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Shimungwe Lodge

Intimate Lodge in the Thornybush Game Reserve, Greater Kruger
Thornybush Game Reserve, Greater Kruger
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Shimungwe rests easy in the tranquil environment of the esteemed Thornybush Game Reserve, within the internationally-acclaimed Greater Kruger National Park environment. This luxurious, yet laid-back, family-friendly lodge is carefully crafted around a bend in the dry Timbavati River to bring you the best possible experiences available in the prime game viewing area of the Greater Kruger National Park.

Once reserved for private use by invited guests only, Shimungwe retains an intimate charm and is perfectly suited to exclusive use bookings. The lodge comprises just eight beds as well as comfortable dining and relaxation areas, a private game drive vehicle, and a crystal clear swimming pool.

Each carefully thought out space immerses guests in the unique, tranquil vibe of their surroundings to create a truly authentic southern African safari experience. A day at Shimungwe includes a morning and evening game drive, culminating in an evening meal around the campfire or al fresco with a view. In between, there’s plenty of time to enjoy moments of reflection and relaxation in your luxury suite or around camp.

Apart from the chance to enjoy extra game viewing at a waterhole placed in front of the lodge, guests will find themselves surrounded by many species of birds and their accompanying soundtrack, which is so typical of the African bush.

This lush environment of the abounds with some of Africa’s most acclaimed fauna and flora, embellished by colourful and abundant birdlife, and fascinating small creatures.

You can look forward to coming across vast herds of buffalo and elephant, all of the Big Five, Cape hunting dogs, and pangolin during your safari at Shimungwe.

Shimungwe Lodge has mastered the marriage of understated luxury and a relaxed home-away-from-home atmosphere. The four semi-detached units are positioned to maximize comfortable interactions between small groups of family and friends, without infringing on privacy. All the communal areas exude a warm, welcoming atmosphere thanks to décor that reflects the rich hues of nature.
Each suite features air-conditioning, en-suite facilities, a private deck with views over the bush, and a wonderful open air shower.

Arise to steaming aromatic coffee every morning as you venture out on exhilarating game drives into the awakening bush, where you could encounter some of Africa’s most elusive creatures on the prowl. Experienced guides never tire of bringing the bush to life for every moment of the sunrise and sunset safaris.
    Luxury Accommodation
    Early morning and late afternoon game drives
    All meals, tea, coffee and bottled water

This tranquil, healthy ecosystem is home to signature species like lion, leopard, elephant, wild dog, hyena, cheetah and both black and white rhino.
The trees are alive with over 300 species of birds with rare creatures like Pel’s fishing owls, Verreaux’s eagles, and golden and white throated pipits waiting to be ticked off your list.

Shimungwe lends itself easily to intimate gatherings of family and friends or a couple’s escape. Each of the private suites offers a private deck with exceptional views.

Special SADC Rate


per person sharing per night. Valid until 30 June 2024

Standard Rate


per person sharing per night.

Additional Discounts available on certain dates, please contact us for these.

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