Our safari at Thornybush was nothing short of fantastic. Our ranger was Cristoff and his tracker was Herman, who both knew the reserve like the back of their hands and found every one of the big 5 animals and then some. We had rare treats as we caught lions mating, young leopards feeding on a wildebeast, a herd of 14 elephants watering at a pond as our truck sat among them, baby hyenas being nursed by their mothers, two different white rhino herds, hippos, buffalo, impala, warthogs. and much more. Four days may sound like a lot of time but it went fast and every day there were new experiences. The Thornybush Lodge staff are top-notch and so attentive we felt almost self-conscious at first. Our butler was Anthony and he is a gem. Kristina supervised the staff and seemed to be there day and night while we were there. Our lodge was beautifully rustic but extremely comfortable with a bed that seemed the size of a football pitch. We were there during World Cup and the staff went out of their way to see that we could watch the games at night in the lounge area. This was the experience of a lifetime that we will never forget and hope to return some day with grandchildren.
- 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