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Tel Aviv, Israel
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We enjoyed the entire experience at Thornybush. The Manuana Lodge provides an intimate experience. Our guide and tracker were excellent. The food was great and the service (even doing laundry) was fantastic. The lodge is situated near a watering hole so as we ate, were joined by giraffes and other animals. One feels the pride and love of all involved....

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Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Thornybush Game Lodge after the lodge donated 2 nights to the Game Rangers Association of Africa. We bid and paid for the nights through a charity auction and our money went into training two rangers - thanks to Thornybush!! The experience itself was magical. The lodge is beautifully appointed and the rooms are spacious with views overlooking a...

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Seattle, Washington
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We recently returned from a three day photo safari in South Africa with Thornybush lodge and it exceeded any expectation I had. I was a little skeptical I was going to a giant zoo. It's not. If you call it a wildlife reserve or conservation farm ok but the animals are on their own to feed and eat each other....

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Denver, CO
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I traveled with another couple and spent 3 nights at Thornybush Lodge and I can't begin to say enough good things about it. The staff were all friendly and helpful, the accommodations were spectacular (my wife particularly loved the outdoor shower) and our safari guide and tracker (Jack and Ishmael) were great. We saw all of the...

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Thornton, Colorado
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent two nights at Thornybush Game Lodge and loved the experience. The rooms were great and we learned how lucky we were to have air conditioning as our other stops did not have that amenity. Given it was rainy season when we were there, not having air conditioning meant difficulty sleeping in high humidity and having everything you own...

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fantastically luxurious lodge with all amenities, a spa, a pool, outdoor showers overlooking a watering hole and staff that are always on hand to help. The food is excellent and the rangers and trackers incredibly knowledgeable on all the flora & fauna. So many majestic animals all up very close and personal. Experience of a lifetime.

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Den Bosch, The Netherlands
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The big 5 all in the first day ... elephants grazing at the water's edge, brush with a leopard within 1 meter, photos and food galore! An experience of a lifetime!! And ... amazing Grace, the butler. The hospitality and rooms were terrific. Sophisticated nature at its best.

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Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel
Reviewed 5 January 2017

in the middle of kruger park an island of civilization. comfortable and huge rooms great food and of top of all the two guides who took us moorning and evenning to search for animals in the park and we saw the big five and much more

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New York City, New York
Reviewed 2 January 2017

This is an extraordinary place. The game drives with Grant and Simon were by far the best of our two week trip to Africa and never less than wonderful. We saw great wildlife and Grant was not only familiar with the wildlife but also the flora and fauna. Melanie, Grant and Melanie's staff and our wonderful server Glory made us...

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Singapore, Singapore
Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Just completed our 3 day stay at the Game Lodge at Thornybush Game Reserve. We have really good things to say about our experience here. Firstly the reserve is aptly named; there are a lot of thorny trees and bushes we encountered on all of our game drives. Dodging some of these was probably our only physical exercise during the...

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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 

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: $1,521 - $1,843 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Thornybush Game Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 20
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