• Shumbalala Game Lodge
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Shumbalala Game Lodge | Thornybush

It's a vast, wild placewhere 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.

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.

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

Description 1 Jan 2018 to 31 Dec 2018
Superior Suites Single R13 430
Superior Suites Per Person Per Night Sharing R8 950
Presidential Single R21 580
Presidential Per Person Per Night Sharing R10 790
Additional pax Presidential R10 790
Entire Camp (8 pax) R67 770
Entire Camp (10 pax) R87 195
Description 1 Jan 2019 to 31 Dec 2019
Superior Suites Single R14 760
Superior Suites Per Person Per Night Sharing R9 840
Presidential Single R23 720
Presidential Per Person Per Night Sharing R11 860
Additional pax Presidential R11 860
Entire Camp (8 pax) R74 490
Entire Camp (10 pax) R95 840

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In addition to the game viewing activities guests have time to relax and enjoy the surroundings on the game viewing decks overlooking the water hole frequented by game. There are two welcoming lounges inviting you to sit back and enjoy the pampering. Spend lazy afternoons at the pool, reading in our private library with a selection of wildlife books, select a prized African gift in our curio shop, bird watching or just relax in the comfort of your suite.

Dinner is a sumptuous affair prepared by our in-house chef catering for your specific preferences. Depending on the weather, meals are served at a variety of locations for your enjoyment. Enjoy brunch on the veranda overlooking the riverbed, high tea on the viewing deck overlooking the water hole; enjoy the open air boma with fireplace at night time where dinner is also served. In addition there is an elegant dining room for the cooler evenings with it's inviting lounge and fireplace. Enjoy your interaction with other guests at this time sharing the experiences of a different kind. A romantic dinner in our specially designed cellar with a view over the water hole is not to be missed during your stay. It boasts an impressive selection of local and foreign wines for your enjoyment.

For those who need to stay in touch with the outside world the lodge has a complimentary internet station as well as complimentary wi-fi access throughout the lounges and library areas as well as cellphone coverage (3G enabled) throughout the camp. Come home to the welcome of the luxurious Shumbalala Game Lodge after an uplifting experience in the bush, your senses inspired by all that is natural.

Lodge Facilities

  • Pool
  • Library with Internet Station
  • Lounge with Fireplace
  • Wi-Fi Enabled Public Areas (Complimentary)
  • Underground Cellar
  • Outside Boma
  • Laundry Service
  • Transfers
  • Airstrip (on the Reserve)

In addition to the Superior Suites our Presidential Suite is a true haven of opulence and space offering unexpected luxury and exclusivity in the African bush. The Presidential Suite, a total of 225sqm 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. The understated décor is African modern while the expansive wooden decking around the suite provides a perfect platform from which to experience the spectacularly wild african game and bush.

If you prefer, meals can be enjoyed in the comfort of your own suite either in the private dining room next to the fireplace or outside next to a roaring open boma fire during the hot summer evenings. All complimented by friendly and professional service. The spacious private suites consist of 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 colours, 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 provide for an atmosphere that is Africa and romance at once. Features like additional secluded outside shower cater for the more adventurous! Comfortable beds with embroided percale cotton linen with lush duvets and choice of pillows is romantically draped by mosquito netting. Relax in the in-room lounge or on your private viewing deck, read a book or just soak up the tranquility, smells and sound of the bush that surround you!

Enjoy the unspoilt nature and African bushveld with its dramatic vistas in the comfort and luxury of your suite.

Room Facilities

  • Two en-suite bedrooms, king and twin bedded with
  • Pure Cotton Percale Linen with a choice of pillows
  • Mosquito Netting
  • Private Boma with outside fireplace
  • Private Dining Room
  • Private Lounge
  • Private Plunge Pool
  • Butlers Kitchen
  • Private Service Available
  • Individual Air-conditioning
  • Overhead Fans
  • Mini-Bar
  • Safe in room
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Direct Dial Telephone
  • Cellphone Reception (3G)
  • Fireplace
  • Full En-Suite Bathrooms including:
    • Shaver Plugs
    • Additional Outside Shower
    • Hairdryer
    • Full range of amenities

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

  • Luxury Accommodation
  • All meals, teas, coffees, minibar in room & selected snacks
  • All local drinks (soft drinks, house wine, selection of local beers, local spirits)
  • Dawn and dusk safaris in open land cruiser vehicles (FGASA accredited field guides and trackers) and bushveld walks
  • Wi-Fi


  • Curio, telephone and laundry expenses
  • Spa Facility, anything of a personal nature / anything not specified
  • Conservation Fee & TOMSA Levy. Any Increases in any of the above costs

Tomsa Levy And Conservation Fees

  • Conservation fee of (2018) R350.00 (2019) R395.00 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: R14.00 per person per night (5* Lodges)
  • 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 (2018) R250.00 (2019) R280.00 per vehicle and (2018) R110.00 (2019) R120.00 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’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 are accommodated as follows:
  • Shumbalala Game Lodge accept children on request. Children’s rate on req. and have to be accommodated in Presidential Suite with parents.

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.


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  • Rich biodiversity of game
  • Large elephant population
  • Over 530 bird species
  • Big 5 Game Animals

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