Waterbuck Lodge


If you’re looking for a quiet lodge to rest and savour the beauty of the African wilderness, Waterbuck Lodge will give you the intimate experience that you’re looking for. Our small team have big hearts and are the key to making this lodge so welcoming to guests.

Set deep in the bush, the elevated deck, swimming pool and thatched bar area are the perfect places to take in the sounds of the wilderness as well as keep an eye on the waterhole for animal activity.

Waterbuck Lodge offers guests a home-away-from home with unpretentious, genuine service, attention to detail and incredible wildlife viewing.


Waterbuck Lodge Accommodation Options

There are four thatched suites – one facing the waterhole and three facing the bush.

Lodge Facilities & Services

Bush Breakfast
Bush Dinner
Dining Room
Game Drives
Inside Dining
Outside Lounge
Wake Up Calls

The suites are spaced relatively far apart from each other, creating a sense of privacy for our guests.

Each suite has a sliding door that opens out onto a private deck with sofa chairs, which is where many of our guests are drawn to throughout the day.

The interiors are spacious with high thatched ceilings, large beds and en-suite bathrooms. There’s an outside shower that offers a revitalising experience with a view, as well as an inside shower and a bath.

Bath Tub
Coffee Maker
Gratuity Information
International Adaptor
Laundry Service
Outdoor Shower
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.

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23rd Oct 2019

Our visit to Waterbuck was very much anticipated but we never expected to have such a wonderful experience. From the moment we arrived we were given fabulous treatment in every way. The staff are all exceptional. Professional, welcoming and friendly. The food was delicious and the rooms were luxuriously appointed and very private.


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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