We booked this tour of South Africa through Lion Word Travel and I can't thank them enough. This was an absolute dream vacation. And our stay at Jackalberry Lodge was almost life-altering. From our initial welcome to the final farewell, we felt as if we were visiting with long lost relatives. The entire staff was so kind and gracious. And the lodge itself was '5 star'. I would call it rustic elegance, in that one knew that we were in a lodge in the jungle but with all the comforts of a quality hotel. I was apprehensive about the food but it was excellent. I thoroughly enjoyed each and every meal. The dinners outside in the Boma, under the stars were exceptional. We were on 6 game drives and were fortunate enough to see the entire Big 5 by day two. Our guide was Brad and our tracker was Lucky Luke. They deserve so much credit, especially since we were there at the end of the rainy season and driving through the muddy, flooded terrain was quite an adventure. Interestingly, none of us experienced any fear at being so close to elephants and lions or any of the wildlife. It was simply a heavenly experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Jackalberry Lodge is a small, intimate establishment set deep in the Thornybush Nature Reserve, on the edge of the Kruger National Park. With just 7 rooms, all en-suite and tastefully furnished - you are guaranteed peace and tranquility during your stay. Locally sourced and expertly made meals are served outside under the stars, or pool-side depending on how you feel that day. Morning and evening game drives take you exploring in open vehicles with professional rangers and trackers, as you experience the abundance in wildlife, fauna and flora that that the African bush has to offer. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jackalberry Hotel Thornybush Private Game Reserve
- Jackalberry Lodge Thornybush Private Game Reserve, South Africa