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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We recently held a family reunion at the Bush House. Sue, the owner, worked with us to block all the rooms so it felt like our own private lodge. The game viewing was fantastic, especially at the underground hide. I've never been so close to elephant before. It was truly a spiritual experience.

The service level was very high, both during our stay and before we arrived. Sue went out of her way to answer all our questions and accommodate our every request. We have one family member who is diabetic and Sue even offered to make desserts with Xylitol if that would be helpful!

The onsite staff can't be praised highly enough. Rebecca, Janne, Patrick, Chef, Minky, and the rest of the team were truly there for us 110%, bringing smiles and joy to us each and every day. The food was excellent and we had some very special evenings with dinners at the boma, out under the trees, and in the formal dining room.

This was the second stay at the Bush House for part of our group who also visited in 2007. In addition to the addition of the very unique underground hide, the facilities are significantly improved - there is now a very nice pool and gym for guest use. All of the rooms are very comfortable and well appointed.

Madikwe itself has wonderful game viewing opportunities, and Patrick somehow conjured up anything we asked for. We saw the Magnificent Seven too many times to count, and many fantastic, VERY close up sightings of things which are normally very rare to see, especially Wild Dog. Our most unique sighting during a game drive was probably when we happened upon a burrow with three very young Black Backed Jackal pups, something I never thought I'd see.

What a wonderful family experience for us. Memories to last a lifetime. Thank you to Sue and all the staff! Until our next visit, from the bottom of our hearts, you have our deepest gratitude.

Date of stay: October 2021
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Sue Morrison, Owner at The Bush House, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your feedback and we are thrilled that you enjoyed your time at the lodge. It gives the team great pleasure to be able to tailor- make your stay so that everyone can relax and enjoy their holiday time together. We were truly privileged having you all with us.

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Reviewed 20 October 2021 via mobile

We had a fabulous 5 days at the Bush house with family.
Everything was perfect. Bedrooms lovely with all necessary items.
So many places to relax! Lounge, stoep, pool, dam.. etc.
Our two lovely ladies, Janné and Rebecca were so sweet and helpful! Nothing was ever too much! Every supper was at a different place. Always a surprise.
The food was always excellent!
Patrick was an excellent game ranger and always smiling and helpful.
I can not complain about anything. Everything was perfect!
Thank you for a lovely time!

Date of stay: October 2021
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Sue Morrison, Owner at The Bush House, responded to this reviewResponded 21 October 2021

We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us. The whole team had such fun with your visit and we really hope that good family memories were made. Thank you for the amazing video.

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Reviewed 10 October 2021

What a welcoming The Bush house gave us. We were spoilt with an oasis in the dry veld. A stunning view of the watering hole to watch the animals daily routines. The bird hide is so close that it feels like you are one of the animals alongside elephants, warthogs, zebras and jackals as they all come sip or bath at the waters edge. The food was divine, the service was great and the guided safari tours were even better. Patrick was able to track and find all the Big 5 and some added extras like cheetah, wild dog and hyhaenas! This relaxed atmosphere was perfect for a restorative retreat after a long year.
Thank you so so much for attention to detail and serving with a generous attitude.

Date of stay: October 2021
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Sue Morrison, Owner at The Bush House, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2021

We are delighted that you had a good and relaxing break and had the opportunity to enjoy the amazing sightings. The team are thrilled that you enjoyed your time with us.

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Reviewed 7 October 2021

We have just returned from a 5 night stay at The Bush House,Madikwe. Wow! Can highly recommend this wonderful oasis in the bushveld. The staff are amazing, so is the food. The accommodation is luxurious and fully supplied with all you need.
The added bonus is of course the water hole right at the house and as for the hide which enables you to be up close and personal with the animals coming for a drink is indescribable. To be so close to elephants you can just about touch them.
Thank you,thank you, thank you

Date of stay: September 2021
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Sue Morrison, Owner at The Bush House, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2021

It was such a pleasure to have you all with us and we are thrilled that you enjoyed your time at the lodge. The hide really is an amazing way to experience the animals from so close.

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Reviewed 20 September 2021

Definitely worth a visit - staff were friendly, courteous and saw to every need. Game guide had an incredible and diverse amount of knowledge. Food and accommodation were top notch - more than a home away from home. The wildlife experience we had was just amazing, something different on every drive. The garden was beautiful and was lovely to sit in and watch the birds or the animals up to their antics at the waterhole. The underground hide gave a different and closer experience to game viewing. A must for anyone interested in photography. There is a small pool which we didn't try but would definitely be worthwhile with the summer heat.

Room tip: Waterhole facing has it's own terrace
Date of stay: September 2021
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Sue Morrison, Owner at The Bush House, responded to this reviewResponded 22 September 2021

Thank you very much for your review and the stunning photographs which we really appreciate. The team is so happy that you enjoyed your stay as well as the sightings both at the lodge and on drive.

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