Our Timeline


Thornybush is fenced and becomes one of the first private nature reserves in the Greater Kruger Park


Game Lodge opens its doors and becomes the first commercial Thornybush lodge.


Lodge football league is founded by Thornybush Game Lodge foreman Elijah.


Elephants are introduced to Thornybush Nature Reserve and N’kaya, Shumbalala, Serondella and Monwana all open.


Thornybush is proclaimed a nature reserve in April, the first recording of a white wildebeest born naturally in the wild takes place at Thornybush and bushbabies from Natal are released and studied in the reserve.


The successful reintroduction of cheetah.


Jackalberry Lodge opens.


The Thornybush Community Computer Centre is setup.


Thornybush, then known as Inzalo, acquires Thornybush Game Lodge including 821 hectares of nature reserve.


Waterbuck Lodge opens.


Simbambili Lodge opens.


Ian Beuchamp appointed as Inzalo CEO.


Inzalo rebrands as Thornybush Collection and acquires Chapungu Tented Camp opening up another 83 hectares of nature reserve, with Nic Griffin appointed as Inzalo CEO.


The River Lodge opens.


Thornybush becomes the first lowveld reserve to treat rhino horn as a form of tackling rhino poaching.


Waterside Lodge opens.


Thornybush Nature Reserve drops its fences and becomes part of the Greater Kruger, welcoming a new era for the reserve’s biodiversity.


Saseka Tented Camp opens, Thornybush Collection rebrands as Thornybush and Joanne Dickson is appointed as CEO.


A Fond Farewell to Nic Griffin

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Thornybush Community Projects

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Thornybush Joins the Greater Kruger National Park

Thornybush forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park, which allows the free movement of animals across 19,485 square kilometres (7,523 sq mi) of land.

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Wild Shots Community Program

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