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 traveling 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 meal times. 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.


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 Solo Safaris Reviews

Thornybush guests consistently rate our Kruger Solo 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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