Siviti
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Siviti

Road D1771, Orpen Road, Kruger National Park 1380 South Africa
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#6 of 7 lodges in Thornybush Private Game Reserve
4.9 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.8 of 5 bubbles
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4.9 of 5 bubbles
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4.6 of 5 bubbles
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For the most discerning of all bushlovers, Thornybush River Lodge is situated in the Thornybush Private Nature Reserve part of the Greater Kruger National Park. This luxurious and intimate safari lodge is the epitome of chic colonial style and elegance where your dreams are brought to reality. Our knowledgeable guides will share our abundant wildlife fauna and flora with you in an interesting, funny and sometimes dramatic fashion.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Free breakfast
Airport transportation
BBQ facilities
Concierge
Laundry service
Parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Poolside bar
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun deck
Sun terrace
Butler service
Ironing service
Room features
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Desk
Dining area
Fireplace
Coffee / tea maker
Extra long beds
Walk-in shower
Housekeeping
Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Seating area
Sofa
Telephone
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Iron
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Minibar
Refrigerator
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Landmark view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Hidden Gem
Luxury
Languages Spoken
English

Location

Road D1771, Orpen Road, Kruger National Park 1380 South Africa
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GailR23 wrote a review Sept 2021
Cape Town, South Africa58 contributions47 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have been to many bush lodges in South Africa, and can without a shadow of a doubt say that this is the one. Look no further if you are looking for a small, uncrowded lodge where you aren't just part of a sausage machine.
The rooms are very spacious - we were upgraded to the Honeymoon Suite and I would really recommend it - very large, private, bigger pool and rooms and amazing view of the river. Buffaloes lay in the river bed for 2 days while we were the there.

The staff have been mentioned in previous reviews, and they really do make this lodge exceptional. There is an energy and positive vibe amongst the staff which is noticeable. The lodge has recently been taken over by a new owner and there are lots of plans for the lodge.

Food is very good. Not one meal was disappointing. The game drives were brilliant - one of the reasons I chose Thornybush was the amount of game in the reserve, and we weren't disappointed. Thanks to Shawn and Abet for all the laughs and great game drives.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Dominique D wrote a review Mar 2021
Johannesburg, South Africa70 contributions37 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What an idyllic weekend. I have looked at reviews and there just does not seem to be a negative thing to be said about this beautiful place !
The attention to detail, being called by name by all the staff members who felt like friends by the time we left, the food prepared by Prince and his team, the exciting and very eventful game drives with Ryan and Abed-they truly stop at NOTHING to get to the animals! Nadine and Bri with their interesting stories and friendly smiles, Bongani with his friendly welcome at each meal, the wide variety of animals, the spiders( not so great although beautiful), the elephants coming right up close to say hello, the beautiful rooms, the space, the views.....This is a place where I think I found a piece of me that has been missing for a while!
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Date of stay: March 2021
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Janet I wrote a review Nov 2023
Leeds, United Kingdom16 contributions20 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Siviti is a small, intimate lodge with only 6 rooms, maximum 12 guests at any time. We had lodge 6 which was fabulous, on entering to the right there was a large sitting area with bifold windows allowing a perfect view of the bush, and the baboons who frequented the area. On the left was a giant bed with mosquito nets leading to the bathroom and outdoor/indoor shower. The room was beautifully maintained throughout our stay. Our plunge pool was almost a swimming pool. Whilst this is a small lodge it is equally as good as larger lodges we have stayed at. The chefs produced wonderful food - fillet steak cooked to perfection - and a wonderful array of cold plates along with a selection of cooked food for breakfast. Game drives were excellent. Our guide, Leo, and tracker Tship, were brilliant, we had seven sightings of leopards along with the other 'big five'. Leo was incredibly knowledgeable, charming and funny. Tship made the best bush mix at morning coffee and great G&Ts for sundowners. We even had an elephant join us next to the balcony where we were having pre-dinner drinks one evening. All of the staff were lovely, especially Peter, our butler, who looked after us so well. Definitely a lodge well worth a visit.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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LKelbrick wrote a review May 2021
21 contributions26 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We recently spent four nights at Thornybush River Lodge. It was our second visit to the Lodge and we were not disappointed - it was as good as ever. It was wonderful to catch up with the staff and enjoy the fabulous hospitality provided by Nadine, Bongs, Prince and the team. We appreciated the knowledgeable and safe approach to game drives shown by Ryan and Abed who provided us with truly memorable sightings. The accommodation was superb and the meals provided by Prince, Anna and Nomsa were varied and delicious. We will be back to see the lion cubs.
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Date of stay: May 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Robinz wrote a review Feb 2023
18 contributions1 helpful vote
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our family of six stayed at the Siviti Homestead for four nights in January and our experience exceeded all of my hopes and expectations.
The separate house was perfect for a family or group of friends, providing privacy and exclusivity. It was immaculate, spacious and comfortable, yet not too pretentious or over the top for a family trip. (Our four children range in age from 13-23).
The staff could not have been more kind, accommodating and helpful. Our meals were five star and delicious, our laundry was ready daily and the house was clean. They spoiled us with cold towels on each arrival, warm greetings and delectable food. They packed up food for our day off the premises as well as our long trip to the airport.
Last but not least, the game drives were simply incredible. Our guide Ryan and tracker Andrew were an amazing team. We saw the big five, and learned a-lot along the way. We felt safe and comfortable in what we thought were scary circumstances. (We are from New York after all). We loved each and every moment, and even chose to forego our final “cocktails” to continue following a pair of lions. It couldn’t have been more exciting and thrilling, especially driving home after dark and running into a herd of elephants. We already miss Siviti and hope to return!
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Ben S wrote a review Dec 2021
East London, South Africa8 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have just returned from 48 wonderful hours at Siviti. Our son joined us as a surprise for my wife, and Team Siviti played ball all along!
Firstly, the setting is fantastic on the Timbavati river. The rooms are luxurious without being over the top. The meals, without fail were delicious and plentiful- and served with a huge smile!
The traverse in Thornybush is huge- unlike some lodges on other private reserves that have a small area to traverse. The game viewing and scenery were fantastic, the tracking and guiding friendly and impressive!
Back at the lodge it was a real treat to enjoy the summer heat in our own pool, whilst watching herds of elephant pass by in the riverbed below. And if you want a massage, you can have the best one in the comfort of your room.
We would love to return! Well done to Lucas, Ryan, Ntsako, and the entire team- you are all an asset to Siviti and our tourism industry!!
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Rundgrens wrote a review Feb 2022
Stockholm, Sweden3 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Siviti lodge
We stayed for two nights in this wonderful lodge. We had a beautiful, well equipped villa with elephants, buffalos and different kinds of antelopes just below our terraces.
During the safaris (two mornings, one afternoon) with Nick (tracker) and Taylor (guide) we learned a lot about the area and the animals. Of the big 5 we missed leopard, but instead we spotted seven rare wild dogs. There were REAL safaris in the bushes!
The welcoming service, food and drinks made you feel as if you were in paradise.
Many, many thanks to Bri, Otto, Taylor, Nick and the rest of the staff.
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Date of stay: February 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Rod W wrote a review Feb 2023
Johannesburg, South Africa29 contributions12 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our family of 4, with two teenagers was joined by an aunt and the two grans, both in their mid-eighties. We had exclusive use of the Homestead with its dedicated team and we had a wonderful time. Outstanding service by Civilised (chef) and Peter (butler) as well as Surprise and Sidwell (house keepers). Food was outstanding and the unit is tastefully furnished and very comfortable. The highlight of the stay was the game drives, of course, and our dedicated guide (Rico) and our tracker (Nic) were an exceptional team bursting with deep knowledge of animal behaviour as well as bird life, flora and fauna. On the first drive we got to see four of the big five! And were treated to multiple wild dog sightings including a skirmish between spotted hyena and the wild dogs, leopard, elephant, lions, hyena, buffalo, kudu and the list goes on. An absolute first was seeing giraffes mock fighting as well as lions mating! All in all, our entire group experienced service excellence at its best and had a wonderful visit. Bongani, the front office manager at the main lodge, also gave us a tour of the lodge which was good to see with exciting renovations taking shape. A stunning lodge that is definitely worth a visit if you’re looking for African bush luxury at its best.
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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elizabetho480 wrote a review Nov 2020
Pretoria, South Africa642 contributions69 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
What a place! Stunning accomodation, setting and interior !! The food was a feast of tastes and colour!! Only downside was when we left we were uncomfortably approached by the villas cleaning lady and asked for tipping her. We, normally in such a lodge, leave gratuity for the whole lodge...... she wasnt impressed as we told her that we were doing that. As i said.... overall great experience!!
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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samu361 wrote a review Jul 2021
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was our combined honeymoon and one year anniversary (due to Covid 19 restriction delays).

The service and experience was absolutely amazing, from the delightful food, exciting game drives (where we saw all the Big 5!), and friendly staff that went above and beyond.

Would definitely recommend to anyone.
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Date of stay: June 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Julie S wrote a tip Mar 2024
Pretoria, South Africa105 contributions40 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"No need for formal clothes and things are generally relaxed and casual."
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Leader L wrote a tip Mar 2024
Johannesburg, South Africa38 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The Lodge only sleeps 12 - we loved this, others may not."
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wayne c wrote a tip Jul 2023
7 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book the Villa with private pool"
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Rundgrens wrote a tip Feb 2022
Stockholm, Sweden3 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Choose a villa"
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RoyAgr wrote a tip May 2021
Cape Town, South Africa94 contributions41 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms (that I have stayed in) are very private and have pleasing views, lounge, king size extra length beds, lounge and patio,"
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PRICE RANGE
$1,986 - $2,564 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Thornybush River Lodge
LOCATION
South AfricaKruger National ParkThornybush Private Game Reserve
NUMBER OF ROOMS
5
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Frequently Asked Questions about Siviti
Which popular attractions are close to Siviti?
Nearby attractions include Thornybush Game Reserve (1.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Siviti?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Siviti?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Siviti?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Siviti?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Siviti?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Siviti have airport transportation?
Yes, Siviti offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
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