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Thornybush Private Game Lodge Kruger

If you are looking for an exceptional luxury experience in Kruger National Park and Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve where game viewing is world class and accommodation top notch, the answer is Thornybush Private Game Lodge! The first ever lodge to be created in the Thornybush Private Game Reserve so get your fully inclusive safari deal organised today.

Go ahead and experience a unique African safari in the heart of South Africa’s most famous 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 bird species and nearly 350 tree species! Experience tailor made game drives and bush walks then return to the luxury of Thornybush Game Lodge.

Nestled in the heart of big five country and promising real immersion in nature, Thornybush Nature Reserve spreads over 14,000 ha of pristine African Bushveld. It is here that a superlative safari destination, the elegant and exclusive 5-star Thornybush Game Lodge, awaits your discovery – a destination that values sustainable tourism.  

This select safari lodge is the embodiment of perfection, nothing spared in the attention to detail. It was the first game lodge to be built in the Thornybush Game Reserve back in 1961 so it boasts a rich history of originality and connection to the earth. Owners want to share their passion for conservation and community with all visitors who care. 

Enjoy exciting dawn and dusk safaris in open game vehicles and on foot, take a moment to browse in the intimate library or simply relax at the pool with your favourite cocktail as you bask in Africa’s glorious sunshine. Some guests prefer to get a massage or skin treatment between game drives, the choice is yours. Photograph the sweeping over the African bushveld and ever-active water hole. 

Elegant and exclusive, Thornybush Game Lodge offers the complete package for individual guests, family holidays, corporate getaways, small groups or wedding extravaganzas. Exhilarating dawn and dusk safaris, an exclusive on-site spa, gourmet cuisine, the world’s finest wines and sublime accommodation treat every guest. 

A fully equipped conference centre for sixty delegates completes the picture. Fine cooking ensures that ever meal is a taste sensation and enjoyed while watching game cross the seasonal Monwana River. 

Up to forty people can be accommodated in air-conditioned luxury at Thornybush Lodge, in eighteen luxury suites and two generously proportioned family suites.

The luxury suites are superbly equipped and furnished in the lavish style befitting this five-star lodge. Calming, muted tones and dark wood are used throughout to enhance the tranquil atmosphere of your surroundings, and the furnishings and accoutrements are of the highest standard. The en-suite bathroom features a double basin, large bath overlooking the savannah, indoor and outdoor showers.

All the suites have private wooden decks, with comfortable seating, overlooking the reserve and waterhole. Here you can take some time-out to gather your thoughts, catch forty winks or update your journal while enjoying the benefits of fresh air, sunshine and peaceful surroundings.

The family suites feature a private plunge pool on the deck. Another extra in these units is the lounge which has a sleeper couch to accommodate two children. These large villas cater for a maximum of two adults and two children younger than twelve, or three adults. Apart from being more spacious, the family suites are furnished and decorated in the same opulent style as the single suites.

A number of activities are arranged for children at Thornybush Game Lodge – sign your kids up for the ‘Ranger in Training’ program when booking your family safari accommodation, and they will enjoy fun educational activities throughout their stay.



An exceptional luxury experience in Kruger National park and Sabi Sands awaits those who believe in nature conservation and getting out so see South Africa’s natural heritage. Thornybush Game Lodge offers some of the best fully inclusive deals including lavish accommodation in river view suites, delicious meals and drinks, game drives and bush walks.

Your unique African safari begins in the first ever lodge to be built in the heart of the Thornybush Private Game Reserve, part of South Africa’s greater Kruger National Park. Game viewing in this region promises sightings of diverse species of mammals and birds, reptiles and rodents, insects and plants. Thornybush is a haven of life and inspiration!

Five-star facilities encourage total relaxation while the ingenuous architecture is sure to create solitary nooks and crannies for every guest to get away from it all. The use of wood, thatch and light ensure a soft welcoming interior and plenty of glass and wide-open doors lead guests outside and the natural world inside. 

Designer accommodation in luxury suites provides romance and comfort to all who stay at Thornybush Game Lodge. Weddings and honeymoons are big here because caring staff know how to organise a huge function with love and attention and every need is catered for. There is nothing quite as beautiful as a bush wedding followed by a romantic honeymoon for the two of you. 

On the other side of the coin, Thornybush Game Reserve is also a great family venue and is known for its excellent conference and team building events for business delegates who cleverly choose a safari for their work venue! The pampering spa with its choice of world class beauty treatments suits everyone who stays at this game lodge, a haven from the real world.

Opulent accommodation in true South African safari style features two family suites comprising lounges with sleeper couches, large private decks and inviting plunge pools. There are also 18 stylish air-conditioned suites overlooking the Monwana River. Picture deluxe en-suite bathrooms, inside and outside showers and private decks, allowing the bushveld sounds and smells to venture inside.

A typical day in Thornybush Game Reserve starts with coffee and rusks, followed by a morning game drive and maybe a walk, then more coffee and rusks. Back to the lodge for a full English breakfast or maybe enjoy the setting of a dry riverbed? Later, after a few wonderful activities enjoyed in the region, get ready for the evening game drive, complete with sundowners and snacks, the back to the lodge for a fulfilling evening supper around the boma fire. How great can it get?


  • Special treatment for solo travellers who get to choose their soulful schedules and spend time alone or with fellow guests
  • Sublime accommodation in the first safari lodge of its kind to be erected in Thornybush Game Reserve next to the famous Kruger National Park
  • Excellent Big 5 game viewing, especially leopards and lions, on game drives with expert game rangers and trackers
  • 60-seater conference centre and great wedding venue plus honeymoon suites for special attention romance
From $849



  • Pampering spa – world class beauty treatments
  • Game drives 
  • Animal tracking experience
  • Birding 
  • Bush dining 
  • Day tours 
  • Hot air ballooning 
  • Picnics 
  • Walking safaris 
  • Helicopter flights
  • Special safaris with themes: transformative, honeymoon, family, solo


  • Accommodation
  • All meals, teas, coffees & snacks
  • Dawn and dusk safaris in open land cruiser vehicles and bushveld walks
  • All local drinks 
  • Sundowner local drinks included

Wooden deck area at Thornybush Game Lodge with an elephant in the distance


  • 2 family suites – lounges with sleeper couches, large private decks, plunge pools
  • 18 air-conditioned suites – deluxe en-suite bathrooms, inside &outside showers, private decks
  • Babysitting
  • Bar
  • Boma
  • Conference facilities
  • Children activities
  • Deck
  • Dining room
  • Library
  • Lounge, outside lunge
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Pool
  • Spa

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