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Thornybush Game Reserve is a nature reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park which offers stunning wildlife viewing as well as luxury lodging.
Thornybush Nature Reserve is a well-known safari destination adjacent to the Kruger National Park. The Big-5 reserve offers the finest bush experiences in a 14’000-hectare wilderness area. Thornybush is home to a number of superb lodges, ranging from family accommodation to luxury suites and fully-inclusive to self-catering. Many of the lodges at Thornybush welcome children, and special activities are available for little ones, ensuring that all members of the family enjoy their safari holiday. Guests can marvel at the reserve’s breathtaking fauna and flora, enjoy authentic spa treatments and indulge in mouthwatering cuisine.
Thornybush Nature Reserve Accommodation
Chapungu Luxury Tented Camp
Washed with the warmth and colour of the afternoon sun and in true African style, Chapungu Luxury Tented Camp overlooks the magnificent bushveld. It is here that our guests while away moments relaxing and reflecting on the tranquillity and intimacy afforded by this small camp. Eight comfortable tents, each with private facilities and feature bushveld bath, connected by pathways with the main Camp.
Jackalberry Lodge, in Thornybush Game Reserve, gets the balance right, by combining down-to-earth hospitality with all those little extras. Enthusiastic attention to detail, genuine African hospitality, and a pristine location on the edge of the Kruger National Park, make this exclusive lodge the ideal destination for honeymooners, couples and families. The majestic Northern Drakensberg Mountains provide a spectacular backdrop to the understated luxury found at the Big Five Jackalberry Lodge in the Thornybush Game Reserve, Limpopo Province, South Africa.
KwaMbili Game Lodge
KwaMbili Game Lodge provides an authentic safari experience at an affordable price. KwaMbili is situated in the Thornybush Game Reserve near Hoedspruit, within the Greater Kruger area. The reserve is home to the Big Five as well as an abundance of other game and bird species. This means good sightings, either while out on game drive or on foot during bush walks. KwaMbili means “Place of Two” in the local Shangaan language.
Monwana Game Lodge
Located next to Greater Kruger National Park, within the famous Thornybush Nature Reserve is the award winning Monwana Game Lodge. This elegant is designed with Africa in mind, from draped bed posts to wraparound wooden verandas. After a day’s game viewing our guests spend their evenings either watching herds of impala stroll by in the comfort of their own private decks, spending quality time with their little ones in the privacy of their own front gardens, or enjoying candle lit intimacy with a significant other – while our personalised service and world class cuisine wait on you.
With a capacity of only four exclusive suites, nKaya Lodge offers the discerning guest the very best in privacy and is the ideal destination for a quiet, peaceful safari. Set on the crest of a hill that overlooks the Drakensberg mountain range and shaded by tall trees, nKaya Lodge boasts spacious double suites each with private lounges and twin en-suite amenities. This Lodge has recently undergone a soft furnishings upgrade and uniquely in the Collection has the flexibility of providing guests with either eight single en-suite facilities, or 4 spacious completely self contained suites, each with a his and hers bathroom and comfortable lounge area for private entertaining and relaxation.
Nkelenga Tented Camp
Developed for guest’s exclusive use ( you have to book the whole camp ) Nkelenga Tented Camp accommodates 8 to 9 guests and operates its own open land rover. The Camp, equipped with ample fridge and freezer storage, is ideal for families, groups of friends or even informal business breakaways and is our only Camp with DSTV for guest’s enjoyment. Ranger,Tracker and Housekeeper are provided for guest comfort and Game viewing excellence.
Serondella Game Lodge
Serondella Game Lodge on the banks of a tributary to the dry Monwana River, accommodates eight guests in varied accommodation choices. There are three luxury Suites, each with excellent vistas from both bedroom and bathroom large windows to the watering hole. As an alternative for families, is a family suite, completely self contained with three suites, two downstairs and one suite upstairs, a reception room with open fireplace between the two downstairs bedrooms.
Shumbalala Game Lodge
Nestled in the heart of the 14000ha Thornybush Reserve bordering the Kurger National Park lies Shumbalala Game Lodge which is situated on the banks of the seasonal Monwana river. The Lodge is managed by a team with a friendly yet professional approach to their guests, also overseen by the family themselves. After having the privilege to acquire Shumbalala Game Lodge as a close knit family some years ago the owners rebuilt the original lodge to cater for discerning travelers in true luxury whilst keeping in line with timeless Africa.
Tangala Safari Camp
In the heart of Big 5 Safari country in Southern Africa, lies Tangala – the most authentic safari camp in the internationally renowned Thornybush game reserve. Tangala safari camp is unfenced, has no electricity and our guests love the relaxation of campfires, paraffin lamps and no cell phones ringing. All meals are provided, as are the guided game drives in our open vehicles. Wildlife is prolific in this reserve and our very relaxed game means almost guaranteed spotting of a couple of the big 5 on every trip.
The River Lodge
At Thornybush The River Lodge, Big Five experiences blend seamlessly with 5-star service and amenities. Here you will be wrapped in luxury and surrounded by the finest of game viewing opportunities, secluded in a magnificent setting amid the vast bushveld panoramas of the 14 000 hectare Thornybush Private Nature Reserve, adjacent to the greater Kruger National Park.
Thornybush Game Lodge
Thornybush Game Lodge offers unrivaled big game viewing is complemented by elegant accommodation and sublime cuisine. Adjacent to the Greater Kruger National Park, within the famous Thornybush Nature Reserve is the Collection’s largest operation, Thornybush Game Lodge. Registered by the Tourism authorities as a 5-star offering, this Lodge is renowned for small groups, bush weddings, milestone birthday celebrations or business indaba’s.
Waterbuck Game Lodge
Waterbuck Game Lodge is uniquely positioned adjacent to a water estuary in the Southern part of The Thornybush Nature Reserve, and provides extraordinary wildlife diversity within the confines of a closely located watering hole and abundant birdlife. Waterbuck is truly a “home from home” with centralised entertaining accommodation of warm and comfortable proportions, flanked by individually located bedroom Suites accessed through pathways a few yards from each other providing both privacy and security, individual views from Suites and bathrooms, generous dressing rooms en-suite for added comfort and convenience.
At Waterside Lodge you will rediscover true peace and relaxation amongst manicured gardens shaded by ancient trees. Adjacent to the Greater Kruger National Park and set on the banks of a tranquil lake encompassed with breath-taking views of the African bushveld, Thornybush Waterside Lodge affords instant relaxation. The lodge has been designed to blend into the natural habitat located along pathways surrounded by an abundance of trees and manicured gardens.
Saseka Tented Camp
Saseka feels very much like a shining jewel in our Thornybush crown. After years of coming to this bend in the Monwana River to celebrate special occasions we finally decided to build something as remarkable as the setting feels. With visionary designers, Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens, leading the way we’ve managed to create a lodge that has a strikingly unique layout and finds a superb balance between cutting-edge design, classical style and feeling connected to the outside environment.
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