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.


Nkelenga Tented Camp

Nkelenga is a rustic sole-use, self-catering bush camp overlooking one of Thornybush’s most active dams. A hive of bird and mammal activity will keep you enthralled while relaxing on the spacious deck of your safari tent. Nkelenga is perfect for family and friends groups.

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.

Tamboti Villa

Tamboti Villa

The large, calm body of water that is adjacent to this villa, 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 this location a birders paradise, along with all the animals which come to the dam to drink.

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.

LinzeJayne Avatar
Amazing Experience, Amazing Staff
5 star rating

This was my first experience visiting a lodge like this and it was really one to remember. From the moment you arrive, you are treated like royalty! The rooms are beautiful, all with an amazing outlook and the staff are... read more


5 months ago
ClaireLeske2604 Avatar
Unforgettable experience
5 star rating

There is honestly only good things I can say... The experience is one you will never forget. From the people (host, guide, tracker, kitchen ataff, etc) to the food, accommodation, game drives, everything was spectacular. Truly worth every cent! We... read more


5 months ago
ankur1408 Avatar
Deserves 6 Stars
5 star rating

Unbelievable experience. Thornyush Game Lodge is set in a 1200 Ha Private Conservancy which shares an open fence with the Greater Kruger National Park. Stayed there for 2 nights recently and wished that the trip was much longer, as we... read more


5 months ago

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