Thornybush Game Reserve, is a private game reserve, near Hoedspruit, in the Limpopo province of South Africa. It borders the Kapama Game Reserve and is located close to the Timbavati Game Reserve and the Kruger Park.
enjoy unexpected sightings of rarely seen creatures on our evening game drives
The Thornybush Collection of Lodge
Offerings consist of twelve Lodges, eleven of which are located in the Thornybush Private Nature Reserve and one in the Northern part of the Sabi Sand.
A well-known destination for local and international visitors Thornybush has earned its reputation as one of the country’s finest bush experiences. Situated within 14 000 hectares of pristine wilderness, adjacent to the Kruger National Park, the Thornybush Nature Reserve is a true escape from the madness of city life. This haven, which is just over 5 hours’ drive from Johannesburg has scooped numerous world firsts, both for conservation and hospitality. Thornybush has evolved over the years into a visitor’s paradise, “our collection of Lodges offers something for everyone. Bush lovers can saturate themselves, not only in the big five, but also in the remarkable fauna and flora,” while less than enthusiastic bush goers can recoup their sanity relaxing in the luxurious surrounds, enjoying delicious cuisine and pampering themselves at one of the spas. Whatever your preference you never leave Thornybush the same as when you arrived. Testimony to this are the numerous visitor comments, the message is clear once you’ve experienced Thornybush it changes you profoundly. Each Lodge has been carefully selected to provide a variety of differing experiences and designed to meet the varying pockets of discerning travellers.
Serondella, nKaya, Waterbuck and Monwana are four small intimate lodges that each accommodates eight people in a unique environment, each with their own personal intimacy of space, comfort and warmth. Each of these Camps with a sparkling swimming pool, Bar and differing Dining venues to suit the season and the occasion.
Jackalberry lodge caters for just 16 guests at a time, in 5 classic safari chalets, 1 honeymoon and 1 family suite. All the accommodation overflows with ethnic ambience, and blends into the surrounding vegetation, for an intimate experience in harmony with the rhythms of the African bush.
Shumbalala, an exquisite five star property with every possible comfort and privacy, is both spacious and stylish and offers guests the ultimate in personalized hospitality. This Camp boasts an exceptional Presidential Suite with adjoining entertainment area exclusive to this suite which includes two bedrooms, Lounge and Dining room and central open fireplace. A feature wine cellar is unique to this special property.
Chapungu, that accommodates 16 guests in Africa’s flavour of the lowveld comfort. This Camp too has a central swimming pool, Bar and each tent with private facilities and feature outside bath.
Our only self-catering Camp, Nkelenga, is situated close to a small dam that is home to thirst quenching animals at dawn and dusk. This Camp also has a small private swimming pool, three tents with private facilities, a main homestead with a further bedroom and small mezzanine “dormitory” that sleeps four, designed for children of all ages. This Camp sleeps a maximum of twelve and is particularly attractive to budget conscious game enthusiasts. This Camp is the only camp in the collection that has a Camp rate per night rather than a per person rate per night.
Thornybush Waterside Lodge is located on the Thornybush Nature Reserve. The Lodge is conveniently located on a large expanse of water, the lounge, dining and outside Bar areas enjoying expansive views of both the bush and the waterside. There are 20 comfortable air-conditioned suites with bathrooms and separate showers, private decks to each suite, all within minutes walking distance of the entertainment areas of the Lodge, including a private Boma for evening dining enjoyment. “This Lodge fits well into the Collection’s varied Lodge offerings”