Thornybush Game Lodge

OVERVIEW

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. 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.

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
VIEW 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

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.

SandraC823 · Follow
11th Aug 2019

We recently visited Thornybush Game Lodge with friends. We had the most spectacular and memorable three days. The accommodation was excellent with the rooms very private and great views. The food was superb and very well presented. We could not fault the staff from the welcoming reception to the butler, waiters and finally the trackers and game rangers who gave us a five star Safari experience.



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.

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Stories/Blog

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