Luxury lodges in Thornybush and Sabi Sabi

Accommodation Options in Thornybush Private Game Reserve

Family safari holidays with river views, traditional safari lodges on wooden stilts under thatch, exceptional safari lodges with modern art pieces and private plunge pools, Thornybush Private Game reserve has all the accommodation options under the sun.

Our selection of Thornybush accommodation options caters for honeymoon couples, families, friends and groups of business travellers or even solo travellers. We offer rustic chic tented camps and astounding luxury with high tech mod cons. Thornybush safari lodges also offer outstanding venues for meetings, conferences and team building events. 

Picture the scene – a rosy sky, the smell of fresh coffee, a slow drive through the dewy vegetation in search of lions. It’s a sensory explosion. Do it again at dusk – rosy skies, the smell of honey blossoms and wetlands, warm African evenings in a cacophony of insect sounds. These are the reasons for choosing Thornybush Game lodges when you visit South Africa.  

Our Top Picks for Accommodation in Thornybush

Our top picks for accommodation in the Thornybush Game Reserve are these ‘big five’ Thornybush lodges based on value, service and our guests’ feedback over the years.

  • Saseka Tented Camp – the meeting of two styles in the modern high-tech design and the traditional services for that classic safari holiday in tented suites made for couples 
  • Little Saseka – an exclusive use 4 bed tented villa on the Monwana River for a family
  • Thornybush Game Lodge – classic, charming, traditional – the original old homestand built in 1961 has come to life as a bush hotel with grand facilities and a homely aura 
  • Jackalberry Lodge – named after these exquisite bushveld trees, this lodge is peaceful, relaxed and understated, for authentic guests who return each year
  • Simbambili Game Lodge – massive decks and views across the beautiful calm Manyeleti River under huge old knobthorns and jackalberry trees

Top Game Lodges in Kruger Park

Thornybush boasts some of the top game lodges in the Kruger region and is one of the first game reserves in South Africa to invite community people to participate in projects based on ecotourism principles.

It all began way back in 1961 when the first permanent lodge was built. Later, this second oldest commercial lodge in South Africa was rebuilt in 2001.  It was one way of showing people what a true wilderness is and how to conserve these vital green spaces. Now, tourists can choose to visit any of the 13 remarkably elegant bush lodges in the Thornybush Collection. Each one is designed to capture the beauty of the environment and to decrease human impacts on nature.  

We love the choice of world class accommodation in their natural modern design, slick amenities, breath-taking settings and impeccable service that come as part of exhilarating packages to the Thornybush Private Game Reserve. 

Top game lodges offer all-inclusive accommodation choices in tented suites, thatched chalets, timber cabins, enormous private villas or rustic bush camps. The choice is yours and we do the rest! 

Remember that the focus is always on the safari, the wildlife, the game viewing and the breath-taking scenery around you. Visitors to South Africa are attracted to the soulful relaxation in an untouched paradise where animals survive naturally.

Best Time to Visit Thornybush Private Game Reserve

The best time to visit Thornybush Private Game Reserve is from May to September when things are dry and cooler, less humid and vegetation is thinner. This is the dry season and animals congregate around dwindling water sources. Skies are clear, days are sunny and warm, nights are crisp. 

Outside deck area at Thornybush Game Lodge in Kruger National Park

Thornybush Game Lodge

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK - SOUTH AFRICA - Experience a unique African safari in the heart of the Thornybush Private Game Reserve, part of South Africa’s greater Kruger National Park. Set off on foot and in open off-road vehicles with expert rangers and trackers to see some of the 147 mammals, 114 reptiles, more than 500 […]
game drive picnic set up in the bush with the sunset going down in the distance in Kruger Park

Kubili House

Such opulence, such an ingenious blend of ancient safaris with modern adventure, a heady combination of the past and the present, Kubili House is one of the most contemporary, lavish safari lodges in the whole of the Greater Kruger National Park region. Appreciate premier exclusive use of the homestead, private chef and ranger, guided walks […]
the main accommodation building of Royal Malewane in Kruger National Park

Royal Malewane

Book a few special nights on safari to the regal Royal Malewane, a nature refuge in the deep Thornybush Private Game Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park. Visitors who like their luxury amenities should choose this safari lodge as it features a spa centre, gym and private pools. Old style colonial elegance, classic amenities […]
The main building accommodation at Saseka Tented Camp in Kruger National Park

Saseka Tented Camp

Cutting edge modern design in this newest lodge in the Timbavati Game Reserve adds a new variation to the meaning of ‘safari in Africa’. Find Saseka Tented Camp on the shady banks of the seasonal Monwana River in the Greater Kruger National Park. Just 8 luxury tented suites and one large Leadwood Villa for families […]
A woman going on a guided safari walk through the bush with a game ranger

Little Saseka

Choose the best of both worlds in Thornybush Private Game Reserve when you book your experience inthe romantic spaces of Little Saseka, an extension of Saseka Tented Camp, but private and unique as a villa on its own. This is an exclusive use option with one villa accommodating 4 people and the other suite nearby […]

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