Thornybush Safari Lodge

Thornybush Safari Lodge is an exclusive safari hideaway in the heart of the Kruger region. Set in a 14, 000 hectare reserve, north west of the Kruger National Park. It is an exceptional property where attention to detail and highly personalised service make for a memorable stay. We recommend the lodge for guests enjoying a safari and golf holiday in South Africa, and is it featured in our Kruger Golfing Itinerary.

The lodge facilities comprise of a pool, a spa, a library with TV and DVD’s, a boma, and a curio shop. Between safaris browse the library or relax beside the infinity pool with a cocktail.

Thornybush has an excellent children’s programme, with a dedicated ranger, each child is given a ‘Ranger Training’ Kit, and whilst they will not be allowed on full game drives unless over 12 years old, there is plenty of fun and educational activities for them to participate in.

Game Viewing at Thornybush Private Game Reserve
Thornybush has now dropped its fences to the Kruger National Park so animals are free to come and go between the conservancies. The Big 5 of rhino, elephant, lion, leopard and Cape buffalo are all present, and you have a good chance to see them all during your game drives at Thornybush.

Rooms at Thornybush Safari Lodge
Stylish air-conditioned suites and extensive living areas overlook the seasonal Monwana River, the bathrooms have massive picture windows with views of the river bed, the savannah and an active water hole. All the suites have en suite facilities, and some have outdoor showers.

The food at Thornybush Main Lodge is superb, certainly amongst the best we’ve tried in the Kruger region. Breakfast and lunch are buffets on the deck, offering fantastic variety and imaginative dishes. Dinners can be served in the bush, on the deck, in the air-conditioned dining room, or by the fire in the ‘boma’, under a canopy of stars. Private dining is also offered. All meals are included.

There are a number of other accommodation options on the same Thornybush Reserve including a 4* tented camp and the super-luxury 5* Shumbalala Lodge. We are happy to advise according to your taste and budget.

If you would like more information about staying at Thornybush, speak to our South Africa Safari Holidays team on +44 208 249 5919 (UK) or +65 919 412 56 (Asia). Alternatively you can contact us here by email.



In our opinion: Thornybush Main Lodge is one of the best value safari lodges in the Kruger region. Rooms are stylish but not pretentious. The food is excellent - expect to gain some weight!

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Thornybush Safari Lodge Amenities

  • Full board with some drinks included
  • A la Carte restaurant
  • Air conditioning
  • Balcony
  • Boma
  • Curio shop
  • En suite bathroom
  • Family friendly
  • Library with TV and DVD

  • Mini bar/tea & coffee making facilities
  • Outdoor shower
  • Safes
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool
  • wifi