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Monwana Game Lodge
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London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
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Reviewed 24 August 2012

Not much I can add to the great reviews below, other than to echo what an amazing place Monwana is. Neill and Christie who were our ranger and hostess were amazing, not just great hosts, but people who we truly enjoyed spending time with. Neill's game drives with the excellent Morris as tracker were packed with sightings, and his knowledge and appreciation for these animals was really great, he's also good at keeping the mood light and getting everyone to enjoy themselves. After the drives I really enjoyed recapping the day with him over a drink at the lodge, just a very genuine person. Christie may possibly be the nicest person we've ever met. She was on top of everything and ran a flawless program at the lodge for us, from meals to drinks on arrival to a special romantic treat for my wife and I, she was amazing, as were the rest of the staff. The lodge itself is great, accommodations are comfortable and luxurious, and don't underestimate the value of the waterhole nearby, the number of animals it attracts is incredible, it's like getting an extra game drive from your porch!

We're already planning our return trip, thanks to all for a great stay!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 August 2012

We stayed at Monwana Lodge for 4 days, and we had the most amazing time. We were greeted by the sounds of the drums as we arrived. Karen, the manager, then greeted us warmly with cocktails, as she showed us around the lodge. Our room was situated near the water hole, which was fantastic, as we got to see the animals coming for a drink every so often.

The safari trips were brilliant. We saw the big 5 in one day! There were so many beautiful animals, so much to see! Ryan and Morris, our ranger and tracker, were both brilliant! Ryan was extremely knowledgeable about all the animals; he explained everything in great detail, answered every single question and was just superb. We enjoyed the food during High Tea, lovely muffins to eat in the morning with a cup of tea, enjoying the beautiful views. It is unbelievable!
The food was spectacular every day, we couldn’t have asked for anymore!
We would like to thank Karen, Ryan and all the staff for a fantastic time at Monwana Lodge. We would definitely like to return!

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 16 August 2012

We cant recommend this place highly enough. I have been on safaris before, but not on a private reserve. The difference was massive because you're not restricted to roads where the game steer clear of, and you get to see the animals up close. The lodge itself is small (in a good way) and the managers Karen and Ryan bent over backwards to make our stay comfortable and we weren't disappointed. We will definitely go back to Monwana without a doubt, the best start and the highlight of our honeymoon trip.

Room Tip: The honeymoon suite overlooks the watering hole and is the biggest in the lodge.
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Long Island, NY
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Reviewed 12 August 2012

This was our first camp in our first safari trip (hopefully not the last), and it was perfect. We were three couples, and we had the entire camp to ourselves. Monwana is very small; it can hold 14 people but they don't like to have more than eight at one time. Karen and Ryan, the camp manager and ranger made us feel like family, waiting for us when we arrived and at the end of each safari drive with a warm towel, a drink and a smile.It is a very intimate setting. Food was excellent - they have a great chef. Valentine, the bartender/waiter/overall helper was terrific - even chasing the warthogs away before they joined us in the gazebo. At night, there were hot water bottles in the bed to keep us warm (it was their winter). And, of course, the wildlife sightings were spectacular. We saw the big five within the first 24 hours. We saw a cheetah hunting and then with its kill, a lion (Marvin) roaring to his pride, and the females answering, a lioness chased up a tree by a large herd of cape buffalo who only wanted the lion to come down, elephants playing around a watering hole, a leopard posing for us, and much more! Ryan and Morris (the tracker) were great, taking great care that we saw all that we could, while always making sure we were comfortable and not in danger. Ryan really cares about the animals and the bush. Hurry up, though, as Ryan and Karen may be leaving this fall.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 August 2012

My husband and I had the pleasure of staying at Monwana 2 weeks ago to start off our 16 day honeymoon in South Africa and Victoria Falls. Where do I even begin. From the moment you arrive, you know that you are in for a very special treat. Karen, who is wonderful, greeted us with some delicious beverages and a very warm welcome. We took a tour of the entire lodge, which is gorgeous, and then went off to our beautiful suite, which was spacious, romantic, and just plain perfect! Our suite happened to be located directly in front of the watering hole which was simply amazing. Each afternoon, after the morning game drive and a delicious breakfast, my husband and I would lay out on our balcony and just relax while watching the animals come right up to our suite. The food is unbelievable, from breakfast to lunch. We could not believe how incredible everything that we ate was.

We were so lucky to have an amazing Ranger (Ryan) and Tracker (Morris). We saw everything and more. On our very first afternoon drive we saw elephants, rhinos, and lions. You can't possible understand what it is like to see these animals in the wild until you experience it. We definitely got out fill of the BIG FIVE..

On our last night we arrived in our room to find that the staff had set up a table, lanterns, candles, a beautiful bath and champagne for our private dinner. It was amazing. Do not hesitate to stay at Monwana. It is truly and experience that you will never forget. We feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to stay here and meet such wonderful people!!

Room Tip: All of the rooms at this lodge are perfect. It is small and only holds about 12 people total at any...
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Hoedspruit, South Africa
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Reviewed 17 July 2012

My husband and I went to Monwana to enjoy the honeymoon that we never had and we could not have wished for a better experience! The staff at Monwana were so welcoming and we felt so spoilt by their fine dining and special treatment. The views from the rooms were breath taking and we relaxed in the tranquil peaceful premises. Ryan and Karen were on top of everything and had all their processes prepared well in advanced. We were kept intrigued with Ryan's passion and knowledge of the bush on each game drive as we marvelled in the incredible sightings each day. I was introduced to Amarula and coffee on our morning game drive and now enjoy a Monwana experience in my own home every eveing :)
Thank you Monwana for giving us the most memorable honeymoon!

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Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Romsey, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 July 2012

We stayed at the monwana lodge for our honeymoon and could not have been more pleased with the accomodation, service, food and game drives we expereinced. The lodge was spacious and comfortable and the service exceptional. The food was plentiful and tasty. The game drives were brilliant with the ranger and trackers ensuring we saw all the big 5 as well as educating us about the wildlife and location as we went. We really couldn't recomment monana more highly!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Monwana Game Lodge
Address: Thornybush Game Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Thornybush Private Game Reserve
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Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #5 of 12 Speciality Lodging in Thornybush Private Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4 star — Monwana Game Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 5
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