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.


Little Saseka

Experience the ultimate intimacy of the Little Saseka. As a sole-use option, this space grants you the privacy of staying at your own lodge within the magnificent grounds of Saseka Tented Camp, overlooking the seasonal Monwana riverbed.

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.

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 Transformative Safaris Reviews

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

Superwoman2003 Avatar
Perfection, nothing to complain about at all
5 star rating

The most amazing place to stay. Everything was perfect, the accommodation, the staff, the food, the game drives, the rangers, and just when you think it can get no better they surprise you with a little something extra, in our... read more


1 month ago
eric p Avatar
What an amazing experience.
5 star rating

Just spent three nights at Thornybush and was blown away by basically everything. The game drives were totally off the hook and far more productive than I ever dreamed. My driver Freedom and his spotter Frank were able... read more

eric p

1 month ago
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Thorneybush Saseka is a must stay!
5 star rating

Wow, doesn’t even come close to expressing how wonderful our stay was at Thorneybush Saseka Camp! All the staff including Pride, showed amazing hospitality and our guides, Joe and Delta, while on our drives, provided more wow moments then... read more


1 month ago
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Unforgettable experience
5 star rating

There is a quiet luxury at Seseka that delivers a feeling of exceptional comfort without being over-the-top. Every detail has been carefully considered- to the interior of the spacious accommodations to the natural elements of design throughout the... read more


1 month ago
Acho C Avatar
Spectacular and amazing
5 star rating

We had two nights and three days there, the rooms were beautiful and very nice. The food and service was first class. Our guide and tracker had lot of experience and were very helpful explaining the wild life. The place... read more

Acho C

2 months ago
Josh A Avatar
The Best Food Ever!!!
5 star rating

I still don’t know how they did it, but in a place full of leopards, lions, elephants, giraffes, hippos, buffalos and so much more we found some of the best food possible and by far the best guide and tracker... read more

Josh A

2 months ago

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Transformative Safaris Stories from our blog

Overheard on a Safari Vehicle

Experiences, Guest Review, Lodges, Team, and Wildlife | 2022-08-02 17:50:13 Overheard on a Safari Vehicle Sharing the most quirky questions and the statements that our Field Guides and Trackers have received from guests while guiding

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Planning a Wedding at Thornybush

Experiences | 2022-06-29 17:48:54 Planning a Wedding at Thornybush Have you ever dreamed of a safari wedding? Imagine saying “I do” under the soft shade of a Marula Tree, overlooking a dry riverbed with just

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A Morning with the K9 Anti-Poaching Unit

Experiences and Wildlife | 2022-03-03 17:48:31 A Morning with the K9 Anti-Poaching Unit Visiting the Tango K9 anti-poaching unit on the Thornybush Reserve. Meeting the K9 heroes behind the combat of anti-poaching. Read More

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