Enjoy a classic South African Big 5 safari at Thornybush Private Game Reserve from the perfectly located family-friendly Serondella Lodge. Situated in an exclusive-use game reserve next to the Kruger National Park, the 11 500ha reserve is also adjacent to the Timbavati Reserve and lies in prime game viewing territory with a wealth of birdlife also in the mix.

Go on early-morning, afternoon and evening game drive in search of big cats and big game and later swop stories under the stars as you reflect on a day well-spent. Bring the whole family along to Serondella as children receive a fun backpack on arrival and babysitting facilities are also available.


  • Adjacent to Kruger National Park
  • Superb Big 5 game viewing
  • Private, floodlit Waterhole
  • Flexibile activities & personal attention
  • Friendly family-oriented service

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The Inyoni Pan - where kingfishers dive and numerous animals come to drink - is directly in front of Serondella Lodge and offers the patient observer great opportunities to take wildlife photographs and videos from the wide wooden deck.

You can soak up both the sun and the views at the lodge's swimming pool while visitors with children will be delighted to know that the lodge offers babysitting facilities and a laundry service. Children receive activity packs on arrival which include colouring books, crayons and interactive safari toys.

General Facilities

    Swimming Pool
    Laundry Service
    Babysitting service available


Serondella's bush braais (barbecues) are certainly something to look forward to: be served traditional dishes and accompanying drinks under the stars accompanied by the sounds of the African night.

Private dinners can also be arranged on the lodge's viewing decks where you can enjoy gourmet African cuisine while keeping an eye out for animals visiting the floodlit waterhole.


With its rustic walkways, private viewing platforms and thatched suites, Serondella Lodge blends in effortlessly with its surroundings. There is also a definite air of exclusivity: the lodge accommodates a maximum of eight guests at any one time.

The camp has four luxurious chalets - one of which is a Family Suite consisting of three en suite rooms that can sleep up to six people. Room facilities include air-conditioning, a safe, separate bath and shower, a hairdryer, bathroom amenities and laundry service.


    Air conditioning
    En-suite bath and shower
    Outdoor area
    Tea & coffee-making facilities


  • Animal tracking experience
  • Bird watching
  • Bush dining
  • Day tours
  • Game drives
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Specialist guides
  • Guided walks
  • Helicopter flights
  • High tea on offer
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017 $395 Full Board
  • 01 Nov 2017 - 19 Dec 2017 $380 Full Board
  • 20 Dec 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 $395 Full Board
  • 01 Jan 2018 - 05 Jan 2018 $440 Full Board
  • 06 Jan 2018 - 29 Mar 2018 $425 Full Board
  • 30 Mar 2018 - 02 Apr 2018 $440 Full Board
  • 03 Apr 2018 - 26 Apr 2018 $425 Full Board
  • 27 Apr 2018 - 01 May 2018 $440 Full Board
  • 02 May 2018 - 31 Jul 2018 $425 Full Board
  • 01 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 2018 $440 Full Board
  • 01 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018 $425 Full Board
  • 01 Oct 2018 - 31 Oct 2018 $440 Full Board
  • 01 Nov 2018 - 19 Dec 2018 $425 Full Board
  • 20 Dec 2018 - 31 Dec 2018 $440 Full Board

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

  • We had an absolutely fabulous time! Serondella was the perfect choice.

    Jane Gomarsall, December 2015
  • Serondella Lodge was spectacular, seeing the Big 5 plus hippos, giraffes, cheetah and more. We also had the lodge to ourselves for a day!

    Richard Faloon, March 2014
  • Thornybush was a great recommendation when we said we'd like to visit the Kruger area in addition to Botswana. Like all the lodges, it was beautiful, the food great and the couple that were managing it very pleasant and informative. At some points, particularly when you encounter a fence on the private reserve it imparts a sense of the place being a glorified zoo. That sense quickly dissipates when you encounter lions and then cheetahs feeding on a kill they had just made. No zoo that I know of has the big cats preying on the other inhabitants. We would definitely return to Thornybush and recommend it to our friends

    Kathryn Taghon, May 2012
  • Our first "safari" leg, Serondella was lovely. The accommodations and small lodge was exactly what we wanted. I also liked that when a heard of elephants came to the lodge watering hole in the afternoon, that all of the staff came out excited to see them and enjoyed watching them with us.

    Leigh Darrin, September 2011
  • Now, the Serondella Lodge... we just loved it! Very small and it was never full so we could almost imagine that it was our holidays house;-) Justine and Ben were great. We saw the BIG FIVE and a lot more animals. The food was greater but I think they could have prepared some different meals for the kids, as the meals they prepared were not very much kid's type. We met wondefull people there!

    Diana Cunha, March 2011
  • Thornybush in SA - amazing still. Service levels, food, ranger (Marco). So intimate - only 8 people max, and first night just the 2 of us anjd we had private game drive the next morning as well! It is fabulous.

    Emma Hall, September 2010
  • I thought Serondella was perfect. The chalets were beautiful, the grounds were nice, and the hospitality was wonderful. People make all the difference and Marco the Ranger and Vivian the manager were knowledgeable and accommodating. The food was also great. I would definitely go back. You should put them on your "A" list.

    Scott Marber, August 2010
  • We spent the next two nights at Serondella lodge and it was fantastic. The accomodation was great and the other facilities were equally very good. The staff were very pleasant and helpful. Vegetarian foods were equally very good. Both Vivian and Marco were great and run/managed the place very well. Marco was also the ranger who drove the jeep with a tracker. He is quite knowledgeable about animals and plants. We were able to do a bush walk which we had not done in the previous lodge. They made sure we saw all the animals. Infact we caught up with some of the animals that we did not see at the previous Lodge.

    Sam Vindalon, April 2010
  • The safari was great and of course we saw the big 5. The Serondella Lodge was wonderful. We were so spoiled with the lodge having a minimum number of guests. It was so nice that you really get to know the staff and the other guests; you really get the personal treatment! The meals were delicious.

    Stephen Turner, January 2010
  • Had to be the highlight of our entire holiday!

    Ken Bender, April 2008

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Lisa Liprini

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"A once in a lifetime experience exceeding all expectations, Serondella Game Lodge offers the superior safari experience."



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Our first "safari" leg, Serondella was lovely. The accommodations and small lodge was exactly what we wanted. I also liked that when a heard of elephants came to the lodge watering hole in the afternoon, that all of the staff came out excited to see them and enjoyed watching them with us.

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