Thornybush Game Reserve

One of South Africa’s oldest private game reserves, Thornybush comprises of 34,000 acres of wilderness inhabited by elephant, leopard, lion and cheetah.

One of South Africa’s oldest private game reserves, Thornybush is around 34,000 acres of wilderness inhabited by elephant, leopard, lion and cheetah, in addition to over 140 mammal, 500 bird and 30 reptile species. Morning and late afternoon game drives in open vehicles here are bound to uncover some of Thornybush’s furred, feathered and scaly inhabitants, whilst guests are also offered the opportunity to walk with experienced Shangaan trackers.

Accommodation options within this private reserve include the expansive Thornybush Game Lodge, catering for up to 40 people in 20 suites. Two cater for families, featuring a private pool and lounge. There is also a beautiful swimming pool and day spa in the main lodge, with atmospheric dining spaces including an open-air ‘boma’.

Smaller Shumbalala offers five luxury suites, with personal fireplaces, indoor and outdoor showers, whilst Serondella Lodge has three, plus a three-bedroom villa ideal for families or groups. The newest addition to the Thornybush Collection is beautiful Saseka Tented Camp. The camp is situated alongside the Monwana River and features 8 elevated tented suites. These three premium lodges offer a very tasteful, intimate experience of the South African bush.

Location

How to get to Thornybush Game Reserve

Guests can fly from Johannesburg into Hoedspruit Airport, where they are met and transferred to their lodge at Thornybush Game Reserve, approximately 40 minutes away.  

Activities at Thornybush Game Reserve

  • Game drives
  • Guided walks
  • Spa treatments

*Some activities are available at extra cost.

Thornybush Game Reserve Highlights

  • One of South Africa’s oldest private game reserves
  • Inhabited by a huge array of wildlife including lion and leopard
  • Incredible gameviewing and bird-watching opportunities
  • A wide variety of accommodation options
  • Ability to go on thrilling guided walks

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Accommodation in the Kruger, Sabi Sand and other regions.

Below are some of our preferred tented camps and lodges in the Kruger, Sabi Sand and surrounding regions. Please contact us to tailor accommodation options to suit the style of your trip and your budget.

andBeyond Kirkman’s Kamp

One of South Africa's most prestigious luxury safari lodges, andBeyond Kirkman's Kamp is situated in the leopard-rich Sabi Sand Private Game Reserves.

Dulini Lodge

Dulini Lodge nestles in a grove of ancient hardwood trees on the peaceful banks of the Mabrak River in the celebrated Sabi Sand Game Reserve.

Greenfire Game Lodge

Situated on the 50,000 hectare privately owned Balule Nature Reserve, this small luxury safari lodge virtually guarantees good game sightings.

Idube Game Lodge

Idube is a classic safari lodge that offers all the wildlife found in South Africa's celebrated Kruger National Park with none of the crowds.

Kings Camp

In the Timbavati Private Reserve which shares a boundary with Kruger National Park, Kings Camp faces a waterhole visited by an endless parade of wildlife.

Leadwood Lodge

Stunning Leadwood Lodge sits in a grove of ancient hardwood trees at the confluence of the Sand and Mabrak rivers in the exclusive Sabi Sand Private Game Reserves.

Londolozi Founders Camp

This relaxed safari lodge nestles in ancient forest along the Sand River, offering activities for all the family from yoga to an entertaining kids' program.

Londolozi Pioneer Camp

Luxurious Londolozi Pioneer Camp consists of 3 secluded suites in the heart of the famous Sabi Sand Game Reserve near Kruger National Park.

Londolozi Private Granite Suites

Londolozi’s adults-only Private Granite Suites are set amid great boulders and large trees, natural features which have influenced the property’s interiors and organic colour palette.

Londolozi Tree Camp

Londolozi’s adults-only Tree Camp is a super-stylish luxury safari camp set deep within a thicket of leadwood trees

Londolozi Varty Camp

The Londolozi Private Game Reserve’s spiritual heart, Varty Camp is casual and relaxed in atmosphere making it a wonderful choice for families on safari.

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South Africa Itineraries

The following tours are private, independent and can be easily customised to suit your personal travelling requirements. Please contact us to begin designing your personalised South Africa experience.

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South Africa Overview

Why travel to South Africa? 
Described as “a world in one country” South Africa is more than just a safari destination. The wildlife of Kruger and the many private reserves throughout the country are complemented by South Africa’s fascinating history and diverse cultures, the beautiful coastline and majestic landscapes of the Cape. 

 When is the best time to view animals in South Africa?
Gameviewing is best during the dry season (May-Oct); however the summer months are good for general touring and sightseeing. 

What is the culture of South Africa? 
There are many different cultures including Zulu, Swazi, Xhosa, Indian, Cape Malay and European. As a result, there are many unique culinary dishes as well as distinct music and dance. Elegant Cape Dutch architecture is also a highlight of South Africa’s cape. 

What is the climate in South Africa? 
The inland plateau has a temperate climate (17°-30°C), whilst the coast is subtropical and more humid (22°-30°C). The seasons are the same as Australia, however most of the rain falls in summer. Winters are dry and sunny, but nights can be very cold. The Western Cape is the exception, with a “Mediterranean” climate – cool, wet winters and warm dry summers (17°-24°C). 

What can I combine South Africa with?
South Africa is easily combined with neighbouring Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia or the nearby tropical island of Mauritius. Johannesburg is a very popular gateway to most of southern and eastern Africa.  

How to get to South Africa?
Many major airlines including South African Airways, Qantas, Etihad, Emirates, Kenya Airways, Qatar, Singapore Airways and British Airways fly into Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport. There are also many regional and domestic carriers that service local cities such as Cape Town and the Kruger National Park area. 

US – South African Airways fly’s directly to east coast cities including New York and Washington. Delta Airlines is another option to consider flying directly to Johannesburg from Atlanta.  

UK / Europe – There are direct flights to OR Tambo International Airport with South African Airways from London-Heathrow, Frankfurt and Munich. Major European Airlines flying directly into Johannesburg include British Airways, Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Lufthansa and Swiss International Airlines.  

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