- Experience the thrill of twice-daily game drives
- Embark on invigorating bush walks guided by seasoned safari guides
- Explore the rich biodiversity of Thornybush Nature Reserve
- Relish in luxuriously appointed thatched safari suites
- Delight in a culinary journey and a diverse range of fine South African wines
- A sanctuary of tranquillity with a range of therapeutic treatments offered at the Spa
- A fully-equipped gym and rejuvenating yoga sessions
- Monwana welcomes families with older children (10 and above)
- Traditional sundowner drinks during the afternoon game drive
- Lodge Type; Luxury Safari Lodge
- Location; Thornybush Game Reserve, South Africa
- Lodge Size; 6 Safari Suites
- Recommended Stay; 3-7 nights
Discover Unmatched Thornybush Safari Experiences When Staying At The luxurious Monwana Game Lodge
Welcome to Monwana Game Lodge, an oasis of luxury nestled within the heart of South Africa's awe-inspiring Thornybush Game Reserve. This intimate lodge offers more than just a place to rest your head; it's a sanctuary, a home-away-from-home set amid the untamed African bushveld. With just six exquisitely designed Safari Suites, this haven of tranquillity promises an unmatched private safari experience tailored to your desires.
The lodge's architecture breathes life into the wilderness, with expansive cathedral windows and doors inviting the outdoors in, blurring the lines between the man-made and the natural. One step inside the Monwana Game Lodge, and you're immediately immersed in the boundless beauty of the African landscape, its sights, sounds, and scents seeping in from every corner.
Each of the suites at Monwana is a world unto itself, occupying its unique space amidst the sprawling savannah. You'll have a front-row seat from the deck to nature's grand spectacle – the rustling of leaves, the distant roar of a lion, and the stunning sunset painting the sky. The open-air showers and private plunge pools offer a refreshing retreat, allowing you to soak in the serene ambience of the bushveld even as you cool off from the African sun.
At Monwana, every moment is magical. From the crackling bonfires under the starlit sky to the thrilling game drives across the reserve, the experiences are as endless as they are enchanting.
We invite you to come and immerse yourself in this mesmerising wilderness, breathe, reconnect, and come home to yourself amidst the majesty of Mother Nature. Whether you're staying for three nights or seven, Monwana Game Lodge assures an unforgettable journey into the wild heart of Africa.
Thornybush Nature Reserve is a veritable paradise for wildlife enthusiasts, offering a unique glimpse into the untamed beauty of Africa's diverse ecosystems. Nestled in the heart of the Greater Kruger National Park, this sprawling sanctuary has an astounding array of fauna and flora.
Thornybush boasts a rich biodiversity thanks to various habitats, from lush riverine woodlands to dry savannahs.
The reserve is also renowned for its phenomenal bird-watching opportunities, with over 350 bird species calling it home. What sets Thornybush apart is its commitment to conservation and sustainable tourism, ensuring a harmonious balance between visitors' experiences and the well-being of the natural world.
As you traverse this majestic reserve, it's not uncommon to encounter the "Big 5" - lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo, creating an unforgettable wildlife experience.
Rooms And Suites
The rooms and suites at Monwana are designed to immerse guests in the majesty of the African wild whilst providing the utmost comfort and luxury. The clever use of natural materials and earth tones blends seamlessly with the surrounding bushveld, creating a harmonious atmosphere that exudes tranquillity.
Each of the six suites is thoughtfully curated with tasteful African décor, a testament to the area's rich heritage. Artwork and furnishing, inspired by the local fauna and flora, adorn the interiors, adding a unique charm to each room.
The glass doors and large windows maximise the sweeping views of the surrounding landscape, allowing guests to witness the beauty of the African wilderness right from their room. Each suite also offers a private outdoor area, enabling guests to indulge in a refreshing dip in their private heated plunge pool or enjoy a rejuvenating outdoor shower while soaking in the magnificent views.
The Monwana Game Lodge's dedication to providing a truly unique and comfortable stay in the heart of the African wild is evident in every detail of these beautifully designed rooms and suites.
Cuisine And Wine
The culinary experience at Monwana Game Lodge is deeply rooted in the vibrant flavours of Africa, fused with global influences.
The kitchen conjures a delightful symphony of taste and texture, presenting dishes that dance on your palate and feed your soul. From locally-sourced meats to the freshest vegetables, every ingredient is carefully considered.
From surprise settings in nature to bush dinners, breakfasts, picnics, and dining under the stars on riverbeds, the Monwana team meticulously selects unique locations to create lasting memories in nature.
The wine selection is equally impressive. Carefully curated from the finest vineyards in South Africa, the wine list offers a diverse range, capturing the essence of the country's rich winemaking heritage. Whether you prefer a robust red, a crisp white, or a bubbly rosé, wines are perfect companions to the culinary journey you'll embark on at Monwana.
Savour the delectable pairing of wine and cuisine, all while immersed in the mesmerising beauty of the bush. It is not just a meal; it is a comprehensive sensory experience that captures Africa's spirit, flavour, and magic.
The thatched lounge area, adorned with a selection of books, provides a cosy retreat for those who cherish a good read.
For enthusiasts of fine wines, the bar and wine cellar boasts an impressive collection of international and local wines. Looking for souvenirs or forgetting something at home? Don't worry; the in-house boutique store has got you covered.
Outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate the large wraparound deck, perfect for basking in the magnificent views of the African bush.
The state-of-the-art gym and indulgent Spa offer a blend of wellness and relaxation. The lap pool offers a refreshing respite from the African sun, an oasis nestled within the expansive savannah.
Experience the perfect blend of wild and luxurious comfort at Monwana Game Lodge.
Twice-daily game drives provide Monwana Game Lodge guests with the thrilling opportunity to explore Thornybush Nature Reserve's rich biodiversity. Morning game drives commence at dawn as the bush awakens and teems with life. This is the perfect time to witness the reserve's vibrant birdlife in action and observe predators returning from a night of hunting. Following the morning drive, guests return to the lodge for a hearty breakfast.
Afternoon game drives launch just as the African sun begins to cast long shadows. Many of the reserve's inhabitants start to stir during this time, offering incredible wildlife viewing opportunities. From elusive leopards to majestic elephants and graceful antelopes, the afternoon drive promises a spectrum of unforgettable sightings. As the sun sets, pause for a moment to savour a sundowner's drink, taking in the mesmerising display of hues splashed across the sky. This enchanting experience perfectly encapsulates the magic of the Thornybush Nature Reserve.
Guests also have the unique opportunity to embark on invigorating bush walks. These walks are not just simple treks; they are expeditions into the heart of the wilderness, led by seasoned field guides passionate about the flora and fauna that inhabit the Thornybush Game Reserve.
These specialists guide you, sharing their in-depth knowledge about the ecosystem and its inhabitants, making each walk a captivating learning experience. On these walks, you might encounter anything from the bustling activity of a termite mound to the quiet majesty of a grazing herd of elephants.
Monwana Game Lodge is an enchanting haven for families with older children. Children aged ten and above can join the twice-daily game drives, offering them a thrilling opportunity to witness the majesty of wild animals in their natural habitat.
Please note that guided bush walks are reserved for those aged 16 and over, ensuring a safe and rewarding experience for all.
At Monwana Game Lodge, being family-friendly doesn't mean compromising on excitement. It's about creating unforgettable memories together.
Spa And Wellness
The spa and wellness centre stands as a sanctuary of tranquillity amidst the wild beauty of the African savannah. The Monwana Spa offers a comprehensive selection of therapeutic treatments designed to soothe, rejuvenate, and awaken your senses. Professional therapists employ traditional techniques and locally sourced products to provide a deeply restorative experience, from invigorating body scrubs to calming massages.
Adjacent to the Spa, you'll find a fully-equipped gym offering a variety of weightlifting and cardio equipment. For those seeking a more holistic approach to wellness, the gym also hosts yoga sessions, providing a serene space to stretch, strengthen, and find balance.
Monwana Game Lodge is far more than a holiday destination; it's a window into the heart of Africa. It provides a perfect blend of luxury, adventure, and tranquillity, all nestled amidst the unparalleled beauty of the Thornybush Nature Reserve. With its thoughtfully designed accommodation, exquisite cuisine, and an array of activities, Monwana offers an immersive experience that seamlessly blends the thrill of the wild with the comforts of home. Whether you're an adventurer, a tranquillity seeker, a wildlife enthusiast, or a connoisseur of fine wines and food, Monwana Game Lodge guarantees a truly unforgettable experience. Escape the mundane, and embrace the magic of the Thornybush and Monwana Game Lodge.
Rates from R43 875.00 per person
- Monwana Game Lodge Rates
- Per person per night sharing (pp)
- Rates are in South African Rands
- *Rates may vary according to season
- Ultra-luxurious accommodation
- All meals, teas/coffees and a maxibar in room
- A selection of premium brand beers, spirits and cellar wines
- Two game drives daily
- Access to gymnasium
- All flights and transfers not specified
- Discretionary gratuities
- Telephone calls
- Retail Gallery purchases
- Spa treatments
- Conservation contribution and sustainability Levy
- Cigars and cigarettes
- Specialist activities excluded
- Travel insurance