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.

alancA9323WG Avatar
Simply the best !! ( apologies Tina)
5 star rating

It was our 50th wedding anniversary and due to Covid we delayed booking anything due to travel restrictions. Eventually as the restrictions lifted we opted for a local experience to limit flying and quarantine. Found this lodge online and due... read more

alancA9323WG

2 days ago
644robertoa Avatar
STUPENDO!
5 star rating

Posto a dir poco stupendo!
Struttura fantastica, camere spettacolari e servizio eccellente.

Il safari è davvero unico e abbiamo visto davvero di tutto, leoni, elefanti, Leopardi, rinoceronti…oltre a zebre, giraffe, iene e molto altro

Il cibo è delizioso e tutti sono molto gentili...
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644robertoa

3 weeks ago
SuvanaS1 Avatar
Dreams do come true
5 star rating

We had an epic stay at Saseka Tented camp. Jimmy our butler was always on point and never hesitated to pander to our every need. Zanele was amazing and even stayed with us to take pictures of our engagement. They... read more

SuvanaS1

4 weeks ago
SuvanaS1 Avatar
Awe Inspiring
5 star rating

Undoubtedly the best private game reserve stay we have ever had. The hosting, the accommodation, the food and the sightings were all sublime. We even had the pleasure of seeing Hosana (the famous male leopard) twice in our stay. Thank... read more

SuvanaS1

4 weeks ago
SuvanaS1 Avatar
Tasteful Elegance
5 star rating

We spent a very lovely 2 night stay at Thornybush Game Lodge. It was a tasteful elegance despite its large size. We were made to feel very welcome and enjoyed our time with Tracey our ranger. The food was delicious... read more

SuvanaS1

4 weeks ago
DonnaFay00 Avatar
Best bush experience of my life!
5 star rating

I am only getting to this review a year after staying yet the impact this absolutely incredible place had on me is still very fresh in my heart and mind. Our entire experience at Saseka was the most amazing time... read more

DonnaFay00

1 month ago

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