Our Timeline

1955

Thornybush is fenced and becomes one of the first private nature reserves in the Greater Kruger Park

1961

Game Lodge opens its doors and becomes the first commercial Thornybush lodge.

1990

Lodge football league is founded by Thornybush Game Lodge foreman Elijah.

1992

Elephants are introduced to Thornybush Nature Reserve and N’kaya, Shumbalala, Serondella and Monwana all open.

1993

Thornybush is proclaimed a nature reserve in April, the first recording of a white wildebeest born naturally in the wild takes place at Thornybush and bushbabies from Natal are released and studied in the reserve.

1994

The successful reintroduction of cheetah.

1995

Jackalberry Lodge opens.

1997

The Thornybush Community Computer Centre is setup.

1998

Thornybush, then known as Inzalo, acquires Thornybush Game Lodge including 821 hectares of nature reserve.

2000

Waterbuck Lodge opens.

2001

Simbambili Lodge opens.

2002

Ian Beuchamp appointed as Inzalo CEO.

2007

Inzalo rebrands as Thornybush Collection and acquires Chapungu Tented Camp opening up another 83 hectares of nature reserve, with Nic Griffin appointed as Inzalo CEO.

2009

The River Lodge opens.

2010

Thornybush becomes the first lowveld reserve to treat rhino horn as a form of tackling rhino poaching.

2011

Waterside Lodge opens.

2017

Thornybush Nature Reserve drops its fences and becomes part of the Greater Kruger, welcoming a new era for the reserve’s biodiversity.

2019

Saseka Tented Camp opens, Thornybush Collection rebrands as Thornybush and Joanne Dickson is appointed as CEO.


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