We stayed two nights at the Thornhill Safari Lodge and were sad to leave. Such a great place to stay. We had some trouble finding it, due to an incomplete roadbook description, and my GPS lost the track when we reached the dirt-roads that leads to this paradise. Mind you, a 4x4 will surely proof it's use on these roads.
The staff and general manager were extremely kind and welcoming.The setting of the Lodge is just marvellous, with a nice swimming pool (the staff was astonished that we took a little dive in the pool during winter. I admit, the water was freezing (ok, 15°), but the weather was great, so ...
Meals are served when the cook plays the african drums installed in the garden. Lots of choices at breakfast, dinners also with a few different dishes, type-of-all you can eat style, but delicious !
The General Manager and his staff is very helpfull, and we had some fine conversations after the Thornhill Safari Lodge "braai" (BBQ in SA). I would have liked to stay longer, but new adventures were awaiting. I surely won't mind going back there in the future.
We did a morning bush-walk with Nelly, and that was just incredible. He showed us how to recognise the different sand in the tracks (kind of scary to find leopard tracks only 15m away from your bedroom), lots of stuff about local use of herbs and plants. We also spotted some giraffes, impala's and warthogs. Really a recommendable tour. We also did and afternoon safari that ended with a drink on an open spot in the bush, the best sunset-experience ever.
Overall: 5-star +
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Thornhill Safari Lodge offers an affordable getaway with comfortable rooms and excellent facilities in 13 authentic thatch-roof chalets. Located within the Greater Kruger Park ecosystem - South Africa, a mere 40km from Kruger Park's Orpen gate.We cater for group bookings, individual guests on self drives, fly in safari's and honeymoon couples. Come and enjoy a "Kruger to Canyon" experience which is "More than just a Safari". ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Thornhill Safari Hotel Hoedspruit
- Thornhill Safari Lodge South Africa/Hoedspruit