Staying at Bushwise was a quiet and enjoyable experience. The focus is clearly on the game drives. The staff are all qualified game guides (as opposed to hospitality-industry folks).
Package deal – everything (almost) was sorted for us, starting with pick-up / return to the airport (~2 hour drive), game drives, most meals, etc.
The lodge is an incredibly peaceful/serene/private place situated in a secluded part of Marloth Park about 25 minutes from Kruger Park’s Crocodile Bridge gate.
The game drives were superb. Our guide Donald was really top drawer: excellent, knowledgeable, and eloquent.
Guest rooms are comfortable (although not overly large), and the decor adds to the exotic other-world feeling.
There are only 7 guest rooms, so there are never more than 14 guests. During our stay, we were the only guests on some nights.
Breakfasts and dinners were good, home-style meals, served family style with other guests. Dinners were in an outdoor, torch-lit courtyard.
Whilst breakfasts were large and tasty, on game-drive mornings (i.e., most mornings) breakfast didn’t come until mid-morning (around 10:30). That was a long time to wait since you rise around 5am (or earlier). It would be nice if breakfast snacks were available in the common room or on the safari vehicle to tide one over until 10:30 – perhaps muffins and/or granola bars, fruit, and coffee.
The lodge was not geared for serving lunch. This is fine for days that you’re on an all-day game drive (you eat lunch at restaurants in Kruger) but was a problem on the day we arrived (in late morning) and the one safari day that we were at the lodge at midday. And since the lodge is remote, there is no other place to get food. When we asked for lunch each of us was served one small sandwich consisting of bread, a sprinkling of grated cheese, and sliced cucumber. There was not enough food (especially for our teenage son), and one member of our party who is lactose intolerant (which the lodge had been advised of in advance) could not eat the cheese & cucumber sandwiches. When staff were reminded of this issue, they did offer a tuna fish alternative.
While dinners were good, if you’re a foodie, you might choose a different lodge.
Because of the lodge’s small size this might not be the place for you if you’re looking for a particularly social experience.
Technology Alert: The lodge does NOT have wifi. However, when one of our party had an urgent need to send an email, we were allowed to use the lodge’s computer.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Bushwise Safaris South Africa/Marloth Park