Thornybush Shumbalala

Kruger and surrounds, South Africa

The hotel

The dictionary definition of a luxury safari, Shumbalala Game Lodge rests in Thornybush Reserve, where they’ve removed the fences to merge with Greater Kruger National Park. This incredible setting means game-drives, bush walks, and other excursions can reveal sightings of the 'Big Five', as well as zebra, giraffe, warthogs, and baboon. Returning from days of adventure, this luxurious lodge welcomes you back to its sumptuous Superior Suites. They line the seasonal Monwana River and feature private decks with views over the wildlife-attracting waterhole, which is also the outlook for the High Tea deck and the Shumbalala’s wine cellar, where you can enjoy romantic dinners.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Safari
  • Swimming Pool
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Restaurant

Where is it

Located along the banks of the Monwana river in the Thornybush Reserve.

Hotel information

4 Superior Suites are located along the Monwana River and offer one bedroom and en-suite open-plan bathroom including an in- and outside shower. Suites also have a fireplace and a private deck that overlooks the riverbed and/or the local waterhole.

Full Board includes: all meals and selected beverages. Twice daily game-drives.

The Presidential Suite has two en-suite bedrooms, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 2 children, or 4 adults. Thw Suite also have a private dining and sitting area with a fireplace, viewing deck, splash pool and braai area.

Dining room, lounge and fireplace. Meal times are rotated between patio, swimming pool, river bed, viewing deck and boma area. High tea is available on the viewing deck. Wine cellar for private dining. Swimming pool. Two daily game-drives. Informative game walks after brunch. Other excursions including a boat cruise* and a trip to the Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre* can also be arranged.

* Denotes local charge.

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Jan 9, 2020 ShumbalalaFan

I would recommend Shumbalala to anyone looking for amazing wildlife, knowledgeable guides and top notch, around the clock service. The game drives are just spectacular and everyone on the staff will always cater to any request. A 10.
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Dec 10, 2019 DaveyBoy69 Midlands - England

We stayed here for 3 days in November and found the whole lodge and safari experience fantastic and the memories will never to be forgotten. There were 4 in our party and for the last 2 days we were the only tourists staying there so we had the whole lodge and the game trips to ourselves. The attention from the lodge staff and the ranger and… Read more
We stayed here for 3 days in November and found the whole lodge and safari experience fantastic and the memories will never to be forgotten. There were 4 in our party and for the last 2 days we were the only tourists staying there so we had the whole lodge and the game trips to ourselves. The attention from the lodge staff and the ranger and tracker was first class and they could not do enough for you. The choice of food was amazing and the breakfast was incredible with so much choice and there was a good choice of soft and alcoholic drinks with the lunch and evening meals. Nikita was the lodge host and with Gail they simply could not do enough for you and on our last night they set up the evening meal in the wine cellar which was amazing. Our rangers name was Francois and along with the tracker Randzani they made every trip out special and we were lucky enough to see the big 5 by the second day. Their knowledge was incredible and we managed to see 2 bull hippo's fighting for a water hole as well as leopards with a kill. I highly recommend this lodge and cannot thank all the staff enough for a wonderful end to our South African holiday. Read less
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Nov 26, 2019 Jazziebabes staffordshire

We stayed here for 3 days in November and the whole experience will remain in my memory, never to be forgotten. We were a party of four and we had the whole lodge (and therefore the game drives) to ourselves. They only ever have a maximum of 8 guests so you can rely on getting the most personal attention on every occasion. The food was incredible,… Read more
We stayed here for 3 days in November and the whole experience will remain in my memory, never to be forgotten. We were a party of four and we had the whole lodge (and therefore the game drives) to ourselves. They only ever have a maximum of 8 guests so you can rely on getting the most personal attention on every occasion. The food was incredible, the service and attention to detail outstanding, with fine wines to accompany the food. Nothing was ever too much trouble for Nikita and Gail. Our ranger was Francois, our tracker Randzani, and they were both so knowledgeable, and they went above and beyond to find the animals we wanted to see. We saw every one of the big 5, including the elusive cheetahs, and with a kill! On one of our morning drives when most of the other rangers had gone home because it was raining, Francois tirelessly drove round trying to spot the hippos, and we were all rewarded with a sight even he hadn’t seen before, two males fighting in one of the dams. Can’t thank everyone at Shumbalala enough for this most wonderful end to our South African holiday. Read less
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Nov 15, 2019 KellyTLage

My husband stayed in Shumbalala 21 years ago and we went back this past week. We love the Thornybush reserve and have stayed in most of the surrounding lodges . We wanted to see what Shumbalala was like . It was such a wonderful surprise to see the growth and improvements in the lodge whilst maintaining its small intimate setting with individual… Read more
My husband stayed in Shumbalala 21 years ago and we went back this past week. We love the Thornybush reserve and have stayed in most of the surrounding lodges . We wanted to see what Shumbalala was like . It was such a wonderful surprise to see the growth and improvements in the lodge whilst maintaining its small intimate setting with individual attention to the guests. We were given the privacy and quiet time we so craved and when we needed anything everyone was on hand to offer assistance. The 2 front of house hosts Nikita and Danielle and the two rangers Edward and Sam were amazing and were supported by a wonderful and friendly background staff in the kitchen and general services . The game viewing was incredible too and we got to see some very special sightings . You can all be extremely proud of the exceptional establishment you own and run! We can’t wait to come back Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Once again amazed.

Nov 14, 2019 judyaustin Redondo Beach, California

Once again we were amazed with how wonderful Shumbalala Lodge is. This was our fourth time and we're alright looking forward to our fifth visit. We had great game drives the which included seeing the big five (saw the baby black rhino) to stay in a suite that had every convent you could want. When you say unexpected luxury and comfort your… Read more
Once again we were amazed with how wonderful Shumbalala Lodge is. This was our fourth time and we're alright looking forward to our fifth visit. We had great game drives the which included seeing the big five (saw the baby black rhino) to stay in a suite that had every convent you could want. When you say unexpected luxury and comfort your speaking Shumbalala. We've taken friends here with us and they always ask if the food is still as good as they remember it. The food is great, drives never fail to show you what you came to see and an incredible staff helping you get the most out of your visit. Read less