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  • 16 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

Game Lodge was the first of its kind in the Thornybush Nature Reserve, opening its doors back in 1961. As the original establishment, it put Thornybush on the map and established our reputation for world-class game-viewing.

Now, with a note of sophistication in the design and layout, our thatched main area overlooks a waterhole and riverbed frequently visited by elephants, buffalo and other large game. The classic lower deck flows between the open dining area and a beautiful bar.

Sunbirds, attracted to the many aloes which surround the main deck, are just some of the many small delights you can expect on your stay at Thornybush Game Lodge.

The warm-hearted staff, riverbed setting, and legacy of excellence are standout features. Meals, when taken at the lodge, are a mixture of sumptuous lunch platters or lavish buffets. Dinners are elegant a la carte meals on the deck or traditional South African boma dinners, served around the fire. The kitchen team led by Solly, the legendary master bush chef, will ensure every meal is an occasion! Bush dinners are a firm favourite with our guests, where you get to enjoy a hearty meal, surrounded by lanterns, candles and the sound of the African wilderness.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Located in a private concession adjacent to Kruger National Park
  • Excellent Big Five game viewing
  • Relaxed and family-like feel
  • Spacious, luxurious accommodation
  • Fantastic spa facilities with treatments

Facilities

General

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

Activities

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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Rooms

Room type Features Rates
Standard Suite
Standard Suite
Standard Suite

Available: 16 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
  • More

    FROM $882

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    Per person per night sharing

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    Rate Conditions
    • • Minimum 4-night stay, one night complimentary as from 3 nights paid stay
    • • 50% Single supplement applies
    • • Not combinable with any other deals
    Dates Rate
    15 Jan 2024 - 30 Jun 2024 From R 12 000 per person per night
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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
    Dates Rate
    15 Jan 2024 - 30 Jun 2024 R 16 000 Per person per night

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    Dates Room Type Board Basis Rate
    01 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024 Standard Suite Per person per night sharing From $882

    INCLUDED IN THE RATES

    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 $744 per person sharing
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