Thornybush Game Lodge - Thornybush Nature Reserve| safari.com

Overview

Located directly adjacent to the world-renowned Kruger National Park is Thornybush Nature Reserve - roughly 11.000 hectares, a private bush venue which specialises in romantic getaways, bush weddings and business retreats or indabas. With world class, state of the art facilities, and five-star accommodation, Thorny Bush Nature Reserve is home to a series of gorgeous safari camp units, tented camps, and the eponymous Thornybush Game Lodge - a fantastic meeting place of unbelievable adventure and top notch accommodation and facilities. Children of all ages are welcome at Thornybush Game Lodge and a kiddies safari program specially designed for their entertainment will keep them occupied during their stay. 

Thornybush Reserve's eponymous game lodge is home to first class, family accommodation, as well as being a top rate romantic destination, and the haunt of huge groups of local wildlife. With its spa, library, swimming pool and exclusive, air-conditioned suites overlooking the Monwana River, Thornybush Game Lodge is the ultimate safari destination - steeped in the colour and character of one of the most beautiful areas on earth, Thornybush is a safari experience you won't soon forget.

Children's Program
Thornybush Luxury Game Lodge Collection prides itself on actively welcoming children of all ages at Thornybush Game Lodge
Kids at Thornybush Game Lodge have a special program prepared for them prior to their arrival
Some of the activities offered for kids include:
Educational walk with rangers 
Treasure hunt 
Baking 
Face painting

Accommodation

Thornybush Nature Reserve's exclusive private Thornybush Game Lodge provides accommodation consisting of stylish air-conditioned suites, with extensive living areas overlooking the seasonal Monwana River. There are 18 suites, 2 family suites and accommodation caters for a maximum of 40 people collectively.

From within the sumptuous individual suites, each with full en-suite facilities, outdoor shower and private decks, sweeping vistas over the savannah and ever active water hole can be enjoyed. Bathrooms boast large glass windows, offering unique game viewing in & past the river bed. Superb attention to detail and highly personalised service make for a memorable stay.

Wildlife

Thornybush Nature Reserve, located directly next to the Kruger National Park is home to many of the same species - servicing a huge wildlife spotting demand from its guests, including big five spotting, and more than sixty other species such as hyena and cheetah, antelope, zebra, giraffe, as well as more than 280 bird species for the avid watcher's delight.

Conferences

Thornybush Game Lodge provides well-equipped conferencing facilities that host up to 60 delegates, in the pristine surrounds of the lodge, which is situated close to the Kruger National Park. They offer a range of activities for incentive options or team building exercises, as well as a variety of additional services and entertainment facilities including a wellness spa and bush excursions. Thornybush offers ample accommodation in its secluded suites, which, together with a sublime menu and unrivalled game viewing, offers guests a truly luxurious five-star experience.

Facilities and Services
Whiteboard
flip charts
TV
video
Overhead projector
Data projector available at a small additional charge.

Seating Arrangements
Theater Style - 60
Classroom style - 40
U - shape - 20

Rates
Conferencing rates vary seasonally and are dependent on the number of guests and other personalised requirements. Please contact us and our consultants will quote you on a package tailored to meet your particular needs.

Additional information
Additional conferencing equipment can be hired at an additional cost.
A welcoming game drive on the day of arrival is offered, stopping in the bush or dry riverbed for sundowner drinks and snacks.
Configuration Theatre style 60 Classroom style 40 U-shape 20

Extra Info

Children:
Children’s rates are based on guests under the age of 12 years sharing with 2 parents, children under the age of 2 stays free of charge
Babysitting services are available, at an additional cost at lodges
All children permitted on the game drive are done so at Management’s discretion, children under the age of 6 years are not permitted on the game drive.Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted on bush walks

Excludes:
Conservation Fee & TOMSA Levy

 

Directions

Self-dive instructions: 
From Johannesburg to Thornybush Game Lodge:
The N12 to Emalahleni (Witbank), where the N12 highway links up with the N4 highway,continue with the N4 in the direction Mbombela (Nelspruit).Approximately 60 km past Middleburg take the R 540 to your left,travel though the towns of eMakhazeni (Belfast) and eMnotweni (Dullstroom) to Mashishing (Lydenburg) ,take the R 36 (which becomes the R 527) towards Hoedspruit, passing through Origstad and descending down the Able Erasmus Pass.At Hoedspruit take the R 40 south towards Bushbuckridge,continue 6 km and turn left at the Eastgate Airport sign / Argyle Road,Continue 14 km (tarred road) and turn right onto Guernsey Road (following the signs to Thornybush Reserve).Continue 11km (gravel road) and turn left into the Thornybush Game Reserve gate,guests checking in at Thornybush Game Lodge and nKelenga to follow signage to Thornybush Game Lodge. Nkelenga Guests will be collected from Thornybush Game Lodge,guests checking in at Chapungu Tented Camp, follow signage for Thornybush Game Lodge and continue to Chapungu Tented Camp as directed once in the Reserve.Guests checking in at Thornybush Waterside Lodge, Shumbalala, Monwana, Serondella, n'Kaya, follow directions to Thornybush Waterside Lodge once through the Main Gate. Shumbalala, Monwana, Serondella and n’Kaya Guests will be collected from Thornybush Waterside Lodge.


Reviews


Highly recommend Thornybush game lodge. The lodge to the food to the safari was exceptional. I will definitely plan on going again.

Sharon

the lodge is great the trackers and the guides were fantastic and know the bush we saw everything.the breakfast was 5/5 lunch was 2/5 dinners 4/5 staff outstanding it was a great trip thorny busy is a great lodge

ALAN

After a pleasant flight of just on an hour we touched down right outside the main lodge. We were pleasantly surprised by the lodge and its surroundings. We have visited many lodges in Africa and weren't too sure what to expect - really fantastic. The surroundings are beautiful with a dry river bed as the focal point. The rooms are well appointed - just a little tired. But I believe they are due for a facelift. The staff were really helpful and the ranger Charles and tracker Peter get full marks. A special last evening was arranged by the ranger and tracker for sundowner's on the riverbank. Beautiful lanterns light the path down to a lovely fire and a table set and decorated with such care.The game viewing was also fantastic, mother leopard and her two cubs playing with each other in the early morning, All of the big five in our 4 night stay. Best of all was a relaxing massage at the spa.

Teresa

We just returned from a trip to South Africa in which we spent 3 nights at the Thornybush Main Game Lodge. The staff was friendly and helpful and the cabins were very nice and comfortable. Food was very good. Of course the highlight of our stay were the early morning and late afternoon game drives. Charles and Peter (our guide and tracker) were very knowledgeable and we saw more animals than we had anticipated. I must admit being a few feet away from Lions was a bit unnerving but also an unforgettable experience.

Kathy

We have just returned from a wonderful family holiday in South Africa. Every single aspect of our trip was fabulous but the pièce de résistance was our two nights at Thornybush Game Lodge.The lodge itself is stunning, the suites magnificent, the food to die for, the people were just so friendly and our ranger Doug and tracker Alson were awesome. The game drives were exciting and the animals we saw were fantastic - lots of lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, buffalo, rhino, honey badger, bush baby, chameleon to name but a few. And all so close you could almost reach out and touch them.......This is surely one of the best safari offerings in South Africa today and we would not hesitate to recommend it.

Tom

Our safari at Thornybush was nothing short of fantastic. Our ranger was Cristoff and his tracker was Herman, who both knew the reserve like the back of their hands and found every one of the big 5 animals and then some. We had rare treats as we caught lions mating, young leopards feeding on a wildebeast, a herd of 14 elephants watering at a pond as our truck sat among them, baby hyenas being nursed by their mothers, two different white rhino herds, hippos, buffalo, impala, warthogs. and much more. Four days may sound like a lot of time but it went fast and every day there were new experiences. The Thornybush Lodge staff are top-notch and so attentive we felt almost self-conscious at first. Our butler was Anthony and he is a gem. Kristina supervised the staff and seemed to be there day and night while we were there. Our lodge was beautifully rustic but extremely comfortable with a bed that seemed the size of a football pitch. We were there during World Cup and the staff went out of their way to see that we could watch the games at night in the lounge area. This was the experience of a lifetime that we will never forget and hope to return some day with grandchildren.

Carl

From the first time landing in the Hoedspruit airport, we had already seen a warthog family! Just the drive from the airport to the lodge was amazing in the fact that we got to see so many different animals. We were blown away when we got to the lodge. It was just my husband and I, our friends, and one other couple staying the first night. There can be a max of 16 people there so you feel very special. Our room was our own little hut, very spacious, nice bathroom with a jacuzzi and outdoor shower. It was secluded in the bushes. We even saw monkey paw prints outside our windows! Every meal felt like a gourmet meal they had prepared just for you. One night they set up dinner outside right in front of the fire pit with the watering hole spot lighted in the background so you could see any animals coming for a drink. They also surprised us on our last day with a breakfast they set up in the African bush! There was a giraffe eating the trees about 50 feet away from us watching curiously. Also, during the day in between safaris we could relax in the main living area with drinks and we could see just beyond the fence monkeys playing, giraffe, and impala.The safaris were amazing. Our guide were very knowledgeable and we had seen most of the big five by the second day. Our guide spent almost three hours on safari tracking a leopard since it was the only one we hadn't seen on our last day, but sure enough we finally found it! What an absolute blast this place was. The atmosphere, food, staff, and experience was all amazing. I already want to go back next year.

Katie

This was the center of peace and tranquility of our best vacation ever and we've had some really good one's over the past 15 years. Just from the drive into the lodge one could tell it be a vacation of luxury and viewing the wonderful lodge and as we walked in wart hogs munching on the front lawn. We were met by Kersti Butler and Knstina Perlerius with a damp towel and cold drink promising us a great stay and pressed to do. We were shown to our stylish air-conditioned luxury suite to change - get ready for a very nice lunch and afternoon game drive - we over looked the dry riverbed watched a host of animals play in the sun. At 3:00pm we were met by our guide Ryno Vosloo and tracker Orlando who over the next 3 days would be our constant companions. First afternoon we encountered 4 of the Big Five including a heard of 25 elephants overseen by a huge matriarch giving guidance to her herd, a mother rhino with her calf, a lion and his pride, and other animals to numerous to mention. Our drive (all of them) included a stop with hot or cold beverage and snacks - silver goblets no less. All meals were all first class especially the bush dinner under candle light and the special fireside BBQ. Morning drives were quite early with wake up at 5:00am morning coffee and snack then to the drive vehicle which had a blanket and much appreciated hot water bottle. Every drive and activity was special and I could go on and on speaking of our experience - We'll be back. A special thanks goes out to Ryno and Orlando for an unforgettable time in Africa - Thornybush and it's people are GREAT.

Andy

Recently spent a weekend at the Thorny Bush Lodge and really had a great time. The service and facilities are really top class with great game sightings. The meals really are a treat with very good variety.

Carl

Thornybush was our first stop on our South Africa trip. Being a little jet lagged and tired from the drive from Joburg, I was probably a bit cranky. However, that changed quickly as we entered the park, saw a few animals, and were greeted like we were family. The place is all about friendly service. After a quick greeting and getting settled, we were off to our first game drive. Amazing is all I can say. The scenery and animals were amazing a very close up. Our guides, Jack and Owen, were incredibly knowledgeable, engaging and informative. There is so much more I can add to my review of Thornybush, but time limits me. The food, rooms, accommodations were all 5 star. We will be back!

Jim

Located directly adjacent to the world-renowned Kruger National Park is Thornybush Nature Reserve - roughly 11.000 hectares, a private bush venue which specialises in romantic getaways, bush weddings and business retreats or indabas. With world class, state of the art facilities, and five-star accommodation, Thorny Bush Nature Reserve is home to a series of gorgeous safari camp units, tented camps, and the eponymous Thornybush Game Lodge - a fantastic meeting place of unbelievable adventure and top notch accommodation and facilities. Children of all ages are welcome at Thornybush Game Lodge and a kiddies safari program specially designed for their entertainment will keep them occupied during their stay. 

Thornybush Reserve's eponymous game lodge is home to first class, family accommodation, as well as being a top rate romantic destination, and the haunt of huge groups of local wildlife. With its spa, library, swimming pool and exclusive, air-conditioned suites overlooking the Monwana River, Thornybush Game Lodge is the ultimate safari destination - steeped in the colour and character of one of the most beautiful areas on earth, Thornybush is a safari experience you won't soon forget.

Children's Program
Thornybush Luxury Game Lodge Collection prides itself on actively welcoming children of all ages at Thornybush Game Lodge
Kids at Thornybush Game Lodge have a special program prepared for them prior to their arrival
Some of the activities offered for kids include:
Educational walk with rangers 
Treasure hunt 
Baking 
Face painting

Thornybush Nature Reserve's exclusive private Thornybush Game Lodge provides accommodation consisting of stylish air-conditioned suites, with extensive living areas overlooking the seasonal Monwana River. There are 18 suites, 2 family suites and accommodation caters for a maximum of 40 people collectively.

From within the sumptuous individual suites, each with full en-suite facilities, outdoor shower and private decks, sweeping vistas over the savannah and ever active water hole can be enjoyed. Bathrooms boast large glass windows, offering unique game viewing in & past the river bed. Superb attention to detail and highly personalised service make for a memorable stay.

Thornybush Nature Reserve, located directly next to the Kruger National Park is home to many of the same species - servicing a huge wildlife spotting demand from its guests, including big five spotting, and more than sixty other species such as hyena and cheetah, antelope, zebra, giraffe, as well as more than 280 bird species for the avid watcher's delight.

Thornybush Game Lodge provides well-equipped conferencing facilities that host up to 60 delegates, in the pristine surrounds of the lodge, which is situated close to the Kruger National Park. They offer a range of activities for incentive options or team building exercises, as well as a variety of additional services and entertainment facilities including a wellness spa and bush excursions. Thornybush offers ample accommodation in its secluded suites, which, together with a sublime menu and unrivalled game viewing, offers guests a truly luxurious five-star experience.

Facilities and Services
Whiteboard
flip charts
TV
video
Overhead projector
Data projector available at a small additional charge.

Seating Arrangements
Theater Style - 60
Classroom style - 40
U - shape - 20

Rates
Conferencing rates vary seasonally and are dependent on the number of guests and other personalised requirements. Please contact us and our consultants will quote you on a package tailored to meet your particular needs.

Additional information
Additional conferencing equipment can be hired at an additional cost.
A welcoming game drive on the day of arrival is offered, stopping in the bush or dry riverbed for sundowner drinks and snacks.
Configuration Theatre style 60 Classroom style 40 U-shape 20

Children:
Children’s rates are based on guests under the age of 12 years sharing with 2 parents, children under the age of 2 stays free of charge
Babysitting services are available, at an additional cost at lodges
All children permitted on the game drive are done so at Management’s discretion, children under the age of 6 years are not permitted on the game drive.Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted on bush walks

Excludes:
Conservation Fee & TOMSA Levy

 

Self-dive instructions: 
From Johannesburg to Thornybush Game Lodge:
The N12 to Emalahleni (Witbank), where the N12 highway links up with the N4 highway,continue with the N4 in the direction Mbombela (Nelspruit).Approximately 60 km past Middleburg take the R 540 to your left,travel though the towns of eMakhazeni (Belfast) and eMnotweni (Dullstroom) to Mashishing (Lydenburg) ,take the R 36 (which becomes the R 527) towards Hoedspruit, passing through Origstad and descending down the Able Erasmus Pass.At Hoedspruit take the R 40 south towards Bushbuckridge,continue 6 km and turn left at the Eastgate Airport sign / Argyle Road,Continue 14 km (tarred road) and turn right onto Guernsey Road (following the signs to Thornybush Reserve).Continue 11km (gravel road) and turn left into the Thornybush Game Reserve gate,guests checking in at Thornybush Game Lodge and nKelenga to follow signage to Thornybush Game Lodge. Nkelenga Guests will be collected from Thornybush Game Lodge,guests checking in at Chapungu Tented Camp, follow signage for Thornybush Game Lodge and continue to Chapungu Tented Camp as directed once in the Reserve.Guests checking in at Thornybush Waterside Lodge, Shumbalala, Monwana, Serondella, n'Kaya, follow directions to Thornybush Waterside Lodge once through the Main Gate. Shumbalala, Monwana, Serondella and n’Kaya Guests will be collected from Thornybush Waterside Lodge.


Highly recommend Thornybush game lodge. The lodge to the food to the safari was exceptional. I will definitely plan on going again.

Sharon

the lodge is great the trackers and the guides were fantastic and know the bush we saw everything.the breakfast was 5/5 lunch was 2/5 dinners 4/5 staff outstanding it was a great trip thorny busy is a great lodge

ALAN

After a pleasant flight of just on an hour we touched down right outside the main lodge. We were pleasantly surprised by the lodge and its surroundings. We have visited many lodges in Africa and weren't too sure what to expect - really fantastic. The surroundings are beautiful with a dry river bed as the focal point. The rooms are well appointed - just a little tired. But I believe they are due for a facelift. The staff were really helpful and the ranger Charles and tracker Peter get full marks. A special last evening was arranged by the ranger and tracker for sundowner's on the riverbank. Beautiful lanterns light the path down to a lovely fire and a table set and decorated with such care.The game viewing was also fantastic, mother leopard and her two cubs playing with each other in the early morning, All of the big five in our 4 night stay. Best of all was a relaxing massage at the spa.

Teresa

We just returned from a trip to South Africa in which we spent 3 nights at the Thornybush Main Game Lodge. The staff was friendly and helpful and the cabins were very nice and comfortable. Food was very good. Of course the highlight of our stay were the early morning and late afternoon game drives. Charles and Peter (our guide and tracker) were very knowledgeable and we saw more animals than we had anticipated. I must admit being a few feet away from Lions was a bit unnerving but also an unforgettable experience.

Kathy

We have just returned from a wonderful family holiday in South Africa. Every single aspect of our trip was fabulous but the pièce de résistance was our two nights at Thornybush Game Lodge.The lodge itself is stunning, the suites magnificent, the food to die for, the people were just so friendly and our ranger Doug and tracker Alson were awesome. The game drives were exciting and the animals we saw were fantastic - lots of lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, buffalo, rhino, honey badger, bush baby, chameleon to name but a few. And all so close you could almost reach out and touch them.......This is surely one of the best safari offerings in South Africa today and we would not hesitate to recommend it.

Tom

Our safari at Thornybush was nothing short of fantastic. Our ranger was Cristoff and his tracker was Herman, who both knew the reserve like the back of their hands and found every one of the big 5 animals and then some. We had rare treats as we caught lions mating, young leopards feeding on a wildebeast, a herd of 14 elephants watering at a pond as our truck sat among them, baby hyenas being nursed by their mothers, two different white rhino herds, hippos, buffalo, impala, warthogs. and much more. Four days may sound like a lot of time but it went fast and every day there were new experiences. The Thornybush Lodge staff are top-notch and so attentive we felt almost self-conscious at first. Our butler was Anthony and he is a gem. Kristina supervised the staff and seemed to be there day and night while we were there. Our lodge was beautifully rustic but extremely comfortable with a bed that seemed the size of a football pitch. We were there during World Cup and the staff went out of their way to see that we could watch the games at night in the lounge area. This was the experience of a lifetime that we will never forget and hope to return some day with grandchildren.

Carl

From the first time landing in the Hoedspruit airport, we had already seen a warthog family! Just the drive from the airport to the lodge was amazing in the fact that we got to see so many different animals. We were blown away when we got to the lodge. It was just my husband and I, our friends, and one other couple staying the first night. There can be a max of 16 people there so you feel very special. Our room was our own little hut, very spacious, nice bathroom with a jacuzzi and outdoor shower. It was secluded in the bushes. We even saw monkey paw prints outside our windows! Every meal felt like a gourmet meal they had prepared just for you. One night they set up dinner outside right in front of the fire pit with the watering hole spot lighted in the background so you could see any animals coming for a drink. They also surprised us on our last day with a breakfast they set up in the African bush! There was a giraffe eating the trees about 50 feet away from us watching curiously. Also, during the day in between safaris we could relax in the main living area with drinks and we could see just beyond the fence monkeys playing, giraffe, and impala.The safaris were amazing. Our guide were very knowledgeable and we had seen most of the big five by the second day. Our guide spent almost three hours on safari tracking a leopard since it was the only one we hadn't seen on our last day, but sure enough we finally found it! What an absolute blast this place was. The atmosphere, food, staff, and experience was all amazing. I already want to go back next year.

Katie

This was the center of peace and tranquility of our best vacation ever and we've had some really good one's over the past 15 years. Just from the drive into the lodge one could tell it be a vacation of luxury and viewing the wonderful lodge and as we walked in wart hogs munching on the front lawn. We were met by Kersti Butler and Knstina Perlerius with a damp towel and cold drink promising us a great stay and pressed to do. We were shown to our stylish air-conditioned luxury suite to change - get ready for a very nice lunch and afternoon game drive - we over looked the dry riverbed watched a host of animals play in the sun. At 3:00pm we were met by our guide Ryno Vosloo and tracker Orlando who over the next 3 days would be our constant companions. First afternoon we encountered 4 of the Big Five including a heard of 25 elephants overseen by a huge matriarch giving guidance to her herd, a mother rhino with her calf, a lion and his pride, and other animals to numerous to mention. Our drive (all of them) included a stop with hot or cold beverage and snacks - silver goblets no less. All meals were all first class especially the bush dinner under candle light and the special fireside BBQ. Morning drives were quite early with wake up at 5:00am morning coffee and snack then to the drive vehicle which had a blanket and much appreciated hot water bottle. Every drive and activity was special and I could go on and on speaking of our experience - We'll be back. A special thanks goes out to Ryno and Orlando for an unforgettable time in Africa - Thornybush and it's people are GREAT.

Andy

Recently spent a weekend at the Thorny Bush Lodge and really had a great time. The service and facilities are really top class with great game sightings. The meals really are a treat with very good variety.

Carl

Thornybush was our first stop on our South Africa trip. Being a little jet lagged and tired from the drive from Joburg, I was probably a bit cranky. However, that changed quickly as we entered the park, saw a few animals, and were greeted like we were family. The place is all about friendly service. After a quick greeting and getting settled, we were off to our first game drive. Amazing is all I can say. The scenery and animals were amazing a very close up. Our guides, Jack and Owen, were incredibly knowledgeable, engaging and informative. There is so much more I can add to my review of Thornybush, but time limits me. The food, rooms, accommodations were all 5 star. We will be back!

Jim

Accommodation options

Luxury Suite

Includes :  Accommodation, all meals,tea , coffee and snacks . Dawn and dusk safaris in open land cruiser vehicles and bushveld walks .Sundowner local drinks

 

Family Suite

Includes :  Accommodation, all meals,tea , coffee and snacks . Dawn and dusk safaris in open land cruiser vehicles and bushveld walks .Sundowner local drinks