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

Set on the banks of the tranquil lake, encompassed by breath-taking views of the African bushveld, Thornybush Waterside Lodge affords instant relaxation, a journey of unsurpassed indulgence. Highly skilled rangers and trackers ensure big five viewing opportunities during dawn and dusk safaris, whilst bushwalks are for the more adventurous. A meander into the Kingdom of the Wild, a thrilling brush with nature and an up-close and personal encounter with mother earth.

Guests are invited to relax and take in the African surrounds after breakfast on the main deck area overlooking the lake, the swimming pool or retreat to the comfort of their Suite.

The Lodge’s 20 comfortably appointed air-conditioned thatch Suites blend into the natural habitat and are located along pathways surrounded by an abundance of trees and manicured gardens.

There is a lot for guests to do here. They can follow the trails of the leopards, lions, buffalos, rhinos and elephants with the lodge’s experienced and trained rangers. They can also take a hot air balloon ride and spot the various and magnificent animals from a height.


  • Thornybush Waterside Lodge is situated on the banks of a tranquil lake;
  • The lodge is adjacent to the popular Kruger National Park;
  • A conference centre for up to 60 delegates;
  • Home to the Big Five;
  • Exceptional dining experiences;
  • Ideal for individual couples, families and small groups.



  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Lounge
  • View deck
  • Pool
  • Library
  • Conference Centre
  • Kiddies Club
  • Gift shop
  • Mobile Connectivity
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry
  • 24-hour Security
  • Secure Parking


Room typeFeaturesRates
Standard Suite
Thornybush Waterside Lodge

Available: 20 Suites

Unit Sleeps: 2 adults

Show Room Info
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Mini Bar
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Lounge
  • Balcony / Deck
  • Bath
  • En-Suite
  • Shower
  • Dressing Gowns
  • Pure Cotton Linen
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heater
  • Telephone
  • Safe
  • Laundry
  • More

    FROM R7442

    TO R11163

    Per person per night sharing

    Enquire Now What's Included Seasonal Rates


    Thornybush Waterside Lodge has arranged for their guests to head out on dawn and dusk safaris to catch sight of Africa’s best wildlife. The lodge’s skilled and experienced rangers will accompany the guests on their safari adventures. The lodge serves its guests high tea on their game drives

    Besides taking their guests on game drives, the lodge also takes them on guided bush walks so guests can have the opportunity to explore and learn all about the Fauna and Flora of the region. Guests must also keep in mind that kids under the age 16 will not be allowed by the lodge to go on bush walks.

    Those guests who wish to spend their time indoors can avail the lodge’s Thornybush Amani Spa’s invigorating therapies and treatments.

    • Game Drives
    • Game Viewing
    • Swimming
    • Game Walks
    • Boma Dinners
    • Bird Watching
    • Night Game Drives
    • Stargazing


    What's Included
    • Accommodation for 4 nights
    • All meals
    • Tea, coffee and snacks, sundowner drinks
    • Dawn and dusk safaris
    • Optional bush walks
    07 Jan 2019 - 28 Feb 2019 R19538 Per person sharing

    Low Season

    DatesRoom TypeBoard BasisRate
    01 Jan 2019- 31 Dec 2019Standard SuitePer person per night sharing From R7442
    Per person per night single From R11163

    High Season

    DatesRoom TypeBoard BasisRate
    01 Jan 2019- 31 Dec 2019Standard SuitePer person per night sharing From R7442
    Per person per night single From R11163


    The all­-inclusive rate per person per night includes:

    • Accommodation
    • Sundowner local drinks
    • All meals
    • Teas, coffees & snacks
    • Dawn and dusk safaris in open vehicles
    • Bushveld walks


    Based on 281 Reviews

    Kruger National Park

    “Amazing Time!”

    A friend and I took a bucket list trip to Africa two weeks ago and spent 3 nights at the Waterside Lodge. Our entire trip exceeded our expectations and the time spent at the lodge was fantastic. Our safari guide, Jaluka and tracker, John were top notch and we saw more animals than I ever thought possible. Our accommodations were lovely and the food was delicious. One day we went to the Spa and were late for lunch, but the staff prepared a special meal for us – our own little mini buffet – they really went above and beyond. The setting is so tranquil; one day we watched a herd of elephants play in the water for hours – magical.

    ~ Meg K ~ Cincinnati, Ohio
    Kruger National Park

    “Unbelievable - Face to face with lions”

    The place is truly wonderful. The staff is outstanding! Our driver, Juluka, was top notch. So was our tracker – John! Every drive they found us amazing things to see. We saw all of the big five in our first drive out. Then every other drive they found us unbelievable sights. At one point we were surrounded by 8 lions! At another point, a lion walked right up to our vehicle and stared at us. Our butler, Jimmy, was the kindest and best person around! The room was awesome. The pool was amazing – though i wish they had a hot tub for chilly days. The only thing i wish this amazing resort did differently relates to turning away big group tours. The first two nights of our stay were amazing. The place was full of young couples who all were friendly and wanted to share stories about their safaris. On the last two nights of our stay, the place opened the doors to 2 large groups (14 people each for a total of 28 people) who were all from the same European country. The groups stuck to themselves and spoke their own languages and kind of obliterated the chatty / friendly vibe that had previously existed. However, that aside, the place, the facilities, the staff, and the quantity of game to see is truly outstanding!

    ~ Robb M ~ Toronto, Canada
    Kruger National Park

    “Simply the Best”

    We stayed for three nights at Thornybush as part of a much longer Safari tour of Southern Africa. This place was the very best of the several lodges we visited. Everything worked like a clock. The rooms were excellent, the food was plentiful and extremely well prepared and presented, and the service was exemplary.

    The best of all were the game drives and bush walks. Our Guide, Liam, was knowledgeable patient and persistent and introduced us to more animals that we imagined possible, including, of course, the big 5.

    Everything was so well organised from thee moment of arrival until we left. This place is simply the best.

    ~ Stephen N Erica D ~ Canberra, Australia
    Kruger National Park

    “Memories to last a lifetime”

    We stayed two nights and we loved every moment of it. We went for 4 game drives and we left us wanting more. From the rooms to the service it is a great lodge to be at. Our butler Rich and our ranger Mozez were very kind. Mozez had a lot of knowledge about the game and spotting. We saw all the big 5 and leopard cubs. Everything here is extremely personalized and intimate.Dinner settings are done beautifully in the open. Upon checking out I left my passport in the safe. The lodge was very prompt and supportive in helping me get it back. 2 nights is not enough! We wanted to extend our stay but they were sold out. A must must stay for all.

    ~ nandita_dalmia ~ Mumbai, India

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