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#3 of 13 Speciality lodging in Thornybush Private Game Reserve
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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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Thornybush Game Reserve Greater Kruger, Kruger National Park 1380 South Africa
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Johannesburg Intl Airport348 kmSee all flights
Hoedspruit Airport15 kmSee all flights
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Adele G wrote a review Aug 2021
Columbia Falls, Montana2 contributions3 helpful votes
I had been in Kenya and Tanzania with my sister, using a regular high end tour group. Then met up with a Photography Guide with whom I went to Botswana and then Shumbalala in South Africa. Although each place I stayed was great, Shumbalala surpassed my expectations. I have food allergies that were handled by the chef in gourmet style so I did not feel I was missing out on anything. The room accommodations were spacious and well appointed. The people who cared for me really did care for me. Game drives were flexible and accommodating to my interests, especially the sightings of Leopards with their kills in the trees and Lion with lion cubs, which filled the gaps from my earlier stays in Kenya, Tanzania and Botswana. The guide and tracker were interesting and informative. Most importantly, I felt quite safe which is important for a woman traveling solo.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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wpbotha wrote a review Jul 2021
Franschhoek, South Africa1 contribution
From the very second you put foot on the property you are treated like a king! Top class, certainly a must if you want luxury combined with a bush experience. The sitings and setting is indescribable!
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Grace M wrote a review Jul 2021
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We spent 3 nights of our honeymoon here in July 2021 and we were blown away by everything from the accommodations, to the food, to the staff that makes you feel like you're part of the family. Shumbalala is family run and you can tell. Dani is an amazing cook and we got to have dinner at 3 different romantic spots each night we were there. Edward is an incredibly knowledgable and passionate guide and we saw SO many amazing things on our game drives. We will definitely be back!
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Date of stay: July 2021
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rusk2 wrote a review Jul 2021
Houston, Texas91 contributions41 helpful votes
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A 5 star rating wouldn’t do justice for this property . This property is worth of at very least 10 stars! The impeccable service provided by the staff of Daniella, Gail and the crew is bar none ! The game drives are carried about by some of the best in the park by Edward and Sam . True pros and veterans of the Savannah . We learned so much about the animal psychology and behaviors in the 4 nights we stayed . Not to mention we were able to see all of the Big 5 thanks to their expertise in addition to so many other species . The resort also has its own watering hole that attracts viewings of elephants and other animals with direct view from your room . The afternoon game drives include golden hour picnics with amazing views of the sunset . When visiting make sure to try the lodge’s cellar of amazing South African wines personally selected by Daniella . If you visit these parts this is the place to stay!
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Beaulah249 wrote a review May 2021
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Excellent property, clean, food delicious, game viewing 10/10.Sam and the ranger was cherry on top they know exactly how to cater for guests.Not forgetting our top chef, she was marvelous.If you want to pamper people close to your heart, Shumbalala is the place to be
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US$1 126 - US$2 108 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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shumbalala game hotel thornybush private game reserve
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South AfricaKruger National ParkThornybush Private Game Reserve
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Shumbalala Game Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Shumbalala Game Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Shumbalala Game Lodge?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a fireplace.
What food & drink options are available at Shumbalala Game Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Shumbalala Game Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Shumbalala Game Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Shumbalala Game Lodge have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Shumbalala Game Lodge offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Shumbalala Game Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.