Overview of Thornybush Game Lodge

Thornybush Game Lodge is situated in the Thornybush Private Game Reserve adjacent to the Kruger National Park and overlooks 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 will be heading out on morning and afternoon game drives with expert rangers and trackers.

Top of the must-see list are the big cats (lion and leopard); there are also 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 meals are all part of the service. Experienced babysitters are available to look after the young ones if parents are after a bit of downtime.


Make a Positive Impact Through Travel

Thornybush Community is a non-profit organisation with the objective of nurturing and uplifting the surrounding local communities adjacent to its protected areas. Located on the western border of the Greater Kruger National Park and on the boundary of the Northern Sabi Sand Nature Reserve, Thornybush Community initially focused its work on two villages, Uthla and a smaller neighbouring community, Dixie. In 2019, a new geographical area was identified in Acornhoek, and this has allowed for some exciting new initiatives and partnerships. Over the years, the focus areas have expanded, and Thornybush Community has become a contributor to the NPO sector and supports various community initiatives.

Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • Located in a private game reserve alongside the Kruger National Park
  • Excellent Big 5 game viewing
  • Relaxed and family-like atmosphere
  • Spacious, luxurious accommodation with great views of the surrounding landscape
  • Family-friendly and fun kids' activities like treasure hunts and baking
  • Fantastic spa facilities with treatments for the entire family

Animal tracking experience

Bird watching

Bush dining

Children's activities

Game drives

Guided walking safaris


Specialist guides

Rooms at Thornybush Game Lodge

Unwind and relax, in your own private luxury
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    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.

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      Family Suite

      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.

      General Facilities

      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, safari shop, laundry service, Wi-Fi Internet connectivity throughout, 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 children are entertained by the lodge’s experienced and professional staff.

      Babysitting service


      Children's club

      Laundry service



      Swimming pool


      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.

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