The lush banks of a water estuary in The Thornybush Private Nature reserve provide the perfect location for Waterbuck Lodge. Four air-conditioned luxury suites create an intimate, exclusive escape for only eight guests. Plush, spacious and elegant, the thatched roofs and exposed trusses of the suites create an authentic African mood. Raised decks afford an ideal view over the African bushveld and of the wildlife that come to quench their thirst at the estuary. Comfortable sun-loungers flank the inviting swimming pool and the main communal seating area is surrounded by leafy vegetation and the sounds of birdlife.
Daybreak announces the first game drive of the day, offering adventure and excellent game spotting that includes 147 species of mammals, including the Big Five. Rangers and trackers are skillful at tracking and finding game and birding enthusiasts will be exposed to an impressive 507 different species of birdlife. Good natured and obliging, the rangers are quick to share their passion for wildlife with guests. Walking safaris offer a unique way to get close to nature, the Shangaan trackers offering insight into traditional folklore and appreciation of indigenous flora. The safari experience is highly personalised and guests can choose to have their breakfast either back at the camp, or in a secluded spot in the African bush.
The day can be spent at leisure, with a delicious lunch and not-to-be-missed high tea to tide guests over for their late afternoon game drive. Stretching into nightfall, this special experience offers glimpses of nocturnal species that the ranger’s torchlight reveals.
Dinners are lavish, served either in the bush, lodge or boma – a traditional style of dining under the stars, alongside a roaring campfire. The lodge prides itself in homemade, hearty fare served in 5-star style and the kitchen will go to great lengths to accommodate special dietary needs. Nestled amongst the trees, the bush bar provides a perfect spot for a sundowner or nightcap.
The service provided is outstanding, with previous guests commenting on warm and friendly staff that are dedicated to providing a welcoming hospitality. As one guest said, “Don’t think twice, book here”.