Family Safaris in Kruger

Since our inception, Thornybush has played host to special celebrations of multi-generational family safari holidays. It’s amazing to see how children experience the bush and view the wildlife, and just as exciting to experience it all through the eyes of a parent, grandparent or doting aunt or uncle. Thornybush Game Lodge is ideal for a safari with kids and family safaris, catering for all generations. We pride ourselves with specific family-orientated services to ensure everyone has a special stay.

Beautiful Lodges

Spectacular Sightings

Expert Guides

Passionate People

Community Engagement

Quality time with the Family


A safari is the ideal break from routine for all members of the family; phones can be put down, family naps come at ease and heads turned up to the beauty of the wildlife and landscape. Sharing this unique experience is the perfect way to bring families together and experience a safari with kids that create lasting memories – whether it’s on the game drives, around the dinner table or around a fire, book your family friendly safari holidays with us.

Kids activities

A safari with kids has never been easier. We love taking your kids on tailored walks with our skilled rangers, who will point out the insects and plants and keep them engaged in what makes this experience so special. We’ll invite them to bake and create bush art so your kids can use natural elements like leaves and seeds in their creations to bring them closer to nature. We aim to delight their senses by creating something memorable as a keepsake, and forging safari family holiday memories that last a lifetime. 


Private family holidays

Family suites

At many of our safari lodges in the Sabi Sands & Thornybush game reserves in the Kruger Park, we have larger suites to cater for groups and families perfectly equipped for your family safari holidays. These can be interleading rooms or standalone villas where private family dinners and swimming pools add another element to the experience.

Private guides and chefs

Our family villas also offer the services of a private chef, guide and tracker. The chef is at your exclusive use throughout your stay, allowing you to also choose meal locations and menus according to your preferences. Having exclusive use of a guide and tracker, grants you the freedom to go on game drives when and where you please.

Stay at the finest safari lodges in the Kruger

Thornybush's collection of top-rated safari lodges offers some of the best Kruger Family Safaris in the Greater Kruger Park region.

Jackalberry Lodge

Jackalberry Lodge

Lean back and unwind at our Jackalberry Lodge, 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.


Little Saseka

Experience the ultimate intimacy of the Little Saseka. As a sole-use option, this space grants you the privacy of staying at your own lodge within the magnificent grounds of Saseka Tented Camp, overlooking the seasonal Monwana riverbed.

Saseka Tented Suite

Saseka Tented Camp

Our extraordinary 5-star lodge serves up understated luxury on the banks of the seasonal Monwana River, across eight 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

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.

Thornybush Game Lodge

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.


Read our Kruger Family Safaris Reviews

Thornybush guests consistently rate our Kruger Family Safaris with a five star rating.

Sandy O Avatar
Wonderful return to the bush!
5 star rating

From the first enquiry to the final good bye I was given the most wonderful treatment by everyone!The staff at the lodge and the guide and tracker were all excellent, attentive to every need and so friendly!Thank you everyone -... read more

Sandy O

5 days ago
Tamryn Avatar
Unforgettable in every way
5 star rating

Thornybush is a true gem. Our family of five was spoiled from the min we arrived to the second we left. This is a must-do family experience. Our guide, Lindi, and tracker, KG were an exceptional team, we totally lucked... read more


1 week ago
Marinda2014 Avatar
Excellent experience of game viewing as well as nature
4 star rating

The informal arrangements at the lodge immediately made us feel right at home. As did the staff. The knowledge and skills of the tracker together with the great rapport between him and the ranger led us... read more


1 week ago
NGY Avatar
The most amazing experience
5 star rating

Our first Safari and what an amazing first it was. Simbambili exceeded all our expectations in every aspect. Kel and Ishmael were amazing. Every game drive was a wonderful experience. They are extremely knowledgeable in every aspect from the... read more


2 weeks ago
HEJAX Avatar
Spectacular In Every Way
5 star rating

Simply the best. Our three nights at Thornybush were magical in every way – far exceeding our expectations. Daniel and John, our guide and tracker, were simply the best. Following tracks and sounds miles off to show us incredible things... read more


2 weeks ago
Drew  K Avatar
Simbambili always a treat to visit
5 star rating

Happy to share that another trip to the special Simbambili exceeded all expectations!!!From Mike our ranger and his trusty Mr T every game drive was a wonderful experience. Thanks for the off roading that allowed us wonderful access to the... read more

Drew K

2 weeks ago

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