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Shumbalala Game Lodge
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“Amazing!”
Reviewed 8 June 2006

I think the last reviewer must be mad. This place is incredible - the people are lovely, the service was friendly and efficient and the food we had was delicious, and it in no way looks rundown! I cannot recommend Shumbalala highly enough.

  • Stayed March 2006
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Reviewed 6 January 2006

Being in South Africa for the third time we went to Shumbalala, one of three lodges we visited in the Kruger Park area.

Lodges like Shumbalala usually offer real Out of Africa experiences combined with luxurious rooms and excellent food and service.

Shortly before x-mas Shumbalala had major problems to reach this standard. They were really short of staff - the ranger had to serve meals and drinks and they put up to nine people on thei Landrover because there was no second ranger. Additionally the place looked a little run down and was not too well maintained (on one mornig their pump broke down and there was no running water - facing a price above $ 1,000 per night not really acceptable.

However the ranger was pretty skillful and so it did not matter too much that everytime we saw animals, there were four to five other safari vehicles around. Thornybush game reserve seems to be pretty crowded.

If your are looking for better service nicer atmosphere and exceptional wildlife exrerience, check Tintswalo lodge right around the corner.

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Reviewed 17 November 2005

This is was quite simply the best holiday i have ever had. The staff, the game drives, the food, the accomodation were all of the highest standard. Every effort is made for you, nothing is too much trouble and you can tell the staff take a very genuine pride in offering the best possible service. Erich, our ranger, was extremely knowledgeable and made such a fuss of my two sons that they will never forget this trip and are still talking about it 6 months later. I felt so comfortable, and so at home that i almost wanted to help clear the table after dinner; i don't think i could pay a greater compliment than that. If you are looking for pure luxury, wonderful game drives whilst at the same time being in such relaxed surroundings that you do "feel at home", then Shumbalala is for you. I have already booked my return trip next year!!

  • Stayed April 2005
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Reviewed 6 November 2005

My wife and I spent more than just a few weeks scoping out game lodges in South Africa for a 4-day safari stop on my honeymoon. It was a challenge trying to tell the difference between places simply by looking at their prices and web sites.

We settled on Shumbalala and we could not have made a better choice - the stay was simply amazing. Its small size guaranteed that drives were intimate and personalized and the viewing was outstanding.

The lodge, which is one of several lodges located in the Thornybush Reserve, offers five luxurious cabins, all of which offer viewing decks overlooking a watering hole for lions, giraffes, leopards, and everything in between. There are no fences separating the lodge from the surroundings, so the bush is literally right outside your door. It was not uncommon to have impalas and warthogs eating grass outside out cabin in the morning. My wife and I even saw lions hunt down a warthog while we were taking a dip in the small swimming pool.

It will suffice to say that the food was fantastic. Good variety and excellent quality. The lodge even offers a wine cellar with an impressive selection of South Afrtican wines (we are hooked!) for its relatively small size.

Of course, no review would be complete without mentioning how truly special the staff is. They simply put on an amazing show (and I mean that in a good way) in all phases from beginning to end. Being in the lodging business myself, I realize this is no easy feat. I got the impression, however, that the people truly enjoyed working with one another and this lead to a seamless experience.

What more can I say. It was simply the most memorable travel experience of my life.

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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 #3 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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