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  • reception
  • lodge
  • pool
  • boma
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  • vehicle safari

Thornybush Waterside Lodge

Lodge 7.5 Rating
Price 512 512 512 512 512 512 512 511 511 511 511 511 511 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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Thornybush Waterside Lodge
is located in the Thornybush Reserve in the Kruger Private Reserves area in the Northeast of South Africa.

Situated on the western border of the reserve, Thornybush Waterside Lodge is one of the largest facilities on the reserve. Extensive public areas are set in manicured gardens and include a sixty-seater conference facility. Guest accommodation is in a total of twenty substantial rooms, two per block. The service levels are reliable and prices are relatively keen.

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 downsides are that the lodge is sprawling and rather old-fashioned, it feels rather impersonal, is encircled by an electric fence and very much features in budget safari packages and business conferences. There 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 a is 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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