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Shumbalala Game Lodge
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New York City, New York
2 reviews
“More than we could have ever hoped for!”
Reviewed 2 July 2013

My new husband and I stayed here for the tail end of our honeymoon. It was PERFECT! The staff was so friendly and knowledgable. The suites were unbelievable with their own fireplace and had spectacular views of the reserve. It was so exciting to go on the game drives! I never imagined we would see so many animals! We saw a cheetah AND leopards.The food was 5 star quality and it was wonderful getting to know the other guests from all over the world. Our last night there we were surprised with candles and flowrers decorating our room :)

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 June 2013

Shumbalala by far was the highlight of our trip to South Africa! The lodge is lovely and special attention is paid to each and every guest. They know your name the same day you arrive and make you feel like family! Our experience was an amazing one and one which we will never forget! Michelle, Anel, our fabulous and creative chef "Lynne" (she really is amazing), Palance and Weihan were just so wonderful! Thanks to all of you for the trip of a lifetime! We will never forget your hospitality and the great fun we experienced! We highly recommend this venue for Big 5 Game viewing, Fabulous & Personal Dining Experience, Superb Accommodations and just such a lovely and well managed Luxury Game Lodge!!!

Room Tip: All cottages (only 5) which make it a very personal experience; are beautiful!
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Houston, Minnesota
1 review
Reviewed 22 May 2013

We spent 4 wonderful nights at Shumbalala in April of 2013. Every aspect of our visit far exceeded our expectations. Our hosts, Ryan and Michelle, were very welcoming, warm, and friendly. They, always, made sure we were comfortable, and that all of our needs were taken care of. I can still see them welcoming us back from our drives. The food was outstanding whether it was a snack on the game drives or a sit down meal. Particularly wonderful were the offerings at the afternoon teas and the evening meal. Wiehan, our guide on our game drives, was absolute fabulous. He and his spotter were able to locate the many wonbderful animals we saw. We were able to see the Big Five numerous times, as well as many other incredible animals. Wiehan, also, pointed our numerous birds and shared his knowledge of the insects in the area as well as the plants and the trees. We took advantage of his offer to walk the trails and roads around the lodge with him and his spotter, and those walks were very informative and enjoyable.

Shumbalala is a smaller game lodge, and we really liked that. Being a smaller lodge, we were able to get a real feel of the lodge and the area, and we were able to spend time with the staff as well as the other guests. The accomodations were extremely clean and modern. They have a watering hole that was visited
by many herds of animals as well as animals walking through the lodge area.

It was an incredible and a wonderful time! We would highly recommend Shumbalala to anyone wanting to have the game lodge experience.

Bruce and Nancy J.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Austin, Texas
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3 reviews
Reviewed 16 May 2013

We visited Shumbalala for the last leg of our honeymoon and it was easily the most incredible leg of the trip. Staff was epitome of friendly, helpful and sincere. Our guide and tracker were super impressive in their knowledge and we had some wonderfully up-close experiences with the animals thanks to them - saw the Big 5 in our first two game drives! The food was equally incredible - diverse, fresh, delicious and pretty! The intimacy of the lodge is another huge plus. So nice to have such personalized attention and get to chat with the other guests regularly. We're already planning our next visit. Really cannot say enough wonderful things about Shumbalala.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Columbia, SC
1 review
Reviewed 12 May 2013

A welcoming and wonderful lodge. We had a perfect hostess, ranger, tracker, and chef. This was the highlight of our trip to Africa. We learned so much, had superb meals, great hospitality and a setting to remember always. If it all possilbe, pick this lodge!
Our Ranger Ryan and tracker Herman worked hard to expose us to wonders of the bush, teaching us about animals, trees, birds, and stars. Lynne plrovided delightful meals and Anelle charming hospitality. What more could you ask for?

Room Tip: all rooms are great
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 7 May 2013

My partner and I spent 3 wonderful days lost in the hospitlaity / safari experience that Shumbalala Game Lodge had to offer. We both didn't want to leave and felt that the whole experience exceeded our expectations. We both recommend the Shaumbalala Game Lodge.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 4 May 2013

We spent 4 days at the lodge with family from ITALY.
The crew was terrific, from the reception to the good bays.
Very friendly and professional, and very knowledgeble.
Good value for your money!
Captain Revs was and his spotter, Herman, were very good.
The blond very efficient young lady managing us was a tresure and Missis Cook, with the ever ready smile, was killing us with her top class food; and we are italians....

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Shumbalala Game Lodge
Address: Thornybush Game Reserve | Greater Kruger, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Thornybush Private Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 12 Speciality Lodging in Thornybush Private Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Shumbalala Game Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
It’s a vast, wild place where the lions roam at Shumbalala Game Lodge, deep in the Thornybush GameReserve, one of the country’s great tracts of untamed game-viewing.Set as it is in a dry, singeing savanna of Mopane, Acacias and Umbrella thorns, quartered by easterly-flowing rivers densely shrouded in giant figs, fever trees and phoenix palms, the land is an ancient tapestry of natural wonder.Over-head the Loeries call their sharp warning while horn-bills swoop in an ungainly ballet between trees whilst vultures elevate on thermals portending an electric storm.As you push on through the bush it is the serendipity of nature that amazes most as your vehicle skirts art deco zebra, dozy giraffe, bright eyed bush babies, wildebeest (made, it is said, by the committee of left-over parts) and the rest Africa has to offer.It is even more of an adventure when you stumble upon a leopard lazing in the V of a Jackalberry tree or; a hyena giving you a lazy yellow eye in the gathering dusk; a majestic bull elephant crashing its way through the riverine thicket in search of sweet reeds or; a surprise sunrise encounter with a lion pride on the prowl.This is the world of Shumbalala. ... more   less 
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