Monwana Lodge

OVERVIEW

Monwana lies deep in the heart of Thornybush Nature Reserve where the dry bed of the seasonal Monwana River snakes its way past a grove of tamboti trees.

The experienced staff are a huge part of the lodge’s welcoming charm and relaxed atmosphere, with spectacular game drives and traditional South African home-style meals forming part of the package. Chef Mameluke has been with Monwana for over 15 years and creates simple but wholesome meals – her recipes are a hot commodity here!

Monwana Lodge is the perfect place to enjoy the African bush and surrounding splendour at your own pace, whether it be in the main areas of the lodge, from the pool, or from your own private veranda. Whatever your safari experience, Monwana specialises in granting guests an immersive experience in the bush characterised by classic South African hospitality.

Monwana Lodge Accommodation Options

There are five thatched suites, four of which overlook the waterhole.

Lodge Facilities & Services


Babysitting
Bar
Boma
Bush Dinner
Deck
Dining Room
Game Drives
Inside Dining
Lounge
Mobile Coverage
Pool
Wake Up Calls
WiFi
VIEW RATES

With room to spare and views to wake early for, the Luxury Suites have a king-size bed, an adjoining private lounge and open fireplace. The suites also have a large private deck with loungers to relax in after game drives.

There are full en-suite bathrooms with showers and baths, next to floor-to-ceiling windows to take advantage of every game viewing opportunity.


Air-conditioning
Bath Tub
Coffee Maker
Disabled Suitable
Fan
Gratuity Information
Hairdryer
International Adaptor
Kettle
Laundry Service
Mobile Coverage
Mosquito Net
Safety Box
Shower
Slippers
Toiletries
WiFi

Very similar to the Luxury Suite, the Honeymoon Suite offers a few extra touches, which includes a large sunken bath – perfect for a long, candle-lit soak after the evening game drive.

The outdoor deck with sun loungers is carefully designed to create the perfect romantic retreat for couples celebrating special occasions.


Air-conditioning
Bath Tub
Coffee Maker
Disabled Suitable
Fan
Gratuity Information
Hairdryer
International Adaptor
Kettle
Laundry Service
Mobile Coverage
Mosquito Net
Safety Box
Shower
Slippers
Toiletries
WiFi

The Family Suite sleeps four and provides ultimate family comfort in spacious, air-conditioned rooms, large fully equipped bathrooms and luxurious bed linen.

The unpretentious style is at once both homely and graceful. Similar to the Luxury Suites, the Family Suite’s wooded deck allows for fantastic game viewing over the adjacent waterhole.


Air-conditioning
Bath Tub
Coffee Maker
Disabled Suitable
Fan
Gratuity Information
Hairdryer
International Adaptor
Kettle
Laundry Service
Mobile Coverage
Mosquito Net
Safety Box
Shower
Slippers
Toiletries
WiFi

Lodge Experiences

Morning Game Drives

A pink dawn, birds stirring and a chance to see the wildlife begin their day – welcome to a morning drive at Thornybush. You’ll need to be up before the sun and in the vehicle after a quick snack to see the best sightings. This is when the land is cool and the animals are most active, when anything is possible and sightings come quickly. After a couple hours of roaming the reserve you’ll stop at a special spot for a coffee break before heading back for a delicious late breakfast.

Bush Breakfast

Following a morning game drive, our guests can be treated to breakfast in a beautiful bush setting. While the savannah stirs to life, we serve a wide variety of breakfast dishes that our guests enjoy surrounded by the untouched Afican wilderness.

Walking Safaris

A walking safari offers something quite different to a game drive: the thrill of being on foot in a Big 5 reserve and a chance to engage with the smaller things. You learn about tracking, insects and flowers. It’s a chance to have an immersive experience where you get down and touch and smell what’s out there while at the same time you never quite know what you’ll encounter around the next corner, and there’s little that compares to the experience when you do.

Community Interaction

Thornybush runs a non-profit organisation that aims to uplift the surrounding local communities that many of our staff members come from. Exciting initiatives such as community owned agricultural businesses, food security, youth focused conservation awareness, sustainable procurement and infrastructure upgrades are all major focus area’s of ours.

Afternoon Drives

Following a lazy afternoon, most likely spent by the pool or on your deck, we’ll meet for afternoon tea before climbing into the game vehicle for a three-hour drive that leads into the evening. The sundowner stop at one of our favourite viewpoints will take in one of the iconic sights – a sunset casting golden light across an African savanna. As night sets in, new animals stir adding another level of excitement to the end of the drive.

Private Dining

Dinners at Thornybush are roaming affairs – locations can range from lantern-lit bomas to starry riverbeds, but the most memorable meals are often enjoyed in the privacy of your own deck. While the night sounds of the African bush ring through the air and mysterious eyes watch you from afar, you get to enjoy superbly prepared meals accompanied by South Africa’s finest wines.

izzzyt · Follow
1st Oct 2019

This was my 2nd visit to Monwana lodge. First class. The people work so hard to make your stay the best. The game drives are second to none. The free roaming animals around the property are delightful to watch. I loved it all. Visit was too short.



Location

Inside the Thornybush Nature Reserve

Thornybush is a 14,000-hectare private nature reserve that shares a fenceless border with the famous Kruger National Park in South Africa. Big 5 encounters are the standout experiences for our guests, with visitors particularly impressed with the lion and leopard sightings. It’s the vast diversity of wildlife, however, that has seen Thornybush emerge as a leading safari destination. With our passionate and expert guide-and-tracker teams leading the way, our guests leave with a genuine understanding of our entire ecosystem and the enthralling cast of animals.

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