Discover the heart of the African wilderness at Shumbalala Game Lodge, where exclusive luxury meets unparalleled wildlife encounters.

Discover the Heart of the African Wilderness.  See the Big 5 in their natural habitat.


Intimate and exclusive, with only four Superior Suites and the Presidential Suite to choose from, Shumbalala Game Lodge offers outstanding game viewing and bird-watching in the company of our experienced guides and rangers, or nestled in the comfort of your wing backed chair on your private viewing deck and private plunge pool.

The Presidential Suite boasts two en-suite bedrooms, private lounge with indoor and outdoor fire places and an outdoor boma area featurning a private plunge pool.

Unique location

The exclusive setting of Shumbalala Game Lodge is one of its most captivating features, offering guests a secluded and intimate experience that is unparalleled in the African wilderness.

Nestled within a private concession of the Greater Kruger National Park, Shumbalala provides a sense of privacy and exclusivity that is rare in more crowded safari destinations.

Best wildlife

Each safari is a thrilling encounter with nature's finest, set against a backdrop of breathtaking landscapes.Experience the essence of Africa at Shumbalala Game Reserve, nestled in the Greater Kruger National Park. Here, the Big Five roam free, and over 500 bird species fill the skies.

Location and getting there

Firstly, we'll handle everything including your lodging, flights and transfers!

Shumbalala is only a 30min drive from Hoedspruit Airport (HDS).  Guests can fly to HDS from most main cities in South Africa, the most popular being Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Self drive is an option, or a chartered flight in the ultimate luxury.

Please get in touch if you have any questions regarding the finer details.

Our 5-star service

Place your enquiry. Be sure to include number of travelers, dates and whether you require flights and/or transfers

Our resident expert will liaise with you directly to coordinate all the details of your trip.

You'll receive a provisional booking via email. Complete payment and you're ready to travel!

Meet Shann, our resident expert

She'll help you book your trip and can answer any questions you have regarding a safari at
Shumbalala in Thornybush Game Reserve.
She's available on WhatsApp for fastest response.

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Intimate luxury at Shumbalala
in Thornybush Game Reserve