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.