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Guernsey Road Thornybush Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park 9798 South Africa
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  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 20/07/27 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 20/07/27 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#7 of 13 Speciality lodging in Thornybush Private Game Reserve
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Thornybush Waterside Lodge(Graded 5 star by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa)20 Luxury Suites (40 Guests)Set on the banks of a tranquil lake encompassed with breath-taking views of the African bushveld, Thornybush Waterside Lodge affords instant relaxation.The lodges 20 comfortably appointed air-conditioned Thatched Suites blend into the natural habitat and are located along pathways surrounded by an abundance of trees and manicured gardens. En-suite air- conditioned accommodation tastefully decorated by crisp white bedding.Highly skilled rangers and trackers ensure Big 5 game viewing opportunities during dawn and dusk safaris, whilst bushwalks are for the more adventurous. Guests are invited to relax and take in the African surrounds after breakfast on the main deck area overlooking the lake, the swimming pool or alternatively retreat to the comfort of your suite.Thornybush Waterside Lodge will from mid-January 2012 have access to an even greater Reserve making game viewing some of the best in the Country.
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Guernsey Road Thornybush Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park 9798 South Africa
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Johannesburg Intl Airport343 kmSee all flights
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deficitlondon wrote a review May 2020
Bristol, United Kingdom4 contributions5 helpful votes
We had an exceptional time in 2017, the lodge is lovely, the staff are spot on, the game drives and the rangers are top notch and the wildlife in the park was a cut above, for example, Pilanesburg. We saw leopards and even cheetah.
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Date of stay: June 2019
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Response from Candice Winterboer, Owner at Thornybush Waterside Lodge
Responded 27 Jul 2020
Thanks so much deficitlondon for your review of Waterside Lodge!
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Eanna Q wrote a review Apr 2020
Co. Tipperary4 contributions
We stayed in Waterside for 4 nights for our honeymoon in Nov 2019! Everything was exceptional. We saw all the big 5 numerous times our guide Louis and tracker John did an amazing job and we really enjoyed each and every drive!!!! The food was out of this world and Sanof made sure we had everything we needed and more! All the staff were fantastic and we could not recommend this place enough!! Already planning our trip back!
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Candice Winterboer, Owner at Thornybush Waterside Lodge
Responded 17 Apr 2020
Hi there eannaq2015, thank-you so much for taking the time to leave this review of your stay at Thornybush Waterside Lodge! What a privilege for us to be part of this special occasion for you - we're so pleased that your honeymoon expectations were met and that you had such an amazing time here with us. Looking forward to seeing you again some time in the near future.
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DrillerBurlington wrote a review Apr 2020
Burlington, Canada440 contributions140 helpful votes
We stayed four days at the Thornybush Waterside Lodge. Everything was perfect from our pretty cottage to the excellent food to our twice daily safari outings. Our driver/ guide Louis was exceptional at finding the animals, all of the "big five"and so much more. he was a wealth of information about tracking, animal habits, native plants. They guides work in great concert with one another so that all the safari groups get a chance to see everything possible. It made for an exceptional experience.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from Candice Winterboer, Owner at Thornybush Waterside Lodge
Responded 17 Apr 2020
Hi there DrillerBurlington, thank-you so much for leaving this review of your stay at Thornybush Waterside Lodge! We're thrilled that you had such a wonderful time here with us and got to see so much. Hope to see you back again some day.
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Jenny P wrote a review Mar 2020
Manchester, United Kingdom165 contributions121 helpful votes
We'd never been on safari before so we totally lucked out at Thornybush. Sheldon and Stanley took us out of 2 game drives a day (we did 8 in total), driving through the bush and always on the look out for animals and birds. We saw everything really close up - leopards, lions, elephants, buffalo, black and white rhino, hippos, giraffes, zebra, hyenas. It was amazing - they really knew their stuff and went out of their way to show us incredible things like 2 young bull elephants play wrestling in the dam, new born zebra and a whole herd of buffalo resting in the bush. The coffee stops and sundowners as well as a full cooked breakfast in the bush were a real treat. The staff at the lodge, especially Comfort, could not do enough for us. We had dinner in a different location every day - in the library, by the lake, in the courtyard and bbq area and the food was delicious. At every moment we were being offered another delicious treat - breakfast, lunch, dinner and endless freshly made cakes. Our lodge was beautiful with a lovely bathroom and the views were exceptional with deer, monkeys and birds at home in the lodge grounds. It was a wonderful experience - my husband's birthday so he even had a cake, made out of this world special by Thornybush.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Room Tip: All the lodges are beautiful and very peaceful.
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Responded 31 Mar 2020
Hi there JennyP620, thank-you so much for leaving this review of your stay at Waterside Lodge. We're so pleased that you had an awesome experience, and that your husband was able to celebrate his birthday here with us. What a privilege it is for us to be your first safari experience - and how wonderful that you got to see so much. We hope that our paths will cross again some day - till then, take care.
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Al_Eddie wrote a review Mar 2020
Scotland16 contributions23 helpful votes
We so look forward to visiting Waterside Lodge and yet again we received the warmest of welcomes from Matt, Anet and Bango. The meals were expertly served by our ever-attentive butler, Mr T. In the bar, Albert has an amazing memory and our drinks appeared like magic every evening..! Matt and Antony ensured that we had many varied experiences on the game drives, including elephants playing in the mud and water, a leopardess and her son with their kill and, of course, great viewings of lions. Anet leads a great team who ensures that Waterside is an all-round wonderful experience. Special thanks also to Rebecca, who constantly checked that everything was perfect for us. As we've said so often before, many thanks to Matt and Anet. Finally, brace yourselves folks - we'll be back!
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Room Tip: Rooms 1 and 2 are single units, whereas the remainder are all duplex.
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Response from Candice Winterboer, Owner at Thornybush Waterside Lodge
Responded 31 Mar 2020
Hi there Al_Eddie, thank-you so much for leaving this review of your stay at Waterside Lodge. How delightful to have you back with us again! It's so wonderful having return guests, and that you enjoyed this experience as much as you did the last. No bracing required - we're looking forward to your return.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Thornybush Waterside Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Thornybush Waterside Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Nyani Cultural Village (6.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Thornybush Waterside Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Thornybush Waterside Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Thornybush Waterside Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Thornybush Waterside Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Thornybush Waterside Lodge have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Thornybush Waterside Lodge offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Thornybush Waterside Lodge offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to a business centre and meeting rooms during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Thornybush Waterside Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.
Is Thornybush Waterside Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.