At Thornybush, all our lodges cater for solo travellers. Whether you’d like a smaller, more intimate lodge or a larger, busier one, Thornybush is well aware of what a solo traveller finds important. 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.
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 can luxuriate in their own freedom and move at their own pace. The joy of going on a solo safari is that you can be fully immersed in the bush experience.
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 you’ll also have the option of disengaging from the group and spending your holiday the way you want to.
Solo Safaris Experiences
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Peace of Mind
Travelling alone brings with it its own challenges and concerns and one of them can be safety. At Thornybush, we can meet you right off the plane to ensure a safe journey directly to your lodge. While with us, in the security of the reserve, you should have no concerns of any kind and can enjoy the best of our wildlife, free of any worries.
From game drives and sundowners, to pre-dinner drinks and hosted meals there are ample opportunities to socialise with other people – guests and staff alike. Many of the activities which happen on safari are by their nature social events, and making sure everyone feels included is part of what we do so well at Thornybush.
Multiple, up close sightings of the BIg Five and more. The rangers and trackers were clearly very experienced and worked well together to give all of the guests the best experience possible. I will also add that I traveled alone and was completely comfortable – in fact they went out of their way to make me feel so. I cannot wait to go back!
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