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FAST FACTS
LOCATIONThornybush Game Reserve adjacent to the Kruger National ParkPOOLYes - at the main area only
BIG 5 GAME RESERVEYesSPANo
OFF ROADYes (for Big 5 Sightings only)AIRCONYes
CAMP FENCEDYesCELLPHONE SIGNALNo
CHILD POLICYOn Request OnlyMALARIAYes


UNIQUE SELLING POINTS
  • This Lodge represents extraordinary style and taste and accredited by the star grading council with a five-star rating. Accommodation and tasteful public areas are home to a maximum of eight special guests.
  • All bedroom accommodation of the highest standard and space.
  • A wine cellar fit for Kings and Princes to entertain lavishly are all part of what makes Shumbalala so uniquely special.




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DATE ROOM TYPE RATES RULES
01 August - 31 August 2018
01 October - 31 October 2018
Superior Suite R 7,524 pppn sharing special rate for advance bookings
Presidential Suite R 9,067 pppn sharing special rate for advance bookings
01 September - 30 September 2018
01 November - 19 December 2018
Superior Suite R 6,986 pppn sharing special rate for advance bookings
Presidential Suite R 8,419 pppn sharing special rate for advance bookings
20 December - 31 December 2018 Superior Suite R 7,745 pppn sharing special rate for advance bookings
Presidential Suite R 9,334 pppn sharing special rate for advance bookings
**PRESIDENTIAL SUITE**

The luxury Presidential Suite boasts two full en-suite bedrooms, a private dining room, private lounge, fireplace, wrap around private deck with outside dining facilities, a private boma and a private plunge pool.


*surcharges may apply on all rates and special offers over peak holiday periods and long weekends.




RATE INCLUDES
• Luxury accommodation
• All meals
• Two game drives per day
• Bush Walks
• Selected local drinks: house wine, beer & soft drinks
• Teas, coffees & snacks
SINGLE ACCOMMODATION
• There will be a supplement of 50% on the per person sharing rate for single accommodation in a Superior Suite.
• There will be a supplement of 100% on the per person sharing rate for single accommodation in the Presidential Suite.
CHILD POLICY
• Due to the nature of the facilities at Shumbalala, children under 12 years are accepted on request only.
• Children's rates are on request.
• Children will only be allowed on game drives at the discretion of the game ranger.
• Children under 16 years are not permitted on bush walks.
IMPORTANT NOTES
• Unless otherwise stated, all rates listed are based on a minimum 2 night stay. Surcharges may apply for a 1 night booking.
• Prices are valid for SA Residents only. Special Discounted rates for International Residents are available on request.
• Rates exclude the Conservation Fee of R 353 per person per booking & a TOMSA Levy of R 14.00 per person per night, which must be pre-paid upon booking. Rates are subject to change.



INFORMATION
GETTING THERE
5 hour drive from Johannesburg. Scheduled daily flights from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit Airport (twice daily). Selected flights from Cape Town (3 times weekly). Transfers from Hoedspruit Airport to the Lodge available.

ACCOMMODATION
4 Superior Suites
1 Presidential Suite


ABOUT THE LODGE & THE RESERVE

Set under shady African trees lining the Monwana River, Shumbalala Safari Lodge is found in the heart of the 11,000 ha Thornybush Game Reserve and offers guests an untamed African safari in absolute luxury and privacy.

This exclusive game lodge comprises four Superior Suites and a two bedroomed Presidential Suite with private viewing decks and accommodates a small number of guests at a time, for ultimate tranquillity. Daily morning and evening Big 5 safari game drives and walking safaris are undertaken by qualified rangers and experienced trackers, offering guests close range game viewing opportunities.

All the suites have overhead fans, air-conditioning, open fireplaces, and designer "picture window" bathroom suites that include an additional outside shower for the more adventurous and a private viewing deck.

To ensure absolute exclusivity and privacy, the lodge normally accommodates only eight guests at a time.

The two bed-roomed Presidential Suite, in addition to all of the facilities of the superior suites, boasts a separate dining room, lounge, a private pool deck and pool, and a fireside facility - the ultimate in opulence and exclusivity!

In addition to the game viewing decks and swimming pools at the main lodge, there are two lounges, a curio shop and a library in which to relax between game drives.

Sumptuous cuisine prepared by the well trained chef is enjoyed either on the lodge decks positioned to ensure scenic vistas, or by candlelight in more formal surroundings in the main dining room accompanied by a crackling fire in winter. Open air fire-side dinners are an occasion, and an opportunity to share your experience.

Good food is complimented by wines of excellence - select your own in this exclusive underground cellar in full view of the water hole!

Spend lazy afternoons at the pool, reading in the private library, selecting a prized African gift in our curio shop, bird watching or just relaxing in this lovely South Africa safari lodge. Shumbalala Game Lodge - the 5 star South Africa safari lodge where natural beauty and idyllic comfort meet.
 

LODGE FEATURES

  • 4 Superior Suites
  • 1 x 225 m2 Presidential Suite with lounge & dining facilities & private plunge pool
  • En-suite bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers
  • Air-conditioning & ceiling fans
  • Private Deck
  • Minibar
  • Two lounges within the main lodge, one with fire place
  • Indoor and outdoor dining areas with views of river and watering hole
  • Curio Shop
  • Library
  • Swimming pool at main Lodge area
  • Underground Wine Cellar with view of watering hole
  • Game drives in open vehicles
  • Bush Walks
 




GETTING THERE



DIRECTIONS

BY ROAD

The best way to travel is to follow the N4 from the airport past Witbank & Middelburg until you reach the Belfast turnoff.
Turn left on the R40 through Belfast and take the road through Dullstroom (good place to stop for something to eat). Then through Lydenburg, Orighstad and through the Strijdom tunnel.
Onto Hoedspruit where you turn right on the R40 and left (after about 5km) at the Eastgate Airport sign. Pass the airport on your left and just after the road becomes gravel, turn right and follow the signs to the Thornybush Reserve.
After about 10km turn left into the Thornybush gate and continue into the reserve to the car park at the Main lodge where our ranger will be ready to collect you.

BY AIR

Daily charter flights are available, flying directly to the airstrip in the Thornybush Game Reserve.

FROM THE SOUTH ON THE R 40
ON THE R 40 FROM BUSHBUCKRIDGE

  • Continue through Acornhoek towards Klaserie (do not turn at Acornhoek)
  • Continue for about 7 km
  • Turn right onto R40 Phalaborwa, Eastgate Airport, travel 1 km
  • Turn right onto Guernsey Road (large brown thornybush sign on left)
  • Travel 11,6 km (note: the road gives way to dirt at 7,5 km)
  • Turn left at the T-Junction (brown Thornybush sign)
  • Continue a further 6,3 km to Thornybush Game Reserve gate on right
  • Follow signage to Thornybush Game Lodge for all guests checking in at Thornybush Game Lodge, Shumbalala, Monwana, Serondella, n’Kaya and Nkelenga
  • Guests arriving to Chapungu Tented Camp, follow signage for Thornybush Game Lodge and continue to Chapungu Tented Camp as directed once in the Reserve.

FROM THE NORTH ON THE R 40

  • At Hoedspruit take the R 40 south towards Bushbuckridge
  • 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 9km (gravel road) and turn left into the Thornybush Game Reserve gate
  • Follow signage to Thornybush Game Lodge for all guests checking in at Thornybush Game Lodge, Shumbalala, Monwana, Serondella, n’Kaya and Nkelenga
  • Guests arriving to Chapungu Tented Camp, follow signage for Thornybush Game Lodge and continue to Chapungu Tented Camp as directed once in the Reserve.

FROM JOHANNESBURG

  • 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
  • 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 9km (gravel road) and turn left into the Thornybush Game Reserve gate
  • Follow signage to Thornybush Game Lodge for all guests checking in at Thornybush Game Lodge, Shumbalala, Monwana, Serondella, n’Kaya and Nkelenga
  • Guests arriving to Chapungu Tented Camp, follow signage for Thornybush Game Lodge and continue to Chapungu Tented Camp as directed once in the Reserve.

FROM PRETORIA

  • 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.
  • 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 9km (gravel road) and turn left into the Thornybush Game Reserve gate
  • Follow signage to Thornybush Game Lodge for all guests checking in at Thornybush Game Lodge, Shumbalala, Monwana, Serondella, n’Kaya and Nkelenga
  • Guests arriving to Chapungu Tented Camp, follow signage for Thornybush Game Lodge and continue to Chapungu Tented Camp as directed once in the Reserve.

FROM KMIA

  • Exit KMIA premisis
  • Turn right onto R538 (R40) White River, travel 3,2 km
  • Turn left onto R538 (R40), travel 0,1 km (Note: only 100 metres)
  • Turn right onto R538 White River, travel 4,4 km
  • Turn right onto R569 Numbihek, travel 2,9 km
  • Turn left onto R538 White River, travel 1,7 km
  • Turn right onto R40 Phalaborwa, travel 41 m to Hazyview
  • Turn left at T-Junction onto R40 Phalaborwa
  • Travel 75,8 km through Hazyview, Bushbuckridge & Acornhoek (do not turn at Acornhoek)
  • Turn right onto R40 Phalaborwa, Eastgate Airport, travel 1 km
  • Turn right onto Guernsey Road (large brown sign on left)
  • Travel 11,6 km (note: road gives way to dirt at 7,5 km)
  • Turn left at the T-Junction (large brown sign)
  • Continue a further 6,3 km to the Thornybush Game Reserve Gate on right
  • Follow signage to Thornybush Game Lodge for all guests checking in at Thornybush Game Lodge, Shumbalala, Monwana, Serondella, n’Kaya and Nkelenga
  • Guests arriving to Chapungu Tented Bush Camp, follow signage for Thornybush Game Lodge and continue to Chapungu Tented Camp as directed once in the Reserve.

FROM SWAZILAND

  • 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
  • Turn right onto R569 Numbihek, travel 2,9 km
  • Turn left onto R538 White River, travel 1,7 km
  • Turn right onto R40 Phalaborwa, travel 41 m to Hazyview
  • Turn left at T-Junction onto R40 Phalaborwa
  • Travel 75,8 km through Hazyview, Bushbuckridge & Acornhoek (do not turn at Acornhoek)
  • Turn right onto R40 Phalaborwa, Eastgate Airport, travel 1 km
  • Turn right onto Guernsey Road (large brown sign on left)
  • Travel 11,6 km (note: road gives way to dirt at 7,5 km)
  • Turn left at the T-Junction (large brown sign)
  • Continue a further 6,3 km to the Thornybush Game Reserve Gate on right
  • Follow signage to Thornybush Game Lodge for all guests checking in at Thornybush Game Lodge, Shumbalala, Monwana, Serondella, n’Kaya and Nkelenga
  • Guests arriving to Chapungu Tented Camp, follow signage for Thornybush Game Lodge and continue to Chapungu Tented Camp as directed once in the Reserve.
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