Destinations

Choose From Two Spectacular Safari Destinations

Thornybush Nature Reserve

Thornybush Nature Reserve is a 14,000-hectare private reserve that shares a fenceless border with the famous Kruger National Park in South Africa. Big 5 encounters are the standout experiences for our guests, with visitors particularly impressed with the lion and leopard sightings. It’s the vast diversity of wildlife, however, that has seen Thornybush emerge as a leading safari destination. With our passionate and expert guide-and-tracker teams leading the way, our guests leave with a genuine understanding of our entire ecosystem and the enthralling cast of animals.

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Sabi Sand Game Reserve

The Sabi Sand is a private game reserve pioneered by local landowners in the 1950s that shares a fenceless border with the Kruger National Park. The reserve is home to great numbers of well-habituated wildlife resulting in close encounters, particularly with elusive leopards, which the Sabi Sand has become world-famous for. Roaming packs of wild dogs, territorial lions and large herds of elephants are also signature sightings in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. The relative abundance of water in an otherwise dry area is the secret to the area’s rich biodiversity.

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Explore our lodges

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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Nkelenga Tented Camp

Nkelenga is a rustic sole-use, self-catering bush camp overlooking one of Thornybush’s most active dams. A hive of bird and mammal activity will keep you enthralled while relaxing on the spacious deck of your safari tent. Nkelenga is perfect for family and friends groups.

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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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Tamboti Villa

Tamboti Villa

The large, calm body of water that is adjacent to this villa, brings an element of peace and tranquility that can be hard to find in the harsh African bush. Set within a stand of towering fever trees, makes this location a birders paradise, along with all the animals which come to the dam to drink.

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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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Recent Guest Reviws

Read recent travel reviews left by our guests.

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

5 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

5 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

5 months ago

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