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Katrina S
London, United Kingdom

Truly incredible lodge, safari experience and staff - we'll dream of this the rest of our lives!

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 Jun 2024
My husband and I recently spent 5 nights at Shumbalala for our honeymoon and we were absolutely blown away we were by literally everything.

The lodge itself is beyond beautiful and the game viewing out of this world (I've done safaris before but this was in a totally different category - we saw the big 5 basically every day we were there!) ... but where Shumbalala really really shines in our opinion was the people who are so incredibly invested in insuring every last detail is immaculately tended to. Everyone we met had the amazing ability to make their job seem like 100% their passion - so relaxed and yet professional, so genuinely engaged in spending time with you and making sure you were having a great time and just so unbelievably kind and thoughtful. On leaving, we really felt we were leaving behind friends - an experience I don't think we've ever really had, let alone at a luxury place (where things can be unfortunately a bit more formal / distant).

Oh and the food .... next level. The chefs should get awards - every meal was mind-blowing!

All around an absolutely incredible stay that we will think about the rest of our lives. Hopefully we'll be back but in the meantime, we've recommended Shumbalala to everyone we know - and the staff are a huge huge part of that.
Date of stay: May 2024
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 May 2024

On our first morning, we tracked a leopard till Troi found it. During our three days on safari at Shumbalala Game Lodge, the guide and tracker team executed the perfect balance of doing the work to find our own game while also enjoying sightings others found. We very much appreciated Bryce’s patience to help identify an impressive number of birds.

Your team (Danielle, Adri, Laura, Bryce, Troi, Eulanda) the ones we mainly interacted with, were an absolute pleasure, made us feel very welcome with their personal warmth and professionalism, while also being a lot of fun.

The Shumbalala suite was magnificent in every way. Loved the alfresco shower, while keeping a watchful eye on the thirsty ellies and the grazing nyala and... the decadence of a private cocktail plunge pool.

Shumbalala’s next level safari hospitality of thoughtful touches and wow factor accents blew us away: Communicating with us while we were enroute to the lodge and arranging the escort from the gate, our first night dinner for two by the fireplace, the personalised water bottles, the decadent Amarula morning drive coffees with our initials on, hot water bottles on drive and in the four poster bed, the splendour of the sabrage sunset surprise, the ambience of the wine cellar private dining and... kindly cleaning the rental car (that cleaner… than when we picked it up from Avis!)

Date of stay: May 2024
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Reviewed 25 April 2024

We stayed for one week at Shumbalala and it is a Gem in Thornybush

The service, meals, accommodations and game drives were the best we have had while traveling on safari throughout the African continent. Bryce, the lead guide is the consummate professional. Mavis the Chef prepared superb meals each day for lodge guests. We will return again. Thank you to the entire team.

Date of stay: April 2024
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Reviewed 25 March 2024

We had the most magical experience. The attention to detail was beyond anything I could have imagined. The staff were amazing with our evey need seen to. The accomomdation was extremely luxurious and impeccably clean. The game drives had surprises around every corner, from leopards in trees to G and T's at sunset. Thank you bryce, Dani and your team, you are all awesome. Well done.

Date of stay: March 2024
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Reviewed 3 March 2024

We've just spent a fabulous 4 nights at this wonderful game lodge. The safaris guided by Nick and Sam were everything one could hope for. They found the animals and while up close one still felt safe in their hands. The stops for snacks and sundowners were another delight. The food was great and how they managed to provide such a variety of dishes for a limited number of guests, I do not know. If we needed something different it was always obligingly provided. The accommodation was lovely and housekeeping constantly on hand. It was delightful to see the more docile animals on our terrace many a time. Many thanks to Daniella and her team, including her capable new recruit, Laura for a wonderful holiday.

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Date of stay: February 2024
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Reviewed 25 February 2024 via mobile

Fabulous accommodations, meals, and Safari drives. Wonderful people. A once in a lifetime experience.
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Date of stay: February 2024
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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