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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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5th Nov 2019

Thornybush Game Lodge is fabulous, and the staff amazing, food absolutely delicious and all made from scratch, our ranger and Tracker were the best: absolute experts in the field, fountains of knowledge and so much fun to be with.

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.

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Stories/Blog

2018 Year-End Message from Thornybush

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

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3 Reasons Why South African Safaris Are Unbeatable!

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

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5 Reasons Why a Festive Season Safari is a Great Idea

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

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5 Reasons Why a Safari is Great for Family Bonding

A safari vacation can be a bonding experience for families of all ages. Find out what makes a family safari so special at Thornybush.

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A Day In The Life of a Baby Elephant

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

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A Fond Farewell to Nic Griffin

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

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A Matter of Pride

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

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A Safari Wedding with Thornybush is Your Dream Come True – Here’s Why

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.

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African Wild Dog vs Domestic Dog – What’s the Difference?

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.

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An African Safari with a Side of Gin at Thornybush

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

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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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Are male lions really that lazy?

Male lions are so often perceived as lazy guys, so we take a closer look to see if this really is the case.

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Army Ants on the March

It’s not always The Big 5 that have the ability to wow, Army Ants have some impressive features to boast too!

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Baby Marrow Ribbon Salad with Cheese and Onion Focaccia Bread

When it’s hot outside, a fresh, light salad goes down a treat with guests on safari with us. Check out this recipe for baby marrow salad and cheesy focaccia bre

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Beautiful, Berry-ful Cheesecake – A Waterside Lodge Recipe

Although every mealtime is a celebration of fine dining during your South African safari at the Thornybush Lodges, you don’t need a special occasion to enjoy th

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