If you’re looking for a quiet lodge to rest and savour the beauty of the African wilderness, Waterbuck Lodge will give you the intimate experience that you’re looking for. Our small team have big hearts and are the key to making this lodge so welcoming to guests.
Set deep in the bush, the elevated deck, swimming pool and thatched bar area are the perfect places to take in the sounds of the wilderness as well as keep an eye on the waterhole for animal activity.
Waterbuck Lodge offers guests a home-away-from home with unpretentious, genuine service, attention to detail and incredible wildlife viewing.
HOW DO I GET TO THE LODGE?
SA Airlink offers 2 scheduled flights daily between Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) and Hoedspruit Airport (HDS) which takes approximately 55 minutes, and 1 daily flight between Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) and Hoedspruit Airport (HDS), which takes approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes. Transfers can be arranged on your behalf from Hoedspruit Airport to the Reserve, at an additional cost. This transfer takes approximately 30 minutes by road.
THE HEART OF THE BUSHVELD
Waterbuck Game Lodge is situated in the Southern part of The Thornybush Nature Reserve, adjacent to a water estuary and waterhole. Ideal for exclusive use bookings, this lodge has a pool with a view of the bush veld, an intimate boma, and shared lounge with a fireplace. Guests can go on guided game drives and bush walks. The area around the lodge is home to many animal species found within the reserve, especially Thornybush’s largest elephant herd.
INSIDE THE THORNYBUSH NATURE RESERVE
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..
The lodge boasts a lounge area with an open-plan dining room all under thatch, and walled with huge glass doors that open up into the bush veld. There is also a breakfast deck overlooking the estuary and a well-appointed bar.
The suites are spaced relatively far apart from each other, creating a sense of privacy for our guests. Each suite has a sliding door that opens out onto a private deck with sofa chairs, which is where many of our guests are drawn to throughout the day. The interiors are spacious with high thatched ceilings, large beds and en-suite bathrooms. There’s an outside shower that offers a revitalising experience with a view, as well as an inside shower and a bath.
BIG 5 GAME DRIVES
Get the real feel for the African bushveld by going on a morning or evening game drive. Driving in an open safari vehicle, along with a qualified guide – experience the Big 5 territory of the Pilanesberg Game Reserve. Please Note: No children under the age of 6 allowed on game drives.
Get your feel for Africa through a culture experience under a starlit sky, alongside a percussion band and interactive drumming circles to ensure guests have a full and joyous evening around the campfire.
HOT AIR BALLOON
Experience the only Hot Air Balloon operation in South Africa to launch from within a National Park, we offer a truly unique flying experience.
You can also enjoy holistic rejuvenating spa rituals, massages, facials and even more luxurious beauty treatments. For a more intimate experience, try out the couple’s treatment room with its own hydro bath.
WEDDINGS AT WATERBUCK LODGE
Your marriage made in heaven awaits at Waterbuck Lodge. Take your vows in the glow of a golden sunset as you exchange rings against a beautiful bushveld backdrop; or say “I do” in an opulent lodge ceremony, surrounded by the warmth of the people who matter.
Whatever You Need
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