Thornybush Game Lodge

OVERVIEW

The Game Lodge was the first of its kind in the Thornybush Nature Reserve, opening its doors back in 1961. As the original establishment, it put Thornybush on the map and established our reputation for world-class game-viewing.

Now, with a note of sophistication in the design and layout, our thatched main area overlooks a waterhole and riverbed frequently visited by elephants, buffalo and other large game at the Thornybush Lodge. The classic lower deck flows between the open dining area and a beautiful bar.

Sunbirds, attracted to the many aloes which surround the main deck, are just some of the many small delights you can expect on your stay at Thornybush Game Lodge.

The warm-hearted staff, riverbed setting and legacy of excellence are standout features. Meals, when taken at the lodge, are Ottolenghi-style buffets prepared by Solly, the legendary master bush chef! Bush dinners are a firm favorite with our guests, where you get to enjoy a hearty meal, surrounded by lanterns, candles and the sound of the African wilderness.

If you are looking for more options, check out our other Thornybush Game Reserve lodges in the Kruger Park.

Thornybush Game Lodge Accommodation Options

The 20 luxurious suites fan out from the main area, with 18 of them enjoying splendid river-facing views. Two of the 20 are Family Suites.

Lodge Facilities & Services


Babysitting
Bar
Boma
Bush Breakfast
Bush Dinner
Children Activities
Conference Facilities
Deck
Dining Room
Game Drives
Library
Lounge
Mobile Coverage
Outside Lounge
Pool
Spa
Wake Up Calls
WiFi
STANDARD RATES SA RESIDENTS RATES

Private and stylishly decorated, the Luxury Suites are a joy to spend a night in and difficult to leave.

The large windows above the bath and giant sliding doors to the deck offer incredible views of the riverbed and any animals that may be wallowing there.

Each of the 18 Luxury Suites have an en-suite bathroom, indoor and outdoor shower and have been carefully designed and spaced to provide privacy. The elegant finishes and extremely comfortable beds complete the impressive rooms.


Air-conditioning
Bath Tub
Coffee Maker
Disabled Suitable
Fan
Gratuity Information
Hairdryer
International Adaptor
Kettle
Laundry Service
Mini Bar
Mobile Coverage
Mosquito Net
Outdoor Shower
Phone
Safety Box
Shower
Slippers
Toiletries
WiFi

Each of the two Family Suites are larger than the Luxury Suites, with a lounge area and day beds to accommodate children.

As with the Luxury Suites, they have an elegant design that offers the perfect oasis of calm and rest after a game drive.

These suites have a large private deck with its own plunge pool.


Air-conditioning
Bath Tub
Coffee Maker
Disabled Suitable
Fan
Gratuity Information
Hairdryer
International Adaptor
Kettle
Laundry Service
Mini Bar
Mobile Coverage
Mosquito Net
Outdoor Shower
Phone
Pool
Safety Box
Shower
Slippers
Toiletries
WiFi



Location

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.

Thornybush Game Lodge Reviews

Read our most recent Thornybush Game Lodge 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

1 day 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

2 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
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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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