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Set within the Greater Kruger National Park.

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’.

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20th Jul 2019

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.

Supporting Our Local Community

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.



2018 Year-End Message from Thornybush

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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.

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An Africology Face Mask Recipe

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.

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And That’s a Wrap for 2019!

Our end of year message and from our new CEO, Joanne Dickson.

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Announcement: Thornybush is Going Into Hibernation

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Anti-Poaching Pooches

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