My wife and I were lucky enough to win two free nights at The Bush House – the owners had donated the free nights to our local hospice in Cape Town, which already tells you something about their generosity. It turned out to be the holiday of a lifetime. The Lodge is wonderful in every way – perfectly situated, attentive staff who are helpful but not intrusive, excellent food (and you can ask for a range of foods according to your dietary preferences and needs), and luxurious and comfortable accommodation. The game drives twice a day with a really excellent and knowledgeable guide are a highlight and were a great joy for us. The lodge overlooks a water hole which is very cleverly arranged so that the fence between the lodge and the water hole is not visible – you get really close to a wide range of animals (we were lucky enough to see about 100 buffalo in the water hole one night – at other times we saw elephant, kudu, impala, rhinos, warthogs, kudu, baboons – we saw lions on our game drives but not at the waterhole). There is an underground hide with very easy access from the lodge and this brings you literally within a metre or so of some of the animals – a really remarkable experience. I have been to other game lodges in southern Africa and enjoyed them but this was by far the best experience in every respect. It is not cheap, but when you see what is on offer, you realise that this is not overpriced for what you will get as a visitor. A wonderful place, with great staff, and an experience to treasure.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Safari isn’t just safari anymore…. And game lodges aren’t all alike. Every visit really does need to be special and every moment something to be remembered forever.The Bush House is not your typical Game lodge. The Lodge is set in the malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve. It is an old farmhouse that after years of family laughter and happiness has been transformed into an inviting and relaxing residence that encourages guests to kick off their shoes and unwind. ... more less
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