Thornybush Game Reserve, , Limpopo, South Africa
This lodge offers understated luxury, excellent food, superb guiding, and the Big Five at half the price of some of the better-known lodges. The air-conditioned thatch-and-stone chalets which face the purple Drakensberg Mountains and lie in pristine bushveld all echo a simple but elegant African theme that nudges the public areas and pool. Chalets have stone floors, braided straw rugs with leather bindings, deep armchairs, and beaded cushions in soft earth tones, all echoing a simple but elegant African theme. Spacious bathrooms have his-and-hers sinks, a tub with a bushveld view, and indoor and outdoor showers. The rangers are terrific, the staff friendly and efficient, and a particular bonus is that kids of all ages are welcome. Trained babysitters keep them occupied while you are off on game drives. For a little extra you can book the two-bedroom family chalet or one of the two large rooms where the bush comes right up to your doorstep. Always check website for special offers.
- excellent value for money
- very friendly staff and super-knowledgeable rangers
- no children under six on game drives (babysitters available, however)
- game not quite as prolific as Sabi Sand and Timbavati
Rate Includes: All meals
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