The KwaMbili Safari Lodge offers safari seeking travellers in South Africa the ideal destination for a genuine bush experience in the untamed African bushveld.
Located in the wildlife-rich Thornybush Game Reserve near Hoedspruit in the Greater Kruger National Park area, the Safari Lodge is perfect for thrilling sightings of the 'Big Five' game, a variety of other wildlife as well as a plethora of magnificent bird species.
Visitors have the option of experiencing the bushveld on exciting safari drives or foot while experienced rangers familiarize guests to tracks, animal movements as well as the unique sights and sounds of the African bush.
For a more relaxing and perhaps less exhilarating experience, guests have the option to observe wildlife from the comfort and safety of the hide or enjoy a refreshing swim in the pool and bask in an armchair with a drink at hand. The word KwaMbili can be translated as "place of two" in the local Shangaan language.
The chalets and large safari tents provided comfortable accommodation at the lodge. The accommodation has; showers, toilets, electric power as well as private patios and mosquito nets are provided over the beds. The air-conditioned chalets are in proximity to the main building of KwaMbili, and two of these welcoming cottages are suitable for families as they feature inter-leading doors.
The safari tents are situated further away from the main building and offer open-air showers and toilets although the tents themselves are under a thatched roof. Tent flaps are available so that these can be opened or closed according to the weather.
The Main Lodge
Lodge offers an open lounge and dining area, a bar and a boma for evening meals that are served under the stars while guests share their safari stories around the alluring campfire. A small swimming pool and deck chairs for those who just want to relax is available and beautifully situated in the garden.
The hide overlooks a permanent waterhole, and a seasonal dam and guests have the fantastic opportunity to observe wild animals and birds go about their daily activities. The hide is in walking distance to the main lodge, and all public areas are connected with well laid out walkways.
Healthy and variety are all part of dining with delicious breakfast options include a full English breakfast with fresh seasonal fruit, yoghurt, cereals and toast. Home-made bread and fresh salads accompany the light lunch at the lodge while dinner is a mouth-watering three-course-dinner affair at KwaMbili. Tea and coffee are available to guests all day.
Guests have the choice of two safari drives a day, one in the morning (departing at sunrise and returning just in time for a scrumptious breakfast) and one in the afternoon (that leave late afternoon and returns after sunset and in time for dinner.) Both safari drives are approximately three hours long and are carried out by professional game rangers and trackers in open 4x4 vehicles.
The ranger-and-tracker-team track down a diverse range of animals, reptiles and birds and will share interesting tidbits regarding their habitat, feed and behaviours.
Led by an armed KwaMbili ranger, guests will find that experiencing the bush on foot is a very unique and unusual way to sight the smaller wildlife not visible from the safari drive. The bush walks are approximately one hour each and take place after breakfast. A longer, three hour bush walk, is available for the more venturesome although these must be booked in advance and are subject to availability.
KwaMbili experiences summer temperatures over 40 degrees Celsius. 800mm rainfall per annum is not unusual, and the rain falls mainly in the summer months usually from November to March but sometimes it starts as early as September and says until May. Such high temperatures and regular rainfall mean the humid and sultry weather. June, July and August are the dry winter months and provide some respite from the rain. Days are mild while nights are cool, sometimes cold. As shrubs and trees do not have many leaves at this time of the year, wildlife viewing is excellent.