Romantic Safaris in Kruger

We know that a trip to the African bush is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many, whether it’s a honeymoon safari, or to celebrate a romantic occasion, we’ve got you and your partner covered. If you find yourself looking for a South African safari honeymoon, we at Thornybush know how to go above and beyond to make this special celebration between you and your partner an occasion to remember. Each lodge has a unique nature that lends itself to the romanticism of celebrating love; whether it’s a private candlelit dinner or simply the magic of being immersed in the bush, we’ll ensure you get only the best in special treatment. Let us take care of the small things while you spend quality time together and enjoy your intimate moments in one of the most romantic destinations in Africa.

Beautiful Lodges

Spectacular Sightings

Expert Guides

Passionate People

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Perfect for couples

Honeymoon suites

Are you looking for a luxury safari honeymoon? Almost all of our lodges offer honeymoon suites for added romance. Whether for newlyweds wanting to experience a romantic destination or if you’re a couple on a special anniversary trip or other special celebrations, browse our collection of properties to find your romantic fit. Each honeymoon suite comes with larger rooms, private decks with plunge pools, outside showers and stunning views of the bush and passing animals. 

Private dinners

There is nothing quite as romantic as a private dinner in the bush. 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 make these special dinners even more memorable.

Romantic moments

Sundowners

There’s very little in this world that can compare to the beauty of an African sunset, especially on safari. That’s why we ensure that on every evening game drive we stop at a special spot in the bush to set up sundowners for you to 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

Treat yourself and your partner to a wonderful spa treatment on your romantic holiday, or honeymoon safari. These 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 end off your days with the lightness of spirit.

Stay at the finest safari lodges in the Kruger

Thornybush's collection of top-rated safari lodges offers some of the best Kruger Romantic 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Read our Kruger Romantic Safaris Reviews

Thornybush guests consistently rate our Kruger Romantic 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

LinzeJayne

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

ClaireLeske2604

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

ankur1408

5 months ago

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