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!!!
What an amazing experience! We had giraffe on our doorstep and witnessed an Ostrich laying an egg right in front of us. You couldn't get any closer to nature! Merle and Shaun are such great hosts, and David will ensure your whistle is wet with cocktails by the pool. The staff are so attentive and we truly felt spoilt! Thank you Merle and Shaun for making our time there so special. We highly recommend this beautiful lodge ❤
We spent a great 3 nights at Thornhill Safari Lodge. George are game driver was lovely and shared lots of interesting information. Vincent, David and Douglas at the lodge all made our stay very comfortable and were so welcoming and friendly. The lodge was nice and quiet with a nice swimming pool. The food was very nice and David was always on hand with a chilled beer. So grateful to George for taking the time to search for the rhino for me as this was my biggest wish - we saw two groups of three rhinos, so my dream came true. Lovely place that we are happy to recommend to anyone.
There is a lot of good things to say about Thornhill. In the surroundings of the hotel its possible to see some animals, like giraffes, buffalos, zebras, monkeys.. The installations are very comfortable and the pool saves the day in the hot weather. The food is excellent, thanks to the chefs Amilcar and Douglas! When the weather is good you can have dinner outside and its a great opportunity to meet the other guests. The safaris (Full Day in Kruger and Big 5 Game) were both excellent with great guides, we saw many many animals. Also, don't miss the Bush Walk, it's very informative, we were amazed with all the information our guide Goodman gave us. Merle and Sean, thanks for everything and congratulations to the amazing staff you have, always smiling and being king and helpful to us. For sure we will be back!