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  • 10 Comfortable Luxury Suites
  • Thornybush Private Nature Reserve
  • Exceptional Big Five viewing
  • Award winning & excellent rated

Thornybush is one of the original nature reserves in the Greater Kruger National Park, with the first lodge opening its doors in 1961. Since then, the Thornybush group now operates lodges in both the Thornybush and Sabi Sand Private Nature Reserves.

Thornybush is a 14,000-hectare private nature reserve that shares a fenceless border with the famous Kruger National Park in South Africa. Big 5 encounters are the standout experiences for our guests, with visitors particularly impressed with the lion and leopard sightings. It is the vast diversity of wildlife, however, that has seen Thornybush emerge as a leading safari destination.

With our passionate and expert guide-and-tracker teams leading the way, our guests leave with a genuine understanding of our entire ecosystem and the enthralling cast of animals.

Saseka, the Tsonga word for beautiful, feels very much like a shining jewel in our Thornybush crown. Silvio Rech & Lesley Carstens Architecture and Design, who have been designing bush lodges for over 32 years and are leaders in their field, were the visionaries who brought the dream of Saseka into reality, a lodge that has a strikingly unique layout and finds a superb balance between cutting-edge design, classical style and feeling connected to the outside environment.

A distinct curve in the river was a natural catalyst for the site of the main area, a large, tiered deck with a broad view of the riverbed and a cleverly designed roof that mimics the dappled light of a tree canopy. This is where we love to meet with our guests for a drink or a meal, share stories and listen to the afternoon breeze bringing the surrounding trees to life.

The tented suites allow the sounds of nature and the bush to filter in to give the guests a truly immersed safari experience. Each tented suite has its own private pool, outdoor shower, sundeck and is air conditioned.


  • Located in a private concession adjacent to Kruger National Park
  • Excellent Big Five game viewing
  • Spacious, luxurious accommodation with great views of the Monwana River
  • Fantastic spa facilities with treatments



  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Lounge
  • TV Room
  • View deck
  • Pool
  • Internet Access
  • Mobile Connectivity
  • Laundry Service
  • Kiddies Club
  • Private Vehicle Available
  • Secure Parking
  • 24-hour Security


Room typeFeaturesRates
Luxury Tented Suite
Luxury Tented Suite
Luxury Tented Suite

Available: 9 suites

Unit Sleeps: 2 adults

Check-in: From 2:00 PM

Check-out: To 10:00 AM

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  • Air Conditioning
  • Mini Bar
  • Tea / Coffee
  • Lounge
  • Balcony / Deck
  • En-Suite
  • Shower / Outside Shower
  • Dressing Gowns
  • Pure Cotton Linen
  • Hair Dryer
  • Mosquito Nets
  • Safe
  • Electrical Outlets
  • Laundry Service
  • Pool
  • More

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    Little Saseka
    Little Saseka
    Little Saseka

    Available: 1 Unit

    Unit Sleeps: 2 Adults + 1 Child

    Check-in: From 2:00 PM

    Check-out: To 10:00 AM

    Show Room Info
  • Air-conditioner
  • En-suite
  • Lounge area
  • Tea & coffee
  • Minibar
  • hairdryer
  • USB / universal plugs
  • Safe
  • Private safari vehicle
  • Private chef
  • Private pool
  • Veranda
  • More

    FROM $1523

    TO $1523

    Per person per night sharing

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    Thornybush Nature Reserve has arranged for many thrilling activities for their guests. Activities range from dawn and dusk safaris, afternoon game drives, guided bush walks, game viewing, and hot air balloon expeditions. The lodge has their own experienced and skilled trackers who will accompany the guests on their safari adventures. The lodge will look after providing their guests’ scrumptious and mouthwatering breakfast that will be laid ready after they return from their thrilling morning activities.

    Those guests who wish to stay indoors, the lodge has its renowned Thornybush Amani Spa facilities available. Guests are free to avail their unique and soothing therapies to feel completely relaxed.

    • Game Drives
    • Game Viewing
    • Swimming
    • Game Walks
    • Boma Dinners
    • Bird Watching
    • Night Drives
    • Spa treatments


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    Rate Conditions
    • Min 3 nights stay
    • Wedding date is required, and cannot be booked if travel dates are more than 12 months post wedding date
    What's Included
    • Accommodation
    • Minibar drinks
    • Wi-fi
    • Laundry service
    • Two game drives per day
    • All meals, teas and coffees, drinks (house wines, local brand spirits, beers and soft drinks), minibar, refreshments on game drives
    • All local drinks (house wines, local brand spirits, beers and soft drinks
    • Private dinner (ON REQUEST)
    • Honeymoon turndown
    15 Jan 2024 - 30 Jun 2024 R 23 000 Per person per night


    DatesRoom TypeBoard BasisRate
    01 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024Standard SuitePer person per night sharing From $1208
    01 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024Little SasekaPer person per night sharing From $1523


    The all­-inclusive rate per person per night includes:

    • Luxurious accommodation
    • All meals, teas, coffees, minibar in room & selected snacks
    • All local drinks (soft drinks, house wine, selection of local beers and local spirits)
    • Dawn and dusk safaris in open Landcruiser vehicles
    • Bushveld walks
    • Wi-Fi
    From $1024 per person sharing
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