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Mountain View, California
Reviewed 19 August 2015

we stayed at Thornybush for 3 nights in Aug 2015 and this was by far one of the most pleasant stays we have had on a vacation. The people at the lodge work tirelessly to personalize the entire experience to your needs and ensure that everyone goes back satisfied and with incredible memories. Thanks to our ranger Chad and tracker...

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1Thank abecedariann
Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 18 August 2015

What a magnificent location to spend my 50th birthday at. The game viewing was fantastic seeing the Big 5 in our first two drives, our Guide and Tracker were very knowledgeable and keen to teach us different things about animal behaviour and the local fora and fauna. They both had such deep respect for the bush and the wildlife. Having...

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Austin, Texas
Reviewed 12 August 2015

This was our first stop on our first visit to Africa, and it was incredible! We saw all the Big 5 (if you need a reminder: buffalo, rhino, elephant, leopard, lion) within 24 hours, as well as zebra, giraffe, hyena, warthogs, all kinds of deer and birds - and I could keep going. Our ranger was Grant, and our tracker...

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2Thank GailGT
Reviewed 4 August 2015 via mobile

The entire experience was unique.. From the time of landing in the small Cessna to the stay in some of the finest rooms, the exquisite safaris to the night time entertainment! Everything was beyond expectations.. I want to thank our guides for making our vacation a very memorable one..

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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
Reviewed 29 July 2015

THis is an interesting place to see wildlife. Because it is private land, the guides are very aggressive and the wildlife seems to be habituated to this behavior - surprising how close and fast the jeeps go. THis is very different from seeing wildlife in the big national parks in Zimbabwe and Botswana where the guides are very careful, drive...

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2Thank Jim R
Reviewed 21 July 2015

We stayed at Thornybush Game Lodge as part of a travel package that did not break out cost, so were not aware of the pricing until we asked. When we asked the about the average nightly cost, it was very surprising that we were able to experience such luxury at that price: it covered the beautiful room (see detail below),...

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4Thank LS S
Reviewed 6 July 2015 via mobile

The service was superb, the rooms spectacular and the hospitality was on a completely other level! I went with my father and we managed to have one of the best experiences ever! The lodge was a 5 star gorgeous and classy place to stay. On our game drives we saw the big 5 and had close encountered with animals you'd...

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3Thank Andreaferro2353
Reviewed 4 June 2015 via mobile

The rooms are very nice, clean, spacious and with a big terrace over the bush. The food is good and the staff is nice and kind. We had 5 unforgettable safari (4 by car and 1 by foot) with our ranger, Ross, during which we managed to see the famous "big five"!!

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2Thank Matterello86
Wilmington, North Carolina
Reviewed 20 May 2015

We were so wonderfully pleased by every aspect of our visit to the "Lodge" that we already want to return! The treatment we received by every staff member was so great. Our beautiful butler Grace, tracker July and guide Jeluka will forever stay with us. The promise of seeing the big five was kept and it was incredible. Thank you....

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4Thank terandbet
Brussels, Belgium
Reviewed 26 April 2015

We hesitated a great deal about this stay as part of a three-week independent trip because of the cost and the possible dangers - you are in the bush ! It was one of the most magical experiences we have ever had. The dawn and dusk safaris in a personal jeep were stunning. They tracked elephants, lions, rhino and leopards....

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  • Breakfast included
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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 

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Address: Thornybush Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Thornybush Private Game Reserve
Price Range: RM4,625 - RM5,559 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Thornybush Game Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 20
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