Thornybush is a collection of luxury safari lodges that has earned its reputation as one of South Africa’s finest bush experiences. All of the lodges are set on riverbeds or overlooking waterholes, where guests can savour the wilderness in luxurious comfort. Thornybush is one of the original nature reserves in the Greater Kruger National Park, with the first lodge opening its doors in 1961. Since then, Thornybush has added more lodges to its illustrious collection and now operates both in the Thornybush and Sabi Sand Private Nature Reserves.

Over the past few decades, they have been involved in a range of wildlife projects such as the first translocation of an entire elephant herd from Kruger, one of the first leopard introductions onto a private reserve, extensive studies of the endangered pangolins and the first release of a black rhino onto a private nature reserve in the lowveld. With a firm commitment to sustainable travel principles, their efforts extend beyond wildlife to the upliftment of the surrounding communities, including their highly successful ‘Thousand Herbs and Vegetable Garden’ initiative – two small farms, run by local enterprises, that supply the lodges with fresh produce.

At Thornybush, the aim is to make experiences meaningful, immersive and transformational. Each safari has a positive and direct impact on people and the environment. Together with the warmest hospitality, sumptuous cuisine and first-class guides, these lodges are the perfect getaway to explore the spectacular wildlife of the Greater Kruger.

Thornybush Collection safaris

10 days
Safari luxury at Saseka Tented Camp. Enjoy sumptuous cuisine in the African wild. Engage with the local community and their inspiring upliftment projects. The gorgeous bedrooms at Tswalu The Motse. An afternoon game drive sighting. The perfect gathering area after game drives. Wild dog in the Kalahari. Private plunge pools off the rooms.

Search for the Big 5 in Thornybush Game Reserve. Engaging community tour at Nourish Eco Village.

Destinations visited
Kruger National Park South Africa

Family Cape Town & Kruger Safari

From $3,670 per person sharing
7 days
Enjoy views of Cape Town's iconic harbour while at the Victoria & Alfred Hotel. Explore all that the Mother City has to offer. Stay within a few steps of retail marvel, the V&A Waterfront. Pair every meal with a gorgeous view at a variety of restaurants and cafes. Indulge in the state-of-the-art amenities at the V&A Hotel. Immerse yourself in nature during your stay at Thornybush Game Lodge. Get first-hand insight and fascinating stories from your guide | Thornybush Safari Lodge Unwind with relaxing spa treatments and massages at Thornybush's spa.

Combine two of South Africa's must-do destinations. Explore Cape Town's beaches & family-friendly attractions.

Destinations visited
Cape Town South Africa Thornybush Game Reserve

Family Cape Town, Winelands & Kruger

From $4,460 per person sharing
11 days
More Quarters Hotel. A delicious breakfast for the entire family. The penguin colonies of Boulders Beach in Cape Town. Cape Town has a selection of incredible beaches. Aerial view of Thornybush Game Lodge. Thornybush-Game-Lodge---Room-_3 Kids having a fantastic time with passionate rangers. The French countryside inspired Franschhoek Country House & Villas.

Explore the city & surrounds at your own pace. Drink in the beauty of the Cape Winelands.

Destinations visited
Cape Town Cape Winelands Kruger National Park South Africa

Thornybush Collection accommodation

Each lodge within the Thornybush collection is superbly located, with an emphasis on authentic experiences that is coupled with a strong eco-conscious lifestyle. Browse the collection below or contact us to plan your Thornybush safari.

Saseka Tented Camp

From $1,070 per person sharing
Kruger Private Reserves, South Africa
Exterior of Saseka Tented camp. The main guest area. Open lounge. Dining on the deck. Perched on the seasonal Monwana River. Private dining under the stars. saseka-private-pool
Activities Travellers Enjoyed
Bush dining Day tours Game drives Guided walking safaris

Simbambili Game Lodge

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Kruger National Park, South Africa
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Activities Travellers Enjoyed
Bird watching Bush dining Game drives Guided walking safaris Guided walks

Thornybush Game Lodge

From $840 per person sharing
Kruger National Park, South Africa
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Activities Travellers Enjoyed
Animal tracking experience Bird watching Bush dining Children's activities Game drives