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Livingston, Montana
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I waited my entire life for this experience!! Upon arrival, Irene escorted us to our beautiful villa where we were so lucky to see a lion and his lioness eating their fresh kill not 50 yards from our back deck. Just amazing!! These wonderful employees and owners treated us to the best experiences of our life. Twice daily game drives...

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Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 1 week ago

Shumbalala Lodge and the Safari Experience was something I will never forget. I visited Shumbalala earlier this month and was blown away! The service given by Danielle and the wonderful staff was the best I’ve experienced, the food was outstanding, great accommodation and the knowledge and experience of our driver and tracker was incredible. They made sure that we saw...

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Great Dunmow, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago

From our welcome to our departure we had a wonderful experience.When we arrived there had been lots of rain so the vegetation was lush and there were lots of puddles.This made finding the wildlife more difficult but the quality of the experiences were sublime.Dee and Isaac were enthusiastic and knowledgeable.While we felt safe at all times we got very very...

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Thank Jane J
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed here earlier this month and cannot fault Shumbalala. Danielle the manager has such attention to detail and remembers your name even if there are 8 other people to remember. Shumbalala has such a personal touch with everything they do and it is a stand-out 5 star lodge without being stuffy and formal. Would go there again in a heartbeat...

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Columbus, Ohio
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited South Africa in November and spent 3 nights at the beautiful Shumbalala Game Lodge. Although we did not personally book our lodging here (our entire trip was booked through an agent), we could not have been happier with the selection. The lodge is very small and feels very intimate. The staff was terrific and made our trip much...

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I cannot even begin to say how incredible our experience was here. We went for 4 nights on our honeymoon. The staff is what truly made the stay. I actually got very sick while I was there (pre-existing) and they treated me like royalty. From fetching medicine for me, to making me whatever soup I felt like eating, to checking...

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Milan, Italy
Reviewed 15 February 2017

I hope i can transmit to the readers my feeling toward this lodge because I think i can say i never experimented a hospitality at the level of that this site offers. Guests are considerated like friends, starting from the day of our arrival we was called by first name by Danielle, a perfect host and hotel manager, which has...

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Atlanta, Georgia
Reviewed 19 January 2017

When you live on the other side of the world and think of traveling to South Africa, you have high expectations for such an extensive trip. Especially for your first time in a country and in this case with the prospect of going on a Safari and seeing the "Big 5" up close and personal! I can say that I...

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Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 7 January 2017

My first visit to South Africa with my partner who is South African. Shumbalala was the right choice by far!! The people, the service, the food, everything was amazing! When you visit Sumbalala you are transported to another world. The rooms were amazing and the views stunning, and so private it felt like you were alone there. Outside showers. ....

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Reviewed 4 January 2017

Shumbalala is one of the best lodge that I have ever been. The service is amazing the food is unbelievable and the accommodation is best in class . Also the safari trips where amazing , very close to the animals . our ranger Darrin was very experienced and very knowledgable of the animals and the place . We saw the...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
  • Free Parking
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
It’s a vast, wild place where the lions roam at Shumbalala Game Lodge, deep in the Thornybush GameReserve, one of the country’s great tracts of untamed game-viewing.Set as it is in a dry, singeing savanna of Mopane, Acacias and Umbrella thorns, quartered by easterly-flowing rivers densely shrouded in giant figs, fever trees and phoenix palms, the land is an ancient tapestry of natural wonder.Over-head the Loeries call their sharp warning while horn-bills swoop in an ungainly ballet between trees whilst vultures elevate on thermals portending an electric storm.As you push on through the bush it is the serendipity of nature that amazes most as your vehicle skirts art deco zebra, dozy giraffe, bright eyed bush babies, wildebeest (made, it is said, by the committee of left-over parts) and the rest Africa has to offer.It is even more of an adventure when you stumble upon a leopard lazing in the V of a Jackalberry tree or; a hyena giving you a lazy yellow eye in the gathering dusk; a majestic bull elephant crashing its way through the riverine thicket in search of sweet reeds or; a surprise sunrise encounter with a lion pride on the prowl.This is the world of Shumbalala. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Shumbalala Game Lodge

Address: Thornybush Game Reserve | Greater Kruger, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Thornybush Private Game Reserve
Price Range: $1,532 - $1,728 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Shumbalala Game Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 5
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