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Guernsey Road Thornybush Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380 South Africa
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • 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
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
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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.


#6 of 13 Speciality lodging in Thornybush Private Game Reserve
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Jackalberry Lodge is a small, intimate establishment set deep in the Thornybush Nature Reserve, on the edge of the Kruger National Park. With just 7 rooms, all en-suite and tastefully furnished - you are guaranteed peace and tranquility during your stay. Locally sourced and expertly made meals are served outside under the stars, or pool-side depending on how you feel that day. Morning and evening game drives take you exploring in open vehicles with professional rangers and trackers, as you experience the abundance in wildlife, fauna and flora that that the African bush has to offer.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Bar / lounge
Airport transportation
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Breakfast buffet
Special diet menus
Outdoor fireplace
Sun terrace
Ironing service
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Air conditioning
Seating area
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Whirlpool bathtub
Bath / shower
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Guernsey Road Thornybush Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380 South Africa
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Johannesburg Intl Airport340 kmSee all flights
Hoedspruit Airport17 kmSee all flights
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Alastair007 wrote a review Nov 2020
Kommetjie, South Africa69 contributions21 helpful votes
During Covid 19 SA lodges are offering SA residents really attractive offers. We were a party of 11 and were able to self-cater which made it very affordable. The lodge is awesome, with spectacular rooms and lovely living areas, ideal for a family get-together or workshop. The lodge provides fantastic and superb chefs in Maria and Phumzele which allows you to go on game drives and come back to brunch and dinner. Gerhard and John the game rangers are incredibly knowledgeable on the bush and animals, and know their birds really well which enhanced our experience. This is an absolute gem and should be 100% booked throughout the year. They also offer a fully catered option as well.
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Date of stay: October 2020
Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: Contact Nataly at the Lodge directly to ask about special rates
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grandmakat49 wrote a review Apr 2020
Palm Coast, Florida7 contributions
We stayed Feb.20-24, 2020. We traveled with another couple and stayed in separate huts near the main lodge. Each day we went out at 5:30 in the morning for 3 hours and again in the evening at 4:30 for another 3 hours to see the animals. We saw the big 5 ( rhinos, elephants, water buffalo, lions, and leopards). This whole experience was beyond anything we could imagine!! A trip of a lifetime. The service and the food was extraordinary. The guide and tracker were exceptionally knowledgeable. Would highly recommend.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from Candice Winterboer, Other at Jackalberry Lodge
Responded 27 Jul 2020
Hi grandmakat49, thank-you so much for your feedback on your stay here with us at Jackalberry Lodge!
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alena t wrote a review Mar 2020
Los Angeles, California16 contributions1 helpful vote
There’s not much more I can say that hasn’t already been written. We stayed at Jackalberry Lodge the first week of March for three nights. I was a little worried that we were going during the rainy season and wouldn’t see animals but from the minute we stepped inside, we were in awe! There were kudu antelope hanging out at the entrance along with the innkeepers to greet us. Gerhard and John, our ranger and tracker, took us out an hour after we arrived and made sure we saw as many animals as possible. Giraffes, elephants and zebras, oh my!! Not only did they find the animals but had so much to teach us about the animals. In the three days we were there we saw elephants, lions, hippos, rhinos, zebra, hyenas, and the elusive leopard. We were really only there to see animals but were so pleasantly surprised to find that the accommodations and food were spectacular! Dumi, our butler, took care of our every whim. Natasha, the innkeeper, was gracious and made sure we were happy. We would sit by the pool and see elephants, giraffes and zebra come up to the gate surrounding the property. It was like being on the set of Lion King! I couldn’t ask for a better place to be. We were so happy that our travel guide, Felleng Tours, booked us at Jackalberry. Highly recommend!!
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Date of stay: March 2020
Response from Candice W, Guest Relations Manager at Jackalberry Lodge
Responded 31 Mar 2020
Hi there alena t, thank-you so much for leaving this review of your stay at Jackalberry Lodge. How thrilling that you got to see so much wildlife! We're of course also very happy that you enjoyed your accommodation and the food and that you felt looked after by our team. We hope to see you back again some day in the near future, to re-live your Lion King experience.
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leftyquince wrote a review Feb 2020
Phoenix, Arizona53 contributions50 helpful votes
A Jackalberry shuttle met us at the airport in Hoedspruit for transfer to their lodge. Upon arriving, we were met by very friendly staff who had towelettes for our use. This welcome was a precursor to our entire stay. The staff was very friendly and treated us like royalty. The meals were wonderful. The drinks were wonderful. The accommodations were wonderful. Our tracker and guide had a great knowledge base about the area and the animals. Every excursion into the bush we were treated with excellent views of the animals, refreshments, and excellent information. If you go, Godfrey’s hot chocolate is the best ever. I would definitely recommend this place, which abuts to the Kruger National Park. We saw all of the big five every time we went out. Totally a trip of a lifetime!
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Candice W, Guest Relations Manager at Jackalberry Lodge
Responded 20 Feb 2020
Hi there leftyquince, thank-you so much for leaving this review of your stay at Jackalberry Lodge! We're so pleased that we were part of making this your trip of a lifetime - and Godfrey's hot chocolate certainly is something to write home about :) Hope to see you back again in the not too distant future.
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Sandy P wrote a review Feb 2020
Langhorne, Pennsylvania21 contributions3 helpful votes
I don’t know where to start. The location and public areas and rooms are gorgeous. The food was spectacular. The service unparalleled. Then there are the twice a day game drives. We saw everything: lions, leopards, elephants, giraffe, zebra, rhinos, hippos. The animals were so close I couldn’t believe it. Our game guide and tracker were unbelievable. They found everything for us. A once in a lifetime experience.
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
Response from Candice W, Guest Relations Manager at Jackalberry Lodge
Responded 20 Feb 2020
Hi there 788sandyp, thanks so much for leaving this review of your stay at Jackalberry Lodge! We're thrilled that you got to see so much and had such a wonderful experience here with us. We hope to see you back again in the near future :)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Jackalberry Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Jackalberry Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (6.8 km) and Nyani Cultural Village (4.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Jackalberry Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Jackalberry Lodge?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a seating area, and a whirlpool bathtub.
What food & drink options are available at Jackalberry Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Jackalberry Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Jackalberry Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Jackalberry Lodge have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Jackalberry Lodge offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.