Thornybush and Sabi Sand share a fenceless border with the Kruger National Park, allowing a steady stream of free-roaming Big 5 safari animals and wildlife. The consistent sightings of Africa’s big 5 African safari iconic animals are a key factor in the success of our lodges. Guests will see much more than just elephants and lions because Thornybush is well known for the vast diversity of wildlife, indigenous to this area. All this is brought to life by our expert guide-and-tracker teams who have a deep understanding of the African bush with an inherent knack for finding the action with the Big five safari animals and more.
Our safari lodge guests go on game drives twice a day, at sunrise and sunset – enjoying exclusive access to wildlife sightings (regular sightings of the Big 5 safari animals). There are never more than three vehicles on a sighting, which means no jostling for a viewing position. This allows you to get exceptionally close to that leopard in a tree or elephants in a riverbed and other Big 5 safari animals as our vehicles can go off-road, so you’ll never miss a moment.
Few things are as thrilling as setting off on foot in the African bush on a walking safari, as you feel a closer connection to the landscape and wildlife. We love showing our guests the smaller things up close and in a different way, while also knowing that the chance of a Big 5 safari animal encounter is always there.
A wildlife wonderland
Incredible density of game
Through a combination of abundant rivers, vegetation and terrain, wildlife are drawn to the Thornybush and Sabi Sand reserves. The large numbers of plains game attract predators, which sets the scene for one of nature’s most fascinating battles. As our guides and trackers like to say, ‘There’s always something happening out there.
World-class guides and trackers
Our guides and trackers are among the best in the business – their ability to read the signs of nature and predict where the Big 5 safari animals will always astound our guests. Their teamwork and friendship are vital in working together to seek and find the signs of free-roaming wildlife in the bush. They also understand that the more our guests know, the better it gets for them and loves to explain how everything in the ecosystem is connected.