We actually went back in 2006, but it deserves the Excellent rating, and I wanted to put my two cents in.
The food was always delicious and the staff was attentive. The animal viewing, the game drives and the suites were all outstanding. This trip was a dream come true for me and Thornybush helped make it so.
A couple warnings or notes:
Listen to the staff when they tell you to lock your doors at all times. In early morning before dawn, a troupe of baboons came through and tried to get into rooms. They were on top of our hut. We could hear them trying to open the big sliding doors of the next door hut. Make sure you get the escorts during the evening and night hours. Wild animals are all around the property and they do come through the property.
On our last night, we found a nest of ants in our bed. We think it fell out of the mosquito netting above the bed. We had to call the front desk and house keeping had to be woken to come and change the sheets. We felt bad about it, but it had to be done. So, just check your bed at night. You are in the bush in Africa, and this type of thing will happen, even at the best of places.
The game drives were amazing! We saw all of the Big 5. Our guides were wonderful. Again, listen to the guides, and keep your butts sitting down! Do not stand up in the vehicles. These are wild animals you are viewing and not to be taken lightly. Be respectful of the experts, they are there to keep you safe.
We went on a group trip with my husband's company, so we had some extra things added to our stay. They set up a dinner one night outside the lodge and in the bush. It was beautiful and exhilarating. Nothing like going to a bush style porta-potty and sitting across from a sizable scorpion. We also had a Swahili children singing and dance group perform for us. They were outstanding and very moving.
I highly recommend Thornybush.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Thornybush Game Lodge (Graded 5 star by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa)- 18 luxury suites & 2 family suites (40 guests). Nestled in the heart of Big 5 country adjacent to the Greater Kruger National Park, with a huge diversity of mammal and bird species, lies 11 500 hectares of pristine African Bushveld, this is the Thornybush Nature Reserve. The elegant and exclusive Thornybush Game Lodge awaits discovery by the discerning traveller. Unrivaled big game viewing is complemented by exquisite accommodation and sublime cuisine. Thornybush Game Lodge boasts 18 stylish air-conditioned luxury suites and 2 family suites, all with extensive living areas overlooking the seasonal Monwana River. From within the luxurious suites, each with full en-suite facilities and private decks, sweeping vistas can be enjoyed over the savannah and an ever-active water hole. Superb attention to detail and highly personalised service make for a memorable stay. Enjoy exciting dawn and dusk safaris in open Land Rovers and on walking safaris, take a moment to browse in the intimate library or simply enjoy a treatment in the Beauty Spa or relax at the pool with your favourite cocktail as you bask in Africa’s glorious sunshine. An African safari can be a life-changing experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Thornybush Game Lodge Thornybush Private Game Reserve, South Africa