Thornybush Game Reserve

Adjacent to the Greater Kruger National Park lies 10 000 hectares of pristine African bushveld, which is the Thornybush Game Reserve.

The abundance of bird and mammal species including the 'Big 5' almost guarantees exceptional game viewing.

Accommodation is provided in luxury game lodges. All lodges have sparkling swimming pools and offer exciting dawn and dusk safaris from open landrovers with fully qualified rangers and trackers, and bush walks for the more adventurous.

Thornybush Game Lodge:
Luxury suites line the banks of the seasonal Monwana River; all suites have spectacular views of the active water hole. Spaciously appointed, each glass fronted suite has mini bar fridge, telephones, in and outdoor showers, air conditioners and generous decks.

Shumbalala Game Lodge:
With 4 suites and 2 superior suites Shumbalala is the ultimate in luxury and exclusivity.

Serondella Game Lodge:
Serondella offers 3 suites and 1 family suite with 3 rooms, is luxuriously appointed with all suites lining the banks of a dry riverbed.

Jackalberry Game Lodge:
Jackalberry Lodge offers 7 chalets each comprising a bedroom and en-suite bathroom with a bath and indoor and outdoor showers.

An African safari can be a life-changing experience. We hope Thornybush is that for you.


Morning and evening safaris in open landrovers are conducted by qualified rangers and trackers from all lodges, with walks encouraged for the more adventurous.

Children under the age of 6 are not permitted on safaris or walks. Children between the age of 6 and 12 will be permitted at the sole discretion of lodge management.

Between exciting safaris, while away the moments in the Thornybush Spa.

Your choice may be to experience the gentle attentions of our trained therapists, or perhaps a deep body exfoliating massage will provide ultimate relaxation.


By road
Eastbound out of Johannesburg take the N4 to Witbank, bypass Middelburg and then turn left off the N4 to Belfast - proceed to Dullstroom & Lydenburg - R36 to Ohrigstad and Strijdom Tunnel - R531/R527 to and through Hoedspruit to junction.

Turn right, Klaserie direction. After 6 km, turn left into Argyle Road and follow Thornybush signboards to Thornybush Game Reserve.

By air:
South African Express Airways provide daily flights from Cape Town and Johannesburg to Hoedspruit (Eastgate airport).

Road transfers from the local airport in air-conditioned mini buses are available.

Health and Climate

Thornybush Game Reserve is situated in a malaria area, prophylactic measures are recommended.
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