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River Lodge at Thornybush

Previously an owner’s private lodge, The River Lodge at Thornybush Game Reserve offers an intimate safari experience with five freestanding villa-style suites. The relaxed and unpretentious setting overlooking the Timbavati River is perfect for viewing herds of elephants, antelope, leopards, zebra, giraffe, and birdlife. Meals are prepared in an open-plan kitchen and served alfresco-style on the terrace overlooking a gorgeous infinity pool. The five suites at The River Lodge ensure exclusive privacy and spacious interiors. The honeymoon suite is slightly larger than the others, while the Royal Suite combines two suites with a central area to accommodate a large family or four adults.

 

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.

Activities

  • Game drives
  • Guided bushwalks
  • Community village tour
  • Hot air balloon rides
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  • Swimming
  • Bush Breakfast
  • Spa
  • Library
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Highlights

  • 5-star luxury
  • Exceptional Big 5 game drives
  • World-class dining
  • Private deck with pool

Closest airport

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

Children policy

Children 16 years and older welcome.

Included

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

Excluded

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

These extravagant suites feature spectacular private shaded timber decks with a swimming pool and sun loungers. Private outdoor showers make for an indulgent bathing experience while open-plan indoor bathrooms are designed with floor-to-ceiling glass doors Read morefor bush views while soaking in the bathtub. Magnificently spacious air-conditioned suites feature an elegant lounge area and fireplace. A minibar, coffee facilities, slippers, and toiletries are all little details contributing to a superior stay. Less

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Price R15 609 per person, per night

Honeymoon Suite

Sleeps 2 Adults

The opulent Honeymoon Suite features a spectacular timber deck, shaded by large trees, with a private swimming pool and sun loungers. The unit features an outdoor shower and open-plan indoor bathroom with floor-to-ceiling glass doors boasting bush views from bathtub. Read moreIts large air-conditioned space features an elegant lounge area and a cozy fireplace, a minibar, coffee facilities, slippers, and toiletries are all little details contributing to a superior stay. Less

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Price R17 194 per person, per night

Royal Suite

Sleeps 2 Adults

The Royal Suite is set up to cater for small groups or families combining two suites with a shared space to enjoy private dinners and relax. The Royal Suite features an expansive timber deck with a large swimming pool and sun loungers. The unit features an outdoor Read moreshower and open-plan indoor bathroom with floor-to-ceiling glass doors boasting bush views from bathtub. The spacious air-conditioned lounge area has a fireplace and a dining area for exclusive guest use. A minibar, coffee facilities, slippers, and toiletries are all little luxurious details contributing to a superior stay. Less

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Price R17 194 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.

 

Flying

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