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Monwana Game Lodge | Thornybush

Monwana Game Lodge islocated next to Greater Kruger National Park, within the famous Thornybush Nature Reserve is the award winning Monwana Game Lodge. This elegant lodge is the ideal getaway for honeymooners, couples and families wanting to experience 4-star accommodations, gourmet cuisine and the ultimate in "Big Five" game viewing.

Monwana Game Lodge is designed with Africa in mind, from draped bed posts to wraparound wooden verandas. After a day's game viewing our guests spend their evenings either watching herds of impala stroll by in the comfort of their own private decks, spending quality time with their little ones in the privacy of their own front gardens, or enjoying candle lit intimacy with a significant other - while our personalised service and world class cuisine wait on you.

Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rand • Subject to Availability

Description 1 Jan 2019 to 31 Dec 2019
Suite Single Per Night
R9 430
Suite Per Person Per Night Sharing
R6 290
Honeymoon Suite Single Per Night
R9 430
Honeymoon Suite Per Person Per Night Sharing
R6 290
Monwana Suite Single Per Night
R10 370
Monwana Suite Per Person Per Night Sharing
R6 915
Children 6 - 11 yrs Per Person Per Night Sharing
R3 145
Children 6 - 11 yrs Single Per Night R6 290
Children 2 - 5 yrs Per Person Per Night Sharing
R1 570

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Monwana Game Lodge

Located next to Greater Kruger National Park, within the famous Thornybush Nature Reserve is the award winning Monwana Game Lodge. This elegant lodge is the ideal getaway for honeymooners, couples and families wanting to experience 4-star accommodations, gourmet cuisine and the ultimate in "Big Five" game viewing.

Monwana Game Lodge is designed with Africa in mind, from draped bed posts to wraparound wooden verandas. After a day's game viewing our guests spend their evenings either watching herds of impala stroll by in the comfort of their own private decks, spending quality time with their little ones in the privacy of their own front gardens, or enjoying candle lit intimacy with a significant other - while our personalised service and world class cuisine wait on you.

Monwana Game Lodge also hosts an outdoor swimming pool just a minutes' walk from all suites and central Gazebo. If the ultimate weekend break is what you're after, guests can soak up the delicate sounds of birds chirping and cicadas singing under the African sun on comfortable pool loungers in between game drives.

Monwana Game Lodge is Thornybush Nature Reserve collection's most homely operation, ensuring personal service, unpretentious comfort and World Class Safaris. Whilst the size of the Lodge and central Boma and Gazebo decks attract relaxed socialising, the configuration of the self-contained luxury suites provides for privacy and a pleasurable retreat.

At Monwana Game Lodge our motto is "Arrive as strangers, leave as friends", so let our 4-star accommodations, wildlife encounters and natures splendour take your breath away.

Accommodation

we-inspiring views and game safaris are complemented by the 4 star luxury accommodations. There are 4 suites in total; 2 Family suites, 1 luxury King size suite and 1 elegant Honeymoon suite each with its own private deck or patio overlooking rugged bushveld or the peaceful Monwana watering hole. Due to the intimate size of the lodge, a cosy ambiance and comfortable spacious layout has always been of the greatest importance to Monwana Game Lodge staff and guests.

Room configuration:

The Luxury King size suite provides royal intimacy with its en-suite king size room, king size bed swathed in cloth, adjoining private lounge, open fireplace and mini bar. It also offers a large private deck overlooking the waterhole.

The Family suites sleep 4 and provide ultimate family comfort with air-conditioned spacious rooms, large fully equipped bathrooms, luxurious bed linen and an unpretentious style that is at once both homely and graceful. Similarly to the King size suite, the Family suites' wooded patio allows for fantastic outdoor evening entertaining.

The Deluxe Honeymoon suite is the ultimate in indulgence. Offering breathtaking bedroom views, the luxurious open plan bathroom includes a large sunken bath from which to view exquisite vistas over the savannah. The outdoor veranda is carefully designed for intimate entertaining and romantic retreat.

All individual suites boast full en-suite bathrooms with both bath and shower facilities. Sweeping panoramic views over the untamed bushveld and ever active waterholes can be viewed from the large glass windows.

 

 

 
 

 

Amani Spa

Additional charge applicable.

Thornybush Game Lodge boasts a fully equipped Amani African Spa that offers a range of unique holistic spa rituals and relaxing massages in the heart of the natural bushveld, with the sounds of water, abundant bird life and soothing background music, allowing all the elements of the treatments to come together as one.

Drumming

Additional charge applicable.

Making music together is a proven ancient method of unifying groups, and bringing people together. Each guests receives a musical instrument and participates in the powerful unifying experience.

Traditional Dancers

Additional charge applicable.

Tribal dancing with pace and a great variety of moves. Traditionally attired they are fast and furious.

Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

Additional charge applicable.

A delightful tour to the rehabilitation centre for a hand on experience in the rehabilitation of wildlife to the bush. This tour includes Blyde River Canyon, where the escarpment rears 1900m above the Lowveld and a visit to the Swadini Dam and Museum.

Canyon Cruise

Additional charge applicable.

After an early morning game drive and hearty breakfast, depart to the Blyde River Canyon. Guests enjoy a stunning picturesque cruise on the dam, including a delightful lunch on board. A full interpretive service is offered on the geology, wildlife, and biology while cruising, including a visit to the base of the Tufa Waterfall that is unique to this region.

Panorama Tours

Additional charge applicable.

Tour guide will collect guests from various lodges at around 09h00, but alternative pick up times can be arranged to suit clients needs. Route covered is usually Abel Erasmus Pass, Grasp (lunch excluded), God's Window, Bourke's Luck Potholes, Three Rondawels and other Panorama route attractions. Time is allowed to shop for curios at various excellent shops and local craft vendors along the way. This is one of the most scenic routes in the region. Return at approx. 17h00. Lunch excluded. Terms & Conditions available on request.

 Cheetah Breeding Project

Additional charge applicable.

As one of the country's leading private research and breeding facilities, this unique project concerns itself with the breeding and protection of several endangered indigenous wildlife species in Southern Africa. Initially established as a breeding centre for cheetah, this centre soon expanded to include many other endangered species. . Terms & Conditions available on request.

Hot Air Balloon Excursion

Additional charge applicable.

One-hour long flight over the scenic, Lowveld section of the Blyde River, 15 km West of Hoedspruit. The terrain is a mixture of farmland, private nature reserves and wildlife estates. The mountains to the South and West provide shelter from the prevailing winds, thereby affording good flying weather on most days. As the sun rises, the landscape, the vegetation and, if you're lucky, some wildlife will provide photo opportunities. Game spotting cannot be guaranteed but on most flights we see plains game like giraffe and wildebeest. On very calm days, we sometimes offer flights over a Nature Reserve, South-East of Hoedspruit. After the flight, guests making use of transfers will be returned to their respective lodges. Includes return transfers by road to launch site. Whilst bookings for fewer than 4 passengers are accepted, all flights subject to a minimum 4 passengers on the day. Cancellations within a 24 hour period will incur a 50% cancellation fee and on the day/no shows will incur 100%The Thornybush Collection, upon request, may pre-book on behalf of guests, HOWEVER payment is to be done at the lodge by guests direct. Payment cannot be included on accommodation invoice.

 Shagaan Cultural Village

Additional charge applicable.

The Eastern Lowveld of South Africa is home to the proud Shangaan nation. Join us for an enlightening visit to Shangaana or Nyani Cultural Villages to share in the customs and culture of these wonderful and proud people. These tours depart the lodge at midday and return in the afternoon in time for the afternoon /evening game drive. Lunch excluded. Terms & Conditions available on request.

NOTE: THE ABOVE TOURS, ARE NOT AVAILABLE FROM SIMBAMBILI GAME LODGE

Safari Conference

Additional charge applicable.

The perfect way to achieve a successful conference or board meeting breakaway is to combine business and pleasure.

Thornybush Conference Facilities.

Capacity

  • Cinema - 60 pax
  • Classroom - 40pax
  • U-Shape - 20 pax

Venue

  • Length of room - 9,4m
  • Width of room - 10,4m
  • Height of room - 3m
  • Total 106m2
  • 2 plug points - 4 sockets

Includes the use of

  • Whiteboard
  • Flipcharts
  • TV
  • Video
  • Overhead projector

Additional equipment can be hired at a nominal charge including Data projector, etc.

Bush Orientation Activity

Additional charge applicable.

This challenging group activity promotes teamwork, planning and meeting objectives and deadlines. The objective of the exercise is for each team to arrive at a specified location within the Reserve with the least depleted budget.

Details

  • This activity is estimated to take ± 2 hours
  • Teams are dropped off at a specific point within the Reserve under the guidance of a Ranger
  • Teams are given a basic map of the Reserve detailing all relevant features
  • Teams are given a budget of R50,000
  • The Ranger is a consultant and charges "consultation fees" for information required by the team. The Ranger is also responsible at all times for the safely of the team
  • Teams are given a location within the Reserve to which they need to make their way to, as a final destination

A guideline to points

The ranger wil lact as a consultant to the team, keeping record of any money spent in achieving the objectivve. The rates are as follows

  1. Use of a road as a path or as a directional marker - R10 per person
  2. Use of a fence as a path or as a directional marker - R10 per person
  3. Questions that require a Yes / No answer - R1,000 per question
  4. Questions that require an answer in the form of a clue - R5,000 per clue
  5. Questions that require a descriptive answer - R20,000 per description
  6. For every minute behind schedule - the team will be penalized by R2,000 per minute
  7. For every minute ahead of schedule - the team will be awarded R2,000 per minute
 

Thornybush Amazing Race

Additional charge applicable.

The aim of the treasure hunt is to collect all clues and navigate the reserve to receive the tasks and gain the most points. Bonus points are available for completing challenges for addition to your total score.

You will require a bird book, a mammal book, a tree book, information and map provided.

Teams may under no circumstances race around in the bush or in any way act in an unethical manner as they will be penalized and loose 50 points. Take your time and earn your points by completing the challenges and tasks properly, the judges will be awarding the most points to the tasks completed with the best quality and not the first team to arrive at the finish line.

Your ranger and tracker are non-participating members of your team. The rangers are only allowed to help you at a cost of 15 points per item of advice or knowledge.

Main roads and cut lines are only to be crossed and not driven on. Any team caught driving on these will lose 20 points per offence.

Sightings of mammals will be worth 5 points each but must be confirmed by a photograph and only one sighting of each species will count, The Big 5 are worth 10 points each.

Like any competition there is an element of luck to it and responding to another teams sighting is not allowed, the purpose is to spot animals themselves. Rangers will insure this is adhered to and neither trackers nor rangers will point game out unless the team is willing to sacrifice points. A point to note; Waterside guiding teams can track animals down, provided they are in the blocks around where you are driving however this may be time consuming and you may miss further opportunities down the road.

Points are awarded for sightings of the following birds which must be confirmed by the team’s ranger: Saddle billed stork, Ground Hornbill, any Raptor species and the hooded or lappet faced vulture. These will be worth 10 points each.

Snakes and chameleons will be worth 10 points with photographic proof or confirmation of sighting by the guiding team responsible for you.

Bonus points are available for : (10 points each)
Photos of opposing teams looking concerned or worried.
Photos of old carcasses/ dead animals with someone pretending to nibble on them.
Most original photo of a tree hugger. (use your imagination)
Photo of Tracker/ Ranger helping in the hunt.
A porcupine quill

Roads Done for Waterside property

Team 1 Clue 1
From the reservoir take your map and look south, you will find a road named after an ancient hunting tool still used today. Once on this road drive slowly and look around carefully for your challenge! It will be found up a tree that is traditionally used to influence the sex of a child.

Task
Make a Basic bow and arrow out of traditional material, a ranger or tracker may have to help you at a cost.

Team 2 Clue 1
Take your map and Head East from the reservoir till you find where mans best friend meets a predominant rock type, carry on south from there and look for the junction where the raisins meet. Once you find the junction look around carefully as your task awaits.

Task
Make a Basic bow and arrow out of traditional material, a ranger or tracker may have to help you at a cost.

Team 1 Clue 2
From the sight of your clue you want to find a road named after a rather small carnivore often seen around lions eating. Go east on this road and take a left onto oxpecker until the open area where you will be looking for a challenge.

Task
Walk with your ranger and use your bow to hunt the Big 5!!

Team 2 Clue 2
From the raisin tree junctions start heading east and then it's time to get lost on your way to a bird which is nocturnal and often sits on roads catching insects. Use this bird to guide you to your next challenge, remember east is the ticket.

Task
Walk with your ranger and use your bow to hunt the Big 5!!

Team 1 Clue 3
Once the Big 5 have all been shot teams must walk east until the Monwana River behind Klein Kariba Dam where the final challenge is in the river bed. Remember to listen to guides instruction should you encounter an animal along the way an extra 30 points will be awarded to the team that can collect the freshest Animal Dung sample.

Team 2 Clue 3
Once the Big 5 have all been shot teams must walk east until the Monwana River behind Klein Kariba Dam where the final challenge is in the river bed. Remember to listen to guides instruction should you encounter an animal along the way an extra 30 points will be awarded to the team that can collect the freshest Animal Dung sample.

River bed challenge: Extract 20 liters of water from riverbed using only naturals and fill the 20L container provided. No modern day things like bottle etc may be used to dig or scoop up the water.

River bed challenge: Extract 20 liters of water from riverbed using only naturals and fill the 20L container provided. No modern day things like bottle etc may be used to dig or scoop up the water.

 

 

 
 

Game Lodge
Monwana Game Lodge is located in the middle of approximately 12,000 hectares of nature reserve. The lodges views and vistas are a photographer's paradise. This, coupled with the comfort of the lodge's socialising hub will help create memories that will last a lifetime.

During the day, guests can enjoy the deck at one of the two central living areas which overlooks the banks of the dry Monwana River bed, the ecological backbone of the Thornybush Nature Reserve.

Experiencing magic is easy at Monwana Game Lodge. The Boma offers a three course table d'hote dinner or braai accompanied by a choice of superb Cape wines to be enjoyed under the African night sky. Hospitality is world class with undivided attention to personal service and cuisine, while the surroundings and African bush night life are unforgettable.

For high tea and ultimate relaxing The Gazebo, an open air thatched lounge, is a prime spot overlooking the watering hole. This focal point of Monwana Game Lodge provides the perfect environment for guests to socialise or simply enjoy viewing the assortment of animals visiting the waterhole. The Gazebo oozes attention to detail, from colonial wooden bookshelves and restful couches to animal prints and weathered carpets.

In winter, the Gazebo provides the perfect comfort to keep you warm and snug. With an open fire place and a selection of drinks and snacks on offer you will be made to feel at home.

Game Viewing
Millions of visitors from around the globe flock to South Africa to experience the legendary wildlife that South African game parks offer, and Thornybush Nature Reserve definitely won't disappoint.

Located near the Kruger National Park, the nature reserve provides approximately 12 000 hectares of game and bird viewing, exclusively for your pleasure.

At Monwana Game Lodge experience the regal 'Big five' of South African wildlife, which includes one of the most impressive land animals on earth, the Elephant as well as the Leopard, Rhino, Lion and Buffalo. Find peace in the sound of crickets under a star studded sky or, study the resident bird life particularly the "Big Six" which includes the Saddle-billed Stork, Kori Bustard, Martial Eagle, Lappet-faced Vulture, Pel's Fishing owl and Ground Hornbill. Game drives are experienced in custom-made, open topped Land Rovers, along with a tracker and a highly experienced guide. The game drives offer exhilarating adventures, from experiencing the thundering roar of lions across an endless savannah, to catching a glimpse of a camouflaged cheetah or a hippopotamus guarding its young. Walking safaris are no less thrilling, letting oneself get in tune with nature while walking through vast landscapes.

With our trained guides and trackers and extensive knowledge of South African wildlife, guests leave Monwana Game Lodge with a not only unforgettable memories but stories that they will pass on.

Both morning and afternoon game drives are relaxed and informative. The afternoon game drive begins at the lodge with High Tea and goes on until after the sun has gone down, allowing visitors to view seldom seen nocturnal species by spotlight as they wonder out of sheltered hideouts to drink, forage and stalk.

The concept of a 'safari' paints an adventurous picture, filled with hazy sunsets and untamed wildlife, we can't wait to be part of your South African Safari experience.

Mammal List
Home to 57 mammals, Monwana Game Lodge is most well-known for its "Big Five" encounters, including both Black and White Rhino. Populations of both species, especially the Black Rhino have been decimated by poaching in the past, and remain endangered today. Thornybush Nature Reserve provides a sanctuary for these magnificent creatures.

Elephant, Giraffe, Zebra, Kudu, Eland, Impala, Steenbok, Waterbuck and Warthog are frequently sighted by guests, while Lion, Cheetah, and the reclusive Leopard are also occasionally seen.

Travel Tips
Superb accommodation and highly personalized service make for a memorable stay but preparing for your trip can ensure even greater comfort. We’ve put together a few travel trips to ensure our guests have an enjoyable stay.

Malaria:
Although Thornybush Nature Reserve is only situated in a low risk malaria area, we still advise all travellers to take prophylactics prescribed by your medical doctor. Mosquito repellent spray and nets are provided in each suite to ensure our guests have a good night sleep.

Time to travel:
Each season offers guests a unique wildlife experience. Our summers (September – April) are hot but tolerable. Spectacular afternoon thunderstorms occur during the months of November through to March. Daytime summer temperatures (September – April) are high and may soar above 36°C/97°F.

Winter (May – August) is dry and generally easier to view game as the bush is not as dense. Due to the scarcity of water for animals during these months, waterholes are prime game viewing spots. Winters have chilly nights and crisp early mornings (minimum 3°C/38°F), but the days are fine and warm.

It is recommended that you dress warmly for the game drives during the winter months.

ATM’s and money:
There are ATM’s available on route in Nelspruit, White River and Hazyview for you added convenience.

Surrounding Accommodation:
There are a myriad of guesthouses and hotels on route to Thonrybush Nature Reserve, the following places are highly recommended.
The Coach House – Tazaneen
Forest view Guest House – Sabi
Buhala Lodge – Malelane
Otter’s Den – Hoedspruit
African Moon guest house – Johannesburg
Whistletree Lodge – Pretoria


Additional activities:

Golf enthusiasts can enjoy 2 spectacular golf courses in the area.
Leopard Creek- Malelane and
Hans Merensky - Phalaborwa
Please feel free to contact us should you require a quotation or wish to book either of the above prior to your arrival. We suggest that for Leopard Creek to book at least 6 months in advance.
Gearing up for your stay:

Summer months (September to April) is considered rainy season therefore a comfortable and warm rain jackets are recommended. In the winter months (May to August) a warm jacket is necessary.
Monwana provides hairdryers, commonly used international adaptors and torches in all suites. It is advisable to bring an international adaptor with you as not all other accommodation places provide this. Binoculars and camera are a necessity in order for you not to miss out on those special moments!

 

N.B. The above rates are per person per night sharing, inclusive of VAT and are subject to a 50% single supplement.
RATES INCLUDE:

  • Accommodation
  • All meals, teas, coffees & snacks
  • Dawn and dusk safaris in open land cruiser vehicles and bushveld walks
  • Sundowner local drinks included at Lodge, Thornybush Waterside Lodge
  • Children 2 – 5 yrs of age are not permitted on game drive – lodges do offer babysitting facilities at an additional cost

RATES EXCLUDE:

  • Bar / mini-bar
  • Curio, telephone and laundry expenses
  • Spa Facility, anything of a personal nature / anything not specified
  • Simbambili Gate fee at Sabi Sands Reserve (per vehicle/per person)
  • Conservation Fee & TOMSA Levy and Increases in any of the above costs

Tomsa Levy And Conservation Fees  

  • Conservation fee of   R350.00   per person per booking. The Conservation Fee for guests staying at Simbambili Game Lodge is inclusive of the R114 p/p per booking Sabi Sand Conservation fee. TOMSA Levy:   per person per night (5* Lodges) and R6.00 per person per night (nKelenga) – The Conservation Fee & TOMSA Levy is payable on reservations invoice / guests are unable to pay / settle these costs at the various lodges.
  • Self-drive guests to Simbambili Game Lodge pay an entrance fee of R250.00 per vehicle and R110.00 per person, which is payable at the Gowrie Gate direct. Where road transfers are booked through The Thornybush Collection, these fees are included in the rate.
NB: All the above is subject to availability, increases and our general Terms & Conditions
Children
  • Children’s rates are based on:
  • o 0 – 1.99 years will stay free of charge
  • o 2 children, under the age of 12 years sharing with 2 adults, children’s rates will apply
  • o In the event of 1 child (6 – 11 yrs) sharing with 2 adults the 3rd person will pay the adult sharing rate.
  • o Children 12 and over pay the full adult sharing rate / single rate. In the event of 1 child over 12 sharing with 2 adults, the single supplement will be applied to the 3rd person sharing.
  • Children under the age of 6 yrs are not permitted on game drive. All children permitted on game drive will be at Management’s discretion
  • Babysitting services are available, at an additional cost at lodges equipped to accommodate children
  • Children under the age of 16 yrs are not permitted on bush walks.  Children staying at   Monwana   will receive a Kiddies Backpack.
  • Children are accommodated as follows:
  • Monwana Lodge : 2 suites sharing an inter-leading door
    Monwana Suite comprises 2 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms – children’s rate on req.

Deposit and Payment Policy

  • To secure a booking, we require a 25% non-refundable deposit on confirmation of the booking. The balance is due 40 days prior to arrival. If the booking is made within 40 days of the scheduled date of arrival, in this case full payment is required on confirmation.
  • All other extras must be settled with The Lodge prior to departure.
  • Please note that a reservation is not confirmed or secured until this deposit requirement has been paid in full. We reserve the right, without notice to the client, to release any accommodation held where the required deposit has not been paid in full within the stated period.

Cancellation Policy

Upon confirmation of reservation, we reserve the right to charge a cancellation fee equivalent to:

  • 60 to 31 days prior to arrival at the lodge = 25% Cancellation fees
  • 30 to 00 days prior to arrival at the lodge = 100% Cancellation fees
  • All deposits of 25 % received on confirmation are Non-Refundable.
  • Refunds, are at the discretion of management and if agreed, is subject to a 10% administration fee.

Overview

Imagine exchanging your vows in an African dry river bed at sunset, the bridge being serenaded in by African dancers amidst tribal song. This is just one of the ways weddings can be catered for at many of the Thornybush Nature Reserve lodges or at Simbambili Game Lodge.

Few experiences can be as personalized as a wedding and we therefore realize that each experience will require attention to the finest detail. From Thornybush Nature Reserve, nestled in the heart of big five country, to Simbambili Game Lodge, set among magnificent Knobthorn trees along the meandering Manyeleti River, we can promise you unrivalled big game viewing, complemented by exquisite accommodation and sublime cuisine and above all, a day you will never forget. Your safari style wedding will be a celebration of love, tradition and lasting memories.

Weddings are catered for by Thornybush Game Lodge, Thornybush Waterside Lodge, Simbambili Game Lodge, Chapungu Tented Camp and Shumbalala Game Lodge. It is however advisable to book the lodge of your choice and request exclusive use (depending on the size of your party) ensuring the lodge’s full attention.

Arrangements can be as glamorous or as understated, according to the bridge and groom’s wishes. Consideration needs to be given to weather conditions and the fact that we are in a nature reserve so certain restrictions do apply (i.e. no fireworks). Ministers from most denominations are easily accessible, as are photographers, cakes, hairdressers and florists. Special menus and dining venues can be set aside for the wedding party, when the lodge is booked exclusively.

All you need to do is sit back, relax and leave the wedding preparations up to someone else whilst you enjoy Spa treatments, sunset cocktails and game drives. Our wedding venues are renowned for their beauty and excellent service.

The Standard Wedding Package includes

  • Dedicated Lodge Wedding Co-ordinator: A dedicated lodge Wedding co-ordinator will be assigned to the bridal party to ensure the smooth flow of all aspects and to assist in the set-up and layout of both the ceremony area as well as the dinner; whether it is a private dinner or a large reception event.
  • Wedding Official (local multi-denominational): The minister’s time and travel costs.
  • Wedding Venue: There are various options available, details to be discussed with the Bridal Party. The most popular being the Bush Venue (weather permitting).
  • Ceremony: The dedicated lodge Wedding Co-ordinator will discuss options available. An example of choices; Classic Wedding Ceremony or an African Traditional Wedding which includes the swapping of skins, drinking beer from Ostrich Egg Shells and swapping of beaded bracelets – depending on the wedding couple’s choice. Additional costs may be incurred.
  • Flowers: This includes: 1 x bridal bouquet & 1 x corsage and Groom’s lapel. Additional costs may apply subject to requirements.
  • Wedding Cake: Choice of traditional fruit cake, scrumptious chocolate or carrot cake; all decorated in an African / nature theme.
  • Classic Wedding Reception: This includes standard lodge facilities / equipment. Should the bridal party wish for any additional equipment etc. this may be at an additional cost.
  • Honeymoon turn-down: During the course of the bridal party’s stay, they will be treated to a romantic honeymoon turn-down with complimentary bottle of South African Sparkling Wine, and private in-suite dinner should they choose. In the event of a superior suite being available, the lodge will upgrade the bridal party at no additional cost.

It is requested our reservations department be contacted for an individual quotation based on the bridal couple’s requirements.

Additional chargeable items

  • Hair: Bride’s hair to be done at the lodge. In addition to bride – Bridesmaids/mother of bride.
  • Make up:
  • Spa Treatments: Available at Thornybush Game Lodge and Simbambili Game Lodge
  • Decorative candles & stands:
  • Hiring of additional décor : Pending the requirements of the bridal party, should additional décor be required, additional costs will apply.
  • Additional Guests: Should the bridal party wish to include non-residing guests, additional costs may apply
  • Corkage: Should the bridal party choose to cater their own drinks (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) a corkage charge may be levied per item.
  • Photographer: A photographer can be arranged to cater for individual requirements.
  • Tribal dancing:
  • Marimba Band, DJ / music (sound restrictions may apply), Choir, additional staff :
  • Hot Air Balloon Excursion:
  • Confetti Option: Showers of Blessing – Bubble Confetti 
    Notes: no paper confetti, streamers, feathers, rice or butterflies are permitted at any of The Thornybush Collection Lodges.

Thornybush Luxury Game Lodge Collection shall not be held liable for any interruptions of services (i.e. water, electricity, sanitary services).

Whilst every precaution will be taken to ensure the safeguarding of your belongings, Thornybush Luxury Game Lodge Collection will not be held liable for loss or damage to any property whatsoever (décor props, wedding gifts, valuables, etc.). We recommend that all personal and valuable property be removed directly after the wedding.

Any independent wedding co-ordinator assigned by the client to c-ordinate their function will be responsible for and ensure that all deliveries and collections are counted themselves and are present to attend to such deliveries and collections.

Thornybush Luxury Game Lodge Collection will not be held responsible for providing a marquee due to unforeseen weather conditions. The client will be encouraged to discuss a rain plan.

Legalities

We will require copies of both the bride and groom’s ID books and/or Passports, depending on their nationality as well as any copies of death certificates or divorce certificates should either of them have been married before.

Cancellation

The standard cancellation policy will apply with respect to accommodations dues. In the event that Thornybush Luxury Game Lodge Collection is required to acquire or procure goods and services intended for the event, payment in full for said items will be required from the client prior to ordering.

Cancellation requests are to be forwarded in writing to the Thornybush Luxury Game Lodge Collection.

 

From the North on the R40 & From Johannesburg

  • At Hoedspruit take the R 40 south towards Bushbuckridge
  • Continue 22 km and turn left at the Guernsey Road turnoff
  • Through the security gate and travel for 7.3km on Tar Road and a further 3.9km on dirt road
  • Turn left at the T-Junction and travel another 4.2km to The Thornybush Private Nature Reserve Gate on your right

From the South on the R 40
On the R40 from Bushbuckridge

    • From Acornhoek drive 7.4Km and Turn right.
    • Drive 1km and take the Guernsey turnoff on your right. Through the security gate and travel for 7.3km on Tar Road and a further 3.9km on dirt road
    • Turn left at the T-Junction and travel another 4.2km to The Thornybush Private Nature Reserve Gate on your right
  • Guests checking in at Chapungu Tented Camp, follow signage for Thornybush Game Lodge and continue to Chapungu Tented Camp as directed once in the Reserve.
  • Guests checking in at Chapungu Tented Camp, follow signage for Thornybush Game Lodge and continue to Chapungu Tented Camp as directed once in the Reserve.
  • Guests checking in at Thornybush Waterside Lodge, Shumbalala, Monwana, Serondella, n'Kaya, follow directions to Thornybush Waterside Lodge once through the Main Gate. Shumbalala, Monwana, Serondella and n’Kaya Guests will be collected from Thornybush Waterside Lodge.

From the North on the R 40

  • At Hoedspruit take the R 40 south towards Bushbuckridge - Refer to Bold Red Note
  • Continue 6 km and turn left at the Eastgate Airport sign / Argyle Road
  • Continue 16 km (tarred road) and turn right onto Guernsey Road (following the signs to Thornybush Reserve)
  • Continue 11km (gravel road) and turn left into the Thornybush Game Reserve gate
  • Guests checking in at Thornybush Game Lodge and nKelenga to follow signage to Thornybush Game Lodge. Nkelenga Guests will be collected from Thornybush Game Lodge
  • Guests checking in at Chapungu Tented Camp, follow signage for Thornybush Game Lodge and continue to Chapungu Tented Camp as directed once in the Reserve.
  • Guests checking in at Thornybush Waterside Lodge, Shumbalala, Monwana, Serondella, n'Kaya, follow directions to Thornybush Waterside Lodge once through the Main Gate. Shumbalala, Monwana, Serondella and n’Kaya Guests will be collected from Thornybush Waterside Lodge.

From Johannesburg to Thornybush Game Lodge

  • The N12 to Emalahleni (Witbank), where the N12 highway links up with the N4 highway
  • Continue with the N4 in the direction Mbombela (Nelspruit).
  • Approximately 60 km past Middleburg take the R 540 to your left.
  • Travel though the towns of eMakhazeni (Belfast) and eMnotweni (Dullstroom) to Mashishing (Lydenburg)
  • Take the R 36 (which becomes the R 527) towards Hoedspruit, passing through Origstad and descending down the Able Erasmus Pass
  • At Hoedspruit take the R 40 south towards Bushbuckridge - Refer to Bold Red Note
  • Continue 6 km and turn left at the Eastgate Airport sign / Argyle Road
  • Continue 14 km (tarred road) and turn right onto Guernsey Road (following the signs to Thornybush Reserve)
  • Continue 11km (gravel road) and turn left into the Thornybush Game Reserve gate
  • Guests checking in at Thornybush Game Lodge and nKelenga to follow signage to Thornybush Game Lodge. Nkelenga Guests will be collected from Thornybush Game Lodge
  • Guests checking in at Chapungu Tented Camp, follow signage for Thornybush Game Lodge and continue to Chapungu Tented Camp as directed once in the Reserve.
  • Guests checking in at Thornybush Waterside Lodge, Shumbalala, Monwana, Serondella, n'Kaya, follow directions to Thornybush Waterside Lodge once through the Main Gate. Shumbalala, Monwana, Serondella and n’Kaya Guests will be collected from Thornybush Waterside Lodge.

From Pretoria to Thornybush Game Lodge

  • Take the N4 in the direction Mbombela (Nelspruit)
  • Approximately 60 km past eMalahleni (Middleburg) take the R 540 to your left
  • Travel through the town of eMakhazeni (Belfast) and eMnotweni (Dullstroom) to Mashishing (Lydenburg)
  • Take the R 36 (which becomes the R 527) towards Hoedspruit, passing through Origstad and descending down the Able Erasmus Pass
  • At Hoedspruit take the R 40 south towards Bushbuckridge. - Refer to Bold Red Note
  • Continue 6 km and turn left at the Eastgate Airport sign / Argyle Road.
  • Continue 14 km (tarred road) and turn right onto Guernsey Road (following the signs to Thornybush Reserve)
  • Continue 11km (gravel road) and turn left into the Thornybush Game Reserve gate
  • Guests checking in at Thornybush Game Lodge and nKelenga to follow signage to Thornybush Game Lodge. Nkelenga Guests will be collected from Thornybush Game Lodge
  • Guests checking in at Chapungu Tented Camp, follow signage for Thornybush Game Lodge and continue to Chapungu Tented Camp as directed once in the Reserve.
  • Guests checking in at Thornybush Waterside Lodge, Shumbalala, Monwana, Serondella, n'Kaya, follow directions to Thornybush Waterside Lodge once through the Main Gate. Shumbalala, Monwana, Serondella and n’Kaya Guests will be collected from Thornybush Waterside Lodge.

From Swaziland to Thornybush Game Lodge

  • From Jeppe's Reef border post, follow the R 570 north in the direction Malelane
  • Take the N4 highway in the direction of Mbombela (Nelspruit) for 64 km
  • On arrival in Mbombela (Nelspruit) turn right on the R 40 in the direction White River
  • Continue Through White River, Hazyview and Bushbuckridge to Klaserie
  • 24 km after Klaserie turn off - turn right at the Eastgate Airport sign / Argyle Road
  • Continue 14 km (tarred road) and turn right onto Guernsey Road (following the signs to Thornybush Reserve)
  • Continue 11km (gravel road) and turn left into the Thornybush Game Reserve gate
  • Guests checking in at Thornybush Game Lodge and nKelenga to follow signage to Thornybush Game Lodge. Nkelenga Guests will be collected from Thornybush Game Lodge
  • Guests checking in at Chapungu Tented Camp, follow signage for Thornybush Game Lodge and continue to Chapungu Tented Camp as directed once in the Reserve.
  • Guests checking in at Thornybush Waterside Lodge, Shumbalala, Monwana, Serondella, n'Kaya, follow directions to Thornybush Waterside Lodge once through the Main Gate. Shumbalala, Monwana, Serondella and n’Kaya Guests will be collected from Thornybush Waterside Lodge.
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