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.
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!
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.
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.…
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!