Thornybush Game Reserve is a private nature reserve that shares a fenceless border with the well-liked Kruger National Park in South Africa. Close encounters with the Big 5 are the most amazing experiences for Thorny Bush guests, with visitors especially always very pleased with the lion and leopard sightings. Thorny Bush is one the best Safari destinations i South Africa and this is due to its large and amazing diversity of wildlife.

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 at the Thornybush Lodge. The classic lower deck flows between the open dining area and a beautiful bar.

Accommodation options at Thornybush Game Reserve

  • Luxury Suite

    Min 1 guest - max 2 guests
    16 Lodge Suites

    Private and stylishly decorated, the Luxury Suites at Thornybush Game Lodge are a joy to spend a night in and difficult to leave. The large windows above the ba…


    from R 13500 / per-person-per-night

    Indoor Shower
    Indoor Shower
    Fire Boma
    Fire Boma
    Swimming Pool
    Swimming Pool

What's included

The Rates Include:

• Accommodation

• 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

For special rates and deals, the inclusive drinks policy may differ from the above

The Rates Exlude:

• Drinks not included (Champagne, Premium wines, and spirits)

• Curio and spa treatments

• Staff gratuities

• Levies

• Sabi Sands Wildtuin, Gowrie gate fees (per vehicle and per person)

• Simbambili airstrip landing fees



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


  • 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 Lodge 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 Thornybush Community Project with the aim of contributing positively towards the lives of the local community members as well as developing 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.

Are you unsure of where to stay? Contact us to help plan your nature-based travel.

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