Waterside Lodge

OVERVIEW

Sitting on a large body of water, often visited by a resident hippo, Waterside Lodge is as unique as it is inviting. A forest of beautiful yellow-tinged fever trees in the middle of the camp are a striking feature of this lodge, which is full of cosy nooks and quiet areas to laze away an afternoon.

The game viewing is exceptional at Waterside, especially during dry season when the permanent waterholes attract herds of elephants and buffalo. The birdlife is impressive here too, which adds a further element of entertainment when spending a quiet afternoon on the deck.

Other guest favourites are cooling off in the pool, congregating around the fire-pit and enjoying traditional dinners hosted under the candle-lit trees.

Waterside Lodge Accommodation Options

20 Suites are set in beautiful gardens, accommodating two guests each. Two suites share an inter-leading door ideal for families.

Lodge Facilities & Services


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

The thatched suites are spacious with large sliding doors opening up onto a private patio, offering a perfect place to relax between game drives.

Tastefully decorated each suite also has a small sitting room, and full en-suite bathroom with separate bath and shower.

Located along pathways in manicured gardens, the suites have been designed to blend into the natural environment.


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

The Family Suites are similar to the Luxury Suites in their layout but are twice as big as they have an inter-leading door between two rooms.

They too have a lounge area, private decks and en-suites with separate baths and showers. The Family Suites can accommodate four people and are ideal for families travelling with children.


Air-conditioning
Bath Tub
Coffee Maker
Disabled Suitable
Fan
Gratuity Information
Hairdryer
International Adaptor
Kettle
Laundry Service
Mini Bar
Mobile Coverage
Mosquito Net
Phone
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 balcony. 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.

AJMDales · Follow
20th Dec 2019

What a gem of a place. Wonderful people from every angle. The accommodation was first class and the food was the best I have ever consistently had on holiday – even at home. The game drives were more than I expected. I can not recommend Waterside Lodge enough, I hope to return.



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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