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Adjacent to the Greater Kruger National Park lies 11,500 hectares of pristine African bushveld, Thornybush Game Reserve. The reserve is home to an abundance of species, including Africa’s celebrated Big Five. The reserve is predominantly open savannah and with a near perfect year-round climate, it is the ideal African safari holiday destination.

Jackalberry Lodge gives you an authentic game reserve experience and is a place to slow down and unwind while also mixing in the thrill of world-class game viewing. The lodge is named after the Jackalberry tree which is just one of the trees that allows the bushveld to support such a wide variety of wildlife.  The lodge overlooks a nearby waterhole that is often visited by elephants and antelope - the perfect armchair safari experience.

When you aren’t traversing the wilds with passionate and expert guide-and-tracker teams, you can relax in the Hacienda or take a dip in the swimming pool to escape the African heat. Nights are reserved for bush dinners in the boma beside a roaring fire, retelling stories of the adventures of the day.


  • More than sixty species of animals are in the immediate vicinity, including lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino, elephant, hyena and cheetah
  • The majestic Northern Drakensburg Mountains provide a spectacular backdrop to the lodge
  • Game drives and the advantage of private concession night drives
  • Only a select number of guests, making it an intimate safari destination
  • Unrivalled South African hospitality


  • Game drives
  • Guided walking safaris


Family Suite

The Family Suite has two adjoining suites, ideal for a family holiday. Planned in a similar fashion to the other suites, the Family Suite has one bathroom, with both inside and outside showers, as well as a large bath. The private veranda allows for some casual game-viewing or a perfect place to relax between game drives. The classic safari decor adds a bit of local flair to the chalet-style suites, which are all en-suite and come with comfortable, modern furnishings.


The views from each Suite are superb and your private patio is the perfect place from which to submerge yourself in nature's harmony. All the rooms are elegantly furnished with king-size beds and downy soft linen. En-suite bathrooms wrap you in luxury, with double basins, a shower and corner tub overlooking an environment teeming with game. An extra outdoor shower provides a novel way to freshen up, to the lyrical strains of the bushveld choir.


When you’re not relaxing near the outdoor pool area with an ice-cold drink as the little ones make the most of the jungle gym and trampoline, game viewing is the order of the day. After a busy day exploring, retreat for a bush dinner while kudu, impala and warthog saunter through the camp.


Being in the middle of the African wilderness is no excuse to not enjoy great food. You will enjoy authentic South African cuisine during bush dinners and breakfasts and revel in the magic of a traditional boma setting that creates an ambience of wild-style dining.

General facilities

  • Laundry service
  • Swimming Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Babysitting service available
  • Curio or Gift shop
  • Computer facilities
  • Library
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Traveller Reviews

Jackalberry Lodge

Deborah Velez

"We really enjoyed the game viewing at Jackalberry Lodge!"

André Arrar

I wanted to thank you for selecting and organizing our stay in Thorny Bush. Everything went well and the lodge (Jackal-berry) and staff were excellent. Everyone took very good care of us. The bungalow where we stayed was very comfortable and was kept very clean and tidy. I wanted to give a special reward to our ranger Willy and Lucas the tracker. We spent quite a long time with them every day and they were both very professional, pleasant and patient with the children. Willy was making sure we had all informations and we saw all of the big five in very conditions. We had an wonderful time. You can recommend the place, it is an excellent lodge with a wonderful team.
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Shwan Ma

"Oh, what can I say about Jackalberry's Safari! It leaves us still dazzled with its golden bushed landscape, abundance of wild life, pampered luxury and educational drives."

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  • Full service, flights included
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