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London, United Kingdom
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Private 5* game lodge with quality throughout. Every effort is made to ensure you enjoy your stay and have an unforgettable safari experience. Comfortable, luxury, lodges, good food and service, drinks not too expensive. The Rangers and Trackers really make the stay unique (big mention for Jo and Alson) and include additional unexpected experiences, if weather permits, as well as...

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Manhattan Beach, California
Reviewed 5 days ago NEWvia mobile

The reviews are so good I was prepared to be a little let down. I won't be overly redundant but the service and the quality of people working here are extraordinary. From the moment we checked in we felt appreciated and welcome. The food is good but the experience is great. Noel is a true gentlemen and made sure our...

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The best safari experience ever! The lodge is a 5 star accomodation, simply excellent in everything. The room is spacious and beautiful, food is good and people lovely. The safari is a great experience! A very special thank to our rangers Orlando Reyno and Simone, professional, nice and truly passioned in what they do! Looking forward to do it again!!!!...

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Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been to a few luxury game reserves before but the experience we had at ThornyBush blew all of those out of the water! What a truly amazing experience, from the time you step out of your arrival vehicle! The staff are attentive, friendly and helpful. The lodge is truly beautiful! Seeing as we had a child aged 9...

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Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was our second trip to South Africa and our third experience of a stay in a game reserve. Our first had been at "The Outpost" and "King's Camp" in September 2014; both different experiences but amazing stays. After a couple of suggestions from our travel agent, we decided on Thornybush Game Lodge this time, primarily for it location (situated...

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Tampa, Florida
Reviewed 27 October 2016

It is ridiculous how the first 70 game lodges in this list have similar glowing reviews! I stayed 2 nights at the Shumbalala lodge and 2 nights here. I gave excellent reviews to both! I am guessing that the whole touristic industry in the area have very high standards. The Thornybush lodge is bigger and cater to larger groups or...

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Whitchurch, United Kingdom
Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

We stayed at the Thornybush Game Lodge for 3 nights in the middle of October. From the moment we drove down the airstrip to the lodge gate and saw Lions resting on the side of the road, we hoped it would be as good as the drive in. We weren't disappointed. We were met at the entrance with a warming...

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Barrington, Illinois
Reviewed 19 October 2016

A gem of a place in the middle of nowhere! Friendly staff, beautiful and spotless rooms, guides and trackers (the same team with our same group for our 3 days) who go the extra to make your safaris memorable. This is a fabulous place! Lots of fresh food choices, beautiful dinner settings, and a fun gift shop! We saw elephants,...

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Gold Coast, Australia
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Three nights of absolute luxury and the most amazing wildlife experiences. The drivers and trackers were so dedicated to offering the most out of the safari trips. We were very close to a wide variety of animals and the guides were very knowledgable. The accommodation is 5 star and the food and overall hospitality of the staff was wonderful.

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Calgary, Canada
Reviewed 12 October 2016

- Jack (Guide) and ishmael (Tracker) provided great game drives 2x per day and were the same team on each drive during our stay. It was great to have that continuity and to have conversations over a few days so we get to know them a better than if there were different people on each drive. Came back to hot...

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  • Free Breakfast
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Thornybush Game Lodge (Graded 5 star by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa)- 18 luxury suites & 2 family suites (40 guests). Nestled in the heart of Big 5 country adjacent to the Greater Kruger National Park, with a huge diversity of mammal and bird species, lies 11 500 hectares of pristine African Bushveld, this is the Thornybush Nature Reserve. The elegant and exclusive Thornybush Game Lodge awaits discovery by the discerning traveller. Unrivaled big game viewing is complemented by exquisite accommodation and sublime cuisine. Thornybush Game Lodge boasts 18 stylish air-conditioned luxury suites and 2 family suites, all with extensive living areas overlooking the seasonal Monwana River. From within the luxurious suites, each with full en-suite facilities and private decks, sweeping vistas can be enjoyed over the savannah and an ever-active water hole. Superb attention to detail and highly personalised service make for a memorable stay. Enjoy exciting dawn and dusk safaris in open Land Rovers and on walking safaris, take a moment to browse in the intimate library or simply enjoy a treatment in the Beauty Spa or relax at the pool with your favourite cocktail as you bask in Africa’s glorious sunshine. An African safari can be a life-changing experience. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Thornybush Game Lodge

Address: Thornybush Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Thornybush Private Game Reserve
Price Range: RM3,850 - RM5,034 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Thornybush Game Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 20
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“All rooms have amazing views”
 of 5 bubbles julieo664, 18 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Even if you are only two, the family suite was terrific.”
  • Bath/shower (inside)
  • Plunge pool and deck
  • Family Suite - king bed
 of 5 bubbles JD419, 11 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Stayed at suite 17... Was able to see giraffes from the outdoor shower”
 of 5 bubbles 804karic, 2 Oct 2016 | Read review
“All lodges are just wonderful. Use the outddor shower - it's fun!”
 of 5 bubbles RLT1944, 25 Sep 2016 | Read review
“The rooms furthest from the lodge offer the best views”
 of 5 bubbles 639wendys, 8 Sep 2016 | Read review
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