Solo Safaris

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.

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 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

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.

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.

Peace of Mind

It’s safe

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.

It’s social

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.

AndrewatK · Follow
20th Aug 2019

The best game reserve and lodging in South Africa. Superb luxury accommodation, variety to choose from, in nature where animals walk up to your doorstep; 5 star with all the bells-&-whistles. Guaranteed BIG 5 sightings, usually within first day. Elephants, Lions, Leopard, Cape Buffalo, Rhinoceros. Abundance of other wild animals Hyaena, crocodiles, honey badgers, caracal, warthog, antelopes, etc. But the best part is it’s staff that make you feel so special & welcomed. Thornybush lodges are absolutely stunning and I cannot recommend anywhere else but Thornybush for safari trekking in South Africa. Thank you Thornybush once again you have blown me away

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