• 4 Luxury Spacious Suites
  • Thornybush Private Game Reserve
  • True african big five safari
  • Award winning & excellent rated

Positioned perfectly in the Southern part of the magnificent 14 000 Thornybush Nature Reserve, this 4-star Lodge is particularly ideal for exclusive use bookings. The area around the Lodge is home to all the animals found within the reserve especially Thornybush’s largest Elephant Herd.

The Lodge is situated in the high water table area of the reserve and is sighted on a dammed estuary of the main water supply to the site. The lush undergrowth around the Lodge is evidence of a continuous flow of water all year round. Guests are encouraged to take advantage of all amenities including a very private, Family sized swimming pool.


  • Great value for money;
  • Home to the Big 5;
  • Exceptional dining experiences;
  • Intimate wildlife encounters;
  • Only four luxury suites provide privacy;
  • Located in the Thornybush Private Game Reserve.



  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Dining room
  • Lounge
  • TV Room
  • Library
  • Pool
  • Boma
  • Internet Access
  • Mobile Connectivity
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Private Vehicle Available
  • Laundry Service
  • 24-hour Security
  • Secure Parking


Room typeFeaturesRates
Standard Suite
Waterbuck Game Lodge

Available: 4 Suites

Unit Sleeps: 2 adults

Check-in: From 01:00 PM

Check-out: To 11:00 AM

Show Room Info
  • Air Conditioning
  • Minibar
  • Tea / Coffee
  • Lounge
  • Balcony / Deck
  • Bath
  • En-Suite
  • Shower
  • Outside Shower
  • Dressing Gowns
  • Hair Dryer
  • Safe
  • Electrical outlets
  • Housekeeping
  • More

    FROM R6019

    TO R9029

    Per person per night sharing

    Enquire Now What's Included Seasonal Rates


    Thornybush Game Reserve is one of South Africa’s most prime locations for guests to head out on walking safaris and thrilling game drives. Guests are sure to catch sight of the magnificent ‘Big Five’, as well as many other animals. The lodge will be happy to help its guests in arranging their early morning/evening game drives and offering guides to accompany them on their walking safaris.

    The thrilling game drives and walking safaris through the pristine Thornybush Game Reserve are an absolute must for all visitors coming to this area of South Africa. Home to the ‘Big Five’ which include lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos as well as buffaloes, many other animals such as hippos, crocodiles, antelope, and birds can be encountered here.

    • Game Drives
    • Game Walks
    • Swimming
    • Game Viewing
    • Boma Dinners
    • Bird Watching
    • Night Drives
    • Hiking/biking trails


    What's Included
    • Accommodation for 4 nights
    • All meals
    • Tea, coffee and snacks
    • Dawn and dusk safaris
    • Optional bush walks
    07 Jan 2019 - 28 Feb 2019 R15799 Per person sharing

    Low Season

    DatesRoom TypeBoard BasisRate
    01 Jan 2019- 31 Dec 2019Standard SuitePer person per night sharing From R6019
    Per person per night single From R9029

    High Season

    DatesRoom TypeBoard BasisRate
    01 Jan 2019- 31 Dec 2019Standard SuitePer person per night sharing From R6019
    Per person per night single From R9029


    The all­-inclusive rate per person per night includes:

    • Accommodation
    • All meals
    • 2 game drives daily
    • Teas and coffees
    • 15% VAT
    • Bushveld walks


    Based on 129 Reviews

    Kruger National Park

    “Amazing experience”

    We have just returned from Waterbuck lodge and can honestly say you will not experience anything better anywhere. There are only four rooms so a maximum of eight people(there were only four of us) makes everything so personal, Anita was fab and her staff really looked after us, the food was great the accommodation pristine its not often you get elephants bathing in the lake outside your window and all sorts of wildlife in your garden. very special mention must go to Hannis our ranger/guide and Lodrick the tracker, we saw the BIG5 plus much more. Hannis was a wonderfull host and a good laugh.I would recommend this lodge and guarantee you won’t get a better experience anywhere. Thankyou Hannis, Anita, Lodrick and all the others for an unforgettable experience David and Annie.

    ~ andovarian ~ Andover, United Kingdom
    Kruger National Park

    “Just fantastic - 10/10”

    There are really no words to describe this place and experience in general – facilities (rooms, pool etc.) are amazing, there being only 4 rooms makes it very cosy and personal, food is great, animals in abundance (we came within <5m of all the big 5, without seeing lots of other tourists while doing it). Most importantly, the people (Lodrick, the spotter, and in particular Franco, who we were all in awe of for his general awesomeness) are just fantastic and are guaranteed to make your stay here wonderful. Cannot recommend Waterbuck enough!

    ~ BenParisi ~ Stockholm, Sweden
    Kruger National Park

    “What an amazing experience!”

    The Waterbuck Game Lodge was the highlight of my recent trip to South Africa! Being the trip of a lifetime and most likely my only chance to see African animals in their habitat, I put a lot of research into finding the right place for my daughter and me to stay. I was advised to choose carefully as some “safari” experiences can feel like a zoo or overcrowded like Yellowstone. Our Thornybush experience was top notch!!! We saw the big 5 and much more. The sightings were intimate and natural; our ranger was informative and fun, and his wife and the rest of the staff were so personable and accommodating! I also have to mention the lovely cuisine and how appreciative I am for the way they met my daughter’s gluten-free diet in style. This place is a “10”. Go and enjoy!

    ~ Rileys-gk ~ Conifer, Colorado
    Kruger National Park

    “Left my heart at Waterbuck”

    Our family took over Waterbuck lodge for 4 days. We felt so fortunate to stay in this luxurious place and to have Hanes and Anita take care of us. The game drives were fantastic and we saw more than we could have imagined. A leopard hunt and being charged by elephants was a highlight. The food was delicious and our downtime between game drives was spent relaxing at the pool. Drinking delicious cocktails from the honor bar and hearing our teenagers laughing hysterically whilst playing cards and scaring away monkeys. I would definitely recommend Waterbuck to anyone wishing to be surrounded by nature and wonderful people.

    ~ Kazzypetersen ~ Encinitas, California

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