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About Thornybush Community

Thornybush Community & Sustainability

Thornybush’s dedication to sustainability and conservation reflects the industry’s shift towards conscious, impactful travel experiences. Our commitment to sustainability is hugely important in who we are. Travellers are seeking experiences that are meaningful, responsible, and conscious of the environment and as a result we have committed ourselves to embrace the journey of being a company that is overtly responsible in all our operations, so we can continue to look after our staff, the environment and local communities that surround our lodges.

The inception of Thornybush Community in 2005 marked a pivotal moment. This registered non-profit organisation was conceived to empower and uplift the neighbouring communities like Uthla, Dixie, and Acornhoek. From its roots, Thornybush Community recognised that symbiotic collaboration with local residents is crucial for holistic conservation and community sustainability. These ventures extend into diverse sectors, showcasing a multi-pronged approach to safeguarding the environment.

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We at Thornybush are proud of our community programs which we encourage our guests to embrace in their daily activity choices. Offering community trips and spending time with the local communities is a great way to understand and promote why contributing economical support to our local communities inspires greater conservation efforts.

Learn how the various community projects support education and the livelihoods of our local community

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Lindsay Hanekom
General Manager: Thornybush Community

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Thornybush is proud member of The Long Run, a trailblazing community of nature-based tourism businesses united in their commitment to driving holistic sustainability worldwide. We have already taken substantial strides towards reinforcing our dedication to environmental conservation and community enrichment and by joining The Long Run we can further our sustainability journey aligning with other likeminded travel companies on a global level.

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