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“Great Place; Excellent Game Drives”
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Bushwise Safaris
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“Great Place; Excellent Game Drives”
Reviewed 16 July 2014

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).

Pros:

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.


Cons

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.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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BushwiseSafaris, Owner at Bushwise Safaris, responded to this review, 18 July 2014
Hi
Thank you for taking the time to post a review for us. Your input is appreciated as it helps us improve on our service. Your mentioned that the lodge focuses on game drives, this is true as we feel that people who visit us want to get as much time in the park as possible as most will never see Africa again.
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Durban, South Africa
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

We have just returned from yet another superb stay at Bushwise Safaris. .
Thank you so much Tim and Annette for your wonderful hospitality. We always feel as if we are returning "home" on all our visits to Bushwise ... and count the days till the next visit.
Although we were 'self drive', we thoroughly enjoyed all the bush stories from Tim and guide Donald as we dined under the stars in the boma.
Well done to all the staff for making us comfortable in excellent accommodation.
To Bushwise and the bush, thank you for the magic that has renewed our spirit.
Rob and Gail

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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BushwiseSafaris, Owner at Bushwise Safaris, responded to this review, 14 January 2015
Hi Bianca
It was great to have you both here again, and thanks so much for the lovely pictures of the swimming pool here at Bushwise that you added on Tripadvisor.
We have a mother warthog with 7 little warthogs in the garden here this morning - a serious battle between them and the baby monkeys to establish who are the bravest an who runs away first - too cute.
Wishing you and Awie an awesome New Year and may all your dreams come true.
Annette
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Reviewed 8 July 2014

If you're coming to Kruger, Bushwise is the place to stay! The owner Tim and staff Donald and Werner were fabulous. Accommodation was top notch quality and comfort, views directly across the Crocodile River into Kruger was awesome, food (breakfast and dinner) was stellar, and the guided safaris (full day & sunset drive) were so much fun. Best part of the experience was the helpfulness and kindness of the owners, guides, and staff. Definitely stay and safari with Bushwise!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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BushwiseSafaris, Owner at Bushwise Safaris, responded to this review, 15 July 2014
Thank you for staying at Bushwise Safaris, we enjoyed having you and your group with us for the two nights. Pity is wasn't longer as we would have been able to show you more of what Kruger has to offer. The day after you left a Pride of lions (two males and three females) killed a Buffalo in the evening on the other side of the river in front of the lodge. The next day we had a great view of the interaction between two large crocodiles and the lions trying to keep them away from the kill.
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Reviewed 29 June 2014

Bushwise safari Lodge is an awesome place to stay. Staff was very nice, helpful and accommodating. Price was reasonable for everything we did. Would definitely go back! Well worth the long plane ride!!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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BushwiseSafaris, Owner at Bushwise Safaris, responded to this review, 15 July 2014
Thanks for your kind words and that you chose Bushwise as your holiday destination.
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Dublin
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Reviewed 26 May 2014

We had a wonderful time at Bushwise. Didn't have to worry about a thing, from being to collected at the airport, all the food and drink we needed, the fantastic safaris we had. Tim & Annette are wonderful hosts!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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BushwiseSafaris, Owner at Bushwise Safaris, responded to this review, 15 July 2014
Thanks for coming to stay with Bushwise, hope you enjoyed your trip to South-Africa. Hope that the engagement ring and honeymoon was everything she wanted and hope to see you on your first year anniversary!
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 May 2014

The room was stunning and super clean. The food was great, and staff friendly. I would definately come visit again. We went for a lovely bicycle ride through the lush green velt. The Kruger was particularly beatifull and green with all the rain that has fallen.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Shrivenham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 May 2014

A wonderful spot overlooking the river at the southern edge of Kruger so easy to access on the main N4. Great accommodation and supper in the Boma under the stars. Lovely infinity pool on the 1st floor.

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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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