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Lodge 7.5 Rating
Price 422 422 422 422 422 422 422 422 422 422 422 422 422 USD
Jan 5.0
Feb 5.5
Mar 6.0
Apr 6.5
May 7.5
Jun 7.0
Jul 7.0
Aug 7.0
Sep 7.5
Oct 7.5
Nov 6.5
Dec 5.5
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Shumbalala Lodge
is located in the Thornybush Reserve in the Kruger Private Reserves area in the Northeast of South Africa.

Situated in a lovely riverside position in the more busy northern part of the reserve, Shumbalala Lodge is a quite heavily built, facility with extensive public areas including a wine cellar. A pleasant terrace has views out over the seasonal sand river, with a decent swimming pool off to one side. Guest accommodation is in five luxury chalets, one of which is a larger honeymoon suite. The hosting is elegant and prices relatively keen for a lodge at this level.

Activities are centred on vehicle safari and walking safari. Wildlife is reliable year round. There are extensive spa facilities at the nearby Thornybush Game Lodge.

The main potential downside is the potential for adverse weather conditions Nov/Mar. Also, as with almost all the lodges in this area, different groups of guests are joined together on safari activities, unless you pre-book a private vehicle at significant additional cost.

Thornybush is a small fenced reserve which contains a relatively high density of camps and vehicles. We find that the presence of fence lines, overhead telephone cables and road signs does detract significantly from the sense of wilderness, although that is true of almost all of Kruger.


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