Shumbalala Game Lodge

Thornybush Nature Reserve
In a vast, wild place where the lions roam and deep in the 35,000 acre Big Five Thornybush Nature Reserve, is the luxurious Shumbalala Game Lodge. Set under shady African trees lining the seasonal Monwana River, the stone-clad Shumbalala can only be described as a 5-star luxury journey for the soul. Unspoiled and untainted by the world beyond, the lodge offers just four exclusive Superior Suites and the world-class Presidential Suite. An oasis in the African bush. The spacious private suites each comprise a bedroom and lounge, en-suite bathroom, large glass sliding doors and private viewing decks with a view over the ever active water hole. Natural colors, wooden decks and thatched roofs compliment the bushveld surroundings. Standard amenities include overhead fans and air-conditioning providing welcome relief from the bushveld climate. Open fireplaces for the cooler winters, and designer "picture window" bathroom suites provides for an atmosphere that is Africa and romance all at once. Features like the additional secluded outside showers cater for the more adventurous! Comfortable king-sized beds with embroidered percale..
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cotton linen with lush duvets and choice of pillows is romantically draped by mosquito netting. Relax in the lounge or on your private viewing deck, read a book or just soak up the tranquility, smells and sounds of the bush that surround you!

In addition to the Superior Suites, the Presidential Suite is a true haven of opulence and space offering unexpected luxury and exclusivity in the African bush. The enormous Presidential Suite includes two full en-suite bedrooms, a private dining room, private lounge, fireplace, wrap around private deck with outside dining facilities, a private boma and private plunge pool.

Dining at Shumbalala is always a sumptuous affair prepared for your specific preferences. Depending on the weather, meals are served in a variety of locations. Meals can be enjoyed in the comfort of your own suite, in the candle-lit dining room next to the fireplace, on the veranda of the viewing deck, or outside next to a roaring open boma fire. All complimented by friendly and professional service. A romantic dinner in the specially designed cellar with a view over the water hole is not to be missed - it boasts an impressive selection of local and foreign wines for your enjoyment.

Typically the day starts as dawn breaks over the African bushveld. After an early morning wake-up call, coffee, tea and rusks are served on the main deck. Shortly after, depart in an open Land Rover with experienced Rangers and Trackers who will share their extensive knowledge of the bush. After a sumptuous breakfast is served either back at the camp or in the riverbed or bush, you have the opportunity of guided walks which are accompanied by an armed ranger and tracker. Alternatively, between game drives you might decide to spend lazy afternoons by the pool, reading in the private library, selecting a prize African gift in the curio shop, bird watching or just relaxing on the deck from where you will spot a myriad of animals from your large cane wing back chair. The afternoon game drive is preceded by high tea and extends into the evening to view seldom seen nocturnal species by torchlight. Upon returning for a gourmet three course dinner, either in the boma, bush or lodge - you can socialize with a cognac, single malt or cigar around the campfire or lounge before returning to bed for another day's adventure.

If you want some pampering you can make use of the services of a travelling Spa Guests can book the service up to one day in advance. Treatments are done in the convenience of your own room using well known Godding & Godding products.


  • 4 Superior Luxury Suites with views of riverine frontage and frequented waterhole
  • 1 Presidential Suite (2,425 ft²) with two en-suite bedrooms, a dining room, a lounge, a private boma with outdoor fireplace and a private plunge pool
  • Full en-suite bathroom including an outdoor shower
  • Indoor fireplace
  • Overhead ceiling fans, air-conditioning and mosquito netting
  • Large viewing decks
  • Swimming pool
  • Open plan lounge and dining area
  • Boma with fireplace
  • Wildlife viewing directly from your room
  • Big Five game reserve
  • Situated within 35,000 acres of pristine wilderness, adjacent to the Kruger National Park, Thornybush Nature Reserve has achieved numerous world firsts, both for conservation and hospitality
  • Early morning and late afternoon into evening game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles
  • Interpretive bush walks
  • Birdwatching
  • Wine cellar
  • Curio shop
  • Spa Treatment available at in-room
  • All Inclusive: 3 meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beer, safari activities
  • Wi-Fi internet access in guest areas
  • 220v AC power
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