I have just returned from a trip to South Africa during which my fiancee and I and a group of friends stayed at The Bush House for 3 nights. We drove a hire car from Jo'burg which was an easy enough drive taking about 4 hours. I have been on 2 safaris before but this experience was something else. From the minute we arrived we were greeted like old friends and pointed in the direction of the water hole at the end of the fantastically kept garden where a number of elephants were taking in their afternoon drink at the water hole.
During the day a variety of animals would come along and visit the water hole while we relaxed in the beautiful settings to the sounds of the bush veld - lions, buck, warthogs and hyena all frequented for a drink in addition to the dozens of elephants that we saw on a daily basis.
The game drives themselves were wonderful experiences with our guide Stefan being extremely knowledgeable about not only the animals themselves but also where to find them. Spotting a cheetah at dusk sat on a rock on the hillside amongst the trees is no mean feat. Being winter the morning and evening game drives were a little chilly at times - but this was helped by the blankets that were carefully laid out for you and the hot water bottle in the mornings was perfect - not to mention the hot chocolate (mornings) and sherry (evenings) as the staff welcomed you back to the resort.
The rooms were very well presented with a huge comfy bed that I would have been reluctant to leave had it not been for the other fantastic opportunities available.
The food and staff were absolutely fantastic and could not do enough to help us out during our stay. It is hard to imagine how a South African safari experience could represent better value for money than this, being one of (if not the) cheapest places to stay in the Madikwe Game reserve.
If you are thinking about staying here don't think, do it - you won't regret it!
- 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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