Morning & Afternoon Game Drives in Kruger

Morning Game Drives

Awaken to a pink dawn, the sounds of the morning chorus as the birds begin to stir and look forward to a new day and an exciting chance to see the African wildlife begin their day – this is the ultimate welcome to a morning drive at Thornybush. You’ll need to be up before the sun, starting with a morning coffee and a snack before you hop into our game vehicles and set off to see the best big 5 animal sightings. Morning game drives are a perfect opportunity to seek out wildlife as this is when the land is cool and the animals are most active. Anything is possible and sightings come quickly, so prepare those cameras and have your bush eyes peeled! After a couple hours of roaming the reserve you’ll stop at a special spot for our famous bush coffee break before heading back for a delicious late breakfast.

Afternoon Game Drives

With two game drives a day, you’re bound to spot your bucket-list big 5 animal sightings. Following a lazy afternoon, most likely spent by the pool or on your deck, we’ll meet for a deliciously prepared afternoon tea with sweet treats before you climb into your game vehicle for a three-hour drive that leads into the evening. The sundowner stop at one of our favourite viewpoints will no doubt show off one of Africa’s iconic sights – a sunset casting golden light across an African savanna. As night sets in, you’ll start to see new animals stir on your safari at night experience, adding another level of excitement to the end of the drive.

Read about our Big 5 animal Safari experience.

Stay at the finest safari lodges in the Kruger

Thornybush's collection of top-rated safari lodges offers some of the best Kruger Morning & Afternoon Game Drives in the Greater Kruger Park region.

Jackalberry Lodge

Jackalberry Lodge

Lean back and unwind at our Jackalberry Lodge, where views of the nearby waterhole and the distant Drankensberg mountain range, make for a splendid setting. Seven thatched suites are supremely comfortable, although you may find yourself drawn to the main area where you can relax and watch the wildlife passing by.

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Little Saseka

Experience the ultimate intimacy of the Little Saseka. As a sole-use option, this space grants you the privacy of staying at your own lodge within the magnificent grounds of Saseka Tented Camp, overlooking the seasonal Monwana riverbed.

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Saseka Tented Suite

Saseka Tented Camp

Our extraordinary 5-star lodge serves up understated luxury on the banks of the seasonal Monwana River, across eight spacious tented suites. The striking design of the lodge, luxurious touches and spectacular location have combined to create a lodge that is like no other in the Greater Kruger Park region.

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Simbambili Game Lodge

Simbambili Game Lodge

Set in the famous Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Simbambili impresses with its incredible game viewing opportunities. Managed with warmth and passion, Simbambili offers a down-to-earth yet luxurious bush experience where the world-class wildlife encounters, expert rangers, extensive private decks and welcoming atmosphere results in bucket-list experiences.

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Thornybush Game Lodge

Thornybush Game Lodge

Thornybush Game Lodge, the original Thornybush establishment, has changed and evolved since 1961 to the sophisticated, down-to-each luxury lodge it is today. Warm-hearted staff, expert guides and unobstructed views of the waterhole from the deck are standout features.

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Read our Kruger Morning & Afternoon Game Drives Reviews

Thornybush guests consistently rate our Kruger Morning & Afternoon Game Drives with a five star rating.

Sandy O Avatar
Wonderful return to the bush!
5 star rating

From the first enquiry to the final good bye I was given the most wonderful treatment by everyone!The staff at the lodge and the guide and tracker were all excellent, attentive to every need and so friendly!Thank you everyone -... read more

Sandy O

5 days ago
Tamryn Avatar
Unforgettable in every way
5 star rating

Thornybush is a true gem. Our family of five was spoiled from the min we arrived to the second we left. This is a must-do family experience. Our guide, Lindi, and tracker, KG were an exceptional team, we totally lucked... read more

Tamryn

1 week ago
Marinda2014 Avatar
Excellent experience of game viewing as well as nature
4 star rating

The informal arrangements at the lodge immediately made us feel right at home. As did the staff. The knowledge and skills of the tracker together with the great rapport between him and the ranger led us... read more

Marinda2014

1 week ago
NGY Avatar
The most amazing experience
5 star rating

Our first Safari and what an amazing first it was. Simbambili exceeded all our expectations in every aspect. Kel and Ishmael were amazing. Every game drive was a wonderful experience. They are extremely knowledgeable in every aspect from the... read more

NGY

2 weeks ago
HEJAX Avatar
Spectacular In Every Way
5 star rating

Simply the best. Our three nights at Thornybush were magical in every way – far exceeding our expectations. Daniel and John, our guide and tracker, were simply the best. Following tracks and sounds miles off to show us incredible things... read more

HEJAX

2 weeks ago
Drew  K Avatar
Simbambili always a treat to visit
5 star rating

Happy to share that another trip to the special Simbambili exceeded all expectations!!!From Mike our ranger and his trusty Mr T every game drive was a wonderful experience. Thanks for the off roading that allowed us wonderful access to the... read more

Drew K

2 weeks ago

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