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Thornybush Game Lodge


A grande dame in the safari industry, Thornybush Game Lodge was one of the first commercial camps in South Africa and firmly established Thornybush Nature Reserve as a world renowned game-viewing destination in the Greater Kruger Park.

After a recent facelift, the lodge has been given a fresh new look yet retained its classic safari charm. Texture and tone play leading roles – wood, steel, leather and rattan combine with neutral pops of colour and greenery.

On arrival, you’ll start to unwind as you walk down the pathway to the thatched main area overlooking the sandy riverbed. Sit at the fabulous bar and enjoy a harvest table-style lunch as herds of elephants, buffalo and plains game pass by. Our delicious breakfasts are also served here after the morning game drive as sunbirds flit around the aloes and nyalas graze on our lush lawns.

Private and stylish, each one of Game Lodge’s 16 luxury suites comes with everything you may need, including fluffy slippers and an outside shower. The rooms also come with large sliding doors, so you can lie on your bed in your sarong and look out into the bush.

In the evenings, dinner is served à la carte or in the boma under the starry night sky. We also treat our guests to beautiful dinners in the bush. Arriving at an Out of Africa setting lit up by lanterns flickering through the glasses on the tables is one of the most breathtaking moments on safari, one you’ll cherish forever.

Another key element that’s integral to Game Lodge’s success is the passionate management and staff who’ve worked here for years, and you can expect warm smiles and engaging, personal service throughout your stay.

Kamara House is our new luxury safari villa that’s perfect for families and small groups who want an exclusive-use option. Kamara House, our new Spa and Gym open in May 2023.

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What you’ll love at Thornybush

  • Game Lodge’s fresh new look and classic safari charm
  • The lodge is solar-powered during the day and is a plastic-free zone, as are all our lodges
  • Chef Solly’s legendary oxtail stew served at our boma dinner and his signature Ottolenghi-style salads
  • Treatments at the Spa with the sounds of the bush in the background
  • Stylish gifts to take home from our lodge shop
  • Weddings at Game Lodge are spectacular

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

Accommodation Options

Sixteen luxurious suites fan out from the main area with riverbed views. Our new safari villa., Kamara House is ideal for families and small parties

Lodge Facilities & Services

Bush Breakfast (Weather dependent)
Bush Dinner ( Weather dependent)
Children Activities
Conference Facilities
Dining Room
Game Drives
Inside Dining
Mobile Coverage
Outside Lounge
Riverbed Dinner ( Weather dependent)
Wake Up Calls

Luxury Suites

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 16 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.

Bath Tub
Disabled Suitable
Gratuity Information
International Adaptor
Laundry Service
Mini Bar
Mobile Coverage
Outdoor Shower
Safety Box
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