rooms.
Tim and Werner also send their fondest regards to you, Steve, and the rest of the group.
Until next time then...
Annette
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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 October 2013

We had a most memorable stay here, a friendly welcome, very original building in the depths of untouched bush on the very edge of the Crocodile River. Brilliant décor, comfortable,clean room with a roomy balcony overlooking the river, where buffalo and elephant wandered past almost close enough to talk to! Tim was very informative and helpful and we were taken out by Donald, who was knew just where we were most likely to see lots of different game and knew a great deal about the habits of the animals and birds, most informative. On an early drive he took us via a picnic site on the edge of a dam, where he cooked us a great breakfast. Lovely open-air bar upstairs, next to a swimming pool deck, and dinner is eaten outside by candlelight. Altogether excellent. Only thing they could perhaps add would be tea-making stuff in your room.

Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bushwise S, Owner at Bushwise Safaris, responded to this review, 15 October 2013
It is comments like yours that make us realise again how lucky we are to have such wonderful staff here at Bushwise. Werner is doing a magnificent job as our lodge manager, and our 3 ladies are creating magic in the kitchen with the meals that they prepare for our guests and keeping the lodge nice and clean at all times. Donald - our guide - has a passion for the African Bush. His knowledge of all the animals, birds, reptiles, insects, trees and plants of the Kruger are excellent.
And I had a giraffe sticking its head through the office window the other day... we sure live in paradise!
Annette
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 13 September 2013

No regrets choosing Bushwise Safaris for our holiday into Kruger National Park. From the very moment, Donald fetched us from Maputo, Mozambique to the very last day when Tim drove us to Kruger-Nelspruit Airport, the service was impeccable.

The lodge itself situated in Marloth Park was comfortable and homely, with fantastic views of the Crocodile River bordering Kruger National Park. Wild life could easily be seen on both sides of the river.

Breakfast was very good and dinner in the 'bomo' , under the stars was an experience that was unique and one of a kind.

As for the trips into Kruger, Donald our guide was most knowledgable and helpful, resulting in some of my best photos of the animals in Kruger.

Thank you, Bushwise !!!

Room Tip: Any room in Bushwise is good. Just bring along a good pair of binoculars and a good tele-photo lens.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Bushwise S, Owner at Bushwise Safaris, responded to this review, 15 October 2013
Good day to you again Weng,
Your positive comments are much appreciated. It is always great to have the change to show all that Kruger has to offer to someone that appreciates it. I really enjoyed your company and our conversations over dinner in the boma. Learning about your amazing diving experiences was also very entertaining.
Please let us know if ever you decide to come to this part of the world again.
Tim
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 9 September 2013

i had a wonderful time & so was my parner. We will definately come back, with more guests ofcause:-). The service was out of this world, the food was awesome though I don't eat much :-). The room are spacious and the best part is the outside seating by the front. I had a little problem though :-( no TV's in the rooms but hey we managed.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bushwise S, Owner at Bushwise Safaris, responded to this review, 15 October 2013
Hi Joy,
We all appreciated your sense of humour, your name surely describes your personality! Your comments about our amazing view over the river make us realise that we don't always appreciate it enough. And if you think about it Joy, I bet you enjoyed the African night sounds more than what you would have enjoyed a program on TV.
Keep in touch!
Annette
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Washington, DC
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Reviewed 19 August 2013

I can't really say enough wonderful things about our adventure to Bushwise. Upon our arrival there was a family of Elephants 10 meters from the front of the lodge and a beautiful view of the Crokodile river surrounded by Hippos and a Buffalo Heard. We knew right away we had picked the right place. The lodge itself was peaceful, quite and pristine with stunning views, clean, comfortable rooms and amazing food. We had our dinners under the African sky, as advertised and words cannot describe what an experience that was. The owner Tim and manager Werner could not have been better hosts. We felt like we were visiting old friends. They also set us up with amazing tours inside Kruger and we saw all the big five and so much more. The price was also more than reasonable and for all we did, and how well fed we felt, we would have paid much more.

At the end of the day, it was really the service that took this place over the top for us. I would recommend it, and will, to anyone I know going to Kruger Park.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Bushwise S, Owner at Bushwise Safaris, responded to this review, 15 October 2013
Hi Amy,
Recently we've had so many elephants in front of the lodge, and were also fortunate to see two young male lions taking a siesta on the sand bank on the other side of the river - our guests took some great photographs from the balcony. But we weren't so lukcy a day later - we only just missed a leopard kill while riding our mountain bikes with two guests along the river. The leopard killed an impala and pulled it up in a tree.
Your kind comments about Bushwise Safaris are much appreciated. Hope to see you all again in the near future.
Tim
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Reviewed 7 August 2013

Had an awesome stay at Bushwise at the end of June. The staff were very friendly, interactive and knowledgeable. We had a great full-day safari with Telles and Matthew. Dinner was tasty and the environment unique and comfortable. Would definitely recommend a visit!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Bushwise S, Owner at Bushwise Safaris, responded to this review, 15 October 2013
Hi Charlotte,
Always good to have guests from the States visiting. Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review about Bushwise, glad you enjoyed your stay with us.
Until next time then...
Tim
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Koog aan de Zaan, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 1 August 2013

We had a lovely stay at the Bushwise Safari Lodge with a very nice view on Crokodile River and Kruger Park. Our room was pretty standard, but comfortable and clean, beds were good. It feels a bit more like a B&B then as a Safari Lodge, but we liked that. Next to the Kruger safaris we had a fantastic whole day safari with Duane the Bushwise ranger. Great game viewings. The owners Werner and Annete are very kind people who offered us some fine meals on the terras. Breakfast is a bit standard and could be made a bit more "home made" (get rid of the tupperware). Overall we would highly recommend Bushwise to anyone.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bushwise S, Owner at Bushwise Safaris, responded to this review, 15 October 2013
Hi Menno,
Thanks for your feedback and I am glad that you enjoyed our game viewing activities. After all, this is why people come to this part of our beautiful country isn't it? We also appreciate your constructive criticism (I always thought our cereal containers looked pretty cool, but since I've read your comment I just don't like them any more :-) . It is always good to know what our guests think about our establishment - the success of any business is to always strive to improve standard and service.
Warm wishes from a sunny bushveld.
Annette
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Property: Bushwise Safaris
Address: PO Box 909 | Marloth Park, Marloth Park 1340, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Mpumalanga > Marloth Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 34 Speciality Lodging in Marloth Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Bushwise Safaris 3.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The best of Africa distilled into one lodge - Bushwise Safaris. Situated on the banks of the Crocodile River overlooking the Kruger Park, Bushwise Safari Lodge combines the real Kruger Safari experience with accommodation boasting a unique ambiance true to the safari adventure you are seeking. Watch the animals by the river from our big open balcony or swimming pool. Become part of the African night, hear the roar of lions, the call of hyenas and the grunting of hippos coming from the dark. Become part of Africa! We specialize in open vehicle safaris, sunset drives and morning walks inside the Kruger Park. Other activities include Tiger fishing, elephant back safaris, micro light flights, quad biking, horse riding and historical tours to Maputo and Swaziland as well as a day trip on the Panorama route ... more   less 
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