Thornybush Nature Reserve



BEST TIME TO VISIT

May to September



PEAK SEASON

July to October and mid-December to early January



SECRET SEASON

Early January to March and November to mid-December



BEST WEATHER

April to May, and September to October

Snapshot of Thornybush Nature Reserve

  • Unfenced and Part of the Greater Kruger National Park
  • Great Diversity of Wildlife
  • World Class Lodging
  • Easy Access
  • Limited Lodges and Guests

Perfect For

Highly Qualified Guides

Our guides and trackers take a holistic approach to wildlife experiences and strive to explain how the whole ecosystem is connected, from the dung beetle to the elephant. The better our guests understand how everything works together, the more the magic of the bush is revealed to them. Their passion brings something new to every drive or bush walk.

A Private Paradise

The 14,000-hectare Thornybush nature reserve is private, ensuring our guests enjoy intimate, uncrowded encounters with the wildlife as well as extended time on sightings. The game density is exceptional and we can take you as close to the action as possible. Once darkness falls, you’ll be treated to thrilling spotlight-lit night drives in search of rare nocturnal animals and big cats on the move.

Home to the Big 5

An abundance of perennial rivers, good groundwater levels and a range of vegetation means a diversity of plains game is drawn to Thornybush, which, in turn, attracts predators. From trumpeting elephant herds along river beds, to the roar of a lion pride echoing through our camps to the thrill of a close encounter with a stealthy leopard, Thornybush is the ideal place to see the icons of the African bushveld.

Explore Our Lodges

You can expect the finest interpretive experience from our incredible private and specialist guides.

Wildlife in Thornybush Nature Reserve

Thornybush is one of the oldest private nature reserves in South Africa and teems with plains game and the Big 5. It’s this diversity of wildlife that has made it such a celebrated safari destination.

Lion

Very Common
Big 5

Leopard

Very Common
Big 5

Buffalo

Very Common
Big 5

Rhino

Very Common
Big 5

Elephant

Very Common
Big 5

Cheetah

Rare
Magnificent 7

Wild Dog

Common
Magnificent 7

Hyena

Very Common
Popular With Guests

Giraffe

Very Common
Popular With Guests

Zebra

Very Common
Popular With Guests

Hippo

Very Common
Popular With Guests

Warthog

Very Common
Popular With Guests

Thornybush Nature Reserve Traveller Reviews

Read our most recent Thornybush Nature Reserve reviews from TripAdvisor and other travel review website.

LinzeJayne Avatar
Amazing Experience, Amazing Staff
5 star rating

This was my first experience visiting a lodge like this and it was really one to remember. From the moment you arrive, you are treated like royalty! The rooms are beautiful, all with an amazing outlook and the staff are... read more

LinzeJayne

2 months ago
ClaireLeske2604 Avatar
Unforgettable experience
5 star rating

There is honestly only good things I can say... The experience is one you will never forget. From the people (host, guide, tracker, kitchen ataff, etc) to the food, accommodation, game drives, everything was spectacular. Truly worth every cent! We... read more

ClaireLeske2604

2 months ago
ankur1408 Avatar
Deserves 6 Stars
5 star rating

Unbelievable experience. Thornyush Game Lodge is set in a 1200 Ha Private Conservancy which shares an open fence with the Greater Kruger National Park. Stayed there for 2 nights recently and wished that the trip was much longer, as we... read more

ankur1408

2 months ago

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