Thornybush Game Reserve - South Africa


Thornybush Private Game Reserve is set in the heart of the rolling Lowveld savannah and is adjacent to Kruger Park in South Africa.

Home to the Big Five and a variety of other African wildlife species, it has a near perfect year round climate, making Thornybush a perfect destination for a family safari.

Thornybush Game Reserve Safari Experience

Poolside view at Royal Malewane Lodge.

The range of Thornybush accommodation options caters for most guests, from rustic comfort to exclusive luxury. Thornybush is also an excellent venue for conferences and offers a team building programme. It has a broad range of conference options and is capable of hosting groups.

Warm African evenings under the stars make Thornybush Game Reserve your home away from the world. The sheer enjoyment of unspoilt nature, the invigorating air and the spectacular open vistas will leave you relaxed and energized for your return to civilization.

Thornybush Family Safari Lodges

Game drive at Tangala Lodge

Thornybush Family Safari Lodges are ideal for the family with children of all ages wanting value for money and comfort on their safari holiday. Children's activities include specifically designed game drives and walks for children who are given a ‘ranger in training’ pack with goodies and set activities to teach them more about the wild.

Thornybush Exclusive Safari Lodges

Have the whole place to yourselves at Monwana Lodge

Thornybush Exclusive Safari Lodges are for the discerning safari travele wanting style and intimacy for an exclusive safari experience. Thornybush Game Reserve boasts abundant game numbers giving lucky guests an increased possibility of encountering the Big Five.

Thornybush Premier Safari Lodges

Stay in grand style at Shumbalala Lodge

Thornybush Premier Safari Lodges are for the connoisseur safari traveller. These luxury safari lodges provide ultimate comfort but keep the charm of the traditional safari. Thornybush offers guests the opportunity to experience true African tradition while still maintaining the luxury and comfort the premier lodges have to offer.

Getting to Thornybush Game Reserve

Get to Thornybush either by scheduled daily flight to Eastgate Airport, or charter a private aircraft directly into one of the reserves two airfields. Flights take about an hour.

If you are coming in by road you will be travelling on a private shuttle or driving yourself. Drive time is between 5 - 7 hours depending on which Thornybush entry gate you are using.

Map of Lodges in Thornybush

If you are driving, this Map of Thornybush will help you to see how to get there once you are on the R40 and show you where your lodge is inside the Reserve.

Top 5 Thornybush Safari Activities


  • Experience African tribal dancing
  • Exciting night drives
  • Informative bush walks
  • Viewing from Hides overlooking waterholes
  • Attend to your wellness at a spa

Game viewing from the comfort of your lodg

Things to Do


You can chill at your lodge, with your favourite cocktail, and watch the wildlife pass you by. Or you can participate in dawn and dusk safaris in an open vehicle with fully qualified rangers and trackers. Bush walks are an option for the more adventurous.

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