Serondella Lodge

OVERVIEW

Serondella, which means ‘The Place of the Elephant’ in Shangaan, is a home away from home for our guests where Monica and Chewie are always ready to go the extra mile, ensuring all your needs are met.

The elevated deck in the main area has a spectacular view of a waterhole surrounded by a stand of tamboti trees. The sightings here of elephant, buffalo, antelope and the occasional big cat can be so good that guests are hesitant to go out on game drives.

Serondella is an intimate lodge, accommodating only eight guests at a time, so a peaceful stay is guaranteed. There’s a treetop lookout deck and a central swimming pool to cool off in, however it’s the deck overlooking the waterhole that is by far the most popular, and keeps people coming back again and again.

Serondella Lodge Accommodation Options

There are four thatched suites, two with waterhole views and two with bush views, one of which is a family suite.

Lodge Facilities & Services


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

There are three Luxury Suites, each with excellent views from both the bedroom and bathroom. The baths have especially good views of the bush, with the opportunity to spot passing game as you soak away any tension you may have arrived with.

The stone fireplaces add another romantic element to the suites, which are popular with couples celebrating special occasions.

The suites are air-conditioned and decorated in natural colors with an African theme.


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

The Family Suite is perfect for groups as it’s self-contained with three bedrooms – two downstairs and one upstairs.

There’s a lounge with an open fireplace between the two downstairs bedrooms creating a perfect place to relax and discuss the day’s sightings.

The baths have excellent views through large windows and the suites are decorated in natural colors with an African theme.


Air-conditioning
Coffee Maker
Disabled Suitable
Fan
Gratuity Information
Hairdryer
International Adaptor
Kettle
Laundry Service
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.

Eskimo81 · Follow
27th Oct 2019

We have just left Serondella after a 3 night stay and words cannot express how amazing our stay was. The game viewing is unbelievable – Chewie and Jeffrey are both passionate about wildlife and have so much knowledge to share. Leaving Serondella brought me and my husband to tears after such a wonderful stay and we can’t wait to return one day!



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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Stories/Blog

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