The Bush House - exclusive private game lodge in malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa - Game viewing drives to see the Big 5

The Bush House

The Bush House Guestbook


What an amazing, spectacular, warm, caring and fantastic first time experience in Africa!! Blown away by both the special care, the beautiful lodge, the amazing wildlife and the privilege of the hide. A very grateful warm thank you to our generous hosts and the staff. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Els Netherlands
March 2015

Dear “Team” of the Bush House thanks a lot for a great adventure at this beautiful location. Has been utmost exciting and your hospitality is the best I have ever seen. All the best to you And hope to see you again in the near future.

Chrissie & Stefan
February 2015

Dear All at The Bush House, Thank you for 4 amazing days. Our goal was Big 5 and we have really felt part of the family here and would love to come back Once again thanks

Dorit, Maja and Steen - Niva Denmark
February 2015

We are really sad to be coming to the end of a lovely three day stay at The Bush House. Four of the big 5 and 93 on the bird tick list was quite an achievement. But this was surpassed by the kind hospitality and general enjoyment of being here. Now planning a November visit for leopard and elusive back rhino.

Eileen & Ronald
January 2015

Had a wonderful stay in a great lodge. Gordon and Sue lovely people as well as the rest of the staff. Would love to come back soon.

Brian & Justin Sacks – Johannesburg
January 2015

What an amazing place to spend Christmas. The Bush House team even arranged for Father Christmas to visit us here. Father Christmas answered all our wishes to experience an amazing safari.
The Bush House team exceeded all our expectations. Carine was a first class guider and helped us see everything and more. Whether it was 5am, 3pm or 10pm she was always so lovely. Thank you Carine. Tumi helped make sure our bellies were full. She is full of happiness and sings so beautifully.
Thank you to all the team. You made this a very special family holiday and we will definitely recommend Bush House to everyone. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

From the Sorrell/ Toogood Family Oxford/London England
December 2014

It was one of , I think the best trip we had for a holiday here in South Africa and especially here in The Bush House, Madikwe Game Reserve! We made amazing experiences, saw beautiful landscapes and could share special moments on our drives with all the animals here. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Anja & Thorsten Berlin Germany
December 2014

Wow!! Wonderful Bush experience, great game drives with a very knowledgeable guide JR. I saw almost everything of the Big 5 on my first drive. Thanks Sue and Gordon for your kindness, all the staff for great food and everything offered in this beautiful home.

With love Wendy H
November 2014

What a fabulous place this is! We have has a wonderful 3 day break. Saw all of the Big 5 plus much, much more. The hide itself is well worth the time spent there. The food was marvellous and the staff brilliant and so welcoming. Don't want to leave!!


Joy and Keith Smith Northern Ireland
October 2014

Thank you for another fabulous stay. I just love it here and hope to be back again.
Staff are wonderful, field trips amazing. Sue and Gordon will you please adopt me???

Joanne Manning – Canadian living in Wisconsin!!!

October 2014 

As our first trip to Africa – and first safari-all we can say is Wow! We had a wonderful time and have so many memories to take back with us- lions at dawn, a rhino walking his territory and rare ones all capped off with your warm hospitality. The Bush House truly felt like a home away from home- thank you for a wonderful stay.


Jim & Rebecca Worboys London UK

September 2014

To the Outstanding Bush House

Thank you all for an exceptional experience! Your hospitality and knowledge were well appreciated. We have made many wonderful memories.

Al & Judy Ontario Canada
September 2014

I am always so sad to leave The Bush House. It truly is our home away from home. Simply excellent.
Thank you so much to Gordon and Sjoe and all the wonderful staff. The game viewing was unbeatable. Thank you JR

Richard, Sharon, Cam and Just
August 2014

Congratulations Sue, Gordon, and all the staff. This is our second stay at Bush House. How delightful that everything is still running to such high standards. Such a difficult thing to achieve in the demanding service industry.
Added highlight – the HIDE and let's not forget the opportunity of such great animal sightings.

All the very best Lesley & David Marcus (Seychelles)
August 2014

The Bush House is an amazing experience – again. And we will be back hopefully in the summer.
Everything was fantastic - the food, service, hide, waterhole and the drives – a special thanks to JR.
The dogs, cats and 90 winter birds has been awesome. Thank you SO much !!

Bill & Christina Steele
July 2014

FABULEUX ! Thanks to the whole Bush House team for this magical bush experience. The Big Five in one day!! The kindness of the staff, the magical view, the food and the facilities….everything was perfect with always attention given to the small details that make the difference ( the hot water bottles!!) and make you feel special.Thanks again, we will be back!


Aurelie & Thibaut     

July 2014

What more could we have wished for?!!! A perfect little corner of the earth – beautiful lodge in such a special setting, good food, good company and most of all excellent people looking after us. Special marks to Thomas, JR, Tumi, Bertha, the chef, as well as the warm hospitality of Gordon & Sjoe. Thank you all. We look forward to returning in the not too distant future.


Richard & Lydia Sydney Australia

June 2014

Bush House, having just stayed here a couple of days ago we had to come back as soon as possible. We were so fortunate to hear you had openings. The Bush House experience was the capstone of our two week trip to Africa and we look forward to returning with family and friends again in the future. Your home was a little slice of paradise and we truly appreciate you sharing it with us. Till next time……


Patrick E and Daniel F

June 2014

Thank you for the most magical stay! A most relaxing and comfortable visit .Special thanks to Thomas for all his expertise in finding hyena babies amongst all the other wonderful animals- not least of which the full grown male lion lying in the sun. Words cannot express how much we have enjoyed our stay.

Thank you all so much


Jan & Bryan Hollingsworth

May 2014

A wonderful stay! Elephants galore but also some other great game. Attentive staff and JR excellent guide. Angela now addicted to her morning Maroela. Will visit again


Philip & Angela

May 2014

An indescribable visit that exceeded expectation on every level. Thank you to all the staff, especiallyThomas, Elrie and Tumi! The feeling of peace- and of having your every need predicted makes for the most relaxing time.Definitely a place to return to! It was a joy to be here. Thank you



May 2014

So sad to be leaving today. Our days have been a wonderful end to a fabulous South African holiday. Your hospitality has been so generous and warm. Special thanks to all the staff who made our stay so memorable. JR we appreciate the effort you made to secure us the best photos and to show us your world. Thank you all.


Albert and Bridget Haak. Western Australia

April 2014

We will always remember The Bush House when we think of warm hospitality, relaxation, good food and friendly staff.

It has been a pleasure to visit you here and feel your welcome kindness to all.

Thanks you for sharing this wonderful place with our family. We will keep great memories of this time with you and our fun safaris.


Warm regards Marge & Jeff Clayton Bountiful, Utah, USA

April 2014

We started our South African holiday here- in paradise. You have created a beautiful comfortable setting, treating all like returning family. All the staff are more than pleasant. Seeing so many majestic animals was more than expected. Tommy knew where to find them and stopped frequently for photo shoots. Thank you all.


Margret and David Angove, Brampton, Ontario

March 2014

Dear Sue, Gordon and all the fantastic staff at The Bush House. We yet again thank you so much for feeling so welcome and at home. We have had a wonderful time and are already planning our return. That one will be longer even. Thanks again for looking after us and we feel privileged being you guests.


As always Love hugs and kisses and until we meet again Hans and Diny

March 2014

Where should we begin to describe our experience. Everything exceeds expectation, attentive staff, comfortable accommodation and delicious meals. All needs met and nothing too much trouble. The culmination of a twenty year dream- wild dogs on a kill! We have been so very lucky in every sense to have chosen The Bush House. Thank you all for sharing your corner of paradise with us. We intend to return.


Niels de la Cour and Kathy Dorling xx

February 2014

This has been one of the most amazing and unforgettable days of my life. The house and the staff cozy and SO warm. This is not goodbye is just a farewell. Love you all, See you soon!!


Monica, Maria & Mariandrea Corcuera   Mexico City

January 2014

 The way everyone put themselves out to meet our special needs was greatly appreciated. JR was exceptional- he took so much trouble to ensure we had a very incredible bush experience! Thank you so much to all The Bush House Family for everything.


Davne & Harry Ritchken – Johannesburg

January 2014

Thank you all for another very enjoyable stay at The Bush House, my third time and always full of

warm welcomes, fabulous attention from the staff and unforgettable and exciting game drives!

All the best for 2014 


Claudia D’Andrea, Gaborone, Botswana

January 2014

All the staff are brilliant. Thank you for making us feel so special and helping us celebrate our engagement.

We will be back!


Francois & Keely 
December 2013

Dear Sjoe and Gordon, once again thank you and your wonderful staff for a fabulous time here at The Bush House. As ever you made us all so welcome and looked after us so well. Gordon, the hide is inspirational and such a fantastic feature. We had great times out on drives and at long last we got to see the cheetahs!! We love this place and can't wait to come back. I don't want to single any one member of staff out as they were all wonderful. Compliments to the chef for some wonderful food.
Once again thank you for some life long memories including the great performances from the staff "Turn around my baby- I want to see your figure"!!

Phil & Sharon Powell United Kingdom

December 2013

We are here for the second time and again it is something special.
We love The Bush House and we will be back. Thank you to the staff they really spoiled us.
Game drives with Thomas always exciting! Thank you to everybody, See you again

Gundula & Hans

November 2013

This was my first time to South Africa and I hope this amazing every time! The hospitality and kind staff made me feel like a princess and old friend. I thoroughly enjoyed the peaceful atmosphere and natural noises. I want to bring my fiancé here for our honeymoon!! Thank you! I hope to come back again in my lifetime.

Laura Willis, Seattle, USA

November 2013

Simple Elegance! This was our first trip to Africa; but based on experience at Bush House, it will
Certainly not be our last. We found the staff most attentive, the food absolutely delicious, and the surroundings superb. We came as guests and are leaving as friends

David & Cynthia, Panama City Florida USA

October 2013

Perfect way to begin or finish a trip to South Africa. Many nice and unique touches. Food –fantastic. Service – Fantastic. Staff- Fantastic. Guide- Fantastic. I would recommend The Bush House to anyone. Enjoyed our 3 days here and wish we could stay another 3 days, weeks, or years – we like it that much.


Ralph & Doris
October 2013

Thank you to Sue, Gordon and the entire Bush House team.

Three nights and four days was way too short!!

The animal viewing has been spectacular, but the Bush House experience has been just as memorable.

Thank you for establishing such an amazing property that our 8 & 6 year old will remember their entire lives.


Andrew, Sharon, Nic & Sam Flannery Brisbane Australia
September 2013

We had such a wonderful time. The very warm welcome, all those beautiful animals we don’t know how to say thank you. It was an amazing experience. It is hard to say goodbye to all this. Thank you for taking so good care of us.


Jasper en Marjoke Wildenberg (NL) 
September 2013

Thank you to Sue and Gordon for a very special time at The Bush House. It was a wonderful opportunity for the whole family to be together experiencing such a great “bush holiday”. To Annefrie and Werner, Minky and the whole team you did a great job (Ryan will catch you on the ‘purple’ channel Werner!!)


Joe, Jenny, Julie, Caitlin & Ryan
August 2013

All at Bush House - Thank you for making our SAFARI experience absolutely magnificent. Thomas on front of house attended to all our needs without any problems and always a smile. Werner as our guide was really exceptional and knowledgeable, able to answer “all” obscure questions Kitchen and Lodge staff were invisible but we always really appreciate all they did. Thank you once again for a great experience and we look forward to returning.


Charles, Letetia, Poppy and Sienna
August 2013

The Bush House

  1. A paradise on earth, one of the most beautiful places ever seen!
  2. Magnificent game drive!!! (6 out of 7 J thanks to Tommy)
  3. The Best Customer Service we’ve ever experienced thanks to the staff


See you next time! Cheers Tjardo and Renate Holland

What a heavenly spot to spend my birthday. Thank you for all the special things you do for your guests. Many thanks.


Till next time Linda & Chris Kingham 
July 2013

How do you write about so much enjoyment in one small paragraph. We have had a wonderful time with the staff at The Bush House. Time seems to fly! Still we will be back and could not recommend the lodge more.


Dave, Dylan and Ewan 
June 2013

Unparalleled visit! Couldn’t have asked for a better stay- wonderful sightings at the waterhole and on drives. The staff were very attentive and took care of us and our children as their own. Thank you again Bush House


Heather, David, Romy & Avy USA
June 2013

Thank you so much, we had a lovely stay and your service was out of this world. This is the place to call again. I’ve never experienced such hospitality in my life, lovely people, environment, service. Thank you for the excellent service. Reyaleboha  Haholo


Mr and Mrs Mateza
May 2013

The Bush house was AWESOME!! I had the bestest time. The bed was very comfortable, food amazing (try the milk tart and poached pear) and the waterhole has endless animals coming and going. The hide was a brilliant design (Thank you Gordon !!) what allows guest to watch the animals up close and personal. I would definitely recommend this place to EVERYONE! I will come back in a few years but I will be back for sure. Thank you Sue and Gordon and Tommy and Werner and Tumi and chef I had an amazing time.


Lots of love Sylvia Vancouver Canada
May 2013

The first words I read in your brochure were “It’s home away from home” does not do justice to this wonderful place. The staff one and all are fantastic, the setting wonderful, the waterhole a treat but the bonus is your hide. Thank you so much for the most wonderful experience and I don’t want to forget the awesome food. Wow! Is inadequate to explain how I feel. Thanks one and all.


Patricia Barrow
April 2013


Louisa Claire
April, 2013

This our second visit has been enormous due to Bush House family of the animals of Madikwe.
The hide has been an outstanding new feature. Can’t even describe the amount of animals we’ve seen. Special thanks to Thomas for the super game drives. To the Bush House family thank you for our home-from home and hope to see you again soon.
We are very sad to leave and a fantastic week.


Hans and Diny
March, 2013

We have had an absolutely wonderful time and The Bush House has surpassed all our expectations. This holiday will rank as a family milestone for us and our stay with you will hold a special place in our folklore.
Thank you so very much to each and every one of you at The Bush House.

Marilyn Rickard and Family

Sydney Australia

March, 2013

This adventure has been beyond awesome – the entire staff is wonderful and I had a wonderful time and experience! Thank you so much for everything.


Robin Moore
February, 2013

Dear Friends,

Apart from providing absolutely stunning sights of the wild animals in the reserve you have also taken care of us with the utmost friendliness and charm! We picked this place for our engagement and for all these reasons the Bush House will forever have a very special place in our hearts.

Kirsten & Bengt

Stockholm, Sweden

February, 2013

Dear All,

Here we had the most amazing time of our lives! I can’t begin to tell you how grateful and pleased and thankful we are with your hospitality. You guys made all the difference in our stay. Simply unforgettable!
The peace is amazing, the game drives were out of this world and, for sure, this is a place we will come back in the near future! Thousands of kisses from Rio de Janeiro 

Paula and Marcelo


January, 2013

To all of you lovely people at The Bush House – a big thank! It’s been really amazing and the game drive guiding was purely awesome!! And so was the service. And the food. And the room- we could go on forever. We really hope to get the chance to come back for a longer stay in the future.

All the best, Simona & Linus

January, 2013

Long before we came here our thoughts were in the Bush House and we couldn’t wait to visit the hide. Now we are here and everything is ten times better as we could have ever imagined in our dreams. It is such a peaceful and lovely place, and to sit at the waterhole let us forget the whole world. The place is magnificent but it’s also the hospitality and all the friendly staff who made us feel so relaxed. The game drives were brilliant and we are full of love for your place. We just have to come back.We wish you all the best and thanks again for everything.

Renè & Heidi

December, 2012

We four came to celebrate 80years of marriage, 40years each couple,however we ended up celebrating life and more- celebrating that sense of peace and equanimity that comes when one is amongst friends who are more like family – and this connects us with each other and who we are. Thank you to The Bush House team for the experiences of the last two days for which there are no words that could do them justice.


Bill & leslie Pigott, John & Carolyn Jacoby

November, 2012

We love, love, LOVED our time here! It was a truly magnificent experience and everything was top notch, from the game drives to the waterhole and hide which are both brilliant! Amazing hands-on-service, thank you for making our first safari so memorable


Sheryl & Adi Lavi

San Francisco
November, 2012

I visited Bush House last year in august on a business trip and to be honest I didn’t really expect that safari was anything for me. But after just teen minutes on the lodge with the very worm welcome by the staff and also more the 15 elephant just in front of the lodge I was sold. Therefore I promised myself that I need to go back so that my wife can experience this for herself and next week we will do this and are really looking forward to this both of us. And by the way last time I was lucky to see all big five in just 4 game drive and that included even the black rhino.


Paw Soee

October, 2012

Bush House was one of our best experiences in 20 years.Roaming around Africa and 5 visits to Madikwe! We take fond memories of the people and the animals with us and we will be back.Be ready!


Robin Melvin & Roger Chadwick

October, 2012

The Bush House is amazing! The hospitality was incredible. I’ve dreamed of going on safari since I was 10 years old, this exceeded my dreams. Art safari with Artist, Alison Nichols, through Africa Geographic. You really get to know the animals when you sketch them. I agree it is hard to put in words how wonderful the Bush House is. Thank you to everyone there for an amazing trip.



Houston, TX
September, 2012

It is quite difficult to put into words just how perfect The Bush House is. This was the trip of a lifetime for us as we brought our whole family with us,including our four grandchildren. We were made to feel so welcome, the children were relaxed, had no restrictions put on them and just had a ball. The game drives were spectacular and our thanks have to go to David for making them such an adventure and such good fun, including the “poo spitting” in the middle of the bush – the kids just loved it (big kids as well!). Our every comfort was met, in fact surpassed. We’ve been fortunate to have travelled extensively but we cannot recall any place that provides the unique experience found at The Bush House. It is simply wonderful!


Susan & Norman Davies

August, 2012

A little peace of heaven, that was the Bush House for us and our kids Dawa and Noor. The ambiance, the people, the animals….just wonderfull, best safari experience ever with Thomas, our one man miracle.


Leon Baars and Wencke Schmitz

The Netherlands
August, 2012

We had a great Stay! Thanks a ton to Sue and the rest of the Bush House Family. Service was by far the most outstanding we have experienced!!


Maya, Ragesh & Tia

July, 2012

This stay was the perfect closing ceremony for our 6 years in South Africa – Bye lions and elephants, it is now time for us to go back to France. Wonderful place, perfect for the kids too! Will definitely have to come back! Thanks a lot to the staff.


Antoine, Baptiste,Laetitia & Vincent

Duvnjak Family
July, 2012

This is a most wonderful place! The owners are great people and the staff are caring and dedicated to giving their guests the best of times. The food is fantastic, and they went out of their way to ensure Ralph’s dietary needs were met. The hide is a really great way to get up close to the animals, and our guide, Thomas, did an excellent job of finding game (both large and small) and is extremely knowledgeable about nature. This was our fourth stay at a game preserve, but from now on it will be our only stop!


Ralph and Sandy Miller

Hotchkiss, CO
June, 2012

Fantastic place to be! Excellent service & amazing food. The hide and waterhole are the best attractions I’ve ever experienced in Africa. Thanks to all Bush House staff!


Ewald Iking

Utrecht area
June, 2012

Unbeatable service! Genuinely striving to make every moment the best it could be for the visitors. The view over the waterhole is the best I have seen ( I’ve visited 7 other lodges at Madikwe plus 3 other parks).
The hide is another great attraction. Thanks for a great weekend.


Peter Lawson

May, 2012

What a wonderful place for a family bush weekend- made perfect by the wonderful response of the staff to all our family needs- from the smallest (2 months) to the oldest- Malcolm celebrating his 70th!
Your attentive and friendly help was really impressive. Thanks to all


Malcolm and Kathy Macdonald

South Africa
May, 2012

Wonderful! Having been in the industry for over 20 years I have seen a lot of camps and The Bush House is truly a special place, run with passion. The new “hide” will be great- especially with a bar fridge!
Big Five plus wild dog twice!
Thank you all.


Wolhuter Family

April, 2012

Thank you Bush House for letting us have an amazing adventure, and seeing new things! I know that all 5 of us love it here and soon are wanting to come back and never leave. We had the experience of a lifetime. Everybody was so lovely. Can’t wait to come back. Cheers.
The Crookshanks Family


John,Sassy,Max. Claudia & Sean

April, 2012

We have had a riot! You guys have made this an unforgettable first trip to South Africa- it won’t be our last. Thank you for your hospitality and unrelenting patience of my squealing on the drives.
We cannot wait to come back. Thank you all. :)


Caroline & James

Abu Dhabi
March, 2012

What a magnificent place – Congratulations to Sue and Gordon for this excellent place.Good Luck with future plans- we will be back!! :)
Big thank you to all the staff and for the language lessons!
A very big thank you for making our drives very special and memories we will treasure forever. We will be back to see the cat with spots.
Have fun.

Nikki and Malc

March, 2012

A wonderful stay in a beautiful place. What an incredible waterhole- it gave us so much pleasure watching the elephants and other animals. All the staff did an incredible job and made us feel very welcome.
We will follow your webcam.

Jane and Mary

Collingwood & Toronto
February, 2012

Be it blue skyes or rain and thunderstorm- The Bush House has always been our “home” to us. We very much enjoyed the calm and relaxed atmosphere, the kindness and the absolutely perfect hospitality of everybody we have met here. We spent awesome 3 days, indulged in excellent food, creatively decorated and presented and admired the beautiful garden- not to mention all the animals, big and small ones, we’ve seen on the Game drives and by the waterhole.

Anja Stemmer & Herbert Huber

January, 2012

A little piece of Paradise in the African bush!! A great way to spend four restful days. Many thanks to Geraldine and Tumi and all the staff who looked after us so well. A REAL pleasure. Thanks also to Sue and Gordon for making it possible.

Helena & Ken Watkins &Wendy Langley

Greyton & Sydney
South Africa & Australia
January, 2012

We had a splendid Xmas, thanks to your wonderful folks and the beautiful buildings, garden, everything. Many thanks!


December, 2011

I have only one word; fabulous, fantastic, awesome, memorable, comfortable,special, memorable, super, friendly, memorable and memorable!
Thank you!

Chay Tancrel

South Africa
December, 2011

Bush family-
In all our travels around the world, our stay with all of you was above and beyond the best. From the hospitality, the food, the family atmosphere and especially the adventure ( Thanks Coenie!!!).
I can’t thank you all enough for everything, it was a truly amazing experience.

Craig Brown

New Zealand
December, 2011

This was a very special two days for us. Four of the Big 5 , so many babies and the two honey badgers! The views at the waterhole were exciting especially the elephants playing in the water and the cautious giraffe. Thank you for delicious food and wonderful hospitality.

Nancy, Steve & Philip

United States
November, 2011

A very BIG thank you all of the staff of Bush House. Your hospitality, the wonderful food.
There are not enough words to tell you all how much we have enjoyed our stay. We felt like part of the Bush House family and very at home.

Hans Gelissen

November, 2011

It’s been 2 nights and we don’t want to leave! Thank you for the fabulous stay Sue and Gordon, Debbie- the drives were incredible especially in the rain and Coenie you make the best bartender ever…..

Roland, Anila and Dhanushka

October, 2011

What a wonderful place to spend a relaxing weekend.
The staff is brilliant and very friendly. Will definitely be back again.

Mosiako family

October, 2011

Thank you to the Bush House Staff for a stunning weekend and for making Ryan’s dream come true in more ways than one!

Adam, Sonja, Heather and Ryan

Somerset West
Cape Town
October, 2011

We were fortunate to spend 6 days with you and every one was fantastic. Beautiful location, exceptional staff, and wonderful food. The game drives were terrific and we were lucky enough to see the Big 5. We cannot thank you enough for all the help you gave us, we are looking forward to next year. Extra big thank you to Sue and Gordon for having such a lovely place, and to Debbie for her off-road skills! Also Coenie for his bartending. We miss you all.

Ian and Marjorie

October, 2011

This is as close to paradise as you can get. Lovely lodge,vicous animals and game drives.But the best of all was all the lovely people we met and their hospitality.

Ann Charlotte Johansson

September, 2011

Probably the most delightful suprise in a two month trip around RSA, Namibia and Botswana. We’ll be back! Thanks so much

David & Lesley Marcus

September, 2011

What a wonderful experience. I can’t imagine other lodges that provide the location, personalized service and flavor that Sue, Gordon and the rest of the staff provide at the Bush House. Already looking at dates for next “winter”.



Washington, DC
August, 2011

Bush House was everything we hoped it would be and much more. Beautiful surroundings, delicious food served in a variety of settings and attentive, friendly staff make Bush House the warm and relaxed environment that it is. Our Ranger, Debbie, was informative and made sure that every game drive was a different experience and that we saw as wide a range of the wonderful animals as possible. We enjoyed our time sitting overlooking the water hole watching the comings and goings during the day. Thank you to Sue, Gordon and the whole team for creating perfection!

Ian, Pat, Fiona and Katie

August, 2011

Like staying with family. Wonderful game drives.
You cannot improve on perfection- all round.

Helen Ibbott

July, 2011

Dear Sue,Gordon and Staff,
We started visiting the Bush House in 2005, than we were still living in Holland. Immediatly we felt at home, we were pampered from the early mornings till the late evenings. Food to die for and game drives that open your eyes.In the six years that we are visiting the Bush House
we enjoy it over and over again. No better place like home, yes that is the Bush House. We are now living in Jeffreys Bay SA since 2009 and we love to go to our Home away from Home.Both places are “coming home” for us.
Love Sjoerd & Martha.

Sjoerd & Martha Klaucke

Jeffreys Bay
Sout Africa
June, 2011

Bush House Family,
Thank you for the terrific respite during your early winter. You did an outstanding job and made this once in a lifetime trip memorable.


June, 2011

Bush House family- Thank you for another wonderful stay! Absolutely loved the hot water bottles on the morning game drive. Great idea. We greatly appreciate the personal care we received – all the details- were not overlooked by us :)The Bush House has been, and continues to be, our most favorite safari lodge!

Syd, Karen, Rachel & Bethany Shinn

North Carolina by way of Gaborone Botswana
June, 2011

Many thanks for a wonderful stay! It was fantastic to see the big five all in one day. A special thanks for the baby leopard!!! The staff was phenomenal, we loved them all. Coenie- brush your hair! The food was beautiful and delicious and the service was fantastic. We definitely enjoyed the warn fires and hot water bottles. The game drives were great and we saw many animals that matched our criteria- 1. If we could eat it. 2.If it could kill a squirrel. Thank you for the care you have provided over the past two days. It has been such a lovely, enjoyable stay.

Paul. Sandi, Emily & Katy Harmon

June, 2011

“The Bush House and Madikwe nursed our souls and our hearts”
The whole experience is just fantastic. The food, the staff, the game viewing and everything is wonderfull. We stayed for 15 days and we were not bored one minute. Thanks to everyone in the lodge.
PS Beware of the Boma !!

Eric & Karin

May, 2011

Erik said it all.
Home away from home. Thanks to everybody. See you again. Love

Tuurke & Maria

May, 2011

What a truly unforgettable holiday!! To each and everyone of you from behind the scene to front of house…….a big thank you!
From the moment (literally) we arrived, the setting, the elephant at the watering hole, the lioness chasing the warthog, the welcoming fires, the smiles,the hosts,the delicious dinners,that home from home feeling.
Nothing was too much trouble.
A fabulous evening with a braai, a delicious birthday cake for Millie.A manicure that made her feel “really special”
Jacques…..a hard act to follow. We wished , we hoped, we dreamed and you made it all come true!No sooner had we spoken about rhino and they were there.The leopard experience… none of us will forget.The kids marvelled when you “spoke” to the elephant bull.
We have relaxed, enjoyed and laughed, now it’s time to say goodbye.
Although in Belgium we say “Au revoir” and we will return!!
Thank you ALL for making us feel really special and privileged.

Louise,Steve,Josh,Rory & Millie

April, 2011

Sue & Gordon – Our 3 day stay will be an exceptionally sweet memory not only for Carla and I but for Nikolas and Briana! We enjoyed every moment of our visit. We totally enjoyed the rides (to include the flats) to see all the wild animals. The ones I really wanted to see were the lions which turned out to be the “sleeping lions”!! Jacques was exceptionally well versed of the land and animals. The elephant community at the water bank was outstanding! I’ve shared my videos and photos to lots of our friends in America! Your lodging and meals were fantastic. Your staff, of course, made me appreciated what “Tender Loving Care” is all about. I actually felt like a king with my queen and little prince and princess. Thank you for your unique care! We’ll never forget you all and hope to come back to visit you all the way from Lima, Peru! God bless and take care ya all!!

Wally & Carla Pinon

April, 2011

Dear Gordan, Sue and staff,
Suhas and I had an amazing time at the lodge. The staff were extremely friendly and we were very well looked after! The private dinner that was arranged was quite memorable. And I being the lone vegetarian, enjoyed my spl meal. Thank you! :)

Suhas and Pooja

March, 2011

I loved my stay. Everyone was so friendly and helpful. I felt like part of the family! Jeanette and Minky were always so pleasant and kind. Sue and Gordon are the best hosts. Jason is a great guide! Thank you so much.
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Rob Armstrong

United States
March, 2011

Thank you so much for a superb stay.You seem to have thought of everything down to the tiniest detail. I returned to the icy wastes of Boston (-7C!) but all I have to do is look at my marvelous pics and it doesn’t seem to matter! Well it goes really but what can you do?

Anna Kanarek

March, 2011

A place to keep deep in my memory. Everybody must go at least once in life. Lovely staff and nice meals. Cosy bedrooms and a beautiful landscape. It worths until last penny I paid. I would say thank you to everybody.


February, 2011

My first safari and this one was fantastic! Everyone was warm and wonderful and the service was outstanding. Great views of some wonderful animals.Thank you.

Real Robillard

United States
February, 2011

Stay was wonderful and the staff is great!!A special thanks for making our honeymoon so romantic.Safari was great… thank you Jason!
We hope to come back soon.

Carlo & Valentina Tambussi

January, 2011

What shall I say? We have had three amazing days, incredible friendly people,Jason was magician in finding the animals, full of spirit and passion. Good food, really great omelette “MADIKWE” in the morning, very conveniently located waterhole in front of the garden- so many elephants there,cool.
Definitely the highlight of our South African trip. Well done all involved,keep up the good work.

Niki ,Ralf & Gunnar

January, 2011

The Bush house was AWESOME!!  I had the bestest time. The bed was very comfortable, food amazing (try the milk tart and poached pear) and the waterhole has endless animals coming and going. The hide was a brilliant design (Thank you Gordon !!) what allows guest to watch the animals up close and personal. I would definitely recommend this place to EVERYONE! I will come back in a few years but I will be back for sure. Thank you Sue and Gordon and Tommy and Werner and Tumi and chef I had an amazing time.  Lots of love Sylvia Vancouver Canada 


May 2013

Perfect way to begin or finish a trip to South Africa. Many nice and unique touches. Food –fantastic. Service – Fantastic. Staff- Fantastic. Guide- Fantastic. I would recommend The Bush House to anyone.  Enjoyed our 3 days here and wish we could stay another 3 days, weeks, or years – we like it that much.

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