Located in the Thornybush Game Reserve, bordering the Kruger National Park in the Limpopo Province, Shumbalala Game Reserve is as close to the wild as you could imagine. It is an unfenced reserve where guests enjoy an unbeatable bush lodge experience and where the animals are free to roam the seemingly endless African landscape. This gives guests the chance to view Africa’s Big 5 in their natural habitat.
The Thornybush Game Reserve is the perfect destination for a safari holiday. During your stay at one of the lodges, you can enjoy an exciting range of outdoor activities including game drives in the morning and late afternoon where experienced rangers take guests out in open 4×4 safari vehicles. Guests can experience Africa’s Big 5 as well as smaller game such as the elusive cheetah and African wild dog.
If you are feeling daring and up to the challenge, a bush walk is an exciting and unforgettable experience. The pursuit of animal tracks can perhaps lead to a face-to-face encounter with one of the Big Five. Skilled guides also inform participants about the wildlife and plant-life that occupies the Savannah, river and wooded environments.
Exhilarating night drives give visitors the chance to experience the awakening of the African bush at night. Scores of extraordinary creatures become active after dark and the various sights and sounds that come from the African bush during the night-time is an experience not to be missed.
Guests can also take a trip to Hoedspruit, a small town close to the Thornybush Game Reserve. Hoedspruit is a pleasant little town that has retained its rural charm through the years. In close proximity to Hoedspruit is the well-known Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. This centre has helped a large number of injured and poisoned animals needing medical assistance, and performs a vital contribution to the treatment and conservation of endangered wildlife species.
There are several accommodation options in the Thornybush Game Reserve, most are high-end luxury lodges. One lodge that is highly recommended is Shumbalala Game Lodge. Here guests stay in luxurious suites that are enhanced by natural African decor to create a stunning living space. All suites feature a private viewing deck overlooking the spectacular African bush and a picture window bathroom and outdoor shower, all designed to give an African experience to guests that is as close to nature as possible.
Guests can enjoy eating extravagant cuisine on the lodge decks, positioned to guarantee picturesque views across the river. Alternatively guests can dine in a more formal atmosphere in the candle-lit dining room which always has a cosy fire burning in winter.
After a visit to Shumbalala, you will be able to reflect on close encounters with the Big 5, dazzling sunsets, and tantalizing meals and luxury accommodation. Guests take away the memories of their experience, sure to stay with them for a lifetime.