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It’s a vast, wild place where the lions roam at Shumbalala Game Lodge, deep in the Thornybush GameReserve, one of the country’s great tracts of untamed game-viewing.Set as it is in a dry, singeing savanna of Mopane, Acacias and Umbrella thorns, quartered by easterly-flowing rivers densely shrouded in giant figs, fever trees and phoenix palms, the land is an ancient tapestry of natural wonder.Over-head the Loeries call their sharp warning while horn-bills swoop in an ungainly ballet between trees whilst vultures elevate on thermals portending an electric storm.As you push on through the bush it is the serendipity of nature that amazes most as your vehicle skirts art deco zebra, dozy giraffe, bright eyed bush babies, wildebeest (made, it is said, by the committee of left-over parts) and the rest Africa has to offer.It is even more of an adventure when you stumble upon a leopard lazing in the V of a Jackalberry tree or; a hyena giving you a lazy yellow eye in the gathering dusk; a majestic bull elephant crashing its way through the riverine thicket in search of sweet reeds or; a surprise sunrise encounter with a lion pride on the prowl.This is the world of Shumbalala.
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Ngala Airfield17 km
Hoedspruit Airport25 km
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The lodge was beautiful . The rooms had everything you could wish for . The views from our room were amazing just watching the animals approach the water hole was breath taking . The staff were amazing so welcoming and very knowledgeable about all the...More

Thank Emma S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed at Shumbalala for 3 nights while visiting Kruger and absolutely loved it! Everything about the lodge and the experience was out of this world! Pros: - The safari drives with our ranger Edward were incredible!!! During our 3 nights that we were there...More

Thank DomCanada
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It’s taken awhile to get to this review, as we’re still soaking up our recent vacation experience to South Africa. For the record, I’ve never reviewed accommodations on-line but we felt so strongly about our experience that I had to share. The setting and staff...More

Thank Nestle57
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I had an absolutely magical experience at Shumbalala Lodge. Our room was gorgeous, the staff was so incredibly kind and thoughtful, the food was delicious and the game drives and bush walks were spectacular. We especially enjoyed watching the animals at their...More

Thank Rachel V
Reviewed 8 October 2018

This review, long overdue, reflects my lingering strong admiration for the people of this resort. My wife and I were pampered like never before by the most attentive, thoughtful, jovial, adventurous staff imaginable. We were blessed to be with them for three glorious nights, six...More

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michellemilash
8 September 2017|
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Response from Joanne D | Reviewed this property |
You would have to contact the Lodge. We booked with a specialist African Travel company and they organised transfers.
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Mike J
22 January 2017|
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Response from SnrMngmnt | Property representative |
Rates include all meals, two game drives per day, a game walk in the middle of the day, all meals and drinks during game drive. Extras for your account will be drinks at the lodge and other extras such as laundry, etc
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"The suites are all stunning!"
DomCanada
2 weeks ago
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"All are equally lovely. Daily laundry service available."
Nestle57
3 weeks ago
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"All rooms face the watering hole so doesn't matter which room (only 4 + presidential suite) you are..."
sandlerhome
16 Aug 2018
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"all rooms are excellent"
GailR23
30 Jul 2018
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PRICE RANGE
US$1 171 - US$1 421 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
shumbalala game hotel thornybush private game reserve
LOCATION
South AfricaKruger National ParkThornybush Private Game Reserve
NUMBER OF ROOMS
5
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