We have 12 superb lodges in the world-renowned wilderness areas of Sabi Sand and Thornybush Nature Reserve. Big 5 encounters and the sheer diversity of wildlife 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 lodge, from the receptionists to the chefs, create the homely environment our guests recognise as that ‘Thornybush feeling’.
Before I went to Simbambili I had spent 11 nights in other lodges completing 22 game drives. I’d seen many animals and been up close a personal with them. However this lodge takes the experience to a new level. We spent 4 amazing days at Simbambili and we didnt want to leave.
Thornybush Luxury Game Lodge 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.
As 2018 draws to a close, we’d like to take this opportunity to reflect back on some of Thornybush’s highlights for the year, and what we (and you) can look for
South Africa is the perfect place to enjoy a safari experience. If you’re not yet convinced, we’ve given our top three reasons why we believe you should come vi
You may be used to the white Christmas seasons, filled with markets, hot chocolate and bustling crowds but we promise you, a festive season in South Africa has
A safari vacation can be a bonding experience for families of all ages. Find out what makes a family safari so special at Thornybush.
Celebrate South African Heritage Day on 24th September by making this delicious modern twist on an old favourite: Chicken Feet. The health benefits will out weigh any scepticism.
Elephants are an iconic species and like all youngsters, baby elephants are full of the joys of life. With over inquisitive minds and comical antics they are a
After 12 years at the helm of Thornybush, Nic Griffin has reached a well earned retirement. We reflect on Nic’s incredible achievements and bid him a happy reti
Affectionately known as the King of Beasts, the Lion is an animal to behold, and admire. Today they face a rapid decline in their populations, so we spare a tho
There’s no doubt that a safari setting is one of the most romantic locations in which to get married. Under the canopies of acacia trees or nestled in a dry riverbed, surrounded by multihued blooms, golden grasses, endless horizons and moody cloud cover will capture your perfect day in the most memorable way.
Affectionately known as painted wolves, the African wild dog, while belonging to the family Canidae, is only distantly related to any of the other canines.
South Africa has always had a strong gin culture, which dates way back to the country’s association with British colonial culture and the Great White hunters of
We have put together a simple DIY spa experience, made from ingredients you can find in your kitchen, to enjoy that spa vibe in the comfort of your home.
Thornybush is going into hibernation! Find out how this temporary closure has become necessary and what we are going to be doing with all our ‘free’ time.
A story about the incredible anti-poaching work done by the K9 unit on Thornybush. How these highly trained and skilled dogs work together with the team on the ground to combat poaching.