Waterbuck Lodge

Explore the Wild: Discover the Beauty of the Kruger National Park


Nestled within the Thornybush Nature Reserve which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park, Waterbuck Lodge embraces the lush undergrowth around the lodge which is evident in the continual flow of water all year round.

This quaint, quiet lodge offers a universal approach to guests needs allowing for small groups, honeymooners, couples, single travellers and is ideal for exclusive use bookings by families. The comfortable lounge and open-plan dining area leads to an elevated outdoor deck which is the perfect place to take in the magnificent sounds of the African Bush. The lodge’s very private family size swimming pool offers guests a home-away-from home setting and with the waterhole closely situated makes for enthusiastic game opportunities.

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Shower
  • Dressing Gowns
  • Safe
  • Tea / Coffee

What to Expect

Waterbuck Lodge is a charming and tranquil choice for nature lovers, surrounded by a lush wetland within the Thornybush Private Nature Reserve’s bushveld environment.

The lodge offers grandstand views of passing wildlife drawn to its perennially green surroundings and accommodates just eight guests, making it a popular choice for small groups, couples, and solo travellers alike.

Extreme privacy, superb facilities, and personalised attention ensure every guest enjoys a comfortable and relaxing stay, interspersed with exciting animal encounters.

Communal areas include an informal lounge and dining area where guests spend many happy hours exchanging stories over refreshing drinks and expertly prepared meals.

Waterbuck Lodge


Standard Suite

Each of the 4 suites is tastefully and individually decorated. Fully air-conditioned suites, all with generous bathrooms and lovely views across the African terrain. Each Suite has been ideally positioned to maximize privacy.


Early morning and late afternoon game drives

The day starts as dawn breaks over the African bushveld. After an early morning wakeup call, coffee, tea & rusks are served on the main deck. Shortly after, depart in an open Land Rover with experienced Rangers and Trackers who will share their extensive knowledge of the bush. These drives are undertaken at times best suited for game viewing which vary depending on the season but typically start early morning. Where applicable you may be invited out of the vehicle to see tracks, examine certain plants and follow spoor.

Guided bush walks

After a sumptuous Breakfast is served either back at the camp or in the riverbed or bush, guests are offered walks to suit their interests and fitness levels and are accompanied by an armed ranger and tracker.

Walks allow guests a better chance to see some of the smaller creatures of the bush as well as an opportunity to learn more about the flora and fauna of the region & to have a chance to follow tracks in more detail.

Our Shangaan trackers will enthral you with their explanations of the medicinal and other uses of the numerous plants and trees along with tales of traditional folklore.

Hot Air Balloon Excursion

One-hour long flight over the scenic, Lowveld section of the Blyde River. As the sun rises, the landscape, the vegetation and, if you’re lucky, some wildlife will provide photo opportunities. Game spotting cannot be guaranteed but on most flights, we see plains game such as giraffe and wildebeest.


  • Pool
  • Bar
  • 24-hour Security
  • Internet Access
  • Private Vehicle Available
  • Laundry Service
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