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About Thornybush Game Reserve

Thornybush Game Reserve is a private wildlife reserve that shares a fenceless border with the famed Kruger National Park in South Africa. Close encounters with the Big 5 are among some of the amazing experiences for Thornybush Game Reserve guests, with lion and leopard sightings a common occurrence. Considered one of the best safari destinations in the country, the luxury safari lodges of Thornybush Game Reserve, among a rich tapestry of wildlife, offer guests an immersive and unforgettable bush experience, whether embarking on a romantic escapade or enjoying a family holiday safari.

With a touch of sophistication in the lodge's design and layout, the thatched main area overlooks a waterhole and riverbed regularly visited by elephants, buffalo and other large game. The classic lower deck flows between the open dining area and a beautiful bar where guests can enjoy delicious meals and refreshing sundowners. Whether enjoying Ottolenghi-style salads at harvest tables, tapas poolside, or lantern-lit riverbed dining, the food consistently delights. The lodge also offers serene environments where skilled therapists use Africology products to provide tailored treatments for stress, fatigue, anti-ageing, and relaxation.

Thornybush Game Reserve Setting

Considered one of the largest and oldest safari areas in South Africa, the Greater Kruger region is made up of the Kruger National Park, Sabi Sands, Manyeleti, Thornybush, and other surrounding private game reserves. The entire area is one of the best places to view wildlife, experience guided walks and explore some of the wildest areas in the country.

Thornybush Game Reserve shares unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park, offering a haven for diverse indigenous game and incredible wildlife viewing opportunities. With the Big Five freely roaming under the vast skies of the Greater Kruger Park, guests can enjoy thrilling sightings on game drives or bush walks led by skilled guides, or from the comfort of their safari lodge.

What's included

• All meals and snacks

• All local drinks (soft drinks, house wine, selection of local beers, local spirits)

• Minibar drinks

• Morning and afternoon game drives in open safari vehicles, accompanied by experienced guides and trackers

• Wi-Fi

• Laundry


How to get there

  • 1 hrs

    Hoedspruit Airport to Thornybush

  • Thornybush Game Reserve

    Greater Kruger National Park, 1380

  • Check in at Thornybush Game Reserve

    14:00 on day of arrival

  • Check out at Thornybush Game Reserve

    11:00 on day of departure

Frequently asked questions


  • Tasteful Elegance

    We spent a very lovely 2 night stay at Thornybush Game Lodge. It was a tasteful elegance despite its large size. We were made to feel very welcome and enjoyed our time with Tracey our ranger. The food was delicious and sighting galore. review

    Suvana S.

Thornybush Game Reserve impact highlights

Thornybush Game Reserve creates out-of-the-ordinary safari experiences for their guests, while also developing the lives of their staff and the well-being of the surrounding communities. In 2005, Thornybush created the Thornybush Community Project to contribute positively towards the lives of the local community members as well as develop the community in any way possible. Today the focus areas (local communities) have grown so much; the project is now a contributor in both the NPO sector and a supporter of different community initiatives.

Thornybush proudly aligns with The Long Run, a pioneering community of nature-based tourism enterprises dedicated to global sustainability. Already making significant progress in environmental conservation and community engagement, our partnership with The Long Run allows us to further our sustainability efforts alongside similar-minded travel companies worldwide.

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