The lavish Thornybush Game Lodge is situated in the Thornybush Private Game Reserve adjacent to the Kruger National Park and overlooking the seasonal Monwana River. From honeymooners to families, Thornybush offers the perfect location for a classic South African luxury safari: soak up all the thrills of exploring Big 5 country before relaxing in style in the lodge's expansive living areas or on your private viewing deck. Daily game drives and guided bush walks give you the opportunity to spot the abundant wildlife found in the area - you'll be heading out on morning, afternoon and early evening game drives with expert rangers and trackers.

Top of the must-see list are the big cats but there are plenty of antelope species as well as herds of elephant and buffalo, and the bird watching is excellent. Children are well catered for at Thornybush with specialised, tailored walks and activities, children's spa treatments and delicious kid's meals all part of the service. Experienced babysitters are available to look after the young ones if parents are after a bit of downtime.

Recent accolades & press

  •  Condé Nast Traveler - #14 in Top 20 Safari Lodges & Camps in Africa: Readers' Choice Awards 2014


  • Located in a private concession adjacent to Kruger National Park
  • Excellent Big 5 game viewing
  • Relaxed and family-like feel
  • Spacious, luxurious accommodation with great views of the Monwana River
  • Family-friendly & kids activities like treasure hunts and baking
  • Fantastic spa facilities with treatments for the entire family

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The main lodge offers a shady refuge to relax and get in a bit of game viewing and bird watching from the elevated wooden viewing decks.

A well-stocked bar, curio shop, laundry service, internet connectivity and babysitting facilities are also available.

Thornybush is great for families: children receive a fun activity pack including a colouring book, crayons and an interactive safari toy on arrival while you can spend lazy afternoons in the pool, pamper yourself with spa treatments and enjoy fine dining while your kids are entertained by the lodge's experienced and professional staff.

General Facilities

    Swimming Pool
    Laundry Service
    Babysitting service available
    Computer facilities
    Children's Club


Thornybush Game Lodge offers excellent cuisine for all tastes.

Meals can be savoured al fresco and under the African stars, in the elegant main dining room or next to a crackling fire in the more informal boma.

For the more romantic inclined, private, candle-lit dining for two is also offered.


Thornybush Game Lodge offers 18 luxurious suites overlooking the seasonal Monwana River. The suites have air-conditioning, en suite bathroom facilities and outdoor showers for those who want to shower under the starlit African sky.


    Air conditioning
    En-suite bath and shower
    International adaptors
    Mini bar
    Outdoor shower
    Safe in room

Other Room Types

For families or those seeking a little bit extra, two Family Suites are available at Thornybush. These come complete with a private plunge pool, large viewing deck and lounge area plus a sleeper couch that coverts into a double bed - ideal for children.


  • Animal tracking experience
  • Bird watching
  • Bush dining
  • Day tours
  • Game drives
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Picnics
  • Specialist guides
  • Guided walking safaris
  • High tea on offer
  • Helicopter flights
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 Jan 2018 - 05 Jan 2018 $685 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 06 Jan 2018 - 29 Mar 2018 $635 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 30 Mar 2018 - 02 Apr 2018 $685 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 03 Apr 2018 - 26 Apr 2018 $635 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 27 Apr 2018 - 01 May 2018 $685 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 02 May 2018 - 31 Jul 2018 $635 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 2018 $685 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018 $635 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Oct 2018 - 31 Oct 2018 $685 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Nov 2018 - 19 Dec 2018 $635 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 20 Dec 2018 - 31 Dec 2018 $685 Fully Inclusive Plus

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Family Suite Request a quote for rate detail

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Traveller Reviews

  • Thornybush Game Lodge was amazing. We had a terrific guide - Werner - who made the experience fun and remarkable. The lodge was beautiful, the staff warm and caring, our room, fantastic.

    Jamie Greene, October 2014
  • It was the highlight wow. Such personal service. The game drives made Pilanesberg look like a warm up. We saw the Big 5 and so much more, including cheetah, all up really close and personal. We had BOMA dinners on 2 of our 4 nights, and a spectacular dinner in the sands on another night. Our last night was an a la carte dinner in the restaurant, and the wait staff sang a few songs and did some dancing for us, to celebrate National Heritage Day. Very moving.

    Deborah Sykes, October 2014
  • Very, very impressive. Hard to believe this was considered a step or two down from the original plan, right? It had everything we wanted and more. Food was outstanding, and readily available 3 times a day. Guide and Tracker were fantastic and we really enjoyed interacting with other guests. We saw pretty much everything we could ask for the on the safari. Great service all the way through, always something to eat or drink and always someone tending to the guests.

    John Cote, September 2014
  • Overall, the trip went as planned with no hiccups so we appreciate all the reservations and confirmations you made on our behalf. Every place was expecting us and I never had to show a single voucher. Thornybush was just amazing. Everything about it exceeded expectations from the lodging, to the food to the service to the game drives and staff. Aside from the frigid temperatures, it was perfect. We'd definitely do a safari again.

    Katy Brownley, July 2014
  • Our entire 3 days there, from the moment we were picked up at the airport by a fantastically knowledgable and passionate driver, until the moment we flew out (the plane almost had to divert take off because there were some warthogs on the runway) was absolutely magical. The food, our room and everyone who works at Thornybush were magnificent and provided a perfect stay for us. We were dying to stay longer and will definitely try to get back there.

    Justine Munsie, June 2014
  • We had an absolutely fabulous time. Thornybush was superb - excellent guides and we saw some amazing game every day - far more and up close much more than we had anticipated. The food there was excellent.

    Tim Medforth, April 2014
  • All was perfect. Great location, staff, service, accommodations, etc

    Cindy Niekamp, January 2014
  • The only other comment I would make is that Thornybush is more 4 star than 5. Having said that, it still represents excellent value and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay there.

    Dan Cornell, December 2013
  • The safari was incredible! Everybody had a fantastic experience and everything was just perfect (the place, the people, the atmosphere, the rangers, the drives, the animals,…). Thank you so much once again for your help organizing it. We'll definitely go back.

    Alessandra Barazza, October 2013
  • The room was gorgeous, the staff was great. Our drives were amazing too. Our guide was Christoff and we loved him. We saw everything! Literally everything, including the Big 5, twice! He made the drives real fun w/ off roading, and gave great info. The food was really good also, and we loved just relaxing and doing nothing in between drives. Great idea for honeymoon!! We also had a surprise dinner in the bush one night after our drive. That was super cool, and some of the best food we had. They always had veggie options, which was great. I usually had some of that and some meat to go along :)

    Lauren Reilly, October 2013

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Tracy Payne

Tracy Payne

Africa Safari Expert

"Everything about this lodge is spot on - from the food, to the staff to the excellent game viewing opportunities. Simply a great affordable Kruger option!"



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They went out of their way to accommodate all of our personal needs and did a wonderful job dealing with our group. The accommodation as well as the spa was great and we found all the staff to be helpful and a very friendly. I would certainly recommend them.

Doreen Ferreira, May 2012 >View more reviews