Romantic Safaris

We know that a trip to the African bush is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many, and often it’s a special holiday for partners. The nature of our lodges lend themselves perfectly to these romantic occasions, whether it’s a private candlelit dinner or simply the magic of being immersed in the bush. We take care of the small things to ensure you can spend quality time together and enjoy your intimate moments to the utmost.

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Perfect for couples

Honeymoon suites

Almost all of our lodges offer honeymoon suites for added romance, whether for newlyweds or couples on anniversary trips or other special celebrations. The suites come with larger rooms, private decks with plunge pools, outside showers and stunning views of the bush and passing animals.

Private dinners

Whether it’s beside a fire in a riverbed, lanterns in a boma or candles on your own deck, dinners at Thornybush can be lavishly romantic affairs. They offer a quiet moment with your partner to look back on the excitement of the day while our excellent food and wine makes these special dinners even more memorable.

Romantic Safaris Experiences

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.

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.

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.

Bush Breakfast

Following a morning game drive, our guests can be treated to breakfast in a beautiful bush setting. While the savannah stirs to life, we serve a wide variety of breakfast dishes that our guests enjoy surrounded by the untouched Afican wilderness.

Private Dining

Dinners at Thornybush are roaming affairs – locations can range from lantern-lit bomas to starry riverbeds, but the most memorable meals are often enjoyed in the privacy of your own deck. While the night sounds of the African bush ring through the air and mysterious eyes watch you from afar, you get to enjoy superbly prepared meals accompanied by South Africa’s finest wines.

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.

Romantic moments


There’s very little in this world that can compare to the beauty of an African sunset. That’s why we ensure that on every evening game drive we stop to have sundowners and take it all in. It’s one of the iconic African experiences that’s made even more enjoyable and memorable in the arms of a loved one.

Spa treatments

A wonderful accompaniment to a romantic holiday, our spa treatments will put you at ease and make you feel even more relaxed and pampered. Every treatment is customised to the individual with therapies aiming to bring balance to your well-being and imbue your days with a lightness of spirit.

Greg318 · Follow
21st Apr 2015

Our lodge was enormous with a wonderful king-sized bed opening onto a large deck with a plunge pool and an outdoor bed for lounging. The food was superb and we were surprised twice. First, with a romantic dinner in our room!! Our last night we stopped in an open field and were served dinner outdoors with the stars and lanterns as our companions!

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