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Jackalberry Lodge at Thornybush

Jackalberry Lodge at Thornybush Game Reserve offers an intimate safari experience with seven suites in total, of which one is a family suite comprising 2 bedrooms. The relaxed setting boasts distant views of the Drakensberg mountain range northern escarpment. At Jackalberry Lodge the communal pool provides an ideal afternoon retreat from the African heat, while the outdoor boma makes for delightful fireside dinners. The indoor dining lounge is a perfect combination of organic African style and homely comfort. The suites at Jackalberry Lodge ensure exclusive privacy and spacious interiors. Each suite features a private deck perfect for viewing passing elephant, antelope, zebra, and birdlife. 

 

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.

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 sightings
  • Walking safari
  • World-class dining

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
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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

Suites

Sleeps 2 Adults

These enchanting thatch suites feature private viewing decks with bushveld views. Private outdoor showers make for a unique bathing experience and indoor bathrooms feature bush views through large windows while soaking in the bathtub. These spacious Read moreair-conditioned suites resemble comfort and warmth with classic decor. A minibar, coffee facilities, slippers, and toiletries are all little details contributing to a superior stay.  Less

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Price R7, 140 per person, per night

Family Suite

Sleeps 2 Adults, 2 children

The Family Suite comprises 2 bedrooms and features a timber deck with bushveld views. Private outdoor showers make for a unique bathing experience while the indoor bathroom features bush views from the bathtub. The spacious air-conditioned suites resemble Read morecomfort and warmth with classic decor. A minibar, coffee facilities, slippers, and toiletries are all little details contributing to a superior stay. Less

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Price R7 140 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