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Atlanta, Georgia
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

When you live on the other side of the world and think of traveling to South Africa, you have high expectations for such an extensive trip. Especially for your first time in a country and in this case with the prospect of going on a Safari and seeing the "Big 5" up close and personal! I can say that I...

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Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My first visit to South Africa with my partner who is South African. Shumbalala was the right choice by far!! The people, the service, the food, everything was amazing! When you visit Sumbalala you are transported to another world. The rooms were amazing and the views stunning, and so private it felt like you were alone there. Outside showers. ....

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Shumbalala is one of the best lodge that I have ever been. The service is amazing the food is unbelievable and the accommodation is best in class . Also the safari trips where amazing , very close to the animals . our ranger Darrin was very experienced and very knowledgable of the animals and the place . We saw the...

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Boston
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A travel agent booked this for us and we were overwhelmingly pleased. Everyone who worked here was exceptional and we particularly loved our ranger, Darryn. He made sure that we saw the animals we wanted to and within 2 drives we'd seen the big 5. The facilities were beautiful and it was extremely romantic without being overtly so. The food...

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Providence, Rhode Island
Reviewed 27 November 2016

I did not know what to expect when I decided to go on a Safari. Shumbalala Lodge and their Safari experience was something I will not forget. The lodge has a wonderful staff, great accommodations and outstanding food. The service was the best I have experienced. The tracker and the guide provided an up close experience and had an affinity...

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Toronto, Canada
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Absolutely beautiful lodge. When we checked in there was a giraffe standing in front of our room. Incredible. Beautiful, clean and tastefully decorated lodge. Meals were of gourmet classification and wonderfully presented. Saw all five of the big game at a closer distance than I ever expected. Incredibly friendly staff. Would recommend this to anyone and would love to go...

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Liverpool
Reviewed 14 November 2016

The most fantastic holiday, better than we had ever imagined possible. Wonderful, friendly and knowledgable staff, first class accommodation surrounded by beautiful countryside and unbelievable wildlife. We didn't want to leave and can't wait to return.

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Greater London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 31 October 2016

My family of 4 (including 3 teenagers) have just returned from Shambalala. Having never been on safari it provided a perfect personal experience - Danie the ranger was so experienced andknowledgeable about all the animals and we saw some awesome sights which we will never forget. The food and service was incredible. The staff were all excellent and nothing was...

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Tampa, Florida
Reviewed 26 October 2016

If this is your first safari and you are hesitating about Shumbalala, just go ahead and book it. You will not regret it. I was somewhat apprehensive about the experience, if the reserve was fenced or not... it doesn't matter, you will love it. I stayed 2 nights here and 2 nights at the main lodge (thornybush game lodge) and...

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Redondo Beach, California
Reviewed 26 October 2016

Everything about the camp was great. The people were friendly, game drives great and the food was incredible. We didn't know anything about Shumbalala but our travel agent booked us there. I have to say all four us were truly happy with the place. You could sit on your porch watch the animals at the pond all afternoon if you...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Free Parking
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  • Breakfast included
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
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. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Shumbalala Game Lodge

Address: Thornybush Game Reserve | Greater Kruger, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Thornybush Private Game Reserve
Price Range: $1,358 - $1,526 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Shumbalala Game Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 5
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Shumbalala Game Hotel Thornybush Private Game Reserve
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“presidencial suite for 2 families or a family with kids is perfect”
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“All rooms are luxurious”
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