Shumbalala Game Lodge, Thornybush Game Reserve

– Safari Review by Klein Companions, Jonathan and Sophie Ellaby, Klein Collection Safaris

Shumbalala means ‘Where lions sleep’ and you could well find one here, curled up underneath your deck or by the nearby waterhole. We were met by Isabel, Shumbalala’s charming hostess for a tour of the lodge’s 5 suites and one family room, all superbly furnished with exquisite furniture and an open fire. We were especially impressed by the view of the waterhole from the dining area, and the small touches, such as a bird guidebook in each room.

Our favourite though is the Presidential Suite which sleeps 4 in one of the most beautiful collection of rooms we’ve seen anywhere. At the push of a button, part of the private deck slides back, James Bond style, to reveal the personal plunge pool. We were standing on the deck as it slid back when a large herd of elephants wandered down to the waterhole to drink. There was a fine mist in the warm air and a faint rainbow was forming against the family of elephants drinking below. Watching that from your private pool – how can you beat that?

What makes it different: Shumbalala Game Lodge has its own quaint little wine cellar, stocked with top South African wines.

What we liked best: The Presidential Suite!

We would love to help you plan your own African safari. Contact us today.

Email: info[at] | South Africa Tel. +27 (0) 21 813 6961

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