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The best of Africa distilled into one lodge - Bushwise Safaris. Situated on the banks of the Crocodile River overlooking the Kruger Park, Bushwise Safari Lodge combines the real Kruger Safari experience with accommodation boasting a unique ambiance true to the safari adventure you are seeking. Watch the animals by the river from our big open balcony or swimming pool. Become part of the African night, hear the roar of lions, the call of hyenas and the grunting of hippos coming from the dark. Become part of Africa! We specialize in open vehicle safaris, sunset drives and morning walks inside the Kruger Park. Other activities include Tiger fishing, elephant back safaris, micro light flights, quad biking, horse riding and historical tours to Maputo and Swaziland as well as a day trip on the Panorama route
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Kruger Park is a wonderful place that everyone should know! We were enchanted with the animals, the nature, the environment. Our game was enjoyable, but lacked charisma from the guide / gamer. Despite my bad English, he could have been kinder.In addition, the company was very
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Response from AnnettevC, Owner at Bushwise Safaris
Responded 1 week ago
Hi there 'Explorer' Thanks so much for your review - we appreciate each and every one of them to make sure that we give our clients the best experience they can possible have while exploring this wonderful part of our beautiful country. You are right - the language issue did create a bit of a barrier - this is no one's fault - but we are glad that we could introduce yourselves and your child to the Kruger and all the creatures of the African bush. I believe a lot of wonderful memories were made. Hope you enjoyed the rest or your trip in our beautiful country and that you had a save trip home. Annette
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My first time in Kruger park was massively improved by the care and attention Tim and Annette give while staying at Bushwise. Tim picked us up from the airport and described what we were seeing on the drive with great detail. He also organized our tours for us and took us to the
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Response from AnnettevC, Owner at Bushwise Safaris
Responded 3 weeks ago
Warm greetings to you from a sunny bushveld, We really appreciate your lovely review - thank you! I have passed your compliments on to our staff - they are always very thankful if our guests comment on the effort they put in to make their stay as memorable as possible - thank you for acknowledging them too. I am glad you mentioned the ongoing struggle with bugs and moths in the African bush - which is part of the bushveld. Future guests should take caution to alwasy make sure that all lights are switched off when leaving the room and that the insect screens in front of the doors and windows are closed. Tim also enjoyed your company tremendously so we're hoping to see you again in the near further. Regards from the bush. Annette
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Lovely, friendly hosts. Comfortable accommodation. Close accessibility to Crocodile Bridge Gate in the Kruger. Average home cooked meals. It would have been nice to have single seater couch in the room.
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Response from AnnettevC, Owner at Bushwise Safaris
Responded 4 weeks ago
Thank you Denise for your kind review, we always appreciate suggestions from our guests. It was great having you here and hope that you will return real soon. Annette
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Bushwise safaris, is an amazing place. The Georgeous room with lovely view, the pool where you can hang out a full day because of the animals walking by. Amazing stuff, the best guide for safaris, Jaco. Everyone was so helpful and before we even arrived we were helped by Anette,
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Response from 1-Bushwise-Safaris, Owner at Bushwise Safaris
Responded 10 Jan 2019
Warm and sunny bushveld greetings to you. I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and that we were albe to meet all of your expectations. We would really appreciate it if you could recommend us to all your friends and hope that you could come visit us with them in the near future. Hope you had a safe trip home Please keep in touch. Annette
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Rooms are average equipped with fan/aircon however no fridge and there is limited access to cold drinks from the bar. aircon unfortunately keeps tripping the power when the lodge is booked out as there is insufficient capacity on the mainpower supply can be very uncomfortable
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Response from 1-Bushwise-Safaris, Owner at Bushwise Safaris
Responded 10 Jan 2019
Hi Michael It is such a pity that you did not mention any of these complaints during your stay with us as we would have immediately attended to it, like the door lock (I could not find the broken hinges that you mentioned though?). We always strive to make our guests' stay as pleasant, comfortable and memorable as possible and will always go the extra mile to achieve exactly that. Everyone living in SA (as you do too) knows about the challenge that SA faces regarding electrical supply - I find it a bit unfair that you complain about this on this platform as you are aware that the situation is the same for the whole of SA at this stage. I can organize everything for your during your stay with us, but can not control the temperature and rainfall. In my booking confirmation letter to you and again in other correspondence during your booking process did I mention that Bushwise Safari lodge does NOT have any self catering facilities. We also have a bar so we don't really allow guests to bring their own drinks - Therefore we were quite surprised when you arrived here with cooler boxes full of your own without even requesting if that would be in order. Some of the people in your group even went as far as to unlock our bar fridge and help themselves from our stock as well! He also then started to take our stock out and put his own in our bar fridge. I am sure you will agree with me that this behavior is unacceptable. One of our Bushwise staff members were always at your service (also during dinner) to serve you with what ever drinks you might need - you only needed to ask. I am therefore a bit confused as to what exactly it is that you are complaining about here? Some of you also made use of and entered our kitchen (with a big 'STAFF ONLY' sign on the door) without permission and without even knocking and put all your food and drinks in our kitchen fridge?! In our room catalog we stated clearly that it is advisable to switch off the lights and close the insect screens when you're not in your rooms. As everyone knows - insects are attracted to light and will enter the room should you neglect to do so. I am also a bit confused about the fact that you are complaining about the mark up that we put on our safaris. On the game drives, our guests are exposed to our guides' vast knowledge of and passion for the African bush and it's creatures, as well as having the opportunity of doing game drives in our open safari vehicle which is a complete different experience that going in your own car. It really sounds like you were expecting to get this service for free? Any of our guests are more than welcome to enter the Kruger park in their own vehicle should they prefer to do so. The same with all the other activities that we offer. Here I would also like to mention that a lot of our clients are international guests that we picked up at the Nelspruit airport. They therefore don't have transport and will miss out on all the lovely activities and safaris that we offer if they don't do it via us. Also - even after writing this review - you still contacted me requesting to courier the cap that one of you had forgotten here to you. I will do so gladly. Annette
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Hi again I am delighted to confirm that we still have accommodation available for you and your group for the 19th and 20th of May, departing on the 21st (2 nights). If you are able to amend your dates please let us know as we do have accommodation available on the night of the 18th as well. We offer bed and breakfast for R900 pppn and children under 12 half price. We also serve 3-course dinners under the African sky by candle light for R290 pp extra (children under 12 half price again.) Please also have a look at the list of activities that we offer. Unfortunately we are not allowed to provide contact details or adresses, kindly request for a quote. If you need any more info I will gladly assist you further. Annette
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Hi there, Thank you for your interest in Bushwise Safaris and Lodge. We provide game viewing safaris for guests staying at our lodge only. We are on the southern border of the Kruger National park (about 18 km from the Crocodile gate) and the animals wander freely around the lodge - this makes what we have to offer quite unique. Please let us know if you are interested in accommodation as well and we will gladly assist you further. Warm wishes from a sunny bushveld. Annette
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Hi Jorge, We really appreciate your enquiry. We are situated in a conservancy alongside the Crocodile River in the southern Kruger and the animals wander freely around the lodge. This makes what we have to offer quite unique. Our establishment has 7 air-conditioned bedrooms en-suite, all furnished with an ethnic/rustic touch inspired by the African bush. I can offer you bed and breakfast at R900 per person sharing per night. If you are single and not sharing a room with anyone an additional single supplement of R440 pppn applies. (Total R1340 pppn). Kindly advise exact dates once you are ready to book. 3-course Dinners are served by candle light under the African sky for R290 per person per night extra which you can book once you are here. (we don't have any self catering facilities, but there are also a few nice restaurants nearby). Includes: 1)Full English breakfast daily 2)Relaxing on our spacious balcony or upper sun deck next to our sparkling infinity pool with spectacular views over the Crocodile River and the Kruger Park 3)Self-guided walks along the Crocodile River 4)Bird Watching Your rate excludes alcohol and beverages Optional Extras: 1)Full day safaris (8 hours+) at R1050 pp or half day safaris (5 hours+) at R890 pp into Kruger in Open Safari Vehicle 2)A Sunset drive into Kruger at R810 pp 3)A Morning Walk inside the Kruger at R890 pp 4) Bush orientation walk along the fence of the Kruger Park on the banks of the Crocodile river at R460 pp 5) Quad biking in the African Bush R890 pp 6)Half day Tiger Fishing from a boat on the Komati River at R890 pp 7)Horse riding on a game farm at R810 pp 8)Elephant Experience R810 pp and/or elephant back safari at R1020 pp 9)Micro light flights at R1465 pp 10)A visit to a Swazi Cultural village, no visa necessary at R890 pp 11)Full day cultural- and historical tour to Swaziland at R1465 pp 12)Full day cultural-and historical tour to Maputo, the capital of Mozambique at R2080 pp 13)Full day excursions to the Panorama route. Visit the Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes at R1620 pp 14) Transfers from Nelspruit airport at R600 one way Please advise if this is what you are looking for, we can tailor make your package to suite your needs. Annette
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Hi Akash Buswise normally send you an itemised list of the activities you can book. B'fast and Dinner I think you will find are included in your price. And can I add that they are both delicious. If they haven't, you can book once you get there if you are having trouble contacting.
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I spent some time chatting to the ranger at the lodge and he often drives into Mozambique (including Maputo) to pick up guests. So transfer is possible.
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"room on first floor above the kitchen is very noisy overlooks the carpark and is behing the bar/pool area. The entire lodge is a bit noisy"
"Better views on upstairs rooms"
"upstairs room for the view over Kruger but if you get a ground floor room do not be upset as Zebra, etc will visit for game pellets!!!!"
"Ask for the newer rooms (but other rooms ok) or rooms on the first floor"
"Upstairs room"
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PRICE RANGE
US$147 - US$168 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
South AfricaMpumalangaMarloth Park
NUMBER OF ROOMS
7
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