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Set within the Greater Kruger National Park.

Thornybush is a collection of luxury lodges in the world-renowned wilderness areas of Sabi Sand and Thornybush Nature Reserve in Kruger Park. Big 5 encounters and the sheer diversity of wildlife in the Kruger Park have helped establish Thornybush as a leading destination in the Greater Kruger Park area. It’s the people here, however, that are the real secret to our bush magic. Our guides lead with an expertise and intuition that’s second to none, while our close-knit teams within the Thornybush lodges, from the receptionists to the chefs, create the homely environment our guests recognise as that ‘Thornybush feeling’. Explore Destinations

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Sandy B Avatar
Best Ever Bush Break!!
5 star rating

Our 4 night stay at Simbambili Lodge was outstanding, from the fabulous welcoming staff to our Butler Mr T, Ranger Tendai & our great tracker Service who all made our time very special, Tendai & Service made such a great… read more

Sandy B

1 week ago
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Luxurious getaway – something special
5 star rating

This is like a 6 star experience. The attention to detail is unbelievable. Every staff member is outstanding, in particular Anthony, Joe, Jimmy, and Pride.

The game viewing was excellent and the knowledge and tenacity of the game drivers is…
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2 weeks ago
Andre V Avatar
Luxury with a relaxed feel. Great to be back on safari.
5 star rating

We had a fantastic Kruger safari at Thornybush Game Lodge. It was our first since the pandemic, so really great to get back into the bush.

We’ve stayed at various luxury lodges in Kruger and elsewhere. The staff at Thornybush were…
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Andre V

3 weeks ago
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Jackalberry is open and ready!
5 star rating

We stayed 3 nights in Thornybush at Jackalberry and 3 nights at Simbavati River Lodge in Timbavati. Both were great and nice variety. Jackalberry has an artificial pond near the dining area, so during dry season you will… read more


3 weeks ago
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Great Experience
5 star rating

From the moment we got there everything and everyone was first class. Meals very good, service by Glory incredible. Loved the game drives with Enoch and tracker Freddy. Best spotting 15 Lions that couldn’t even stand from eating too much… read more


1 month ago
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Our BEST trip EVER
5 star rating

We were three couples all close friends/family. We all agree: superior lodging. Met by Jackalberry manager Nataly and assistant Zoey with refreshing cider.
Our exquisite lodging was kept in tip-top shape with Butler Lucy & Comfort,…
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1 month ago

Supporting Our Local Community

Thornybush Luxury Game Lodge in Kruger Park created The Thornybush Community Projects, a non-profit organisation established with the objective of nurturing and uplifting our surrounding local community. The majority of our staff come from the surrounding local communities, so we see it as our duty to do our best to make a positive contribution, especially with the needs that are continually evident within such a rural setting. READ MORE

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