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"Waterside Lodge - A wildlife paradise"

The lakeshore venue at Waterside offers a haven which is surrounded by a natural forest and lush perfectly manicured gardens. Waterside offers an unforgettable Safari in the heart of a biodiverse ecology.


Waterside Lodge comprises of 20 suites, all designed with and around its natural surroundings, without lacking any of the modern amenities. Thatch suites are all fitted with:

  • Air-conditioning
  • En-suite bathrooms
  • Private decks

*Inter-leading doors for family suites are available, ideal for families or larger groups.

Children's Programme:

  • There are children's programs at Waterside Lodge.
  • A complimentary activity backpack is given to children, and they are assigned a ranger on arrival.
  • Outdoor activities include game walks and drives.
  • At the end of the stay, children receive ‘Ranger in Training’ certificates.
  • The Thornybush Kids programs are designed before to guests’ arrive and can include specific meal plans, activities.
  • After-hours childminders are available if requested by the parents.

Thornybush portfolio offers an abundance of wildlife species; Waterside has Africa’s famous Big Five. And 147 species of mammals recorded. Rarely seen species such as cheetah and hyena freely roam the pristine wilderness. There are 114 reptile and 507 bird species to be seen.

Waterside woodlands offer a variety of indigenous flora on sprawling savannah plains.

  • Swimming Pool
  • Child-Friendly
  • Game Drives
  • Conference Venue
  • Game Drives
  • Walking Safaris

A fully equipped conference facility is available and can cater for up to 60 guests.

Wedding packages are also available.

Facilities and Services:

  • Flip charts
  • whiteboard
  • Television
  • Overhead projector
  • Video
Child Policy
  • All children are welcome at Waterside Lodge.
  • Children 0-6yrs are not allowed on safaris or bush walks.
  • Children 2-5 yrs of age are not allowed on game drives.
  • The lodge does offer babysitting facilities at extra cost.
Specials at Waterside Lodge

Waterside Lodge offers specials from time to time. Please visit our specials page for more information.

Rates, inclusions & exclusions - Waterside Lodge

Due to the frequency of rates changing, we do not publish official rates on this website. Luxury Safaris range in a variety of prices and, as an indication of what to expect, one can pay anywhere from R2 000 to R20 000 per person per night sharing and more, depending on the choice of accommodation, season, specials and other determining factors. For the most up to date rates, please contact us.

  • Accommodation
  • Premium drinks and cigars
  • Curio shop purchases
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities
  • All levies
Enquiries at Waterside Lodge

Please complete this form should you wish to make an enquiry or request a quotation.
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Should you require information before completing the form, you may contact us at:
Skype: pietsmiles  •  Office: +27 (0)12 345 6438  •  Cell: +27 (0)71 687 2782

After hours: please send an email message to welcome@smilestravels.co.za and we will reply soonest

Note: There are no camping or self-catering facilities at this lodge.

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