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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 days ago NEWvia mobile

Very comfortable rooms in a peaceful setting. Food is delicious and the staff are friendly and attentive. You visit this place for game viewing and for us this was exceptional. What made our stay here so memorable was our ranger and guide, Henrico & Stanley, they were fantastic! Very knowledgable, great fun and gave us many amazing encounters with Lions,...

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Atlanta, Georgia
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stayed at Thornybush Waterside Lodge for four days in November 2016. The safari was amazing. We were so fortunate to see all of the big 5 and more within 48 hours of arriving. Our ranger, Chad, and tracker, Brian, were excellent. They were very knowledgeable and personable. They answered all of our questions and ensured that we had an...

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had the best experience at this Lodge. We had Liam and Anthony as our trackers/ranger and I can't even begin to explain how much they made our trip. They were incredibly knowledgeable and so passionate. This seriously made our trip. We saw the big 5 and so much more. The animals were the most important part of this trip...

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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent 3 nights here on our great African safari adventure. Rooms great and spacious, well serviced. Nothing too much for any of the staff who were all very attentive, warm and helpful. Chad, our ranger and Bryan the tracker, were always ensuring that we got the best safari experience even finding a leopard with her three, 5 month old cubs!...

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went for a three night stay and it was amazing. The rooms were comfortable, the staff were very helpful and our guide (Rex) was excellent. He had a vast knowledge of the animals we saw on the drives and we saw many on each drive. The meals were delicious and the mid drive snacks were tasty too. I highly...

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Thank akuga83
Bolivia, North Carolina
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Spent 3 nights here at the start of our Ultimate Africa adventure. Rooms are large, comfortable and surrounded by wildlife. The food was excellent as well as the service. The staff was so helpful and friendly- many great conversations. Would definitely recommend!!

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Thornton-Le-Dale, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I have just had an amazing 4 days at Thorneybush Waterside Lodge. The staff were all fantastic particularly Alison and the Front of House Team who made us feel very special. Our ranger Liam and tracker Anthony were incredible at finding animals and birds for us to view on every game drive and each one was an...

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Thank debbielovestotravel
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Waterside Lodge was everything you would want from a luxury safari. The staff were friendly and helpful, the lodges were beautiful and there were hippos and impala in the grounds! The game drives way exceeded my expectations and Jaluka (our Ranger) was so knowledgeable about the animals and plants. We were so close to the animals but had utter faith...

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Wiesbaden, Germany
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to the Lodge with a party of 15, hence the lodge was to a large extent ours. Nonetheless, it is not always easy to accommodate and service such a large group. But the Thornybush Team did remarkably well. We were split in two groups for the Game Drives, with one Ranger and Tracker each. We also had personal...

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Santa Ana, California
Reviewed 29 October 2016

From the moment my colleague and I were picked up at the Hoedspruit Airport, until we were dropped off three days later, the staff at Thornybush Waterside Lodge had planned for every aspect of our unforgettable African safari adventure. We flew in from Cape Town (3 hrs) and out to Johannesburg (1 hr) after. The drive from the airport to...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Breakfast
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Thornybush Waterside Lodge(Graded 5 star by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa)20 Luxury Suites (40 Guests)Set on the banks of a tranquil lake encompassed with breath-taking views of the African bushveld, Thornybush Waterside Lodge affords instant relaxation.The lodges 20 comfortably appointed air-conditioned Thatched Suites blend into the natural habitat and are located along pathways surrounded by an abundance of trees and manicured gardens. En-suite air- conditioned accommodation tastefully decorated by crisp white bedding.Highly skilled rangers and trackers ensure Big 5 game viewing opportunities during dawn and dusk safaris, whilst bushwalks are for the more adventurous. Guests are invited to relax and take in the African surrounds after breakfast on the main deck area overlooking the lake, the swimming pool or alternatively retreat to the comfort of your suite.Thornybush Waterside Lodge will from mid-January 2012 have access to an even greater Reserve making game viewing some of the best in the Country. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Thornybush Waterside Lodge

Address: Off Guernsey Road | Thornybush Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Thornybush Private Game Reserve
Price Range: $884 - $2,063 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Thornybush Waterside Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 20
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“Lodges do not have wifi or televisions but the common areas do.”
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“Ask for rooms with waterside views.”
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“All rooms were good.”
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“All rooms are more or less the same. All of them are very confortable and quite.”
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