Transformative Safaris in Kruger

At Thornybush, we strive to make our experiences on your safari holiday more meaningful, immersive and sustainable. We’ve seen first-hand how this can have a positive impact, not only on our guests, but in the community and environment our guests encounter too.
Our goal is to help you reconnect with nature and, in turn, reconnect with yourself and the friends and family you’re traveling with. As you explore outwardly, you also enrich your inner life, creating a positive personal impact that continues beyond a safari vacation and stays with you for the rest of your life.

Beautiful Lodges

Spectacular Sightings

Expert Guides

Passionate People

Community Engagement

Immersive experiences

We understand that travellers these days are seeking something more when they travel. They want to learn, grow and engage with the world.

When it comes to a safari vacation, transformation comes in the form of immersion, reconnection and life-changing experiences. Not only do our five-star game sightings connect you back to nature’s power but they can also bring your vision closer to home to understand what makes us at Thornybush so special – our community.

Visiting some of our community projects can spark an idea, memory or thought that may not only change your life, but those around you too.

Personal growth

Travelling in Africa grants you the opportunity to learn, grow and develop through engaging with the world in a new way.

This translates to a valuable form of self-actualization and personal transformation and growth.

Travelling in this fashion stays with you beyond the trip itself and remains embedded in the core of your being once you return.

Learn about our Pack for a Purpose initiative or read about the future of ecotourism here

Stay at the finest safari lodges in the Kruger

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

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

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Simply the best !! ( apologies Tina)
5 star rating

It was our 50th wedding anniversary and due to Covid we delayed booking anything due to travel restrictions. Eventually as the restrictions lifted we opted for a local experience to limit flying and quarantine. Found this lodge online and due... read more

alancA9323WG

2 days ago
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STUPENDO!
5 star rating

Posto a dir poco stupendo!
Struttura fantastica, camere spettacolari e servizio eccellente.

Il safari è davvero unico e abbiamo visto davvero di tutto, leoni, elefanti, Leopardi, rinoceronti…oltre a zebre, giraffe, iene e molto altro

Il cibo è delizioso e tutti sono molto gentili...
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644robertoa

3 weeks ago
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Dreams do come true
5 star rating

We had an epic stay at Saseka Tented camp. Jimmy our butler was always on point and never hesitated to pander to our every need. Zanele was amazing and even stayed with us to take pictures of our engagement. They... read more

SuvanaS1

4 weeks ago
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Awe Inspiring
5 star rating

Undoubtedly the best private game reserve stay we have ever had. The hosting, the accommodation, the food and the sightings were all sublime. We even had the pleasure of seeing Hosana (the famous male leopard) twice in our stay. Thank... read more

SuvanaS1

4 weeks ago
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Tasteful Elegance
5 star rating

We spent a very lovely 2 night stay at Thornybush Game Lodge. It was a tasteful elegance despite its large size. We were made to feel very welcome and enjoyed our time with Tracey our ranger. The food was delicious... read more

SuvanaS1

4 weeks ago
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Best bush experience of my life!
5 star rating

I am only getting to this review a year after staying yet the impact this absolutely incredible place had on me is still very fresh in my heart and mind. Our entire experience at Saseka was the most amazing time... read more

DonnaFay00

1 month ago

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