LUXURY LODGES IN THORNY BUSH
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’s 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 TENTED CAMP
Our extraordinary 5-star lodge serves up understated luxury on the banks of the seasonal Monwana River, across nine spacious tented suites. The striking design of the lodge, luxurious touches and spectacular location have combined to create a lodge that is like no other in the Greater Kruger Park region.VIEW LODGE
SIMBAMBILI GAME LODGE
Set in the famous Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Simbambili impresses with its incredible game viewing opportunities. Managed with warmth and passion, Simbambili offers a down-to-earth yet luxurious bush experience where the world-class wildlife encounters, expert rangers, extensive private decks and welcoming atmosphere results in bucket-list experiences.VIEW LODGE
THE RIVER LODGE
Considered to be one of the best-kept secrets in the Thornybush Nature Reserve, this luxury lodge has five ultra-spacious, elegantly decorated suites in a supremely intimate environment. Experiences are customised to each visitor’s preferences and alfresco-style dinners on the terrace are often interrupted by elephants stopping by for a drink at the infinity pool.VIEW LODGE
THORNY BUSH GAME LODGE
Thornybush Game Lodge, the original Thornybush establishment, has changed and evolved since 1961 to the sophisticated, down-to-each luxury lodge it is today. Warm-hearted staff, expert guides and unobstructed views of the waterhole from the deck are standout features.VIEW LODGE
SHUMBALALA GAME LODGE
Shumbalala is a superb luxury lodge, which takes a maximum of eight guests across its four suites, ensuring a sense of exclusivity. The lodge overlooks a seasonal river and permanent waterhole that draws in a steady procession of wildlife throughout the year. The cuisine, wine cellar, infinity pool, fireplaces and private viewing decks are just a few of the special features at Shumbalala.VIEW LODGE
The large, calm body of water that Waterside Lodge sits on, brings an element of peace and tranquility that can be hard to find in the harsh African bush. Set within a stand of towering fever trees, makes Waterside a birders paradise, along with all the animals which come to the dam to drink.VIEW LODGE
Lean back and unwind at Jackalberry, where views of the nearby waterhole and the distant Drankensberg mountain range, make for a splendid setting. Seven thatched suites are supremely comfortable, although you may find yourself drawn to the main area where you can relax and watch the wildlife passing by.VIEW LODGE
The main feature of Serondella Lodge, is it's extremely well frequented waterhole, overlooked by the main deck of the lodge. Only accommodating up to 8 people, Serondella offers an intimate safari experience, surrounded by staff who are consistently named in reviews for their generosity of spirit and attention to detail.VIEW LODGE
Perfectly placed between a waterhole, a dry riverbed and a tamboti forest, Monwana Lodge makes the most of its tranquil setting. While you laze by the pool or on your private deck, the passionate and long-standing staff will see to your every need. With just five thatched suits, you are guaranteed a relaxing and intimate time here.VIEW LODGE
CHAPUNGU TENTED CAMP
Reconnect with nature at this camp of eight comfortable tented suites. The relaxed environment is part of Chapungu’s charm where meals are often taken together at a long table, and a swimming pool forms the focal point of the main area.VIEW LODGE
Take a step back from the hustle and bustle and tap into the complete calm of a lodge deep in the African wilderness. Waterbuck is an intimate lodge in the south of the reserve with just four thatched suites.VIEW LODGE
N’kaya Lodge is known for it's down-to-earth, intimate setting and friendly, welcoming members of staff. Comfortable suites surround a central pool which offers the best way to spend an afternoon between game drives.VIEW LODGE
Our guests go on game drives twice a day, at sunrise and sunset – enjoying exclusive access to wildlife sightings. There are never more than three vehicles on a sighting, which means no jostling for position. You’ll also get exceptionally close to that leopard in a tree or elephants in a riverbed as our vehicles can go off-road, so you’ll never miss a moment.
Morning Game Drives
A pink dawn, birds stirring and a chance to see the wildlife begin their day – welcome to a morning drive at Thornybush. You’ll need to be up before the sun and in the vehicle after a quick snack to see the best sightings. This is when the land is cool and the animals are most active, when anything is possible and sightings come quickly. After a couple hours of roaming the reserve you’ll stop at a special spot for a coffee break before heading back for a delicious late breakfast.
A walking safari offers something quite different to a game drive: the thrill of being on foot in a Big 5 reserve and a chance to engage with the smaller things. You learn about tracking, insects and flowers. It’s a chance to have an immersive experience where you get down and touch and smell what’s out there while at the same time you never quite know what you’ll encounter around the next corner, and there’s little that compares to the experience when you do.
Make the most important day in your lives together even better than you imagined, in the serene natural surroundings at one of the 12 splendid Thorny Bush Lodges. Come and host the wedding of your dreams in the beating heart of the bushveld, in award-winning luxury you’ll never forget.
If you haven’t found enough tranquility at our lodge yet – our award-winning Amani African Spa is just what you need. The ultimate escape for pure self-indulgence while offering an authentic, African-inspired experience.
Thornybush runs a non-profit organisation that aims to uplift the surrounding local communities that many of our staff members come from. Exciting initiatives such as community owned agricultural businesses, food security, youth focused conservation awareness, sustainable procurement and infrastructure upgrades are all major focus area’s of ours.