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    Waterside Lodge at Thornybush

    Waterside Lodge at Thornybush offers a family-friendly safari experience with 20 suites set along a scenic lakeside. Two of the suites share an inter-leading door making it ideal for a family with small children. The private viewing decks are perfect for viewing herds of elephants, antelope, zebra, giraffe, and birdlife from your very own suite. Thornybush Waterside Lodge provides an inviting setting from which to soak in the wonders and tranquillity of the wilderness. It features an elevated deck over lake waters, a swimming pool, restaurant, lounge, library, and gift shop. Daytime activities for kids will allow them to have an exciting and unforgettable safari experience of their own. Weather permitting, evening meals at Thornybush Waterside Lodge can be enjoyed under the starry skies next to crackling fires in the boma. Thornybush also house other 4-star and 5-star safari Lodges on the reserve.

    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. Thornybush Game Reserve offers an abundance of exciting experiences and wildlife activities. Passionate guides and trackers at Thornybush Waterside Lodge 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.


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


    • 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


    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


    Sleeps 2 Adults

    These enchanting thatch suites feature private viewing decks with bushveld views. Spacious bathrooms feature a soaking bathtub and shower, along with comfy dressing gowns. These spacious air-conditioned suites resemble comfort and warmth with classic decor. Read more Suites include a seating area, minibar, coffee facilities, elegantly draped mosquito nets, and heating. Less

    Refer to T&C's above

    Price £ 355 per person, per night

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    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
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