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    Shumbalala Game Lodge

    Shumbalala Game Lodge at Thornybush Game Reserve is set on the banks of the Monwana river, boasting incredible game viewing from the lodge deck and private viewing decks. The lodge features 4 Superior suites and 1 Presidential suite, allowing for an intimate safari experience of pure luxury and close attention to every guest’s needs. Elegantly integrated into the natural surround with stone, timber, and thatch materials, the main lodge provides a sparkling pool, dining deck, cozy wine cellar, and communal lounge. Each of the 5 five suites at Shumbalala Game Lodge ensure exclusive privacy, gorgeous bushveld views, and luxurious spacious interiors.

    Thornybush is a private game reserve sharing unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park. Known for 14 000 hectares of open savannah woodland with patches of thicket, its superior Big 5 habitat boasts some of the best game viewing in South Africa. Here a full Big 5 sighting within the first 2 days of your safari is very likely. With limited reserve lodges and guests, you can be assured of uncrowded safari sightings and great photographic opportunities. Thornybush also house other 4-star and 5-star safari Lodges on the reserve.

    Passionate guides and trackers at Shumbalala Game Lodge strive to connect the dots on each game drive, explaining the ecosystem and how the smallest of insects correlate to the largest mammals. This makes for an intriguing understanding of the wild and makes every sighting even more spectacular. Get up-close to nature during a guided bushwalk or take a night-time safari in search of rare nocturnal animals and big cats with a spotlight. Thornybush Game Reserve offers an abundance of exciting experiences and wildlife activities.


    • Game drives
    • Guided bushwalks
    • Community village tour
    • Hot air balloon rides
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    • Swimming
    • Bush Breakfast
    • Spa
    • Library


    • 5-star luxury
    • Exceptional Big 5 game drives
    • World-class dining
    • Photography excursions

    Closest airport

    • Hoedspruit
    • Nelspruit Kruger
    • Thornybush Nature Reserve Airstrips
    • O.R. Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg)

    Children policy

    Children accommodated on request sharing with parents More Detail in Presidential Suite only. Children under 16 years are not permitted on bush walks. Children under 6 years are not permitted on game drives. Less


    2 x Game drives per day, guided bush walks, all meals, soft drinks, in-room minibar and selected alcoholic beverages.


    Premium brand drinks, cellar wines, gate fees, spa treatments, private-use vehicles, and transfers.

    T's & C's

    • Rates are per person sharing, per night
    • Single supplement of 50% applicable
    • Rates displayed are from 01 Jan 2020 – 31 Dec 2020

    Accommodation Options

    Superior Suites

    Sleeps 2 Adults

    These enchanting thatch suites feature spectacular private shaded timber decks with a view over an active water hole. Private outdoor showers make for an indulgent bathing experience while Read moreindoor bathrooms feature bush views from the bathtub. Magnificently spacious air-conditioned suites feature an elegant lounge area and fireplace. A minibar, coffee facilities, and pure cotton percale linen are all little details contributing to a superior stay. Less

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    Price £ 487 per person, per night

    Presidential Suite

    Sleeps 4 Adults

    The Presidential Suite is a luxurious 225sqm space including two full en-suite bedrooms with a shared space to enjoy private dinners and relax around a fireplace. A wrap-around private deck features an outside dining area, private plunge pool and boma. Each private en-suite boasts large glass sliding doors with private viewing decks over the waterhole. Read more A minibar, coffee facilities, and outdoor shower are all luxurious suite details contributing to a superior stay. Less

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    Price £ 590 per person, per night

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    Getting there

    By Road

    The reserve is a 6-hour drive from Johannesburg along the N12 highway. Traveling to the reserve from Hoedspruit Airport is a 40-minute road transfer



    Fly from major centres in South Africa to Hoedspruit Airport. Alternatively, take a charter flight to the reserve airstrip.


    Flight Duration

    • Johannesburg to Hoedspruit: 55 minutes
    • Cape Town to Hoedspruit 2 hours 30 minutes
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