It was the small touches that really made the stay at Thornybush fantastic, we felt like we were really in good hands. The staff were wonderful, the food was tasty and plentiful, and the rooms lovely. I really liked the balconies on each cottage and the indoor/ outdoor bathroom, allowing a lovely view and total privacy. We travelled as 4 friends, not couples and were concerned that it may be too honeymoon-like, but the accommodation was great for either couples or friends. There was a problem with the hot water in one of our cottages, I was impressed at how quickly it was resolved. Despite wild animals walking around, I felt very safe in the accommodation area. The common areas were homely and relaxing, with a few monkeys and deer always nearby too.
The highlight of course were the game drives. July and Greg were fantastic at showing us the park, we saw so many animals, very close, it was wonderful - literally! There were 4 or 6 guests per car, meaning it was easy to see to animals and with lots of space to move around. With their great communication system, if multiple jeeps were in a particular area, it was ensured that there were only 1 or 2 vehicles at each animal at a time, which was refreshing compared to other parks! July, our tracker is very skilled, and one highlight was tracking a black rhino until we found it! The jeeps were open-top, allowing for great animal-viewing, but I still felt very safe, and rain jackets were provided if necessary. The sunsets during the game drives in the evenings were magical.
I can fully recommend a trip to 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