Thornhill Safari Lodge
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TravelPod Member ReviewsThornhill Safari Lodge Hoedspruit
Absolutely loved it, the food was great, the people were really good to hang out with and taught me a lot about the bush. The room I stayed in was very clean and comfortable, with excellent service the whole time. We had all sort of animals wandering around the lodge during the day and night, including Giraffe, Zebra and a Spotted Ginet!
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... and not for hunting or zoos. The breeding process is hilarious. The females are in enclosures as they are solitary animals. Therefore, when they plan to breed they send the male cheetahs into an area on the other side of the enclosures called 'lovers lane'. When the male finds a girl he is interested in he lays down by the fence and if she is interested she will lie on her back on the other side of the fence. They then allow him cautiously in to ...
... out three different wild flowers that the guides are unable to identify. We pick some samples so that Andre can do some homework. He says that there are so many varieties of plants that it is impossible to know them all but they do have lots of books. He also says that sometimes they won’t see the same flower for many years. The amount of rainfall and other weather conditions play a role in determining what plants are around. Johan pointed out a ...
... with lots of exposed wooden beams, thatched roofs, and open-air buildings throughout. The lodge is built in a manner similar to Zulu mud huts.
The days on safari are spent generally as follows: 5:30 am wake up call followed by 6:00 am coffee and light refreshments, then a 6:30 am game drive returning around 9:30 am. Guests then have about 6 hours of leisure time to spend as they please with typical activities ...
... Gomo Private Game Reserve spending one night on route.Matthew took over the driving and later to our relief the road was quiet as suddenly he cursed at the car driving towards him on HIS side of the road - very close I might add - as at the last moment he realised he wasn't in Norway but Africa. Phew
On this road we encountered a herd of giraffes enjoying the heat of the ashpalt.
... but I wasn't sure what leopard was so when Greg came back from tracking the leopard I said "mgala?" (knowing he would reply with the word for leopard) he smiled and said "mgooay" to which I replied, "I'm learning shongan!"he laughed and got back in the jeep. We had a south African braai (africaans for BBQ) out back near the river and had some delicious food and wine. Such a great six days in the bush I did NOT want to leave. We saw a lot on our drive to ...