Over the Valentines weekend my husband and I visited Thornhill Safari Lodge.
Well honestly it was simply wonderful. We were welcomed with such warmth and hospitality by David - the barman/front of house/waiter/entertainer and many more titles he holds!
The lodge feels private and familiar, a large swimming pool is in the center of the lodge.
We situated in the Honeymoon suite which is great for privacy as it’s away from the pool and the lounge/dining area.
The room was clean and spacious. The bed is enrobed by a lovely mosquito net which makes it all feel so dreamy. My favourite is the lovely corner bath that has large windows that look out to the bush. We saw zebra, nyala and monkeys from our bed - so beautiful!
We were served wonderful food by Chef Joanna. She’s so shy but so sweet, and she makes a mean pork chop and apple pie! All three meals were included in our stay and all three were always tasty!
To make Valentine’s Day special they did a romantic turn down of our room by scattering rose petals on the bed. They also served a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine with that evening’s dinner.
We also opted to do the complimentary bush walk with ranger, Lamby. He’s a real character who loves storytelling and had a really incredible knowledge of the bush.
Sunsets should be enjoyed up on their 8 meter high deck that over looks the bush - with one of David’s famous cocktails, my firm favourite was his Happy Elephant, a refreshing mixture of gin, lime and dry lemon.
We also paid to go on the Tally-Ho Big 5 game drive, we saw buffalo and elephant - unfortunately the rain seemed to scare the other animals into hiding.
We also did a paid night drive through the lodge with Lamby the guide. It was lovely and we enjoyed a drink in the bush with light snacks.
Honestly, I was sad to leave and come back to the hustle and bustle of Joburg.
Thank you Shaun and Merle for this wonderful romantic escape - we so loved being there and cannot rave about your staff enough.
We visited Thornhill Safari Lodge for our 30th wedding aniversary.
What a unforgettable experiece!! Our lovely honeymoon suite was comfy and airconditioned with an outdoor shower wich we especialy enjoyed.
The friendly staff went out of their way to truly make it a memorable stay with romantic dinners by the pool and on the sunset deck. The food is exceptional and we will be talking about that for years.
On our sunset drive to the Kruger Park, we were fortunate to see a lion kill - a truly once in a lifetime sighting.
I can recommend them and will definately visit again.
This was 5 days of bliss!!!
The stay was good except I was dissatisfied with the fact that there was not TV in the room,the food was excellent and the staff was really helpful and advising of how the place operates. We rested well.
My friend and I stayed at Thornhill for 5 nights in March 2020. What an amazing place! It truly exceeded all our expectations. The room was beautiful and set in a very peaceful area. You really feel like you are in the bush. What really sets this place apart though is the staff. Everyone is so warm and friendly and happy to help, and we were made to feel so welcome we really didn't want to leave! The hospitality, food and activities were all first class and we couldn't have wished for a better stay. We had amazing sightings on our drives into Kruger NP and the nearby big 5 reserve which were all arranged through Thornhill. Thank you all so much for a fabulous stay. We look forward to coming back soon. Give Garfield a snuggle from us x
The review came a bit late as I had a few more travels after my South Africa trip. However at the back of my mind, I never forget to do it as I really appreciated the couple owners, Merle and Sean, and their staff during our stay.
Their hospitality was received the moment I booked the Safari lodge. Upon booking, Merle sent me a message on the driving directions from Johannesburg, and later on gave me a guide on things to do at the region. What we haven’t expected was we lost our way during our drive to the lodge in the Guernsey Nature Reserve after nightfall, and our car was stuck on a sandpile. Not knowing what we could do, I gave a call to the lodge, and immediately Merle sent Sean, and a staff to assist us. They used their car to pull our car out of the sandpile, and guided us to the lodge. That was a great relief for my boyfriend and I as both of us are city dwellers and being stuck at night in the nature wasn’t very easy for us.
The moment we reached the lodge, all the staff and guests welcomed us and waited for us to start dinner. Dinner was an impressive experience as we all sat surrounding a wood fire while the chef gave an introduction of the dinner he dedicatedly prepared for us every night. First impression of local food was amazing. Merle also gave us a complimentary room upgrade since we were going to stay there for 3 nights and she would like us to be more comfortable.
Throughout the stay, Sean and Merle took care of us and tried to accommodate to our requests including our unusual request to have a bit of a self-drive experience in the National Park. Sean went the extra mile to check out the feasibility of the driving route and advised us to enter from one end to the other end of Manyeleti Game Reserve to head to our next destination. This is not a popular driving route so the extra help was again appreciated.
The morning bushwalk was a first experience for us when we saw up close impalas, kudus, and zebras. There was also a giraffe that came very close to the sunset viewing deck.
Overall, we had a very great experience and would like to share this with the potential guests and are very grateful towards the Thornhill team for giving us a wonderful travel memory.