To be honest I might well run out of superlatives by the end of this review, our experience here really was that good.
We stayed at Monwana for 4 nights and thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the experience. Firstly Jacques and Emma (the Lodge Managers and also Ranger / Hostess respectively) were excellent at making us feel like we were part of the family whilst we were there. Nothing was too much trouble and there were loads of thoughtful little touches. We really enjoyed the fact that, as it is a small lodge (up to 10 guests), we were able to spend time getting to know our fellow guests during mealtimes, as well as during game drives but with the option to seek privacy in our room if we wanted it. The room was stunning - spacious and overlooking the water hole so that we could lie in bed and watch the animals drink.
The game viewing was incredible. Over 4 days we had 2 mornings where we saw the 'big 5' in a single game drive. On top of that we saw a myriad of other animals, it wasn't like the small stuff was passed up. One aspect that was great was that Thornybush only allow 2 vehicles per animal sighting which meant that the sightings never felt crowded, however the flip side of this is that it meant that sometimes the vehicle had to move on to make room for others. A special mention goes to the Tracker, Morris, who plunged in to the bush on a number of occasions in search of animals. Seeing 4 leopards come to the water hole by the Lodge to drink whilst we were eating dinner was definitely one of the highlights of the stay.
So in summary, we would recommend Monwana with absolutely no hesitation. We were genuinely sad to leave, as despite only have been there for a few days.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Monwana Game Lodge, Thornybush Game Reserve, is a Four Star Superior lodge set in the heart of the African bushveld. Offering fantastic Big 5 game viewing, exquisite African cuisine and personalized service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Monwana Game Lodge Thornybush Private Game Reserve, South Africa