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“game drives”(51 reviews)
“resident hippo”(3 reviews)
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Reviewed 5 September 2017 via mobile

We stayed at Thornybush Waterside for 3 nights, and did 5 game drives. Enock (our ranger) and Freddy (our Tracker) were amazing - so knowledgable, helpful and went out of their way to get great sightings of the animals and birds. The staff at the...More

Thank Jayne N
Response from Candice W, Community Manager at Thornybush Waterside LodgeResponded 8 September 2017

Hi there Jayne N, thanks so much for leaving this lovely review. Hope to see you again some day :)

Reviewed 3 September 2017

If you are going to South Africa on a safari, this is the place you want to stay. It's close enough to Hoedspruit to get on a game drive the day you arrive. We landed in Johannesburg same morning that we went on a 3...More

Thank Buck S
Response from Candice W, Community Manager at Thornybush Waterside LodgeResponded 8 September 2017

Hello Buck S, thanks so much for taking the time to leave this review. We're thrilled that you had such a wonderful time, AND you got to see all the Big 5! Hope to see you again some time in the future. Take care.

Reviewed 16 August 2017

We stayed two nights and we loved every moment of it. We went for 4 game drives and we left us wanting more. From the rooms to the service it is a great lodge to be at. Our butler Rich and our ranger Mozez were...More

Thank nandita_dalmia
Response from Candice W, Community Manager at Thornybush Waterside LodgeResponded 25 August 2017

Hi there nandita_dalmia, thanks so much for leaving this review! We are so pleased that you had a wonderful time and that we were able to help getting your passport back. And we agree, 2 nights is just not enough :) Take care

Reviewed 16 August 2017

This was our first stop on an OAT tour and Thornybush was the "pre-trip." We ended up visiting three other countries with four other three-night stays in camps along the way. Nothing compared to the Waterside Lodge. It was heavenly, every single part of the...More

Thank Bespectacled43
Response from Candice W, Community Manager at Thornybush Waterside LodgeResponded 25 August 2017

Hi there Bespectacled43, thanks so much for leaving this lovely review for Waterside Lodge. How wonderful that you got to see so many wild animals and learn more about them in the process. What a pity that you live so far away! If you ever...More

Reviewed 7 August 2017

We stayed for three nights at Thornybush as part of a much longer Safari tour of Southern Africa. This place was the very best of the several lodges we visited. Everything worked like a clock. The rooms were excellent, the food was plentiful and extremely...More

Thank Stephen N Erica D
Response from Candice W, Community Manager at Thornybush Waterside LodgeResponded 10 August 2017

Hi there Stephen N Erica D, thanks so much for taking the time to leave this review! How wonderful that you got to see the Big 5 and experience the bush on foot - it really is a unique opportunity. We hope to see you...More

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Free Parking
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Breakfast included
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US$529 - US$1,691 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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US$529 - US$1,691 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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rmak2009
16 July 2017|
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Response from PrincessBethany |
It is possible to undertake a "bush walk". If you are under 60 this is fine, if over 60, you have to have had a recent medical and a doctors certificate to state you are well enough. the walk would start after your hot... More
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rmak2009
16 July 2017|
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Response from Kim C | Reviewed this property |
No. There're was non offered to us, but we had kids which I believe is typically a barrier
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paulmaskell2017
10 January 2017|
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Response from ThornybushLimpopo | Property representative |
I'm afraid this Lodge does not include local wines.
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"Some rooms are a long walk from main area - we had #19, which is in the very last building. I wish we had..."
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"I think all rooms are similar. Closer to main resort area given remote area and possible animal population"
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"There are not that many rooms but each one is wonderful."
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"All rooms are excellent"
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