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Serondella Game Lodge
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London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Best place to go on Safari”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2011

I've previously been to East Africa on Safari and the experiences are a little different - I would always suggest going to a National Park before a Private Game Reserve as if you go to the latter first, you'll get spoiled and think that all Safaris are this wonderful and easy!

In fact, easy going is the best way to describe Serondella - from the relaxed company of Kelly to the chilled out calm of Mpho our tracker, to the happiness of Dave our Ranger, it was all brillaint company and great fun, without any stress at all. Nothing was too much trouble for David and Kelly and their enthusiasm and joy of what they do and where they live rubs off.

The game drives were tremendous - I think we covered the Big Five in the first two drives! On one drive we managed to cover leopards, lions, cheetahs and rhinos - my camera could barely keep up! And they have a brilliantly organized system which means all the Rangers int he Reserve keep in touch, so if someone finds something, you are more than welcome to form an orderly queue and get your chnace to see these amazing animals as well.

The rooms are clean, spacious and likely to be visited by Impala and Nyala (antelopes) and most look out over the waterholes where you can usual spot a warthog or babboon. The pool is very refreshing and I loved the never-ending stream of drinks! The food was incredibly good and their choice of wines is fantastic - try the Rats and the Pinotage for they are incredibly good.

I'm hoping to bring my fiance back at some point because the ease to get there from Jo'burg, combined with the weather and the food and the animals and the people means that this is one of the best short breaks I've ever had.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2011

The start of our holiday in South Africa couldn't be better. What a perfect place to stay. Absolutely fantastic!! Do not hesitate to include Serondella in your trip. You won't be disappointed. A little marvel in the bush.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Knutsford, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2011

Just retured from a fantastic 2-week holiday in South Africa and this was the highlight of the trip. Hosts David and Kelly are fantastic, and we loved the shared meals where guests can chat and get to know each other. David has no hesitation in driving off-road in order that his guests get a great view of the 'Big Five' as close as possible. Sharing sundowners towards the end of the drive watching a fantastic sunset was a great moment. Credit also to Mpho who is a great tracker, he ad David work as a great team. Highly recommended.

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2011

This is the perfect lodge if there ever was one. It is set around a beautiful garden with a fantastic viewing platform within Thorny Bush Reserve. The garden is home to plenty of wild life and the swimming is an additional bonus! Our family of 5 stayed in the two storey lodge which was architecturally interesting and spatially well planned making great use of views onto surrounding landscapes. This reserve was far more exciting than Kruger due to vehicles off roading and the rangers co-ordination of animal whereabouts. We saw all big 5 and cheetahs several times. Food also very good....perhaps could be more generous with the portions! Highly recommended....wish I could return!

  • Stayed September 2011
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2011

We stayed at the Serondella property for one night and it was one of our highlights of our South Africa trip. Henri the ranger was fab and ensured that we spot the big 5 during our 2 safaris that we did with him. The rooms are large and the bath overlooks a watering hole. This was a new and a special experience. The service is top class and personalized. My wife and I are vegetarians and the Serondella team ensured that every need was taken care and ensured delicious vegetarian meals were provided. While we visited in August, the weather was a bit chill (low teens) especially at night. While we got into bed at night, the Serondella team had placed hot water bottles at our feet. A super touch for a cold night. Overall I cannot recommend this place enough. My only regret is that I spent only 1 night. Will surely make Serondella a must visit place when I visit South Africa next.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Serondella Game Lodge

Property: Serondella Game Lodge
Address: Thornybush Game Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Thornybush Private Game Reserve
Amenities:
Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 12 Speciality Lodging in Thornybush Private Game Reserve
Price range (per night): ₹ 46,466 - ₹ 51,767
Hotel Class:4 star — Serondella Game Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Serondella Game Lodge, Thornybush Game Reserve, is a four star superior lodge set in the heart of the African bushveld. Offering fantastic big 5 game viewing, exquisite African cuisine and personalized service. ... more   less 
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