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Welcome to the Thornybush Game Reserve


It's a vast, wild place where the lions roam at Shumbalala Game Lodge, deep in the Thornybush Game Reserve, one of the country's great tracts of untamed game-viewing.

Set as it is in a dry, singeing savanna of Mopane, Acacias and Umbrella thorns, quartered by easterly-flowing rivers densely shrouded in giant figs, fever trees and phoenix palms, the land is an ancient tapestry of natural wonder.

Over-head, Loeries call their sharp warning while horn-bills swoop in an ungainly ballet between trees and vultures elevate on thermals portending an electric storm.

As you push on through the bush, it is the serendipity of nature that amazes most, as your vehicle skirts art deco zebra, dozy giraffe, bright eyed bush babies, wildebeest (made, it is said, by the committee of left-over parts) and the rest Africa has to offer.

It is even more of an adventure when you stumble upon a leopard lazing in the V of a Jackalberry tree or; a hyena giving you a lazy yellow eye in the gathering dusk; a majestic bull elephant crashing its way through the riverine thicket in search of sweet reeds or; a surprise sunrise encounter with a lion pride on the prowl.



Unspoiled and untainted by the world beyond, stone-clad Shumbalala, which means "where the lion sleeps," is a five-star journey for the soul, set beneath shady African trees lining the Monwana River, along the banks of which you will spot myriad animals from your position in a large cane wing-back chair poised on a teak deck.

Each day will bring with it the intricate web of nature which, along with the attention to detail provided at Shumbalala Game Lodge, will evoke in the visitor the exquisite and indelible mood of the bush - a sense of peace some would describe as being awake dreaming.



Lodging comprise of a selection of superior suites, all of which have elegantly inspired décor with all the expected facilities and glass fronts with private viewing decks looking onto the magical African bush and the river bed frontage.



In addition the two bedroom Presidential Suite offer guests even more luxuries and space and include a private pool, private dining room and lounge with fireplace. An outside "boma" with open fire brings the realization of the African experience to heart.



This is the world of Shumbalala Game Lodge, where tales of sightings are recounted over crushed ice and the spontaneous head-rush of it all in the wine cellar which has full view of a waterhole out on the edge of the savanna.

With lazy afternoons swimming in the pool, followed by the rush of the evening game drive, a sumptuous dinner follows and is enjoyed either fire-side from the lodge deck positioned above the river bed or in the candle-lit dining room in winter.