Monwana Game Lodge| safari.com

Overview

Temporarily closed, open from the 1 August 2022

The luxurious Monwana Game Lodge is situated within the Thornybush Game Reserve, on the banks of the Monwana River. The reserve is spread across 11 500 hectares of unspoiled savannah and borders the Kruger National Park.

The intimate lodge can be booked for exclusive use, and is the ideal getaway for couples, families, small groups, and honeymooners. Personalised service, elegant accommodation, gourmet meals, and Big Five game-viewing combine to ensure guests have a memorable safari.


Accommodation

Monwana Lodge accommodates a maximum of twelve guests in four spacious suites, all named after South African tribes. The African-inspired décor and furnishings create a sumptuous safari atmosphere.

The Bushman and Zulu are family suites, with two inter-leading en-suite bedrooms. The Ndebele accommodates two people in a double suite with two bathrooms. The Shangaan is a romantic honeymoon suite complete with king-size bed and open plan bathroom, with a huge sunken bath from which to enjoy magnificent views.

All suites have expansive secluded timber decks, with glorious views over the waterhole or river.

Wildlife

Thornybush is a fully fenced private game reserve teeming with wildlife. The Big Five live here, as well as a multitude of mammals including; spotted hyena, cheetah and hippo.  Thornybush guests are treated to frequent sightings of the shy and secretive black rhino. Night drives often reveal the elusive genet, civet, bush baby, porcupine and caracal, with the possibility of observing predators hunting and stalking their prey.

Monwana is an accredited Bird Life South Africa - "Birder Friendly" establishment, and is home to around 300 bird species. This includes the renowned 'Big Six', namely Ground hornbill, Martial eagle, Saddle-billed stork, Pel's fishing owl, Kori bustard and Lappet faced vulture.

Migratory birds are present from November to April. Notable birds in the area include the Groundscraper thrush, Malachite kingfisher, Martial eagle, Fork-tailed drongo, Namaqua dove, Green pigeon, Black-crowned night heron, Blacksmith plover, and Lesser spotted eagle.

Extra Info

Monwana Lodge Child Policy:

Children of all ages welcome - Children must be accommodated in the Family Suite for the applicable children’s rate to apply - Children accommodated with parents in the Villa will not attract a discounted rate - Children 6 years and over, are permitted on game drives at Managements discretion - The lodge offers babysitting for guests younger than 6 years, at an additional cost - Children younger than 16 years are not permitted on bush walks

Directions

Johannesburg - Thornybush Game Reserve (Monwana Game Park)
Approximately 550km (+/-) Half a day by road.

* N4 east to Belfast.
* R540 to Lydenburg (via Dullstroom).
* R36 to Orighstad, and J.G. Strijdom Tunnel.
* Proceed through J.G. Strijdom Tunnel towards Hoedspruit.
* R527 to and through Hoedspruit and turn right at the 4th 4-way stop (onto R40)
* R40, after 6km turn left towards and past Eastgate Airport.
* After 17km turn right onto Guernsey Road (gravel road starts).
* After 10km turn left into the Thornybush Game Reserve main gate.
* Report as Guests of Monwana Lodge to the Gate Guard.
*  Follow the signs to Thornybush Game Reserves main lodge.
 

Reviews


What can I say!! This place was amazing!! We traveled with a group of 6 and we pretty much had the place to ourselves with a great view of the watering hole. This was the best experience I have ever had and I would def. do it again as well as recommend this place to others!! Our Ranger and Tracker were the best!! They were able to track whatever we wanted to see and had great knowledge for us about the animals!! The food, the hospitality was fantastic as well!! Everyone on the staff was just the best, friendly, personal, helpful and so accommodating. This place truly felt like home!!! Just so much I could write but to sum it all up everything was just absolutely superb!! Wish I could do it all over again!!

Amanda.

Everything about the place was great. Emma and Jacques were the perfect hosts who took a genuine interest in our well being. Jacques is passionate about the wildlife and was extremely kind to our 4 children taking plenty of time to answer the hundreds of questions he was bombarded with ! The food was amazing and the lodge's layout around a waterhole fantastic. Everybody from Sidney the tracker, to Tyron a host and Niklas our barman made us feel so at home. Game sightings were plentiful including multiple big 5.

Michael P.

Emma & Jacques made us feel very welcome, just like part of the family! Food was great with plenty of variety Room was lovely, overlooking the waterhole. Jacques knows so much about everything. Jacques & Morris(tracker) are a great team,they found so many animals and we have loads of photos and amazing memories.

Sally.

Very good sightings on all drives. Lovely well appointed game lodge with its own water hole. Over abundant food! Emma and Jacque make for a great lodge management team. Nothing was too much trouble. Stayed 3 nights which was ideal.

Barbara

This was one of the best experiences of my life. I went with family and friends and the experiences we had were all thanks to the amazing staff at Monwana. Jaques and Emma are some of the most caring and loving people I have ever met. They truly wanted to make us have a very personal and amazing experience! I will recommend this vacation to everyone! Morris constantly shocked and amazed us when we would be driving at night down a bumpy road, and he would spot a tiny gecko in this giant bush. Our jaws were constantly dropped on these amazing games drives.After only three days of being at Monwana, it was extremely hard to leave because it felt like home! You better believe that I am coming back to Monwana and bringing more people so they to can share the experience.

Michael

Temporarily closed, open from the 1 August 2022

The luxurious Monwana Game Lodge is situated within the Thornybush Game Reserve, on the banks of the Monwana River. The reserve is spread across 11 500 hectares of unspoiled savannah and borders the Kruger National Park.

The intimate lodge can be booked for exclusive use, and is the ideal getaway for couples, families, small groups, and honeymooners. Personalised service, elegant accommodation, gourmet meals, and Big Five game-viewing combine to ensure guests have a memorable safari.


Monwana Lodge accommodates a maximum of twelve guests in four spacious suites, all named after South African tribes. The African-inspired décor and furnishings create a sumptuous safari atmosphere.

The Bushman and Zulu are family suites, with two inter-leading en-suite bedrooms. The Ndebele accommodates two people in a double suite with two bathrooms. The Shangaan is a romantic honeymoon suite complete with king-size bed and open plan bathroom, with a huge sunken bath from which to enjoy magnificent views.

All suites have expansive secluded timber decks, with glorious views over the waterhole or river.

Thornybush is a fully fenced private game reserve teeming with wildlife. The Big Five live here, as well as a multitude of mammals including; spotted hyena, cheetah and hippo.  Thornybush guests are treated to frequent sightings of the shy and secretive black rhino. Night drives often reveal the elusive genet, civet, bush baby, porcupine and caracal, with the possibility of observing predators hunting and stalking their prey.

Monwana is an accredited Bird Life South Africa - "Birder Friendly" establishment, and is home to around 300 bird species. This includes the renowned 'Big Six', namely Ground hornbill, Martial eagle, Saddle-billed stork, Pel's fishing owl, Kori bustard and Lappet faced vulture.

Migratory birds are present from November to April. Notable birds in the area include the Groundscraper thrush, Malachite kingfisher, Martial eagle, Fork-tailed drongo, Namaqua dove, Green pigeon, Black-crowned night heron, Blacksmith plover, and Lesser spotted eagle.

Monwana Lodge Child Policy:

Children of all ages welcome - Children must be accommodated in the Family Suite for the applicable children’s rate to apply - Children accommodated with parents in the Villa will not attract a discounted rate - Children 6 years and over, are permitted on game drives at Managements discretion - The lodge offers babysitting for guests younger than 6 years, at an additional cost - Children younger than 16 years are not permitted on bush walks

Johannesburg - Thornybush Game Reserve (Monwana Game Park)
Approximately 550km (+/-) Half a day by road.

* N4 east to Belfast.
* R540 to Lydenburg (via Dullstroom).
* R36 to Orighstad, and J.G. Strijdom Tunnel.
* Proceed through J.G. Strijdom Tunnel towards Hoedspruit.
* R527 to and through Hoedspruit and turn right at the 4th 4-way stop (onto R40)
* R40, after 6km turn left towards and past Eastgate Airport.
* After 17km turn right onto Guernsey Road (gravel road starts).
* After 10km turn left into the Thornybush Game Reserve main gate.
* Report as Guests of Monwana Lodge to the Gate Guard.
*  Follow the signs to Thornybush Game Reserves main lodge.
 

What can I say!! This place was amazing!! We traveled with a group of 6 and we pretty much had the place to ourselves with a great view of the watering hole. This was the best experience I have ever had and I would def. do it again as well as recommend this place to others!! Our Ranger and Tracker were the best!! They were able to track whatever we wanted to see and had great knowledge for us about the animals!! The food, the hospitality was fantastic as well!! Everyone on the staff was just the best, friendly, personal, helpful and so accommodating. This place truly felt like home!!! Just so much I could write but to sum it all up everything was just absolutely superb!! Wish I could do it all over again!!

Amanda.

Everything about the place was great. Emma and Jacques were the perfect hosts who took a genuine interest in our well being. Jacques is passionate about the wildlife and was extremely kind to our 4 children taking plenty of time to answer the hundreds of questions he was bombarded with ! The food was amazing and the lodge's layout around a waterhole fantastic. Everybody from Sidney the tracker, to Tyron a host and Niklas our barman made us feel so at home. Game sightings were plentiful including multiple big 5.

Michael P.

Emma & Jacques made us feel very welcome, just like part of the family! Food was great with plenty of variety Room was lovely, overlooking the waterhole. Jacques knows so much about everything. Jacques & Morris(tracker) are a great team,they found so many animals and we have loads of photos and amazing memories.

Sally.

Very good sightings on all drives. Lovely well appointed game lodge with its own water hole. Over abundant food! Emma and Jacque make for a great lodge management team. Nothing was too much trouble. Stayed 3 nights which was ideal.

Barbara

This was one of the best experiences of my life. I went with family and friends and the experiences we had were all thanks to the amazing staff at Monwana. Jaques and Emma are some of the most caring and loving people I have ever met. They truly wanted to make us have a very personal and amazing experience! I will recommend this vacation to everyone! Morris constantly shocked and amazed us when we would be driving at night down a bumpy road, and he would spot a tiny gecko in this giant bush. Our jaws were constantly dropped on these amazing games drives.After only three days of being at Monwana, it was extremely hard to leave because it felt like home! You better believe that I am coming back to Monwana and bringing more people so they to can share the experience.

Michael

Accommodation options

Standard Suite

Dates PPS Single Unit Sleep
01 Aug 2022 — 31 Dec 2022 $ 926 $ 1,389 2 people
From $ 926

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Inclusions;
Accommodation • All Meals • Two Daily Game Drives & Walks • Hot Beverages • Water • Select Local Drinks & House Wines • WiFi **Monwana Villa Suite includes a Private Butler and Private Vehicle

Excludes:
Conservation Fee & TOMSA Levy

Family suite

Dates PPS Single Unit Sleep
01 Aug 2022 — 31 Dec 2022 $ 926 $ 1,389 2 people
From $ 926

Per Person Sharing

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Inclusions;
Accommodation • All Meals • Two Daily Game Drives & Walks • Hot Beverages • Water • Select Local Drinks & House Wines • WiFi **Monwana Villa Suite includes a Private Butler and Private Vehicle

Excludes:
Conservation Fee & TOMSA Levy

Max 2 adults + 2 children under 12yrs

Children 6-11yrs - R7250

Children 2-5yrs - R 3625

Presidential Suite

Dates PPS Single Unit Sleep
01 Aug 2022 — 31 Dec 2022 $ 1,054 $ 1,581 2 people
From $ 1,054

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Inclusions;
Accommodation • All Meals • Two Daily Game Drives & Walks • Hot Beverages • Water • Select Local Drinks & House Wines • WiFi **Monwana Villa Suite includes a Private Butler and Private Vehicle

Excludes:
Conservation Fee & TOMSA Levy

Villa Suite

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
01 Aug 2022 — 31 Dec 2022 $ 5,060 - - 4 people
From $ 5,060

For 4 people

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Inclusions;
Accommodation • All Meals • Two Daily Game Drives & Walks • Hot Beverages • Water • Select Local Drinks & House Wines • WiFi **Monwana Villa Suite includes a Private Butler and Private Vehicle

Excludes:
Conservation Fee & TOMSA Levy