Tamboti Villa


The intimate Tamboti Villa, nestled under a grove of Tamboti trees, officially opened its doors in March 2021.

Set away from the main area of the Waterside Lodge, the spectacular newly built Villa boasts a generous main living area with an inviting plunge pool and interactive kitchen.

Four lavish en-suite rooms, connected by interleading passages, make the Villa the perfect get away for small groups or families.

The game viewing is exceptional within the camp, especially during dry season when the permanent waterhole attracts 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.

Tamboti villa is the perfect place to relax and unwind, while enjoying the diversity of wildlife right from your deck.

Tamboti Villa Accommodation Options

Tamboti Villa is made up of 4 double rooms, all en-suite – leading off of a central lounge and dining area. There is a deck outside and a pool.

Lodge Facilities & Services

Game Drives
Inside Dining
Mobile Coverage
Outside Lounge

Each suite is generous in size with a sitting area, dressing room and en-suite bathroom.

Bath Tub
Coffee Maker
Gratuity Information
International Adaptor
Mobile Coverage
Mosquito Net
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.

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.


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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