Shumbalala Game Lodge

OVERVIEW

Shumbalala, which means ‘Where the Lion Sleeps’ in Shona, is built on stone foundations overlooking the seasonal Monwana River and a permanent waterhole that draws in a steady procession of game throughout the year. Leopards are popular visitors while elephants love stealing sips of water from the infinity pool.

As one of our 5-star lodges, Shumbalala is ideal for those guests wanting a more intimate experience either for romantic holidays or special occasions. And with a capacity of only eight guests, a personalised and finely crafted time in the bush is assured.

Dinners at this superb lodge are five-course affairs next to the pool, in the wine cellar, on the deck, in the riverbed or on your private balcony. Our personable and extremely experienced staff, as well as the in-room spa treatments, will add an extra level of luxury to your stay.

Shumbalala Game Lodge Accommodation Options

There are four elegant suites at Shumbalala – spacious and lavishly designed – one of which is the larger Presidential Suite. The suites are freestanding units and each come with their own private deck.

Lodge Facilities & Services


Bar
Boma
Bush Breakfast
Bush Dinner
Deck
Dining Room
Game Drives
Inside Dining
Library
Lounge
Mobile Coverage
Pool
Wake Up Calls
WiFi
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The private suites have a bedroom and lounge, a large open-plan bathroom that interleads into the bedroom, large glass sliding doors and a private viewing deck with a view over the ever-active waterhole.

Natural colours, wooden decks and thatched roofs compliment the bushveld surroundings. The open fireplaces add a romantic element to the rooms, which are especially useful in the colder winter months in the middle of the year.

The bathroom suites also have large windows to ensure you never miss any of the action. The outside shower adds a sense of adventure to the suites, while the comfortable beds with lush duvets ensure supreme comfort.


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

The Presidential Suite is a true haven of opulence and space with, a total of 225sqm, which includes two full en-suite bedrooms, a private dining room, private lounge, fireplace, expansive wrap-around private deck with outside dining facilities, a private boma and plunge pool.

Natural colours, wooden decks and thatched roofs compliment the bushveld surroundings.


Air-conditioning
Bath Tub
Coffee Maker
Fan
Fireplace
Gratuity Information
Hairdryer
International Adaptor
Kettle
Laundry Service
Mini Bar
Mobile Coverage
Mosquito Net
Outdoor Shower
Phone
Pool
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 balcony. 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.

London1986 · Follow
17th Oct 2019

I’ve never posted a review but felt I had to for the team at Shumbalala. The place is magical and the perfect lodge for those seeking the thrill of a safari mixed with luxurious hospitality. From the second we arrived and were met by the whole team, the place exceeded every single (already high!) expectations. The whole team were fantastic and nail the informal luxury that makes you feel pampered but at ease.



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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