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Adjacent to the Greater Kruger National Park, within the famous Thornybush Nature Reserve is the Collections largest operation, Thornybush Game Lodge.

Registered by the Tourism authorities as a five star offering, this Lodge is renowned for small groups, bush weddings, milestone birthday celebrations or business indabas.

Whilst the size of the Lodge attracts special gatherings, the configuration of the self-contained luxury suites provides for privacy and solitude for couples and smaller groups visiting this special Lodge. Whether you are a couple looking for an exclusive, romantic, private safari; a family looking to occupy your little ones or a Group with a diverse range of requirements, Thornybush Game Lodge is the place. Thornybush Game Lodge also hosts a sixty seater conference centre located conveniently two minutes walk from the Lodge Reception areas. A state of the art newly constructed beauty spa facility tops the agenda for discerning guests visiting this well known Lodge.

Accommodation at Thornybush Game Lodge:
Unrivalled big game viewing is complemented by elegant accommodation and sublime cuisine.

Thornybush Nature Reserve`s exclusive private Thornybush Game Lodge provides accommodation consisting of stylish air-conditioned suites, with extensive living areas overlooking the seasonal Monwana River. There are 18 suites, 2 family suites and accommodation caters for a maximum of 40 people collectively.

From within the sumptuous individual suites, each with full en-suite facilities, outdoor shower and private decks, sweeping vistas over the savannah and ever active water hole can be enjoyed. Bathrooms boast large glass windows, offering unique game viewing in & past the river bed. Superb attention to detail and highly personalized service make for a memorable stay.

Room Configuration:
18 Luxury Suites:
Each Luxury Suite has an en-suite bathroom, indoor and outdoor showers and private deck with a view of the seasonal Monwana River course or riverine thicket and have been carefully designed and spaced to provide privacy.

2 Luxury /Family Suites:
Each Family Suite is larger than the Luxury Suites with lounge area and sleeper couch; that converts to a double bed to accommodate children. These suites also have a larger private deck, each with its own plunge pool. Maximum capacity 2 adults and 2 children under the age of 12 years.

Room facilities:
- Air-Conditioning
- Telephone
- Mini Bar
- Safe in room
- Separate Bath and Shower
- Outside shower
- Hairdryer
- Tea and coffee making facilities

Lodge facilities:
- Wake up calls
- Laundry Services
- Pool
- Thornybush Spa
- Library with Internet Access
- Boma
- A fully equipped conference facility
- Curio shop
- Children`s program
- Baby Sitting

In addition to the 20 guest Suites, Thornybush Game Lodge also has 2 Pilot/Guide rooms

Warm African safari evenings under the stars make Thornybush Game Lodge an ideal home away from the world. The sheer enjoyment of un-spoilt nature, the invigorating air and the open vistas, will leave you relaxed and energized for your return to civilization.


Thornybush Private Game Lodge offers unique exclusive Safari experiences in both open Land Rovers, and on foot. The private reserve is home to an abundance of species: 147 mammals including the "Big Five", 114 reptiles, 507 birds, 49 fish, 34 amphibians and 336 trees. The reserve is predominantly open savannah and with a near perfect year round climate, it is the ideal African safari holiday destination.

Childrens Services:

The Thornybush Collection; prides itself on actively welcoming children of all ages at Thornybush Game Lodge and Serondella. The other smaller lodges will accept children provided that the family book sole use of the camp.

Children at Thornybush Game Lodge have a special program prepared for them prior to their arrival that includes:
- Children are allocated to specific rangers who enjoy interaction with younger guests.
- They receive a complimentary childrens pack on arrival, which will keep them entertained and occupied during their stay.
- Rat packs (cold drinks/cookies) are sent with them on game drives.
- Drives and activities can be tailored to suit children's Interests and attention span.
- Walks are designed to ensure that their safety is taken into account and that they experience activities they might not normally do in the city.
- Meal requirements and venues are provided if required by parents.
- Baby sitters and child minders are available (At additional Cost).

Rooms and Units Available:

Each Luxury Suite has an en-suite bathroom, indoor and outdoor showers and private deck with a view of the seasonal Monwana River course or riverine thicket and have been carefully designed and spaced to provide privacy.
Amount of similar units: 16
Sleeps 2 Adults

Facilities & Services available:

Children under 12
Honeymoon Couples
Airport Shuttle Service
Babysitting Service
24-Hour Room Service
Special Meals on Request
Conference facilities
Wedding facilities
Team Building
Bar on the Premises
Dining room
Swimming Pool

Cancellation Policy:

Upon confirmation of reservation, TC reserves the right to charge a cancellation fee unless the reservation is cancelled within 24 hour of the original confirmation of the reservation. Applicable cancellation fee equivalent to:
60 - 31 days prior to arrival at the lodge = 25% Cancellation fees (Non-refundable deposit to apply)
30 - 00 days prior to arrival at the lodge = 100% Cancellation fees, unless the reservation is cancelled within 24 hours of the original confirmation of the reservation.


From Johannesburg:
The N12 to Emalahleni (Witbank), where the N12 highway links up with the N4 highway
Continue with the N4 in the direction Mbombela (Nelspruit).
Approximately 60 km past Middleburg take the R 540 to your left.
Travel though the towns of eMakhazeni (Belfast) and eMnotweni (Dullstroom) to Mashishing (Lydenburg
Take the R 36 (which becomes the R 527) towards Hoedspruit, passing through Origstad and descending down the Able Erasmus Pass
At Hoedspruit take the R 40 south towards Bushbuckridge
Continue 6 km and turn left at the Eastgate Airport sign / Argyle Road
Continue 14 km (tarred road) and turn right onto Guernsey Road (following the signs to Thornybush Reserve)
Continue 9km (gravel road) and turn left into the Thornybush Game Reserve gate
Follow signage to Thornybush Game Lodge for all guests checking in at Thornybush Game Lodge, Shumbalala, Monwana, Serondella, nKaya and Nkelenga
Guests arriving to Chapungu Tented Camp, follow signage for Thornybush Game Lodge and continue to Chapungu Tented Camp as directed once in the Reserve.

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  • Accommodation Type: Game Lodge
  • Minimum stay: 2 Day/s