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Reviewed 13 February 2024 via mobile

Freedom, Delta, Glory, Lorraine, Gia and Catherine .... to you all, thank you for a memorable 4 nights at your Lodge.
On the vehicle with Freedom and Delta exploring the bush and its surroundings, learning all that nature can provide was wonderful - not knowing what was around the corner! Knowledge from both was exceptional.
Incredible viewing of creatures big and small.
Food .... just perfectly presented and tasteful with a smile at all times.
The accommodation - perfect and comfortable with a great view - a favourite for me is the outdoor shower.
Special Place indeed!

Date of stay: February 2024
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Thornybush Group, Owner at Thornybush Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 15 February 2024

Hi Debby,


Thank you for your glowing review! We're delighted to hear that your experience at our lodge was memorable. It was our pleasure to have you with us for four nights of bush exploration and relaxation. We're thrilled that Freedom and Delta provided exceptional knowledge during your safari adventures, and that you enjoyed the incredible sightings of wildlife. We take pride in presenting delicious meals with a smile, and we're glad you appreciated them. Our accommodations aim to provide comfort and a connection to nature, and we're glad you enjoyed the outdoor shower. We look forward to welcoming you back to our special place in the future

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Reviewed 23 January 2024

The service and friendliness of the staff elevate this place!! Thoughtfully appointed bungalow was perfect! You are assigned a driver, tracker, and waiter on arrival and they are yours for your stay, Ralson took great care of us at meal time, Ngosi and Kilmon made for interesting game drives. We truly enjoyed our time here!

Date of stay: December 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thornybush Group, Owner at Thornybush Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 24 January 2024

We sincerely appreciate you sharing your experience with us, David! We are overjoyed that the incredible service and warmth of our staff enhanced your stay at our lodge and that your bungalow was a perfect haven during your time with us.
Your encouraging words inspire our team to maintain the high standards of hospitality we strive for. We are grateful for your valuable feedback and look forward to the pleasure of hosting you again for another memorable stay.

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Reviewed 12 January 2024

5 STARS ALL THE WAY! Everything about our time at Thornybush was PERFECTION!!! The service, the kindness, the food (omg to die for), the rooms, the views, the game drives- I could go on and on!

Glory took care of our every need from start to finish! Everyday with Tracey and Orlando on the game drives was so fun and perfect!! We got to see things that were truly once in a lifetime and they were such a brilliant wealth of knowledge!

I will dream about the day I get to bring my family back to Thornybush but until then I will have incredible memories and scream it from the rooftop!!

Date of stay: December 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thornybush Group, Owner at Thornybush Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2024

We are delighted to receive your enthusiastic, glowing feedback and 5-star rating! It brings us immense joy to learn that your experience at Thornybush was marked by perfection across all aspects.

Glory, Tracey, and Orlando's dedicated efforts have clearly left a positive impact and we take great pride in knowing they played pivotal roles in making your stay exceptional. Your encouraging words inspire us to maintain the highest standards of service.

Whenever you're ready to bring your family back to Thornybush, we'll eagerly welcome you all with open arms. Until then, may your cherished memories continue to bring you happiness and excitement!

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Reviewed 23 December 2023 via mobile

Amazing first time safari experience! The scenery and lodges were beautiful, and the staff was amazing and helpful every step of the way - especially our safari guides (Archie and Mandla), who were excellent and informative. Well recommended!

Date of stay: December 2023
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thornybush Group, Owner at Thornybush Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 23 December 2023

Thank you for choosing Thornybush Game Lodge for your first adventure into the heart of the wild and for sharing your wonderful review!
We're delighted to hear that you had a marvellous time exploring the beauty of the scenery, and we appreciate your kind words about our dedicated staff, who each played a crucial role in making your journey unforgettable.
Archie and Mandla, our safari guides, will be thrilled to know that their efforts to make your safari informative and enjoyable have been well-received.

We are grateful for your recommendation and hope your time with us becomes the first of many incredible safari adventures. If your travels bring you back to this magical corner of the world, we would be honoured to welcome you again!

We wish you many more exciting adventures in the future!

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Reviewed 14 December 2023

We have just returned from a magical 3 days at the beautifully refurbished Thornybush Game Lodge. From the moment we arrived we were spoilt rotten by the incredible staff. Lorraine, Gia, Peter made us feel so welcome. The chefs went all out to cater for my daughter's gluten free diet. The rooms are fabulous! The food amazing and varied. We were so lucky to have Sarah and Kenny as our ranger and tracker. The game-viewing was really incredible - wild dogs, baby hyena, huge herd of elephant, leopard, buffalo, hippo.... and the most amazing sighting of a lion climbing a tree. Sarah's knowledge of wildlife, trees and birds was next level. We were VERY sad to leave and can't wait to come back to this very special place. Thank you to the entire team!

Date of stay: December 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Thornybush Group, Owner at Thornybush Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 17 December 2023

Thank you for taking the time to share your enchanting recent experience at Thornybush Game Lodge! We are thrilled to hear that your stay was nothing short of incredible, from the refurbished surroundings to the warm hospitality provided by Lorraine, Gia, and Peter, which contributed to making it a memorable journey. Our dedicated team takes great pride in providing exceptional service, and it warms our hearts to know that you felt truly spoiled throughout your visit.

It's heartening to know that our chefs successfully catered to your daughter's gluten-free diet, and we appreciate your kind words about the rooms and the amazing and varied food offerings. We understand the importance of dietary preferences and strive to provide a delightful and inclusive experience for all our guests.

Sarah and Kenny will be elated to learn that their expertise added to the incredible game-viewing experiences, including the memorable sightings ranging from wild dogs and baby hyenas to elephants, leopards, buffalo, hippos, and even a lion climbing a tree – what an extraordinary safari adventure! A special shoutout to Sarah and Kenny for their outstanding contributions as your ranger and tracker.

We share in your sadness upon departure, & we'll be sure to share your praise with the entire team, but we're already looking forward to welcoming you back to our special corner of the wild! Until then, may your memories of Thornybush linger as fond reminders of your time here.
Safe travels until we meet again!

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