Transformative Safaris

At Thornybush, we strive to make our experiences more meaningful, immersive and sustainable. We’ve seen first-hand how this can have a positive impact on not only our guests, but 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 the trip 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 safaris, transformation comes in the form of immersion, reconnection and life-changing experiences.

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

Transformative 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.

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.

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.

Minette du Preez Joubert · Follow
25th Nov 2020

It really is THAT good! THAT special! THAT once in a lifetime trip!
The people are very special (Grant, Moses, Naledi, and everyone else, even the ones behind the scenes) – friendly, efficient, dedicated, knowledgeable and always laughing… it feels like leaving friends behind!
Our game drives and sightings were out of this world… how about 3 leopard sightings and wild dogs in a day…
Do you rate that 20 out of 10…
The lodge is beautiful… a review states that you either love it or hate it, because it is “different”… I LOVED it!!! Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens created a masterpiece!
The food was great!
This was a trip for the books!
And … I’m saving now… to come back again!

Explore Our Lodges

You can expect the finest interpretive experience from our incredible private and specialist guides.


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