Kruger National Park
Thornybush Game Lodge

Thornybush Game Lodge is a luxury lodge situated within Thornybush Private Game Reserve, who’s doors opened back in 1961! It is the largest out of the 12 lodges the reserve has to offer and is an ideal choice for those looking for a good safari experience, without compromising on the quality of game drives.

Guests can choose from different camps, including the flagship Thornybush Game Lodge, the larger but good value Waterside and the boutique-style Serondella and Monwana. Located within the greater Kruger area, Thornybush offers better value than more famous areas, such as the Sabi Sands.

Facilities & Activities

Thornybush Game Lodge offers safari experiences, both by 4×4 vehicle and on foot. The guided trips offer guests the chance to spot some of the reserve’s 147 mammals including the Big Five, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 336 trees.

Highlights include the spa at Thornybush Game Lodge, which offers special treatments for couples and “bush baths” along with their outdoor eating area known as a “Boma” which comes to life in the evening with candles and firepit. Situated on a river the choice is yours whether to sit back and relax and do your safari from your deck chair by the pool, or head out on a game drive conducted by their experienced guides.

Hot air balloon rides and white water rafting on the Blyde River or Olifants Gorge can also be arranged at an additional charge.

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Food is of very high quality, with various locations for dining whether it be on the deck, boma or in the bush itself. There is the option of buffet and a la carte, as well as private dining. Executive chef Maria Kgohloane ensures dishes are prepared using ingredients that are local and fresh where possible, and highlights include delicious homemade pickles and jam.


Thornybush Game Lodge can accommodate up to 40 guests in 18 Luxury Suites and 2 Family Suites.

Rooms are constructed out of wood, stone and thatch and blend into the foliage within the riverbed setting. Each room offers air conditioning, a telephone, tea- and coffee-making facilities, a mini-bar, a safe, a hairdryer, and en-suite bathroom featuring separate bathtub as well as indoor and outdoor showers.

Each of the 2 Family Suites are larger than the Luxury Suites, with a lounge area and day beds to accommodate children.

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This is an excellent choice for safari-keen families. There are 2 Family Suites that can accommodate two children sharing (up to the age of 12).

Children’s can have a special programme prepared for them prior to arrival, including complimentary children’s packs, tailored drives and activities and special child-friendly walks. A children’s menu and a babysitting service are also available upon request.


Thornybush created Inzalo Community Project T/A Thornybush Community Project, a registered non-profit organisation, with the aim of nurturing and uplifting its surrounding local communities.


Bordering the Kapama Game Reserve, Thornybush is an 11,000 hectare area that is home to the Big Five, as well as other animals including zebra, impala, giraffes and monkeys. As it’s a private reserve, vehicles can go off-road, maximising your chances of spotting wildlife. The reserve is a 25-minute transfer from Eastgate Airport (with daily flights from Johannesburg, Sun City and Cape Town), and just under six hours from Johannesburg by road.

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