Solo Safaris in Kruger

At Thornybush, all our lodges cater for solo travellers on bush holidays. Whether you’d like a smaller, more intimate safari vacation at one of our lodges or want to share this experience with newfound friends at a larger, busier lodge, Thornybush is well aware of what a solo traveller wants out of a safari holiday. Travelling solo grants our guests the freedom to move as they please and shape their days to their own specific whims. Meals can be enjoyed in the company of our guides or other guests, with a lot of free time in the day to soak up the peace and beauty of the bush. Browse our bush holiday specials and find the perfect solo safari fit for you.

Beautiful Lodges

Spectacular Sightings

Expert Guides

Passionate People

Community Engagement

Private journeys

Me time

To travel in good company is a magical thing, but there’s nothing quite like the freedom of travelling on your own terms. Solo travellers to Thornybush Game Lodges can find luxury in their own freedom and move at their own pace. The joy of going on a solo safari on a bush holiday is that you can be fully immersed in the bush experience, and feel totally grounded with your surroundings. 

Freedom of choice

As a solo traveller, you’ll likely join other groups and individuals on game drives and at mealtimes. While this is often a fantastic time to meet other travellers with the same love of safari, you’ll also have the option of disengaging from the group and spending your safari holiday the way you want to.

Peace of Mind

It’s safe

We understand that travelling alone brings with it its own challenges and concerns; one of them can be safety. At Thornybush, our aim is to take care of you every step of the way. We can meet you right off the plane to ensure a safe journey directly to your lodge, help plan your itinerary and ensure that while you’re with us, in the security of the reserve, you should have no concerns of any kind. Let us take care of you so you can enjoy the best of our wildlife, free of any worries on your safari vacation.

It’s social

From game drives and sundowners, to pre-dinner drinks and hosted meals you’ll get many opportunities to socialise with other guests, and our warm, hospitable staff. You’ll soon discover that many of the activities on your safari vacation are enjoyed socially. Whether it’s by sharing game drive sightings or during a morning coffee out on a drive, it’s our aim to make sure that everyone feels included and is a part of the Thornybush experience.

Stay at the finest safari lodges in the Kruger

Thornybush's collection of top-rated safari lodges offers some of the best Kruger Solo 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 Solo Safaris Reviews

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

Superwoman2003 Avatar
Perfection, nothing to complain about at all
5 star rating

The most amazing place to stay. Everything was perfect, the accommodation, the staff, the food, the game drives, the rangers, and just when you think it can get no better they surprise you with a little something extra, in our... read more


1 month ago
eric p Avatar
What an amazing experience.
5 star rating

Just spent three nights at Thornybush and was blown away by basically everything. The game drives were totally off the hook and far more productive than I ever dreamed. My driver Freedom and his spotter Frank were able... read more

eric p

1 month ago
Meander302359 Avatar
Thorneybush Saseka is a must stay!
5 star rating

Wow, doesn’t even come close to expressing how wonderful our stay was at Thorneybush Saseka Camp! All the staff including Pride, showed amazing hospitality and our guides, Joe and Delta, while on our drives, provided more wow moments then... read more


1 month ago
RFMSP Avatar
Unforgettable experience
5 star rating

There is a quiet luxury at Seseka that delivers a feeling of exceptional comfort without being over-the-top. Every detail has been carefully considered- to the interior of the spacious accommodations to the natural elements of design throughout the... read more


1 month ago
Acho C Avatar
Spectacular and amazing
5 star rating

We had two nights and three days there, the rooms were beautiful and very nice. The food and service was first class. Our guide and tracker had lot of experience and were very helpful explaining the wild life. The place... read more

Acho C

2 months ago
Josh A Avatar
The Best Food Ever!!!
5 star rating

I still don’t know how they did it, but in a place full of leopards, lions, elephants, giraffes, hippos, buffalos and so much more we found some of the best food possible and by far the best guide and tracker... read more

Josh A

2 months ago

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