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.

Superwoman2003 Avatar
Perfection, nothing to complain about at all
5 star rating

The most amazing place to stay. Everything was perfect, the accommodation, the staff, the food, the game drives, the rangers, and just when you think it can get no better they surprise you with a little something extra, in our... read more

Superwoman2003

1 month ago
eric p Avatar
What an amazing experience.
5 star rating

Just spent three nights at Thornybush and was blown away by basically everything. The game drives were totally off the hook and far more productive than I ever dreamed. My driver Freedom and his spotter Frank were able... read more

eric p

1 month ago
Meander302359 Avatar
Thorneybush Saseka is a must stay!
5 star rating

Wow, doesn’t even come close to expressing how wonderful our stay was at Thorneybush Saseka Camp! All the staff including Pride, showed amazing hospitality and our guides, Joe and Delta, while on our drives, provided more wow moments then... read more

Meander302359

1 month ago
RFMSP Avatar
Unforgettable experience
5 star rating

There is a quiet luxury at Seseka that delivers a feeling of exceptional comfort without being over-the-top. Every detail has been carefully considered- to the interior of the spacious accommodations to the natural elements of design throughout the... read more

RFMSP

1 month ago
Acho C Avatar
Spectacular and amazing
5 star rating

We had two nights and three days there, the rooms were beautiful and very nice. The food and service was first class. Our guide and tracker had lot of experience and were very helpful explaining the wild life. The place... read more

Acho C

2 months ago
Josh A Avatar
The Best Food Ever!!!
5 star rating

I still don’t know how they did it, but in a place full of leopards, lions, elephants, giraffes, hippos, buffalos and so much more we found some of the best food possible and by far the best guide and tracker... read more

Josh A

2 months ago

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