Situated in the southern region of the private Thornybush Game Reserve and adjacent to a water estuary, Waterbuck Game Lodge offers an extraordinary safari experience from the comfort of a safari vehicle and from the lodge's viewing deck that overlooks an active waterhole.
Waterbuck is truly a "home from home", boasting 4 air-conditioned Luxury Suites with magnificent views from both the spacious bedroom and en-suite bathrooms. Each suite also features air conditioning, minibars, in-room safes, indoor and outdoor showers, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities.
The lodge facilities include a swimming pool, library, outdoor boma, and laundry services.
Waterbuck Lodge offers unique and exciting safari experiences in both open land cruisers and on foot. The 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 nearly perfect year-round climate, it is the ideal African safari holiday destination.
Enjoy morning and afternoon safaris conducted in open 4x4 vehicles and led by professional guides and Shangaan trackers. For the more adventurous traveler, bush walks allow guests a better chance to see some of the smaller wondrous creatures of the bush as well as an opportunity to learn more about the flora and fauna of the reserve. Birding safaris can also be arranged as Waterbuck Lodge is a paradise for bird-watchers.
Activities offered nearby include boat cruises, helicopter flights, cultural tours, hot-air ballooning, treetop canopy tours and the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre.
Waterbuck Lodge is ideal for solo explorers, couples, and families looking for a rewarding safari experience.
Children of all ages welcome
- Children will be accommodated on a roll-away-bed
- 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
From $ 223
Bookable from/within 45 days of arrival
A minimum stay of 2 nights is required and this is only valid for SA Residents.
Includes: Accommodation, all meals, bottled water, tea / coffee, early morning & late afternoon game drives
|Dates||Rates (PPS)||Rates (SINGLE)|
|01 Jan 2022 — 31 Jul 2022||$ 223||$ 335|
From $ 474
Includes: Accommodation, all meals, teas & coffees, snacks, dawn & dusk safaris in open game vehicles and optional bushveld walks.
|Dates||Rates (PPS)||Rates (SINGLE)|
|01 Jan 2022 — 31 Dec 2022||$ 474||$ 712|
"We stayed at the Waterbuck Game Lodge for 4 days as part of our honeymoon and it has been simply perfect. From the moment when we arrived to when we left we have been continuously treated as being part of the Waterbuck family. Everybody of the team has been incredibly helpful, gentle and always welcoming us with a warm smile. The Lodge has 4 suites, we stayed at the honeymoon suite N°4 located just in front of a lake where animals pass by anytime to drink and refresh themselves :) superb view!!! 2 game drives are organized, one in the morning and one in the evening: in just 2 days we managed to see the Big Five, what an experience!!!"
"We stayed at Waterbuck Lodge for 4 nights earlier this month and I can honestly say I have never had a more enjoyable, enlightening and exciting bush trip and being from SA, I have had many. Our ranger, Hannes was outstanding, nothing was too much trouble or effort and he ensured that we got to see all the animals we wanted to find, even when the task was seemingly impossible. He and Lodrick, our tracker, were very professional and knowledgeable, and are clearly passionate about what they do. Their enthusiasm for the bush was infectious and we spent our days eagerly awaiting each game drive. I learned so much more on this trip than any I have been on before and I congratulate Hannes and Lodrick on their dedication both to their guests and the bush. The accommodation was wonderful too, very spacious and luxurious and we had a great view of the watering hole from our room. The food was superb and always fresh and tasty. Meal times were nice and intimate, as this being a small lodge, accommodating only 8 people meant we got one on one attention from the staff. We also got the opportunity to meet some fantastic new friends from all around the world and it was great swapping stories in the Boma around the fire at night. All in all, Waterbuck Lodge was exceptional. A big thank you to Anita and all the staff for making our once in a lifetime holiday exactly that. An extra special thank you must, however, go to Hannes for making sure our expectations were met and well exceeded. Not only was he an expert at what he does, but he was also a really decent, fun and friendly person to spend our holiday with. If we ever get the opportunity, we will most certainly be back and I cannot recommend the lodge highly enough."
"We had an amazing time in Waterbuck Game Lodge. Hannes and Anita made ourselves feel at home and we loved the personal attentions. Hannes, our guide for the safari. was passionate about his job and goes the extra mile to give his guests the best experience. Our suite was very comfortable and spacious. We would strongly recommend this Lodge to anyone looking for a small and kind of private lodge with an exceptional service."
"The lodge was so comfortable... real fire... cosy couches. Great bar area... seats up at the bar. Pool for cooling down. Our room was so luxurious... hairdryer, bath salts, shampoo and soap. The staff that looked after our ever need, over seen by Sanle, was perfect. Patio overlooking the dam, giraffes, zebras, buffalo come to drink. The food was amazing... lots of it and so good! Home cooking at its best. Elia who was our ranger was 'the best'. With his guide Lodric, they would seek out the animals. We saw everything except hyena. Shared great sunrises and sunsets. This was truly a 'life changing' experience. Book now !!!"
"Myself and a few really good mates have once again been privileged enough to spend a few days at Waterbuck. This is a place of true magic, from the warm hospitality of the wonderful staff, the gorgeous rooms and of course the special game that can be spotted on the game drives. Hannes and Anita are amazing, nothing is ever too much for them, every request is received with huge smiles. Vusi the tracker is well trained under the guidance of Hannes, thus making for lovely game sightings. I would recommend this lodge to anyone, as it truly is a once in a lifetime experience."
"Very special safari getaway. The staff is excellent, the Game Rangers are very passionate about their job. accommodation superb. We saw the Big five. The game viewing area is about 14000 hec. The tracker was excellent."
"We took our children and grandchildren (2 aged 5 and 2 aged 7), on this trip, they loved it, the staff were very accommodating providing babysitting service, and appropriate food for the children. The food is excellent, game viewing very good and compliments to Hannes and Anita for looking after us so well. This lodge is ideal for an extended family, or group of friends to spend time together. Rooms are clean, light and very well fitted out - take no 4 if you can."
"We only spent two days - next time more. We saw so many animals and Johannes and the team were just great. The lodge is so intimate and secluded - only 4 cottages double cottages for a maximum of 8 people, the facilities and food was great. Can recommend it any time."
"The staff at Waterbuck was just incredible. There were 6 people in my group, so we took up 3 of the 4 guest houses. I am a vegetarian, and one of my friends is a vegan, and they prepared the most amazing meals for us. I wanted to take the chef home with me. I never ate so well in my life. Hannes & Loderick were amazing. Their ability to find animals by just following their tracks in the sand was just incredible. I can't say enough how amazing my experience here was."
"Our dreams of a luxury safari were met and exceeded by the location and staff. The tracker and ranger took us on a vacation of a lifetime. We saw many rare and exotic animals because of their skills. The food and room were five stars to be only matched by service that catered to our every desire."
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