Nkaya Lodge


N’kaya has a down-to-earth atmosphere in its camp where guests are encouraged to pull up a stool around the outside bar for a chat, laze by the pool or tuck into a feast while the close-knit team of staff take care of the rest.

The four comfortable suites at N’kaya are laid out in a ring around a stand of knobthorn trees, creating a sense of connectedness and intimacy at the lodge. A standout feature is the hide we have at the permanent waterhole, where passing elephants, giraffes, buffaloes and antelope often stop by for a drink. In the evening, the cast is transformed as bushbabies, porcupines and civets come out to play under the fixed spotlight on the waterhole.

The lounge, bar and deck at N’kaya have a homely feel and are decorated in warm earthy tones and indigenous woods. The enormous fireplace in the centre of the lodge often finds itself to be the focal point at the end of each day.

Nkaya Lodge Accommodation Options

N’Kaya has four en-suite suites, which accommodate a maximum of eight guests.

Lodge Facilities & Services

Bush Breakfast
Bush Dinner
Dining Room
Inside Dining

Each of the four thatched suites have adjoining lounges for relaxing in or accommodating families. Tastefully decorated with an African theme, you are guaranteed a comfortable say at N’Kaya.

The bathrooms have a double-sink, shower and bath. The suites have an outside deck looking onto the pool area perfect for spending a lazy afternoon.

Bath Tub
Disabled Suitable
International Adaptor
Mobile Coverage
Mosquito Net
Safety Box

Lodge Experiences

Morning Game Drives

A pink dawn, birds stirring and a chance to see the wildlife begin their day – welcome to a morning drive at Thornybush. You’ll need to be up before the sun and in the vehicle after a quick snack to see the best sightings. This is when the land is cool and the animals are most active, when anything is possible and sightings come quickly. After a couple hours of roaming the reserve you’ll stop at a special spot for a coffee break before heading back for a delicious late breakfast.

Bush Breakfast

Following a morning game drive, our guests can be treated to breakfast in a beautiful bush setting. While the savannah stirs to life, we serve a wide variety of breakfast dishes that our guests enjoy surrounded by the untouched Afican wilderness.

Walking Safaris

A walking safari offers something quite different to a game drive: the thrill of being on foot in a Big 5 reserve and a chance to engage with the smaller things. You learn about tracking, insects and flowers. It’s a chance to have an immersive experience where you get down and touch and smell what’s out there while at the same time you never quite know what you’ll encounter around the next corner, and there’s little that compares to the experience when you do.

Community Interaction

Thornybush runs a non-profit organisation that aims to uplift the surrounding local communities that many of our staff members come from. Exciting initiatives such as community owned agricultural businesses, food security, youth focused conservation awareness, sustainable procurement and infrastructure upgrades are all major focus area’s of ours.

Afternoon Drives

Following a lazy afternoon, most likely spent by the pool or on your deck, we’ll meet for afternoon tea before climbing into the game vehicle for a three-hour drive that leads into the evening. The sundowner stop at one of our favourite viewpoints will take in one of the iconic sights – a sunset casting golden light across an African savanna. As night sets in, new animals stir adding another level of excitement to the end of the drive.

Private Dining

Dinners at Thornybush are roaming affairs – locations can range from lantern-lit bomas to starry riverbeds, but the most memorable meals are often enjoyed in the privacy of your own deck. While the night sounds of the African bush ring through the air and mysterious eyes watch you from afar, you get to enjoy superbly prepared meals accompanied by South Africa’s finest wines.

myrnaanne · Follow
19th May 2019

Our four night stay was just absolutely amazing, thank you to all the staff for making this such a memorable experience. Our lodge was beautifully decorated and really comfortable. The standard and quality of food was amazing and it was beautifully presented. We saw all the Big 5 and much much more.


Inside the Thornybush Nature Reserve

Thornybush is a 14,000-hectare private nature 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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