Shumbalala Game Lodge

  • Game viewing
    The Thornybush Reserve always provides for us when we visit on safari. Sightings are regular and of extremely high quality.
  • Honeymooners
    We’d recommend this as an excellent choice for honeymooners as it’s a very peaceful and intimate lodge.
  • Privacy
    Private Dinner for two can be arranged in the lodge’s underground wine cellar. This is the perfect option if you are celebrating a special occasion!
  • Relax
    Relax on the lodge deck overlooking the watering hole which is frequented by animals.
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General Information

Nestled in the heart of the Thornybush Game Reserve, bordering the Greater Kruger National Park, lies Shumbalala Game Lodge. Situated on the banks of the seasonal Mowana River the camp is an exclusive oasis of luxury and comfort.

This small and intimate camp can accommodate a maximum of 8 guests, thus ensuring genuine exclusivity. Each suite has its own private viewing deck and its own fireplace. In addition to the 4 suites, there is a presidential suite that boasts an extra dining room and lounge.

  • Fireplace
  • Outdoor area
  • Animal tracking experience
  • Bird watching
  • Bush dining
  • Game Drives
  • Guided walks

Shumbalala is set on the banks of the Monwana River in the 11,000 hectare Thornybush Game Reserve, which is in the Greater Kruger National Park area.


Thornybush Game Reserve offers unique exclusive safari experiences in both open Land Rovers, and on foot. This private reserve is home to an abundance of species: 147 mammals including the ‘Big Five’, 114 reptiles, 507 birds, 49 fish, 34 amphibians and 336 trees. The reserve is predominantly open savannah and with a near perfect year round climate, it is the ideal African safari holiday destination.


Shumbalala Lodge has four Superior thatched suites and a two bed roomed presidential suite, all of which include fireplaces, overhead fans, air-conditioning, ‘picture window’ bathrooms, indoor and outdoor showers, private viewing decks and are individually furnished. The two bed roomed ‘presidential suite’ in addition to the above, also boasts its own dining room, lounge, huge viewing deck and fireside facility.


Delightful delicacies are prepared by Shumbalala’s expert chef and these can be taken either in the comfort of your private deck or in more formal surroundings in the candle-lit dining room accompanied by a crackling fire in the winter. Open-aired fireside dinners allow guests an opportunity to mingle and share their experiences of the day.

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