This is a fabulous place to stay. The entire staff is excellent - they are friendly, well-trained and congenial. After one day (we stayed for 4 days, 3 nights), the staff knew our room, our habits, our preferences. They constantly strive to please you.
When you arrive you are assigned a Ranger and a Tracker team who you remain with for all game drives. They quickly learn your preferences (cats, birds, leopards, whatever) and work to accommodate them. There is a morning game drive (wake-up call at 6am) and an late-afternoon game drive (leaves about 4pm). Game runs usually last a few hours.
You start your day with a wake-up call; have an early snack (coffee, tea, muffins); go on your game drive, and then return for a delicious breakfast. There's a nice array of cold breakfast items - fruit, cereals, bread, yogurt, cheese, sweet cake - and eggs (and bacon, etc.) made to order. There's a delicious lunch (very, very good) at about 1pm, followed by tea at 3.30pm (tea, coffee, cake); and when you return, it's time for dinner!! Feel like you eat all day? You can! and it's wonderful. The chefs are very good and very creative. The lodge also surprises you at dinnertime on occasion, but I won't give up that secret.
During the day you are free to use the pool, the television room, the outside sitting areas (that are wonderful and lovely), or simply return to your room and relax. The rooms are very comfortable. There is both an indoor and outdoor shower (both are wonderful) and a large bathtub with bath salts provided. The rooms have a rather large deck as well.
The rooms are spotless. All amenities are well thought out: umbrellas, tea, water, bug spray, flashlights, slippers, robes). If it's a cold night, you will return to find that your bed has been pre-heated.
During our stay we saw the big 5 (actually, we saw the big 5 within the first 24 hours); lion cubs; a lion kill; black rhino; and everything else you go to Africa to see.
We had breakfast one morning with giraffes grazing nearby; we heard lions roaring nearby as we returned to our room one night; it was an amazing experience.
For safety reasons (there are no gates/fences that separate the Lodge from the Bush), you must be escorted to/from your room in the evening.
Gratuities are handled at departure. Suggested gratuities are as follows;
R200 per room, per day for the guide; R100 per room, per day for the Ranger; and Rand 50-100 per room, per day for the Staff (the Staff gratuities are divided up between all Staff equally at the end of each month).
Thornybush is special because it is a private reserve and they go off-road and track the animals; Thornybush Game Lodge is special because the staff is so extraordinary and because they do everything within their power to make your visit special.
We highly recommend this Lodge.
- 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 part of the Greater Kruger National Park, with a huge diversity of mammal and bird species, lies 14 000 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 Cruisers 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