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Game Lodge at Thornybush

Thornybush Game Lodge is the origional establishment of the reserve, now comprising 20 luxury suites of which 2 are family units. The exquisitely thatched main lodge area overlooks a waterhole and riverbed visited by elephant, buffalo, and other game. A second, lower deck opens between a dining area and elegant bush bar. The lodge’s glistening communal pool encircled by sun loungers overlooks the wild landscapes for perfect lazy afternoons. Bush dinners are a delight, surrounded by lanterns, crackling fires and the sounds of the wild. Thornybush Game Lodge is ideal for families, with children’s activities and family-orientated services available. 


Thornybush is a private game reserve sharing unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park. Known for 14 000 hectares of open savannah woodland with patches of thicket, its superior Big 5 habitat boasts some of the best game viewing in South Africa. Here a full Big 5 sighting within the first 2 days of your safari is very likely. With limited reserve lodges and guests, you can be assured of uncrowded safari sightings and great photographic opportunities.


Passionate guides and trackers at Thornybush Game Reserve strive to connect the dots on each game drive, explaining the ecosystem and how the smallest of insects correlate to the largest mammals. This makes for an intriguing understanding of the wild and makes every sighting even more spectacular. Get up-close to nature during a guided bushwalk and take a night-time safari in search of rare nocturnal animals and big cats with a spotlight. Thornybush Game Reserve offers an abundance of exciting experiences and wildlife activities.


  • Game drives
  • Guided bushwalks
  • Community village tour
  • Hot air balloon rides
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  • Swimming
  • Kids Activities
  • Bush Breakfast
  • Spa treatments


  • 5-star luxury
  • Exceptional Big 5 game drives
  • World-class dining
  • Community interaction

Closest airport

  • Hoedspruit
  • Nelspruit Kruger
  • Thornybush Nature Reserve Airstrips
  • O.R. Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg)

Children policy

Children of all ages welcome. Children under the age of 6 years More Details are not permitted on game drives. Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted on bush walks. Babysitting services are available at an additional cost.

  • Children 6-11 years pay 50% of the adult sharing rate
  • Children 2 - 5 years pay 25% of the adult sharing rate


2 x Game drives per day, guided bush walks, all meals, soft drinks, in-room minibar and selected alcoholic beverages.


Premium brand drinks, cellar wines, gate fees, spa treatments, private-use vehicles, and transfers.

T's & C's

  • Rates are per person sharing, per night
  • Single supplement of 50% applicable
  • Rates displayed are from 01 Jan 2020 – 31 Dec 2020

Accommodation Options

Luxury Suites

Sleeps 2 Adults

Eighteen Luxury Suites feature quaint private timber decks with bush views where animals can be seen passing by. Private outdoor showers make for an indulgent bathing experience while en-suite indoor bathrooms are designed with modern elegance. Magnificently spacious Read moresuites boast large glass sliding doors leading onto the deck. A minibar, coffee facilities, slippers, and toiletries are all little details contributing to a superior stay. Less

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Price R11 175 per person, per night

Family Suite

Sleeps 2 Adults, 2 children

The Family Suites are set up to cater for small families with daybeds to accommodate children. The suites feature a timber deck with an exclusive-use swimming pool for the family. The air-conditioned units have an outdoor shower and full indoor bathroom with shower and bathtub. Read moreA minibar, coffee facilities, slippers, and toiletries are all little luxurious details contributing to a superior stay. Less

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Price R12 265 per person, per night

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Getting there

By Road

The reserve is a 6-hour drive from Johannesburg along the N12 highway. Traveling to the reserve from Hoedspruit Airport is a 40-minute road transfer.



Fly from major centres in South Africa to Hoedspruit Airport. Alternatively, take a charter flight to the reserve airstrip.


Flight Duration

  • Johannesburg to Hoedspruit: 55 minutes
  • Cape Town to Hoedspruit 2 hours 30 minutes