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Shumbalala Game Lodge (at Thornybush), South Africa

from price £349 pp / per night
Suite - Full Board - Dawn and dusk safaris in open land rovers and bushveld walks - Sundowner local drinks
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A boutique safari lodge situated in the heart of the Thornybush Game Reserve adjacent to the Kruger National Park which is owner run and managed. This 14000 hectare reserve is world renowned for it’s quality of game including the big 5 and smaller game. The reserve is accessed by two daily flights with SA Express to Hoedspruit / Eastgate airport and from there a short 20 minute drive directly to the reserve.

Each luxury Suite has an en-suite bathroom, indoor and outdoor showers and private deck with a view of the seasonal Monwana River course or riverine thicket. Each Suite has been carefully designed and spaced to provide privacy.
Outdoor shower
Private balcony

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Activities & Facilities

Drive Safaris
Walking Safaris
Laundry Service
Swimming pool
Wine Cellar

A typical day in the bush starts off at around 5:30 am (depending on the time of year) with a wakeup call by your ranger after which follows early morning tea/coffee before you set off on your game adventure for the day. An informative and professional game drive with the excitement of tracking down the untamed game and big 5 is interrupted by a stop-over in the bush for tea or coffee with a light snack. The adventure continues and you return back to camp at around 9:30 am to freshen up. This is followed by a sumptuous brunch with a choice of continental and hot breakfast. Following brunch the possibility of a bush walk lures the more adventurous or young at heart offering unexpected insight and knowledge of the eco-system, learn about the fauna & flora unique to the area.

You then have time to rest or relax at the pool, browse our curio shop, visit our library or sit on your private or the lodge deck enjoying the sounds and smells unique to the African bushveld. Afternoon high tea is an elegant affair served at around 3:30pm with a selection salty and sweet treats. Following directly thereafter you are off to an afternoon & evening game drive adventure with again a stop-over in the bush for sundowners watching the splendor of the African sun setting over the mountains. Drinks are accompanied by snacks and some South African specialties.

You return after dark to be welcomed with a sherry at the lodge at around 7:30 pm to freshen up for the evening's events. Dinner is a five course affair prepared by our in-house chef with fresh ingredients.


Relax in the lounge or on your private viewing deck, read a book or just soak up the tranquility, smells and sounds of the bush that surround you!

Rates are fully inclusive of accommodation, 3 meals daily, two game drives, game walks and drinks during game drives.

Meals are served at various settings around the fire, by candle light in the dining room, on the lodge deck, in the underground cellar or even in your suite.

Money Exchange - Yes

Credit Cards Accepted:

American Express
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