Sitting on a large body of water, often visited by a resident hippo, Waterside Lodge is as unique as it is inviting. A forest of beautiful yellow-tinged fever trees in the middle of the camp are a striking feature of this lodge, which is full of cosy nooks and quiet areas to laze away an afternoon.
The game viewing is exceptional at Waterside, especially during dry season when the permanent waterholes attract herds of elephants and buffalo. The birdlife is impressive here too, which adds a further element of entertainment when spending a quiet afternoon on the deck.
Other guest favourites are cooling off in the pool, congregating around the fire-pit and enjoying traditional dinners hosted under the candle-lit trees.
Skilled rangers and trackers lead guests out to dusk and dawn safaris. The more adventurous guests can enjoy guided bush walks, and there is also a children’s programme to keep the younger visitors entertained.
THE HEART OF THE BUSHVELD
The thatched suites each feature a private deck, and are air-conditioned. They each come with tea-and-coffee-making facilities, and equipped with a safe, minibar and hairdryer. The private bathroom is fitted with a bath and shower, and guests receive complimentary bathroom amenities.
INSIDE THE THORNYBUSH NATURE RESERVE
Thornybush is a 14,000-hectare private nature reserve that shares a fenceless border with the famous Kruger National Park in South Africa. Big 5 encounters are the standout experiences for our guests, with visitors particularly impressed with the lion and leopard sightings. It’s the vast diversity of wildlife, however, that has seen Thornybush emerge as a leading safari destination. With our passionate and expert guide-and-tracker teams leading the way, our guests leave with a genuine understanding of our entire ecosystem and the enthralling cast of animals.
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
The thatched suites are spacious with large sliding doors opening up onto a private deck, offering a perfect place to relax between game drives. Tastefully decorated each suite also has a small sitting room, and full en-suite bathroom with separate bath and shower. Located along pathways in manicured gardens, the suites have been designed to blend into the natural environment.
The Family Suites are similar to the Luxury Suites in their layout but are twice as big as they have an inter-leading door between two rooms. They too have a lounge area, private decks and en-suites with separate baths and showers. The Family Suites can accommodate four people and are ideal for families travelling with children.
BIG 5 GAME DRIVES
Get the real feel for the African bushveld by going on a morning or evening game drive. Driving in an open safari vehicle, along with a qualified guide – experience the Big 5 territory of the Pilanesberg Game Reserve. Please Note: No children under the age of 6 allowed on game drives.
Get your feel for Africa through a culture experience under a starlit sky, alongside a percussion band and interactive drumming circles to ensure guests have a full and joyous evening around the campfire.
HOT AIR BALLOON
Experience the only Hot Air Balloon operation in South Africa to launch from within a National Park, we offer a truly unique flying experience.
You can also enjoy holistic rejuvenating spa rituals, massages, facials and even more luxurious beauty treatments. For a more intimate experience, try out the couple’s treatment room with its own hydro bath.
WEDDINGS AT WATERSIDE LODGE
Your marriage made in heaven awaits at Waterside Lodge, just two hours outside both Johannesburg and Pretoria. Take your vows in the glow of a golden sunset as you exchange rings against a beautiful bushveld backdrop; or say “I do” in an opulent lodge ceremony, surrounded by the warmth of the people who matter.
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