Shumbalala Game Lodge South Africa
SHUMBALALA GAME LODGE IS NESTLED IN THE HEART OF THORNYBUSH PRIVATE NATURE RESERVE, KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
Situated on the banks of the seasonal Monwana river the camp is an unexpected oasis of luxury and comfort in the unforgiving heat of the African bushveld. It is here where you will find the exclusive Shumbalala Game Lodge managed by a team with a friendly yet professional approach to their guests, also overseen by the family themselves.
Your knowledgeable and experienced ranger conducts professional early morning and later afternoon / evening game drives in an informative and relaxed fashion. Fully equipped custom built game viewing vehicles offer all the comfort and luxury for our guests. Your qualified ranger will be happy to share all their knowledge of the bush – from the prized big five (leopard, lion, buffalo, elephant, rhino) to the smaller game, plants, trees, insects and more.
Two game drives are conducted at the best suited times of the day to maximize the number of sightings. An early morning game drive start directly after morning coffee at approximately 5h30 in the morning (and a half an hour later in the winter). The excitement and rush of the adventure is interrupted by a stop over in the open bush for tea or coffee with a light snack – often with a view over nearby game. The adventure continues and you return back to camp at around 9:30 am to freshen up before brunch.
Following afternoon high tea the afternoon game drives start at approximately 16h00 (and half and hour earlier in the winter) and continues into the night. The game drives are again interrupted by a stop-over in the bush for sundowners watching the splendour of the African sun setting over the mountains. The game viewing at night offers the opportunity to view the nocturnal animals including the possibility of lions out on the prowl.
You return after dark to be welcomed with a sherry at the lodge at around 7:30 pm to freshen up for the evening’s events.
Generally game drives return 3-4 hours after departure. Whilst there is an emphasis on showing our guests the renowned big five, our rangers realize the importance of all fauna & flora and is dedicated to ensuring your utmost enjoyment of all aspects of the bush.
Amongst many other expect sightings at close range of abundant game including but not limited to Leopard, White Rhino, Black Rhino, Buffalo, Lion, Elephant, Cheetah, Zebra, Impala, Giraffe, Hippo, Waterbuck, Nyala, Warthogs, Eland, Baboons, Monkeys, Kudu, Hayena, Blue Wildebeest, various smaller game, birds of prey, smaller birds and nocturnal animals.
The Thornybush Reserve is blessed with an abundance of species which includes:
Following brunch guests are welcome to enjoy the relaxing facilities at the camp but for the more adventurous informative bush walks are offered. This is one of the best ways to experience detail of the bush that would not be possible by vehicle.
These walks are conducted by your knowledgeable and experienced ranger accompanied by his tracker – both there to ensure the walks are done professionally and safely.
WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY, BIRDING AND SPECIAL INTERESTS
For the birding and photography enthusiasts the reserve has plenty to offer and game are encountered at close range. Rangers are trained to consider your special interests during game drives and walks. In addition their knowledge of the finer things within the eco-system, bush and plants as well as astronomy offers an insight into more than just the extraordinary wildlife.
“Close encounters of a different kind” are the experiences that will linger in your memory long after your visit to Shumbalala Game Lodge – an African Safari not to be missed!Packages
Thornybush Private Nature Reserve, has dropped their fences in February 2017 on the borders of the Timbavati. The adjacent reserve is unfenced on its Kruger boundary which means that the 14,500 hectare wilderness of Thornybush is now a part of the Greater Kruger National Park. Shumbalala is found in the centre of the Thornybush Nature Reserve. Situated on the banks of the seasonal Monwana river the camp is an unexpected oasis of luxury and comfort in the unforgiving heat of the African bushveld.
Not accessible by private vehicles guests are collected by the rangers of Shumbalala Game Lodge and transferred on a short game drive to the camp situated unexpectedly in the lush bushveld surroundings. The Shumbalala Game Lodge camp is a unique place where the African wild is spoiled only by the quiet appreciation of guests being waited upon in the true tradition of Africa in their luxurious surroundings. There is an immediate sense of tranquility, opulence and space complimented by the camp’s custom designed buildings with it’s African décor, high thatched roofs and attention to the finest detail.
The Thornybush Nature Reserve is situated in area also know for its natural beauty.
You will have to sacrifice a game drive to experience more about our area
Did you know that the Blyde Canyon Nature Reserve is about 40 minutes drive away?
This canyon can be visited via a boat cruize and is the third largest canyon in the world and the largest green canyon! Well worth the visit. The Panorama route that includes God’s window and the potholes is worth visiting also.
HOT AIR BALOON SAFARIS
Experience the magic of lighter-than-air flight near the foot of the Drakensberg Escarpment. A one-hour long flights offers beautiful scenic views over the Blyde River and other terrain of farmland, private nature reserves and wildlife estates.
The mountains to the South and West provide shelter from the prevailing winds, thereby affording good flying weather on most days. As the sun rises, the landscape, the vegetation and, if you’re lucky, some wildlife will provide photo opportunities. Most flights will offer the chance to spot plains game like giraffe and wildebeest but this cannot be guaranteed.
Estimated time 3,5 hours
Very early morning excursion
BLYDE CANYON BOAT CRUISE
Enjoy the splendour of the third largest Canyon in the world. Unquestionably being the largest ‘green canyon’ due to its lush subtropical foliage. A tour guide will take you to the rare living Kadishi Tufa waterfall – the second tallest tufa waterfall on earth and the Three Rondavels. An abundance of wildlife will keep you distracted while learning more about the natural history of the Blyde Canyon
Estimated time 3,5 hours
Mid morning or late afternoon
Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Abel Erasmus Pass, Graskop, God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Three Rondawels and other Panorama route attractions. Time is allowed to shop for curios at various excellent shops and local craft vendors along the way. This is one of the most scenic routes in the region. Return at approx. 17h00. Lunch is not included in the rate. Usual pick up time is around 09h00, but alternative pick up times can be arranged to suit guests needs.
Estimated time 8 hours
MOHOLOHOLO REHABILITATION CENTRE
Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre is known for its efforts in nursing sick, injured or poisoned animals back to health and releasing them again into their original habitat. However Moholoholo is often faced with the difficult decision of what to do with an injured or poisoned animal which will not be able to be released back into the wild. As a result, they have a number of ‘permanent residents’ that reside at the center and are used as ‘ambassadors’ for their species.
Guests are therefore able to get an ‘up close and personal’ experience of these incredible creatures, while having the opportunity to practically demonstrate the problems and the challenges associated with conservation and habitat protection.
Estimated time 3,5 hours
Mid morning or late afternoon
HLOKOMELA COMMUNITY PROJECT
Shumbalala supports The HLOKOMELA community project encompassing local initiatives to provide services to the local communities suchas a Crèche for Young Children, Hospice Haven, Children’s Toy Library, Herb Garden, Glass Recycling Plant, Wellness Clinic, and Bavarian
Sponsored Sewing Project.
Your visit will include the Herb Garden, the Toy Library and Crèche and the Glass Recycling Project. You will also have the opportunity to meet some of the children and staff.
Estimated time 3 hours