Luxury for every type of traveller
Set on riverbeds or overlooking waterholes, the Thornybush lodges are luxurious oases where our guests can savour the joys of the wilderness in comfort. Our 12 lodges vary in size and stature, but all of them encourage our guests to sit back, not worry about a thing and just enjoy the magic of the African bush.
While the fantastic settings, cuisine, suites and small touches are sure to impress, it’s the people of Thornybush who are the beating heart of what we do and the reason guests return to us. Many staff members have been in our family for over 20 years and if there’s one feature of Thornybush we’re most proud of it’s that so many guests also leave feeling part of our family.
Saseka Tented Camp
Our extraordinary 5-star lodge serves up understated luxury on the banks of the seasonal Monwana River, across nine spacious tented suites. The striking design of the lodge, luxurious touches and spectacular location have combined to create a lodge that is like no other in the Greater Kruger Park region.
Simbambili Game Lodge
Set in the famous Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Simbambili impresses with its incredible game viewing opportunities. Managed with warmth and passion, Simbambili offers a down-to-earth yet luxurious bush experience where the world-class wildlife encounters, expert rangers, extensive private decks and welcoming atmosphere results in bucket-list experiences.
The River Lodge
Considered to be one of the best-kept secrets in the Thornybush Nature Reserve, this luxury lodge has five ultra-spacious, elegantly decorated suites in a supremely intimate environment. Experiences are customised to each visitor’s preferences and alfresco-style dinners on the terrace are often interrupted by elephants stopping by for a drink at the infinity pool.
Thornybush Game Lodge
Thornybush Game Lodge, the original Thornybush establishment, has changed and evolved since 1961 to the sophisticated, down-to-each luxury lodge it is today. Warm-hearted staff, expert guides and unobstructed views of the waterhole from the deck are standout features.
Shumbalala Game Lodge
Shumbalala is a superb luxury lodge, which takes a maximum of eight guests across its four suites, ensuring a sense of exclusivity. The lodge overlooks a seasonal river and permanent waterhole that draws in a steady procession of wildlife throughout the year. The cuisine, wine cellar, infinity pool, fireplaces and private viewing decks are just a few of the special features at Shumbalala.
The large, calm body of water that Waterside Lodge sits on, brings an element of peace and tranquility that can be hard to find in the harsh African bush. Set within a stand of towering fever trees, makes Waterside a birders paradise, along with all the animals which come to the dam to drink.
Lean back and unwind at Jackalberry, where views of the nearby waterhole and the distant Drankensberg mountain range, make for a splendid setting. Seven thatched suites are supremely comfortable, although you may find yourself drawn to the main area where you can relax and watch the wildlife passing by.
The main feature of Serondella Lodge, is it's extremely well frequented waterhole, overlooked by the main deck of the lodge. Only accommodating up to 8 people, Serondella offers an intimate safari experience, surrounded by staff who are consistently named in reviews for their generosity of spirit and attention to detail.
Perfectly placed between a waterhole, a dry riverbed and a tamboti forest, Monwana Lodge makes the most of its tranquil setting. While you laze by the pool or on your private deck, the passionate and long-standing staff will see to your every need. With just five thatched suits, you are guaranteed a relaxing and intimate time here.
Chapungu Tented Camp
Reconnect with nature at this camp of eight comfortable tented suites. The relaxed environment is part of Chapungu’s charm where meals are often taken together at a long table, and a swimming pool forms the focal point of the main area.
Take a step back from the hustle and bustle and tap into the complete calm of a lodge deep in the African wilderness. Waterbuck is an intimate lodge in the south of the reserve with just four thatched suites.